Still Paying for the Civil War – Veteran’s Benefits Still Being Made to A Soldier’s Daughter

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article written by Michael M. Phillips, posted at the Wall Street Journal website.


WILKESBORO, N.C.—Each month, Irene Triplett collects $73.13 from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a pension payment for her father’s military service—in the Civil War.

More than 3 million men fought and 530,000 men died in the conflict between North and South. Pvt. Mose Triplett joined the rebels, deserted on the road to Gettysburg, defected to the Union and married so late in life to a woman so young that their daughter Irene is today 84 years old—and the last child of any Civil War veteran still on the VA benefits rolls.

Ms. Triplett’s pension, small as it is, stands as a reminder that war’s bills don’t stop coming when the guns fall silent. The VA is still paying benefits to 16 widows and children of veterans from the 1898 Spanish-American War.

Read the full article.

Thanks to Wilbur Hanson Kalb for alerting me to this article. Very interesting!

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

3 thoughts on “Still Paying for the Civil War – Veteran’s Benefits Still Being Made to A Soldier’s Daughter”

  1. This is a wonderful article, to think that so long and yet not so long ago. My family like most of us was also in this war.

  2. And here I felt strange that I had a great grandfather who was in the Civil War and I am 74. Four generations back, and 150 tears ago. Wow.

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