While we déboulonne the statues of confederate generals across the south of the United States, it is learned that the last pensioner of the war of Secession, died in North Carolina last week, 155 years after the end of hostilities. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down!
She was 90 years old and was receiving a monthly check of 73,13$ of the Veterans administration.
His father, Moses Triplett, was a soldier confederate who has deserted from the army of the south in 1863 to join the Union forces shortly before the battle of Gettysburg. It has without doubt saved the lives: 734 of 800 men from his former unit have been killed, wounded or taken prisoner during the fighting, a bitter defeat for the Confederacy and the turning point of the war.
It is in 1924 that the mother of Irene, at age 28, married his father, 78-year-old. At his birth, he was 83 years old. The young women and their parents were looking for old men to marry who had fought during the war of Secession, so that they can benefit fairly quickly from a widow’s pension is guaranteed for life. Children of veterans were also right.
Living in North Carolina after the end of hostilities proved to be extremely painful for Moses Triplett and her family: a majority of the population of the State fawned upon always the Confederation of the south. He was regarded as a traitor and despised. Irene has told in an interview in 2014, she had a difficult childhood, beaten by his teachers and bullied by other students because she was the daughter of a “renegade”.
In 2003, it was this time the widow of a veteran of war who died at 93 years old. Gertrude Grubb had married John Janeway, 81 years of age, when she was 18. John fought on the side of the Union in the 14th cavalry regiment of the Illinois. Gertrude continued to receive his pension of widow of veteran 67 years after the death of her husband.
But all the widows and daughters of soldiers who fought during the american Civil war were not as pampered financially. The last widow of a known veteran of the american Civil war, Maudie Hopkins, died in 2008. At the age of 19 years, in 1934, she had married the veteran William Cantrell, aged 86, Arkansas. Cantrell had enlisted in the army of the confederate States at the age of 16 years.
Maudie Hopkins was not in receipt of pension of widow of the veteran, because the Arkansas, one of the confederate States, had adopted in the 1930s a law stipulating that women married with veterans and confederates of the civil war would no longer be eligible to a pension. Too many young women took advantage of the situation.
Irene Triplett and Gertrude Grubb were not recent widows, or daughters of american veterans of wars of the Nineteenth century to receive pensions. According to the Veterans Administration, 84 surviving spouses and children currently receiving benefits related to the Spanish-american war of 1898.
Another sequela surprising of the war of Secession would have been able to finally see an ending these days. The american army, which was accepted for a century and a half that some of its foundations bear the names of generals who had rebelled against the Union, had finally decided to rebrand. Ten army bases, all of which are located in former confederate States, bear the name of general felons.
Trump opposed it vehemently. This is not the first time he took the part of the southerners. In 2017, it was estimated that american history was “broken in pieces” by the déboulonnage of statues of heroes of the confederate States slave owners.