Civil War Pensioner!
The last person in America to collect a pension from the Civil War died last week.
Follow this: Mose Triplett was born in 1846 in North Carolina. He served as both a Confederate and US soldier, defecting from the Confederacy halfway through the war, in 1863.
His first wife died in the 1920s. He then married Elida Hall in 1924. He was 78. She was 27.
Irene was born in 1930, and was 8 when her father died in 1938 at the age of 92.
Irene Triplett suffered cognitive impairments, qualifying her for the lifelong pension as a helpless adult child of a veteran. She received $73.13 per month.
She never married, and passed away last week at the age of 90.
Therefore, until this week, US taxpayers were literally and directly paying for the Civil War, a conflict whose origins stretch back to the earliest days of the American colonies - and continues today on the streets of our cities and towns.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
- William Faulkner, “Requiem for a Nun,” 1951