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Someone's Still Getting a Civil War Pension

As you might imagine, it's complicated

Civil War Pension

Courtesy Dorothy Killian

Civil War veteran Moses Triplett, second from right, with his first wife, Mary, sitting to his left. After Mary's death in the 1920s, Triplett married Elida Hall, 50 years his junior.

The Civil War ended 152 years ago, but there is someone — a single, solitary someone — who is still drawing a Civil War pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

How is that even possible?


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It's (surprise) complicated, according to USA Today. The pensioner is 87-year-old Irene Triplett, who lives today in an undisclosed skilled-nursing facility.

Her mother, Elida Hall, married Civil War veteran Moses Triplett in 1924. Moses Triplett “was nearly 50 years older than his wife,” USA Today reported.

Moses Triplett died in 1938, making his family members eligible for his Civil War pension. Irene Triplett’s mother died in 1967 — leaving the daughter eligible. 

USA Today notes that the last Civil War veteran died at age 109 in 1956, and the last Civil War widow died in 2008 at age 93.

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