THE LAST U.S. CIVIL WAR PENSION RECIPIENT JUST PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90
Her name is Irene Triplett and she was the last person alive directly connected to the Civil War. She just passed away. And no, she wasn’t alive during during the war, of course. But she was the very last person drawing from the Civil War pension fund. Triplett was 90 years old when she died. Her father was Mose Triplett, who initially fought for the Confederates. But he switched sides to the North in the year 1863. That’s how he managed to earn a pension from the winning side.
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CIVIL WAR SOLDIER FATHER OF THE DECEASED WAS 83 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WAS BORN
So how did this come to pass? Mose Triplett married a woman almost 50 years younger than him. They had a daughter together, and that was Irene. Irene suffered from mental disabilities. So she qualified to receive financial support from the federal government as the daughter of a veteran. She passed away last Sunday after suffering a fall, sustaining injuries that proved fatal. Her passing marks the end of anyone living connected to a government program directly related to the Civil War. Considering how long it’s been, it’s quite a surprise, if a sad one.
ONE OF THE LAST LIVING CONNECTIONS TO THE CIVIL WAR IS NOW GONE
So after her father Mose defected to the North, he ended up in the 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry, known as Kirk’s Raiders. Kirk’s Raiders were saboteurs against the Confederacy in Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Well after the war ended, he married Elida Hall in 1924. 6 years later when Irene was born, Elida was 34 and Mose was 83! And now with Irene’s passing, one of the few remaining living connections to the U.S. Civil War is gone. And that pension? It was a fixed, whopping $73.13 a month.