The last pensioner of the US Civil War

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In the United States, the last person to receive a Civil War pension from the government died. 90-year-old Irene Triplett suffered from mental disorders and at the same time was popular with journalists and historians. Her father was known for deserting southerners from the army and overrun to the victors – northerners, in whose ranks he ended his service.

In North Carolina, Irene Triplett, the last US citizen to receive material assistance from the state for the Civil War of 1861-1865 between the North and the South, died at the age of 90. According to the Wall Street Journal, her father fought on the side of the northerners, who held the anti-slavery position. Triplett died of complications after surgery for injuries sustained in the fall.

The deceased suffered from mental disorders, and therefore received financial support from the federal government as “a helpless adult child of a veteran.”

The allowance was assigned in the mid-1950s. The Department of Veterans Affairs wrote her a check for $ 73.13 every month. However, all this money went to pay for the expenses of the nursing home in Wilkesboro, in which Triplett lived. In this institution, she spent more than half a century.

She grew up in poverty near the Appalachian mountains, never learned to read and write. At seven, Triplett was addicted to tobacco, and dropped out of school in sixth grade. In an interview with the Washington Post in 2014, she said that peers mocked her and called her father a traitor, because during the war he crossed from southerners to northerners. Mose Triplett is known to have deserted from the Confederate army after the Battle of Gettysburg and ended the war in the ranks of the victors.

He lived a long life. Irene was born to him in his second marriage at the age of 84 – in 1930. Triplett’s wife was then 34. The daughter admitted that she had never discussed the Civil War with her father, since he did not want to remember it. North Carolina, a former slave state, did not like northerners. Triplett held a kite and often sat on the porch of his house with a gun on his lap.

“Many people were afraid of him,” admitted the grandson of a soldier, Charlie Triplett.

The man passed away in 1938, when he was 92. Subsequently, Irene and her mother led a modest life in solitude, almost not seeing other relatives.

In recent years, Irene Triplett was often visited by journalists and historians who sought to learn more about the life of the daughter of a member of the American civil war.

“She’s part of the story. You are talking to someone whose father participated in the Civil War. This is unbelievable, ”concluded one of the fans of this period.

The last US Civil War veteran, Albert Wolson, died in 1956 at the age of 109.

The last widow of the war veteran was Gertrude Jenway. She passed away in 2003 in the 94th year.

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The United States annually celebrates Memorial Day, dedicated to the memory of American troops who died in all wars and armed conflicts in which the country participated. In 2020, National Memorial Day fell on May 25th.

The tradition of celebrating this day was born after the Civil War and was originally dedicated to the fallen northerners. After World War I, soldiers who died in other military conflicts began to be recalled. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been officially considered the national holiday of the United States, when Americans visit cemeteries and war memorials.

As of 2018, there were eight people left in the United States who received payments from the state as relatives of participants in the American-Mexican War of 1846-1848. 84 people received benefits for the 1898 Spanish-American War in the same year.

It is curious that, according to one version, the last living participant in the Civil War in Russia was Appaz Iliev.

On May 11, 2019, he died in Ingushetia. According to official figures, Iliev was born in 1896 in the village of Guli, Sunzhensky department of the Terek region of the Russian Empire. If you believe the nephew of the long-record holder Ahmet, in his youth Iliev went down from the mountains in order to fight against the White Guards in the ranks of the Red Army. After the Nazi Germany attack on the USSR in 1941, the highlander again went to war. However, he was deported to Kazakhstan from the front. Iliev was able to return to the North Caucasus after the famous decree of Nikita Khrushchev, issued in January 1957.

Having lived to 123 years old, Iliev spoke poor Russian, did not drink alcohol and did not smoke. He raised 8 children, 35 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

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