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History of Military Pension Legislation in the United States
William Henry Glasson
No preview available - 2016
2d Sess 45th Congress act of June act of March amendment amount annual application April 25 Arrears Act benefits CIVIL WAR PENSION claim agents claimants commissioned officers Commissioner of Pensions Cong Court death decrease dependent relatives disease contracted dollars per month eight dollars enacted entitled filed fraud Government granting pensions half pay honorably discharged House Ex Ibid increase invalid pensioners January 25 Journals of Congress July July 27 June 27 June 30 March 9 measure ment military pension military service militia navy pension fund non-commissioned officers number of pensioners paid passage passed payment pension act Pension Bureau pension claims pension expenditures pension legislation pension list pension system persons President prior Report of Commissioner resolution Revolutionary pension Revolutionary soldiers Revolutionary widows rolls Secretary Senate service pension law sion sioner Statutes at Large survivors tion Treasury twelve dollars U. S. Statutes United veto volunteers widows and orphans wounds received
Page 114 - That all persons who served ninety days or more in the military or naval service of the United States during the late war of the rebellion and who have been honorably discharged therefrom...
Page 120 - That when a soldier or sailor enters into a State home for soldiers or sailors as an inmate thereof, one-half of his pension accruing during his residence therein shall be paid to his wife, she being a woman of good moral character and in necessitous circumstances, or if there be no wife, then to his child or children under sixteen years of age, or his permanently helpless and dependent child, if...
Page 49 - An act supplementary to the act for the relief of certain surviving officers and soldiers of the revolution," have died, leaving a widow whose marriage took place before the expiration of the last period of his service, such widow shall be entitled to receive, during the time she may remain unmarried, the annuity or pension which might have been allowed to her husband, by virtue of the act aforesaid, if living at the time it was passed.
Page 110 - ... and that never before in the history of the country has it been proposed to render Government aid toward the support of any of its soldiers based alone upon a military service so recent, and where age and circumstances appeared so little to demand such aid. Hitherto such relief has been granted to surviving soldiers few in number, venerable in age, after a long lapse of time since their military •service, and as a parting benefaction tendered by a grateful people. I...
Page 111 - ... right, and that such relief should be granted under the sanction of law, not in evasion of it; nor should such worthy objects of care, all equally entitled, be remitted to the unequal operation of sympathy or the tender mercies of social and political influence, with their unjust discriminations.
Page 15 - ... establishment. This would not only dispel the apprehension of personal distress, at the termination of the war, from having thrown themselves out of professions and employments they might not have it in their power to resume, but would, in a great degree, relieve the painful anticipation of leaving their widows and orphans a burden on the charity of their country, should it be their lot to fall in its defence.
Page 112 - Federal uniform shall become an inmate of an almshouse or dependent upon private charity. In the presence of an overflowing treasury it would be a public scandal to do less for those whose valorous service preserved the Government.
Page 74 - Corps, whether regularly mustered or not. disabled by reason of any wound or injury received, or disease contracted, while in the service of the United States and in the line of duty.
Page 110 - ... having been disabled by the casualties of war, justly regard the present pension roll on which appear their names as a roll of honor, desire at this time and in the present exigency to be confounded with those who through such a bill as this are willing to be objects of simple charity and to gain a place upon the pension roll through alleged dependence.