Civil War Union Pension Files: Contents and Access
Melissa Johnson June 11, 2015
Many veterans who served for the Union during the Civil War received federal pensions. These pensions provided support to those who qualified based on disability, service, and old age. In many cases, upon the death of a soldier, his widow or other dependents were able to collect a pension. The process of applying for a federal pension was often long and difficult, and in many cases generated a tremendous amount of paperwork. As a result, pension files are extremely valuable records for genealogical researchers.Only NGS members have access to full articles of NGS Monthly. Please log in or click here to learn more about joining the National Genealogical Society.
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