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The US Government Still Pays 2 Civil War Pensions

The American Civil War ended in 1865, but as of last September, the Department of Veterans Affairs still pays out 2 pensions from that conflict. Privacy rules prevent the release of the names or reasons for the pensions, but it’s likely that the recipients are the disabled elderly children of veterans: Department of Veteran Affairs spokesman [...]

Gettysburg: The Great Reunion of 1913

From June 29 to July 6, 1913, the Union and Confederate flags flew side by side when more than 50,000 Civil War veterans convened in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal battles in American history. Here’s a closer look at the Great Reunion of 1913. The Idea In April 1908, [...]

4 Other Bailouts in American History

With all the money being thrown at banks, insurance companies, and car builders, many Americans have soured on the idea of bailouts. However, bailouts themselves are not always bad things. Let’s look back at a few other occasions we threw money at problems. 1. Bailing Out the Boys in Blue: The Civil War Veterans Pension Program The [...]