This evening, I’ve been working on a little article for the Newsletter of the Avery County Historical Society and Museum. The article deals with Confederate and Federal Pension information. It amazes me how such a little article (one typed page) can be so time consuming.
There is no "go-to" source for this type of information, and I’ve had to piece together some facts from various places.
Here are some tidbits that I gleaned from my research on the Confederate side:
1866 - the General Assembly provided artificial legs at no cost to former Confederates in North Carolina, or, $70 to those veterans wishing to obtain their own prostheses. Arms are included later.
1885 - North Carolina began providing pensions for disabled veterans and certain widows. Disabled Confederate veterans received payments ranging between $15 and $60, per year. Each widow received $15 per year.
1890/1 - the North Carolina Confederate Veterans Home Association in Raleigh. Home closed in 1938
1908 - Home for Confederate widows and daughters established in Fayetteville. Closed in 1981.
1911 - number of pensioners in North Carolina peaked with 17,225 men and women receiving state pensions.