American Pensioners in Ireland: The Personal Stories of Civil War Widows and Parents

In 1883 nearly 220 people were claiming pensions from the US Government in Ireland. Many were mothers, fathers and wives who had lost a son or husband to the American Civil War. On the weekend of 29th March, based on my ongoing work, I tweeted 41 of their personal stories, using the #pensioners.

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  1. AN INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL WAR PENSIONS
  2. HOW DO I ACCESS THESE FILES IN IRELAND? THIS VIDEO EXPLAINS HOW THE FILES LOOK AND DISCUSSES THE WIDOW'S PENSION FILE DIGITIZATION PROJECT (INCLUDES SOME IRISH EXAMPLES)
  3. Civil War Widows' Pension Digitization Project at the National Archives
  4. DEPENDENT MOTHER: CATHERINE GALVIN, ATHLONE, CO. WESTMEATH
  5. DEPENDENT MOTHER: CATHERINE HENRY, BALLYJAMESDUFF, CO. CAVAN
  6. DEPENDENT MOTHER: CATHERINE GARVIN, BRUFF, CO. LIMERICK
  7. A VIDEO TOUR OF THE SPOTSYLVANIA BATTLEFIELD, WHERE CORNELIUS GARVIN AND A NUMBER OF OTHER PENSIONERS DISCUSSED BELOW DIED
  8. Spotsylvania Battlefield
  9. DEPENDENT MOTHER: ABBY WEBB, CAHERCIVEEN, CO. KERRY
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