Missouri Digital Heritage :: Divided Loyalties Opening Exhibit :: Divided Loyalties Audio Tour :: Panel 35 - Civil War Veterans - (Missing Soldiers, Military Pensions)


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Panel 35 - Civil War Veterans

- Missing Soldiers, Military Pensions -

Though the state and federal governments were in disarray for many years after the war, attempts were made to care for veterans.

  • This panel features a letter from Clara Barton, who was widely known for her work as a battlefield nurse. She continued to work on behalf of soldiers after the war's end as the director of the Office of Correspondence with the Friends of Missing Men. Barton's efforts located 22,000 missing men by 1869.
  • By 1890 federal laws had made any Union veteran of the Civil War who had been honorably discharged, had served for at least ninety days, and suffered from a disability eligible for a pension. Most Southern states had enacted pensions for Confederate soldiers by the 1890s, but Missouri did not do so until 1911. The list shown on this panel names eligible Confederate veterans from the year 1929.



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