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Congressional Involvement in Pensions

The following is but a small example of the types of information available on Civil War veteran's pensions that can be found in the records of the United States Congress.

Sixty-Sixth Congress. Sess. III. Ch. 143. 1921.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws--

The name of Ruth C. Peterson, widow of Halvor Peterson, alias Nicholas H. Paulson, late of Company H, First Regiment Vermont Volunteer Cavalry, and Company D, Third Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 112)

The name of Bertha E. Jones, helpless and dependent daughter of Edwin Jones, late of the Third Battery, Vermont Volunteer Light Artillery, and pay her a pension at the rate of $20 per month. (page 117)

The name of Elizabeth A. Wheeler, widow of Calvin R. Wheeler, late of Company D, Sixteenth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $35 per month in lieu of that she is now receiving. (page 120)

The name of Elizabeth M. Snay, widow of George H. Snay, late of Company A, Sixth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 121)

The name of Ellen L. Barnes, widow of William L. Barnes, late of Company D, Sixteenth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Militia Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 127)

The name of Florence F. Wellington Washburn, widow of Nathan A. Washburn, late of Company F, Twelfth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Militia Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month, and pay to her the amount of pension accrued to the soldier at the time of his death. (page 130).

The name of Jane P. Hoyt, widow of Alonzo A. Hoyt, late of Company C, First Regiment Vermont Volunteer Cavalry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 130)

The name of Alice M. Jones, widow of William M. Jones, late of Company H, First Regiment Vermont Volunteer Cavalry, and Company H, Tenth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 135)

The name of Ella K. Johnson, widow of Henry T. Johnson, late of Company G, Eighth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 136)

The name of Francis Ann Sherlaw, widow of Miles Sherlaw, late of Company K, Ninth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 136)

The name of Lizzie J. Currier, widow of George W. Currier, late of Company B, First Regiment Vermont Volunteer Cavalry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 144)

The name of Elroy L. Kemp, helpless and dependent son of Austin Kemp, late of Second Independent Battery, Vermont Volunteer Light Artillery, and First Independent Battery, Vermont Volunteer Light Artillery, and pay him a pension at the rate of $20 per month in lieu of that he is now receiving. (page 144)

Source: Statutes of the United States of America, passed at the Third Session of the Sixty-Sixth Congress, 1920-1921, and Concurrent Resolutions of the two Houses of Congress, Recent Treaties, and Executive Proclamations. Part 1. Public Actions and Resolutions. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1921.


The name of Elizabeth A. Burke, widow of Michael Burke, late of Company H, First Regiment Vermont Volunteer Cavalry, and Two hundred and forty-sixth Company, First Battalion Veteran Reserve Corps, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 1484)

The name of George Bowen, late of Second Battery, Vermont Volunteer Light Artillery, and pay him a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 1484)

The name of Diantha Barnes, widow of Andrew J. Barnes, late of Third Battery, Vermont Volunteer Light Artillery, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 1493)

The name of Melissa S. Lee, widow of Gideon E. Lee, late of Company K, Sixteenth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $40 per month in lieu of that she is now receiving; Provided, That in the event of the death of Lucy L. Lee, helpless and dependent daughter of said Melissa S. and Gideon E. Lee, the additional pension herein granted shall cease and determine: Provided further, That in the event of the death of Melissa S. Lee, the name of said Lucy L. Lee shall be placed on the pension roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, at the rate of $20 per month from and after the date of death of said Melissa S. Lee. (page 1503)

The name of Lucy A. Leach, widow of Welcome G. Leach, late of Company E, Second Regiment United States Sharpshooters, and Company G, Fourth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 1504)

The name of Emily N. Wellman, widow of Norman Wellman, late of Company A; Ninth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month. (page 1507)

The name of Eva Fifield, blind and helpless daughter of Leonard Fifield, late of Company D, Twelfth Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $20 per month. (page 1517)

The name of Flora H. Whitney, helpless daughter of Alva S. Whitney, late of Company E, Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $20 per month. (page 1519)

The name of Kate M. Smith, former widow of Dan Adams, late of Company D, First Regiment Vermont Volunteer Cavalry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $35 per month in lieu of that she is now receiving. (page 1521)

Source: Statutes of the United States of America, passed at the Third Session of the Sixty-Sixth Congress, 1920-1921, and Concurrent Resolutions of the two Houses of Congress, Recent Treaties, and Executive Proclamations. Part 2. Public Actions and Resolutions. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1921.