Met by Chance—Veterans of the Mexican War|
From the Sacramento (Cal.) Union, Sept. 14.
At a place of public resort, last evening, a singular coincidence occurred in this, that five gentlemen, one not knowing another, met, and in course of conversation ascertained that all were veterans of the Mexican war. The parties were John Green, of Virginia; Frank M. Marshall, of Tennessee; H. Woodworth and John Domingos, of Georgia, and Charles Chaney, of Ohio. Of course the usual comparing of notes took place, and in a convivial way they fought their battles o’er again.
The New York Times
Published: September 23, 1872
Submitted by John A. Riggs
PENSION AGE AT 62 YEARS.
Survivors of Civil War Placed on Roll Beginning April 13.
Washington. March 16.---Commissioner of Pensions Ware, with the approval of Secretary Hitchcock, to-day promulgated the most important pension ruling that has been issued in a long time.
It directs that beginning April 13 next, if there is no contrary evidence and all other legal requirements have been met, claimants for pension under the general act of June 27, 1890, who are over sixty-two years old shall be considered as disabled one-half in ability to perform manual labor and shall be entitled to $6 a month, over sixty-five years to $8, over sixty-eight years to $10, and over seventy years to $12, the usual allowances at higher rates continuing for disabilities other than age.
Commissioner Ware, in explaining the order, said:
“There has long been in the bureau a rule fixing a maximum age limit at $12 for seventy-five years. This was made during Mr. Cleveland’s Administration by Commissioner Lochren. The sixty-five year minimum limit has been a long while in force in the Bureau.
“The act of Congress, which was passed in the latter part of January, 1887, and approved by President Cleveland, put all the Mexican war veterans on the pension roll thirty-nine years exactly after the end of the Mexican war. It would seem that if a Mexican war soldier was entitled to a pension at sixty-two years, that to soldiers of the civil war, who fought vastly more and longer, at least as good a rule ought to apply. The Mexican war limit of sixty-two years was probably brought about by the well-known army limit of sixty-two years, at which officers are retired.”
[The New York Times, Published: March 17, 1904]