I was very honoured recently to be asked to provide a guest post for the blog of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum in Washington D.C. The request gave me an opportunity to explore a topic on which I have wanted to write for a long time– the crisis that struck many international Civil War widows and dependent parents in 1893, when the United States Government suspended pension payments to non-residents unless they could provide proof of citizenship for either themselves or their associated serviceman. The majority of these pensioners were elderly, and had little choice but to engage in desperate correspondence to try and have their pensions reinstated. I took a look at the issue with reference to the cases of pensioners in Ireland, France, Switzerland, Sweden, the German States and England. You can read the post on the Clara Barton Museum blog here.
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