Confederate Pension Payment Amounts


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Confederate Pension Payment Amounts Received by Pensioners

The following table lists the annual amount each pensioner was paid from enactment of the cash pension law in 1899 through the fiscal year ended August 31st, 1928, the last year in which payments were made without regard to age or date of marriage.

FISCAL YEAR
ANNUAL AMOUNT

1899-1900

$22.32

1900-1901

$24.30

1901-1902

$31.60

1902-1903

$29.80

1903-1904

$37.00

1904-1905

$36.00

1905-1906

$55.00

1906-1907

$66.00

1907-1908

$64.50

1908-1909

$61.00

1909-1910

$43.50

1910-1911

$42.00

1911-1912

$42.00

1912-1913

$42.00

1913-1914

$67.50

1914-1915

$67.00

1915-1916

$53.50

1916-1917

$63.00

1917-1918

$66.00

1918-1919

$82.00

1919-1920

$91.00

1920-1921

$96.00

1921-1922

$97.00

1922-1923

$108.00

1923-1924

$127.00

1924-1925

$146.00

1925-1926

$170.00

1926-1927

$190.00

1927-1928

$208.00

 

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During the year 1928-1929, all pensioners were paid $56.00 per quarter for the first and second quarters of the year; for the third quarter men with wives were paid $150.00, without wives $75.00, and widows received $37.50, while the fourth quarter pensioners over 75 years of age were paid $67.00.

Beginning in 1929 and continuing through the fiscal year ended August 31st, 1943 the amounts paid monthly are listing in the following table.

Pensioner Amount

To soldier pensioners who had living wives whom they married prior to January 1st, 1900

$50.00

Soldier pensioners married after that date and single pensioners

$25.00

Widows

$25.00

The 48th Legislature amended the law to provide $80.00 per month for each married Veteran, $50.00 per month for each unmarried Veteran or widower and $30.00 per month for each widow. The 49th Legislature further amended the law (H.B. 167) to provide $150.00 per month for married Veterans, $100.00 per month to unmarried Veterans or widowers, and $50.00 per month to widows, with pensioners in the Confederate homes drawing one-half of the amount they would if not in the homes.

The 51st Legislature provided the rates listed in the following table.

Pensioner
Amount

Veterans, Married

$150.00 per month

Veterans, Single

$100.00 per month

Veterans, In Home

$ 50.00 per month

Widows

$100.00 per month

Widows - In Home

$ 25.00 per month

The 53rd Legislature allotted the Confederate pension amounts as listed in the following table.

Pensioner
Amount

Veterans, Married

$200.00 per month

Veterans, Single

$100.00 per month

Widows, Not in Home

$100.00 per month

Widows, In Home

$ 25.00 per month

 

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In 1957, the 55th Legislature increased the allotment for a Confederate veteran living with his wife to $300.00 per month. Unmarried veterans or widowers were allotted $200.00 per month. However, during the Second Called Session of the 55th Legislature, it was decided that the veteran would receive an allotment of $300.00 per month, regardless of marital status.

The final legislative adjustment to the Confederate Pension Fund allotments was made in 1969 by the 61st Legislature. The widow's pension was increased to $150.00 with no stipulation of residence.

Beginning in 1917, the Texas Legislature also provided for a mortuary payment not to exceed $30.00 to be awarded after the death of the pensioner. In 1923, the allotment was increased to $65.00; in 1929 to $100.00; and, finally, in 1947 to $200.00.

Sources Quoted

Audit report, Confederate Pension Fund, State Comptroller of Public Accounts. [Austin, TX]: State Auditor, 1951.

Audit report, Confederate Pension Fund, State Comptroller of Public Accounts. [Austin, TX]: State Auditor, 1955.

Vernon's Ann. Civ. St. art.6221. Historical Note. St. Paul: West Publishing, 1970.

Vernon's Ann. Civ. St. art.6227. Historical Note. St. Paul: West Publishing, 1970.

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