Irene Triplett: The Last Surviving Civil War Pension Recipient

By Karen Harris
Civil War reenactors dressed as Confederate cavalry and artillery take part in a reenactment of the Battle of Appomattox. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

On Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women who served in the military as well as the surviving family members of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It's our duty and privilege to take care of those survivors---in fact, the United States government is still sending monthly pension checks to the child of a Civil War veteran. That’s right: One child of a soldier who fought in the Civil War is still alive. Her name is Irene Triplett, and her father wore both a blue and a gray uniform during America's bloodiest war. Here is her remarkable story.