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Using Women's History Sources in the Archives at the Library of Virginia

Confederate Pensions

The General Assembly provided financial assistance for Confederate veterans and their families, passing pension acts in 1888, 1900, and 1902, and a series of supplementary acts between 1903 and 1934. The 1888 act provided pensions to Confederate soldiers, sailors, and marines disabled in action and to the widows of those killed in action. Subsequent acts broadened the coverage to include all veterans, their widows, and their unmarried daughters and sisters. Pensions assisted women like Bath County resident Nancy Hodge. After her husband, Joseph Hodge, was killed in a lumbering accident in 1895, she received $75 a year. The Confederate Pension Applications, Veterans and Widows research guide allows users to search this collection and view document images. The applications are also available on microfilm.