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The Pension Crisis of 1893

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How a change in Pension law cut off hundreds of widows, and how they fought back.


Seeking Asylum

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From a Confederate wartime hospital, to our nation’s first hospital exclusively for mentally ill African Americans, discover the story of Central State.


A Creature of Its Time: The Pension Bureau

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Courtesy of the LOC

By the of the 19th century, United States’ pension administration was huge: occupying an imposing building, overseeing the distribution of $138 million in pensions to nearly a million Union veterans and surviving relatives.



Harriet Jacobs

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Born a slave, Harriet Jacobs became an unstoppable truth teller, activist, and reformer.


“Ready for Mischief”

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Medical kit used by Dr. Mary Walker. Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine

Dr. Mary E. Walker of New York embarked on a crusade to become a surgeon in the Union Army.


Cornelia Hancock

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Largely forgotten today, Cornelia Hancock was one of the best known and beloved nurses of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.  Throughout the war, from the Battle of Gettysburg to Appomattox, she maintained a long association with the 14th Connecticut Volunteers through her work in 2nd and 3rd Corps […]



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