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Moments in Kentucky
Legislative History

56. Confederate Pensions (1952)

In an act approved on March 12, 1952, as a lingering indication of Kentucky's post-Civil War sentiments, the General Assembly provided fifty-dollar-a-month pensions for all Confederate veterans who had received an honorable discharge from the Confederate army and who had resided in Kentucky as a "bona fide resident" since January 1, 1915. The General Assembly allocated $3,000, enough to provide pensions for five Confederate veterans or their surviving spouses who had not remarried.

Ambrotype of James Barlow, CSA.

Ambrotype of James Barlow, CSA, taken at Paris, Kentucky, September 10, 1862. Barlow, age sixteen when this photo was taken, wrote several letters from the front to his sister Lucy Barlow in Paris. On December 4, 1863, he wrote, "I was in the fight at Missionary Ridge . . . struck with bullet but did not do any damage." Barlow's health did not hold, however, as a Louisville Democrat article listed "Jas. Barlow, Co. G, 9th Cav." among the Kentucky Confederate dead in Georgia.

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