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They Met by Chance—Veterans of the Mexican War
From the Sacramento (Cal.) Union, Sept. 14.
At a place of public resort, last evening, a singular coincidence occurred in this, that five gentlemen, one not knowing another, met, and in course of conversation ascertained that all were veterans of the Mexican war. The parties were John Green, of Virginia; Frank M. Marshall, of Tennessee; H. Woodworth and John Domingos, of Georgia, and Charles Chaney, of Ohio. Of course the usual comparing of notes took place, and in a convivial way they fought their battles o’er again.
The New York Times
Published: September 23, 1872
Submitted by John A. Riggs

Survivors of Civil War Placed on Roll Beginning April 13.
Washington. March 16.---Commissioner of Pensions Ware, with the approval of Secretary Hitchcock, to-day promulgated the most important pension ruling that has been issued in a long time.
It directs that beginning April 13 next, if there is no contrary evidence and all other legal requirements have been met, claimants for pension under the general act of June 27, 1890, who are over sixty-two years old shall be considered as disabled one-half in ability to perform manual labor and shall be entitled to $6 a month, over sixty-five years to $8, over sixty-eight years to $10, and over seventy years to $12, the usual allowances at higher rates continuing for disabilities other than age.
Commissioner Ware, in explaining the order, said:

“There has long been in the bureau a rule fixing a maximum age limit at $12 for seventy-five years. This was made during Mr. Cleveland’s Administration by Commissioner Lochren. The sixty-five year minimum limit has been a long while in force in the Bureau.

“The act of Congress, which was passed in the latter part of January, 1887, and approved by President Cleveland, put all the Mexican war veterans on the pension roll thirty-nine years exactly after the end of the Mexican war. It would seem that if a Mexican war soldier was entitled to a pension at sixty-two years, that to soldiers of the civil war, who fought vastly more and longer, at least as good a rule ought to apply. The Mexican war limit of sixty-two years was probably brought about by the well-known army limit of sixty-two years, at which officers are retired.”
[The New York Times, Published: March 17, 1904

Veterans Still Alive in 1922

There are 73 veterans of the Mexican war on Uncle Sam's pension rolls. What history these old fighting men have seen! They fought in a war when all the Union stood together, saw or took part in a war when the North and South fought each other, and in two later wars saw a reunited nation again battling under the Stars and Stripes against a foreign foe. Memories  of nearly all this brilliant successes of the Mexican war are recalled by this roll—Vera Crux, Matamoras, Monterey, Palo Alta, Chapultepec, Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco. Of these Mexican veterans all are ninety or over, except two, and they are past eighty-nine. The oldest of them, William Repseto of Cross Plains, Tenn., of the Third Tennessee volunteers is nearing his one hundred and second birthday, another has passed his ninety-eighth mile post,, seven have celebrated their ninety-seventh anniversary, five are more than ninety-six, another six are ninety-five, sixteen have seen ninety-four summers come and go, and there are fifteen in the ninety-three year class, seven are more than ninety-two and eight have passed the ninety-first mile- stone. The other five are all nearing the ninety-first mark. These veterans—mores' the pity!— will not be with us long. Already their average age is ninety-three and one- half years—more then 13 years above the average age of the "1812 widows" —which is a little over eighty-five.  Those who have passed the ninety-three and one-half year average are:

Abney, George H., Clay, Miss, 94, South Carolina the Palmetto  Regiment.

Ballard, Thomas B. St. Joseph Ky 94, Fourth Kentucky Volunteers

Burtleson, Augustus C, Muskogee. Okla., 94, Second Illinois Volunteers

Baskett, James P., Onaga, Kan., 97, First Missouri Mounted Volunteers

Benson, William V., Los Angeles, 95, Second Illinois Infantry

Boyd, James F., Dinuba, Cal. 95. First Arkansas Cavalry

Brown, Calvin M, Ins, III., 94, Second Illinois Foot Volunteers

Brown, James N. Concord. N. C, 94, First North Carolina Volunteers

Buckner, William F, Camden, N J, 94 Second Missouri Mounted Volunteers

Chandeur, Urban, San Francisco, 98, Tenth United States Infantry

Choate, Gabriel, Field Creek, Texas, 90, Texas Rangers.

Clark, Amos, Bandera, Texas, 90, Third United States Infantry.

Davis, William K , Admiral, Texas, 94. First Virginia Volunteers

Flowers, Levy, Glencoe, Okla., 96, Second Missouri Mounted Infantry.

Genovely, Alfred, Louisville, Ky., 94, Sixteenth United Slates Infantry.

Gillihan, William W., Blandinsville, III., 95, Gray's Battalion, Arkansas Volunteers

Hardy, John A. Flat Rock, III., 94, Third Ohio Volunteers

Harrod, James, Los Angeles, 94, First United States Artillery.

Jordan, Enoch G., Chapman, Kan., 97, First Louisiana Volunteers

Kirk, Thomas A., Milano, Texas, 96, Texas Mounted Volunteers

McGuire, William, Balton, Ont., 97, New York Volunteers

Madara, Peter B., Reading, Pa., 97, Second Pennsylvania Infantry.

Mitchell, James, Princeton, Ky., 95, Fourth Kentucky Infantry.

Read, John, Perry, Ill 95, Fourteenth United States Infantry.

Repseto, William, Cross Plains, Tenn., 101, Third Tennessee Volunteers.,

Shirk. James W., Vonore, Tenn., 97, Fifth Tennessee Volunteers

Stough, Oliver J. San Diego, Cal., 94, Third Ohio Infantry.

Thompson, Calvin R.. Smithshire, III., 96, Second Indiana Infantry.

Truesdale, Matthew C, Kempner, Texas, 97, First Tennessee Volunteers

Wedig, John. Granite City, III., 97, First United States Dragoons.

Williams, Isaiah H., Jr., Stafford, Kan.. 94, First Iowa Volunteers

Wise, Josephus C, Ladonia, Texas, 94, Third Tennessee Volunteers

Wright, Charles. Ionia. Mo.. 94, First Missouri Mounted Volunteers

These Mexican veterans and their comrades won a war which fixed a boundary of Texas at the Rio Grande and gave us the region now occupied by California, Nevada, most of Arizona New Mexico, Utah and a part of Colorado.

source: The Library of Congress, "The Jasper News" (Jasper, Mo.) 1898-1924, July 20, 1922. Submitted by J. Rice



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