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Winners, Part 3

In the issue of November 28, l942, the editors of Winners of the West published data from the government's pension rolls. As of Sept 30,
1,661 Indian Wars veterans were still on these rolls. To round out this picture--the lists contained the names of l45,445 Spanish-American War veterans. Less than a thousand--890--Civil War veterans were counted as of Sept 30, l942--and believe it on not, one veteran of the War of l8l2 was still hanging on, as were 93 men who served in the Mexican War.

A free stone, but not a box
In the August 30, l934 issue the editors of Winners of the West provided readers with the following useful information:

The Government supplies a free marble headstone for Veterans of all Wars.

The size for the Indian War Veterans is as follows: 39 inches long, l2 inches wide, 4 inches thick.

The lettering on the stone will consist of the name and rank of the Veteran (if above a private) and organization.

No additional inscription such as name of Company, Troop or Battery in which the Veteran served, or date of birth or date of death, can be furnished at Governmentr expense.

Any additional inscriptions may be cut on these Headstones at private expense after they have been delivered to the consignee.

Headstones are shipped approximately sixty days from the date the receipt of the application in the office of the Quartermaster General.

[I really like the next part] The law does not provide for a money allowance in lieu of furnishing headstones, nor does it providee for any expenditure for fences or for any other purpose."

Then in the very next issue the old regulars were reminded by the following that Uncle Sam kept a tight hand on the public purse:

"The Government does not provide coffins gratis for deceased veterans."

Well, what the hell, a free stone but no box is better than nothing at all.

If you have any interest in the post-Civil War regular establishment and the men, black and white, that served in it--read Winners of the West.

Tom Phillips

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