A Manual of Pension Bounty and Bounty Land Laws. Washington (DC): Government Printing Office, W.H. & O.H. Morrison, 1862. 9.25 in. x 6 in, dark green hard cover, 216pp plus additional pamphlets sewn in. With loose sheets in front, including a flyer for "L. Brown & Co., Collectors of Military Claims"; "Additional Instructions for preparing claims of Parents or additional Bounty under Act of July 28, 1866"; and preparing claims of surviving soldiers under the same act.
Accompanied by sewn-in pamphlet, Instructions and Forms to be observed in Applying for Army Pensions Under the Act of July 14, 1862. Second Edition. Washington (DC): GPO, 1863.
The volume gives examples of forms and what is necessary to prove that one qualifies for these pensions.
When one goes to the July 14, 1862 section, the introduction is interesting:
By this law several important changes in relation to pensions have been made, which must be regarded by all right-minded men as eminently wise and just. Attention is called to a few of these points.
1. Every one conversant with our pension laws has been impressed with the great disparity in the rates of pensions between the army and navy, discriminating most unjustly against the latter. This act has placed every class and grade in the military and naval service of the United States on the same footing, and graduated the rate of each individual's pension by the same principles.
2. This law has made the rates of pension specific and fixed in all cases, instead of contingent and moveable as the most of them were under previous laws.
3. Under this act pensions commence on the date of discharge instead of on the completion of testimony, as under previous laws. But to secure this, application must be made within one year from the date of discharge. If this is not done the pension will commence on the date of the application.....
5. One new principle has been introduced into this law, adopted from the English pension laws... [that is] provision for pensions to widowed mothers and orphan sisters under sixteen years of age, dependent wholly, or in part, on a deceased soldier for their support... Much more.
Previous owner's signature (W. Hughes) on front pastedown and free endpaper with 1864 date.
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