Friday, March 22, 2013

83-year-old with autism last to get Civil War benefits

Pictured: America's last living link to the Civil War is an 83-year-old woman with autism whose father fought with both the Unionists and Confederates | Mail Online

  • Irene Triplett, who suffers from autism, was born into rural poverty in North Carolina

  • She receives $876 a year from the government as thanks for her father taking part in the war which ended 148 years ago

  • Father Moses Triplett was 83 when she was born and fought first for the Confederates and then the Unionists during the war

  • Unable to look after herself, Irene has spent the past 60 years living in a facility and is no longer visited by relatives

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