“Civil War Widow’s Mole Skin”

When I saw that headline I had images of the artist-friendly notebooks. Little did I know I’d find another rodent-based article for the blog. Here’s to a less furry 2013 for the Civil War Podcast!

In order to receive a pension, Civil War widows had to prove that they had actually been married to a soldier. Marriage records were far less consistent in the past than they are today, which explains why Charity Snider ended up sending the pressed skin of a dead mole to the federal government.

Civil War widows mole skin: Sent to the government to secure her pension..

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