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Pension Act of 1864
July 4, 1864

Statutes of the United States
This act is a revision of the Pension act of July 14, 1862. It incorporates lessons learned in the War of Rebellion. This is the first act that attempts to deal
with marriages of freed people which will present problems throughout the history of Civil War Pensions. This was caused by non-state recognition of slave
marriages and would also include by the Pension Bureau a nonrecognition of marriages that were legally contracted by free people of color before the war
and slaves.
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