The Window vs. the Bureaucrats: The Strange Case of Mrs. Captain Ripley Arnold

Selcer, Richard
January 2004
Southwestern Historical Quarterly;Jan2004, Vol. 107 Issue 3, p361
Academic Journal
Discusses the efforts of Catherine Bryant Arnold, widow of U.S. Captain Ripley Arnold, to collect her husband's military pension during the 19th century. Description of how the 19th-century pension system worked in inefficiency and institutionalized contrariness; Ways in which Arnold's battle with the federal bureaucracy was different from the experiences of other soldiers' widows; Relevant pension law covering Ripley Arnold and other Mexican War veterans; Problems in Arnold's case because of the unique circumstances of her husband's death and the intervention of the Civil War.


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