In this thread, we will examine the relationship if any of the 14th amendment and post Civil War States pensions. There are 2 competing speculations, there is a relationship and there is no relationship. First up is Branch v. Haas. UNITED STATES CIRCUIT COURT, D. Alabama. Branch V. Haas. 1883 Link A contract made since the late civil war for the sale and delivery of coupon bonds, issued by the Confederate States of America, is based on an illegal consideration, and is therefore void. .... To this plea a demurrer was filed which raised the ques tion, whether a contract for the purchase of Confederate coupon bonds and for their delivery on October 29, 1881, is a valid contract, for the breach of which damages may be recovered? That the bonds themselves are void there can be no question, for they were issued in violation of public policy, and by a pretended government asserting itself in hostility to the lawful government of the United States, which has long since ceased to have any actual existence, and never had any legal or rightful existence, as determined by the final arbitrament of war. Not only so, but after the war of the rebellion, and after the so-called government of the Confederate States of America, under the authority of which these bonds were issued, had ceased to have any act ual existence, the constitution of the United States was amended, and by section 4 of the fourteenth amendment of the same it is provided : " Neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or anyclaim for the loss or emancipation of any slave, but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void."The bonds in question, then, are illegal and void by the constitution of the United States. The court rulings seem to limit the 14th amendment to bonds issued by the CSA and the CSA States and not later pension obligations.