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FIFTH TENNESSEE INFANTRY, USA

From the papers of

Luther Mead Blackman

Transcribed by

Janelle Swearingen

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Francis Beals

Braxton Brady

Samuel Carr

William B. Craig

VanBuren McDonald

James Packet

James B. Shirley

William Thacker

Edmund D. Underwood

Lewis R. Young

 

 

 

Francis Beals, Company I

 [letterhead] Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D. C., July 15th 1891. Sir, In the pension claim No. 430,864, Act of June 27, 1890, of Ladee L. Beals as widow of Francis Beals, Co. AI@ 5th Tenn Inf a stict compliance with the requirements indicated by paragraph 3,4,5,6,7 will insure early action. [form letter asking for particulars of birth, marriage, soldiers death, remarriage if any, previous marriage, children under 16, etc.] Green B. Reum

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Braxton Brady, Company H

Telico Tenn.

My 1st leiut Robt P. Woody address is Vincent Fannin Co. GA 2d Leiut Nathan B. Long Morganton Fannin Co. GA was not treated by any physician as it was too inconvenient. I treated myself I can prove my condition by my neighbors. Yours &c. Braxton Brady

 [letterhead] Department of the Interior. Pension Office.

August 31, 1881.

Sir: In the Invalid Claim, no. 266924 of Mr. Braxton Brady, the testimony indicated in paragraph no. 1 & 2 should be furnished.

1. The affadavit of a commissioned officer claimant’s company or regiment, which should state when where, and the circumstances under which the alleged gunshot wound of left ankle was received.

2. The affidavit of the surgeon, or assistant surgeon, of claimants regiment as to treatment for g.s.w. of left ankle.

 [same letterhead as above same claim and same info called for. This one dated Dec 10, 1881.]

 State of Georgia, Gilmer County. H. E. Newberry aged 34 ys was a Private in Co H 5th Md Infy in the month of March 1865 he was with Brady in a scout from Cleveland towards Dalton near Holly Creek had a skirmish and Brady received a Gun shot wound in left leg near ankle. Was near Brady at the time. Brady was thrown off or fell off the mule he was riding and affiant assisted him to rise and mount his animal. Saw wound immediately after it was recieved and saw Surgeon Remage treat wound after return to camp. Frequently saw wound and saw it treated by surgeon Remage at Cleveland. Shortly after B. was wounded regiment ordered to Chatta at which place Brady was sent to hospital on account of wound which rendered him unable for duty. Recollectin is that B remained in said Hospital until reg. was ordered to Gardines Mills TN when Brady rejoined Regt and remained with it until mustered out. Frequently saw wound while B was with Regt. Discharge together and went to same neighborhood in Lumpkin Co. GA. Lived in same neighborhood until some 5 years ago when B removed to Cherokee County N. C. During the time they were neighbors frequently saw Bs wound which at times would be much inflamed would break and discharge matter; while at other times would would seemingly be nearly healed. That there were times when he deemed B wholy incapacitated from performing manual labor as a farmer: at other times when the wound seemed to be healed was able to do light work. Was fully one half on an average disabled while together. Sworn to 27 Oct 1882 before L M. Greer clerk Supr court.                          

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Samuel Carr, Company H

War Department Adjutant Generals Office Washington, Novbr 16 1883

L. M. Blackman, Esq, Madisonville Tenn

Sir:

Referring to the application of Samuel Carr for removal of Charge of desertion or absence without leave from his record as a late member of Co. H 5th Tenn Vols prosecuted by you in June last. If have to inform you that the record of this office show that this soldier was restored to duty without trial by his Division Commander upon condition of forfeiting all pay and allowances for the time absent. In accepting this action he is held to have acknowledged the justice of the charge of dissertion, which, having been properly made cannot be removed. Very respectfully Your obed Servt. S. N. Benjamin

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William B. Craig, Company I

[copy] Adjt Genl office Washington April 10, 1883. Jno T. Carpenter. Coytee Loudon Co. Tenn. Sir: Referring to the case of Wm. B. Craig formerly a member of Co. AI@ 5th Tenn Infty Vols whose application for removal of chg of Desertion was filed by you on the 8th Feb 83. I have the honor to inform you that it appears from the record that Craig deserted on the 11th Nov 1864 and returned on the 20 Dec 1864. As the testimony presented fully confirms this record the application is denied. Very Respectfully Your Obdt Servt C. McKeever, Ast Adjt Genl.

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VanBuren McDonald, Company K

Chattanooga Tenn, Dec 19th 1878

L. M. Blackman Esq. Madisonville Tenn. Dear Sir: Enclosed herewith find power of attorney from Amanda McDonald, James McDonald, Mary Ann McDonald of this county to Larken Chiles & Co. Of Knoxville Tenn to endorse Treasury draft No. E5643 On Warrant no. _177 drawn to their order on U. S. Treasury at Washington D. C. For $300.00 & dated July 25th 1878 to forward to them after deducting commission. They request me to send this power of attorney to you & that you send proceeds of draft after deducting commissions for collecting to me. Truly Yours M. H. Clift.

 

[letterhead] Department of the Interior, Pension Office, Jan 2, 1884. [to] Mr. T. W. Tallmadge, City. Sir: In the Invalid Claim No. 410773 of Mr. Van Buren McDonald, the testimony indicated in paragraphs Nos 1 and 2 should be furnished.

1. The affidavit of a commissioned officer of claimants company or regiment, which should state when where, and the circumstances under which the alleged Piles, deafness and rheumatism were contracted and rupture incurred. . .

2. The affidavit of the surgeon or assitant surgeons, of claimants regiment as to the treatment for said disabilities. . . Wm. W. Dudley

 

 South Div. Department of the Interior, Pension Office. No. 410773. Van Buren McDonald, Co. K, 8 Regt Tenn Vols

April 12, 1886. Sir: Claimant allegeds that he incurred a rupture, and piles while in service. Therefore he is required to show by competent testimony when, where, and under what circumstances he incurred said affections and that he has suffered from alleged piles from February 1863 to the present time. The testimony, now on file with this claim for pension is not considered sufficient to warrant favorable action, because the affiants do not appear to have personal knowledge that the alleged hernia was incurred as alleged, and they do not state specifically the means of knowing that he contractd piles as alleged nor that he has suffered continuously from piles from Feby 1863 to date as required. Comrades testifying to incurrence of hernis should be those who know that the said hernia was incurred as alleged from personal observation. Very respectfully John C. Black Acting Commissioner.

[to] T. W. Tallmadge, Washington D. C.

 

Coytee Po Loudon Co. Tenn, May 21 1886. Dear Sir. I Have a claim in the hand of T. W. Tallmadge Washington D. C. And I am not perceeding very well with it and I wish to imploy you to see after it for me if we can agree I am willing to give more out of it if you could see after the getting up Evidence as I am porley and cannot get about much I thought a while back that I had it about complete but I like sumpthing yeat and if you conclude to assiste me please write me and I will send you my letters of requirements and addresses of such comerids as nessary I have furnished testimony of comerads John H. Simpson of Co. D 5" Regt tenn Vols same Co that I Belonged to and James E. Schrinshir of same as I belonged to the same comrads testimony maight Be writen properly to the point and ancer I could give several others if I could get about so fize [physically] Now. Yours truly Van Buren McDonald. Co. K 5" regt inft.

 

Sept 15, 1887 Coytee Loudon County Tennessee. Dear Sir As the Limittashion of the Department in my case have passed and I have done nothing I address you in question whether it be continual by every means or not or what would be a successful procedings there in As I have not been fizk[physically] able during the Limittashion But I think I could make a trip almost Eney time now. Your truly Van B. McDonald.

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James Packet, Company I

 Widows Declaration for Pension or Increase of Pension. State of Tennessee County of Loudon . . . Millie Packet. . . widow of James Packet who enlisted under the name of James Packet in Co. I 5 Tenn Infty USA in the war of 1861 to 1865 who died of disease of lungs at Philadelphia Loudon Co. Tenn 20 June 1883.. . . the following are the names and dates of birth of all the legitimate children yet surviving who were under sixteen years of age at fathers death, viz:

Mary E. of soldier by claimant born April [torn]

Sarah of soldier by claimant born Aug 7, 18_7

Alice of soldier by claimant born Jan 187_

prior application has been filed by the soldier no. 426402 and his claim allowed and paid under Certif no. 315534.                   

[letterhead same as above] Mch 1st 1886. L. M. Blackman, Dear Sir: I acknowledge the receipt of application and duplicate fee agreements duly executed by Millie Packet authorizing me as his attorney to prosecute her claim for Widows Pension with affidavit of Dr. Browder. . . . required to establish the claim proving her marriage to the Soldier and dates of birth of all children & that she has not remarried since the soldiers death. The soldiers disability was proven on his own claim. . . . T.W. Tallmadge. [written on the bottom] Married July1, 1859 at Sweetwater by Rev. Eli Cleveland.

[notes written on the back] James Martin, Arch Ba___ knew Packet before marriage. Dr Murray was present when Sarah C was born. Mrs E. A. Seagle Nash, Tenn. Mrs. Seagle dont remember yet.

Loudon Tenn Sept 13th 1886. Maj. Blackburn [sic]. Eaves Mills. Dear Sir: I hear you have not seen them witnesses yet please hurry up get Pop Greene and Joe Briwer (?). Get them if you had not got the others. Resp Mrs. Packett

             

Madisonville Sep 18 1886. Maj. L. M. Blackman

Dear Sir. Lying to hand contents noted I have no recolletion of waiting on Mrs. Packet. I have no right to say that I did not for I expect that I did wait on her in confinement. But all of my old a/c were left in the hands of Dr. J. W. Duncan when we dissolved Partnership and I cannot swear to the papers you sent me. Respectfully M. C. Duncan (?)

 

T. W. Tallmadge, Attorney at Law and Solicitor of [Claims] for Prosecution before Government Departments or Courts. 1423 F. Street, Washington, D. C., Oct 9, 1886. L. M. Blackman. Dear Sir Evidence received in claim of Mrs. Millie Packet. She has alleged in her application that Sarah C. was born Apr 7/72 while her mother testifies to birth Aug 6 62. Which is right? The one in error must be correct date & give correct date. She must also prove that there was no previous marriage of either herself or soldier & that she has not remarried since soldiers death. Before this proof will be accpeted as to births and marriage she must also show why she cannot get a certified copy of marriage record & of record of births or why she cannot get an affidavit from Rev. Cleveland who officiated at marriage and why she cannot obtain testimony of phsician or attendant at births. Yours J. W. Tallmadge.

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James B. Shirley, Company H

 A declaration for original pension of an invalid

State of Tennessee County of Loudon . . . 1883 . . . James B. Shirley aged 53, a resident of Eve Mills, County of Loudon . . enlisted in Captain James L Dungan Company AH@ Fifth Regiment Tenn Infantry . . . at Nashville Tennessee on the 10th day of August 1863, and was honorably discharged at Nashville Tenn on the 30th day of June 1865 . . . Aged 53 years; height five feet ten inches; complexion fair hair light; eyes blue; . . . About the 25th of Jan 1865 while with his regiment on Steamboat going from Clifton Tenn to Washington D. C. His feet and both legs from just above the knees were frozen from which resulting Rheumatism occasioned swelling feet and ankel joints also catarrahal affection. About the first of April 1865 contracted Erysepalis at Nashville Tenn which has ever since affected his eyes.

That he was treated in General Hospital no. 6 at Nashville Ten from about the 1st day of Apr 1865 to about the middle of May 1865 and in Stanton Hospital at Washington D. C. From Febr 1st 1865 to 14th day of March 1866. That since leaving the said service, this applicant has resided near Morgantown & Eve Mills of Loudon County . . . his occupation has been Farmer . . . prior to his entry into the service above-named, he was a man of good sound physical health, being when enrolled a farmer that now he is one third disabled . . . he hereby appoints L. M. Blackman his Attorney . . . his post office is at Eve Mills County of Loudon . . .[not signed or dated.]                                                                                                                       [R1-V-C-5]

 

Jas B. Sherley Aged 55 years.

About the middle of May 1864 was near Claimant in a charge at the battle of Resaca Ga when he was struck either by a shell or as affiant supposed at the time by a limb of an oak tree which was cut off by the artillery fire of enemy. Saw claimant reeling and after being struck his coat and trousers on left side were badly torn. Was probably 20 feet from afiant and knows was left side as claimant was on right of him and facing same way. Happened to see him as he looked towards claimant when limbs were falling. Heard Hugh Campbell of same Co. tell the orderly (thinks he was Jas Hammerton) that he had help carry claimant to hospital and that he believed he would die. In a few days claimant reported back to his Co and told affiant he believed he had been struck with a shell. Affiant told him he believed it was a limb. Did not see his side but saw calf of leg and it was badly scratched. Complained when he returned more particularly of hip and side. Ever after complained till muster out of his hip side hurting him. Have no knowledge of condition since return home. [it is unclear whether Sherley is the claimant or the affiant as this is unsigned]

 

Department of the Interior, Pension Office Washington D. C. April 17 1883.

Mr. James B. Shirley, Eve Mills, Loudon Co. Ten.

Sir Your claim has been received, recorded and has been given a number as below . . . Your claim is entitled Inv. No. 4779,84. James B. Shirley Co. Pvt H & J 5 Regt Tenn Inf . . .

 

Pension claim of James B. Shirley Pvt Co H & J 5th Rgt Tenn Inf. . . claim no 477984, Apr 17th 1883 . . . Copy of his story in Shirley Claim. That 17 Jan 1865 his regiment left Clifton Tenn for N. C. Was exposed on steamboat and between Louisville & Cincinnati weather cold - his feet and lower part of legs were frost bitten - could hardly walk when leaving boat for ? After got to Washington ten days and nights in tent - no overcoat and insufficient bed covering - limbs got worse - had been suffering with pains in feet and legs - Regt started for N. C. And he sent to Stanleys hospital. Surgeon in Charge W. B. Wilson - who pronounced his feet & legs frozen (March 6) Stayed there till 14th March when regt ?? He joined it and started for Nashville. Left Washington 15th March. When reached Louisville Ky face was much swolen and very sore and when arrived at Nashville suffering from violent attack of erysipelas - sent to post hospital - this in latter part of Mch. He thinks, stayed about 6 weeks returned to Regt and stayed with it till Muster out. The Erysipelas resulted in imparring vision. Has treated himself for pains in feet & legs - swell at times, not been treated by any physicial for disabilities not suffered from acute disease. Condition of feet prevents him at times from performing farm labor such as plowing. Cannot read anything but largest print. When takes cold suffers from pains in head & eyes. One third disabled.

 

[letterhead] Department of the Interior, Pension Office, Washington D. C. May 1, 1883, Sir: In the claim for Invalid Pension No 477984, of James B. Shirley, the claimant is required to state under oath his place or several places of residence, and what his occupation was for five years immediately preceeding his enlistment [this is a form letter requesting several items of information]

[letterhead] Department of the Interior, Pension Office, Washington D. C. Dec 21, 1883. . .

[to] James B. Shirley, Eve Mills, Loudon Co. Tenn. Sir: You are hereby informed that it appears from the medical certificate of the Board of U. S. Pension Examining Surgeons at Knoxville Tenn that the disability for which pension is claimed, to-wit Rheumatism catarrh, erysipelas, and frozen feet does not now exist in a pensionable degree .. . Wm. W. Dudley

[letterhead] Department of the Interior, Pension Office, Washington D. C. Sept 11th 1885. James B. Shirley, Eve Mills, Loudon Co., Tenn, Orig. Inv. No. 477984. Sir: You are advised that your claim for pension above cited awaits the Testimony of an officer or of two comrades of your Cav Company and Regiment and of your regimental surgeon showing origin of and treatement for your alleged catarrhal affection, while in the service, and medical or the best obtainable testimony showing the existence of date of discharge (June 30" 1865) and the continuance of the present time of said catarrh also the degree of disability - resulting there from each year since March 30" 1883. You were notified of the above Feby 19" 1884 but the testimony indicated above has not been furnished, the affidavit of your said hospital steward recently filed not indicating treatment for any disability such as the above named. The names and last known post office addresses of officers of both Co AH@ and AI@ of your regiment were furnished you in the communication referred to. When the testimony indicated or your statement under oath showing your inability to furnish it shall have been received, your claim will be further considered. Very respectfully Wm E. McLean, Acting Commissioner.

James B. Sherley Eve Mills Loudon Co. TN.

 Department of the Interior, Washington D. C. Sept 11, 1885

James B. Sherley

Sir: you are advised that your claim for pension above cited awaits the testimony of an officer, or of two comrades of your comany and regiment and of your regimental surgeon showing origin of and treatment for your alleged catarrhal affection, while in the service, and medical or the best obtainable testimony showing the existence at date of discharge June 30, 1865 and the continuance of the present time of said catarrh also the degree of disability - resulting therefrom each year sicne March 30, 1883. You were notified of the above Feby 19 1884 but the testimony indicated above has not been furnished, the affidavit of your late Hospital Steward recently filed not indicating treatment - for any disability such as that above named. The names and last known post office addresses of officers of both Co. H and I of your regiment were furnished you in the communication referred to. When the testimony indicated or your statement under oath showing your inability to furnish it shall have been received your claim will be further considered. Very respectfully Wm. E. McLean, Acting Commissioner.

[to] James B. Sherley Eve Mills Loudon Co. Tenn.

 

 Dept of Interior, Pension Office Washington D. C. Jan 27, 1886. James B. Shirley Pvt.

Sir:

Relative to your above cited claim for pension you are advised that so much of said claim as refers to the freezing of feet, rheumatism & erysipelas affecting eyes will probably be rejected upon the ground of no pensionable disability - from alleged causes since date of filing claim March 30th 1883. You are further advised that so much of the claim as refers to the alleged catarrh requires your statement under oath descriptive of the manner in which you have been affected by said catarrh from date when first contracted up to the present time. You are also required to furnish the best obtainable testimony showing whether you have suffered continuously with said catarrh each year from date of your discharge to the present time and showing the degree of disability - resulting from said catarrh each year since March 30th 1883. If you are unable to furnish the testimony indicated you are required to state the fact & reasons under oath. Very Respectfully Commissioners.

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William Thacker, Company I

General Affidavit . . of William Thacker late Private Co.___ 5th Tenn Infty . . . 1891 . . . Henry Fortner aged ___ of Vincinnes. . . State of Indiana. . . and Elijah Fortner . . . Vincinnes .. . Indiana. During the late war of the Rebellion we served in Co.___ 5th Regiment Tenn Infty and was well and . . . acquainted with William Thacker . . . Company AI@ of the same . . . [this has a large part of the document destroyed by water damage]. . . . were riding on top of a freight train when the train left the track and Thacker was thrown down an embankment a distance as we now remember of some twenty (20) or twenty five (25) feet and was so badly injured as to be rendered unconscious for a time. After said accident said Thacker frequently complained to us of having sustained injuries thereby in his back and breast and possibly other parts. We were neighbors of said soldier before our respective enlistments and never were specially interested in his case and have a distinct recollection of the facts as herein detailed.

[this not completed and not signed]                                                                              

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James M. Underwood, Company K

Loudon E. Ten. Jan 14th 1884. Gentlemen my wifes Father died in the U. S. service the year that I was born. I also have 2 brothers are we alowed a pention we are very poor and kneedy hav to work hard without our education. I think we are entitled to $4 per mo. My mother married again. Answer and tell me what course to persue and oblige your well wisher. My maden name was M. A. Underwood I am married to Mr. James Hall. My fathers name Edmond Underwood who died at Louisville Ky in 1863 his Captains name Rily Bess. Write in care of W. Cline Loudan E. Tenn.

 

Declaration for pension of children over sixteen years of age,

State of Tennessee County of Monroe

Jas M. Underwood, Jno W. Underwood, and Martha E. A. Hall counties of Loudon and Monroe in the State of Tennessee aged 26, 23, & 22 years respectively .. . in order to obtain the pension provided by acts of Congress for children .. . That they are the legitimate children of Edmund D. Underwood who enlisted under the name of Edmund D. Underwood at Cumberland Gap Tenn . . . 1862 in the war of 1861, who died of Pneumona & Typhoid fever at Louisville Kentucky . .. Private in Co.@K@ 5th Tenn Infty . . . left a widow surviving Sarah Underwood, that the above named are the only surviving legitimate children . . . That the post office address of declarants are as follows to wit: James Monroe Underwood, Greenback Loudon Co. Tenn, John Wesley Underwood, 4 mile Branch Monroe Co. Tenn, Martha E. A. Hall Loudon, Loudon, Tenn . . . that said children were the issue of said soldier as follows, the dates of their birth as hereinafter stated: James M. of soldier by Sarah Underwood born March 28, 1858; John W. of soldier by Sarah Underwood born Oct 20, 1860; Martha A. E. of soldier by Sarah Underwood born Aug 7, 1861. That the father was married under the name of Edmund D. Underwood to Sarah Sparks there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that the said children have not aided or abetted the rebellion; and that a prior application has been filed by the widow of said soldier cannot give number.                                                      

 

[Blackman’s notes]

Edmond D. Underwood Co. K 5 Regt Tenn Infty. Lieut Riley Best, Capt Hagler, James & Sam Tullock know about case.

James M. Born Mrch 28, 1858, John W. Born Oct 20, 1860, Martha A. E. Born Aug 7, 1861.

Sarah E. Sparks maiden name. Mountainsville Tenn.

Grandmother Nancy C. Sparks lives at Sniders Mill knows date of births and his family reocrd.

Mary L. Collens, Hopewell knows birth of children by her own childrens birth. Married 22 Feb ___ record at Maryville.

Robert M. Bell, Knoxville Tenn [no indication of why this name is included]      

 

 M. A. Hall I have move home and I want yo to halp mi. A letters to Mounttainville if you pleas Blackman and help in mi. M. A. Hall

[not on bottom] Wrote to Mrs. M. A. Hall July 21' 84 to fix a day to meet me for the purpose of completing papers in case.

 

[letterhead] Government Claim Agency of T. W. Talmadge . . . May 19th 1884. L. M. Blackman. Dear Sir: We send you an application for the children of E. D. Underwood.

If his widow survives and is unmarried they have no title.

One blank will suffice if they can all execute it. Yours truly T. W. Talmadge.

Washington D. C., Sept 2" 1884.

L. M. Blackman. Dear Sir: I am in receipt of the application for pension of the minors of Edmond D. Underwood and have filed the same.

The fee agreements must be signed in duplicate by the parties. Jas W must sign either the same set the other heirs do or another set.

I send you some blank forms.

Yours Truly T. W. Talmadge (over) [on the back] The whole fee will be $25.00

 

Houk, Blount Co. Ma 15th 1884

Maj. Blackman

Dear Sir in regard to Ed Underwoods death I am or was well acquainted with him having no record in my possession as well as I recollect he enrolled as Vol inCo (K) 5th Regt Tenn Infty Vols in July or Aug 1862 at Cumberland Gap and died at Louisville Ky in Feb or about that month close in 1863 as well as I recollect.

Disease, some kind of Feaver. He died in Hospital. I dont recollect the name and No. Very respectfully Yours &c U. K. Best Late 1st Leiut Co. K 5th Regt Infty Vols.

 

[letterhead] Government Claim Agency of T. W. Talmadge. Washington, D. C. Nov 6, 1884. L. M. Blackman. Dear Sir: In the case of the heirs of Edmond D. Underwood. I would inquire - did the widow ever draw pension? If so, she probably was allowed pension for the children also. Consequently they are not entitled to anything further as they wer all 16 or over when she remarried in 1877.

If I find the claim can be prosecuted - proof of the widows remarriage and of the childrens births must be furnished - record evidence being preferable. Please advise me as soon as convenient. Yours truly T. W. Talmadge.

[letterhead] Office of T. W. Tallmadge, Attorney at Law, and Solicitor of Claims For Prosecution Before Government Departments or Courts. 23 years Experience. Washington D. C. June 12th 1885. Dear Sir: Did the Husband of Rachel Wright file a claim for invalid pension during his life?

In this case I am waiting the evidence for which I wrote you fully Nov 4th last.

In the claim of the children of E. D. Underwood please request claimants to send me the evidence for which I wrote you Apr 15th last.

Hoping to hear from you in relation to these claims at an early day I am Yours Truly T. W. Tallmadge.

P. S. Did the Widow of E. D. Underwood file a claim for pension prior to July 1, 1880.

 

[letterhead same as above] July11th 1885. L. M. Blackman. Dear Sir: In the claim of the children of Edmund D. Underwood, I am called upon by the Commissioner of Pensions to file the affidavit of a commissioned officer, showing definitely when, where and under what circumstances he contracted his fatal disease, the nature and symptoms of the same. It is also required that an affidavit from the surgeon or assistant surgeon showing treatment while in the service be presented, together with evidence of the immediate cause of his death.

If this evidence is unobtainable please direct claimant to so state under oath and why.

In reply hereto please inform me whether the widow filed a claim for pension, and if so, did she complete the same and receive the pension? Requesting an early reply hereto, I remain Yours Respectfully T. W. Talmadge.

 

[letterhead same as above] Oct 23rd, 1885. L. M. Blackman, Esq. Dear Sir: [In the claim of the children of Edmund D. Under]wood, late of Co K, 5th Tenn. Vols. I wrote you April 15th, June 12th, and July 1th, for the evidence . . . You informed me under date of July 14th, that they lived back in the Mountains and you would assist them in obtaining this evidence as soon as you could . . . since when I have heard nothing . . . J. T. Talmadge

[letterhead same as above] Aug 19th 1886. L. M. Blackman. Dear Sir: The supplemental affidavit of Sent[torn] in claim of minors of Edmond Underwood has been received and filed.

The Pension office now requires testimony showing the circumstances under which he contracted his fatal disease also the hame or nature of said disease as the record fails to show the cause of his death.

The date of the widows re-marriage should be shown by a certified copy of a Public or Church record if none such exists by the testimony of the Clergyman or magistrate who performed the ceremony or by persons who present and witnessed said marriage. Yours truly T. W. Tallmadge.

[letterhead] T. W. Tallmadge, Attorney at Law and Solicitor of [Claims] for Prosecution before Government Departments or Courts. 1423 F. Street, Washington, D. C Oct 23, 1886 L. M. Blackman. Dear Sir: In claim of children of Edmund D. Underwood, evidence is necessary showing re-marriage of the widow, by a certified copy of the record of marriage. Yours truly T. W. Tallmadge. Also, required, testimony showing the cause of soldier death

  

You also required for the amt that had been collected by James Tullock but he doesnt remember the amt that the check called for & which he had cashed at Knoxville. My mother thinks it a hundred dollars that was received but am not certain, Yours Truly James Underwood Greenback Tenessee. Loudon Co.

[note at bottom in different hand] Who did widow marry date of her marriage? Name of last husband. Date of marriage of father. Get copy of mg record at Maryville. Where married.

Department of the Interior, Pension Office. Washington, D C Apl 14, 1885. So. Div. Minors. No. 319245. Edward D. Underwood. Co. K 5th Regt Tenn Inf.

Sir: This claim requires the testimony indicated in accompanying circular.

Dr. John C. Everett late Asst Surg of that Reg resides at Liberty Tenn (Siberty): W. N. Purdy, late Hospl Steward, at Philadelphia Tenn. Daniel T. Peterman of Rockwood Tenn and James R. Thompson of Kingston Tenn were Captains of the soldiers company. Very respectfully John C.Black, Commissioner.

[to] J. W. Tallmadge

City

July the 2 1888 Monroe Co. Tennsee Mounttainville. Misster blackman I sat mi self to drope yo a few lines I want to know what you ar a doing with mi clame if [illegible] intenn to get it want to know it I have found A man tha no [illegible] mi father an saw him tuck to the horsepittle an told me he wood give yo his alfectdavie if yo wood come up hear that [illegible] yo have done yours dutey. I will right to the war department see not what is the matter that claime is for me as I will have it beefor I [illegible] so I will close by saying to yo to rigt soon an fail not. M. A. Hall

 

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Lewis R. Young, Company F

[scrap of a form] Lewis R. Young aged 60 a resident of the Town of Sweetwater County of Monroe state of Tennessee . . . declares he is the Lewis R. Young who served the full period of sixty days in the military naval service of the United States in the war with Mexico who enlisted at Maryville, Blount Co. Ten on the ___ day of April 184_ as a private in company AF@ of Captain J. C. Flagg (or Fagg) in the 5th Regiment which was commanded by Colonel Geo B. McC[torn] Tenn Infty. Honorably discharged as a private at Memphis Tenn July 1848. . . [apparently used incorrect form as this was a form for the navy and he served in the Infty]

 

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