Declaration for Pension
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I, Absolom A. Harrison, applicant for Invalid Pension No. 261770 do hereby certify that for five years previous to my enlistment I resided in Hardin County, KY, my post office being Pitts Point, Bullitt Co., KY, my occupation was that of a farmer with the exception of a few months in the year 1860 when I was engaged in selling goods near Pitts Point and for five years previous to my enlistment I never was treated by a physician for any disease whatever.
My residence from the time I was discharged Sept. 1862 to April 1863 was in Hardin Co. my Post Office being Pitts Point, Bullitt Co., KY. From April 1863 to February 1867 I resided in Lebanon, Boone Co., Indiana. From February 1867 to November 1870 I resided in Whitestown, Boone Co., Indiana. From November 1870 until November 1871 I resided in Hardin Co., KY, my Post Office being Red Hill, Hardin Co., KY. From November 1871 to October 1875 I resided at Lacona P.O., Jefferson Co., KY. From October 1875 to the present time I have resided in Hardin County my Post Office being Stithton, Hardin Co., KY.
I performed no manual labor from the time I was discharged until July or August 1863 when I worked a short time in a cooper shop in Lebanon but being unable to perform more than half as much as other coopers I left the shop and got a position as salesman in a store and afterwards I was in KY temporarily selling a patent right. While at Whitestown I drove a team, having a hand to load and unload the wagon. After I came back to Kentucky I rented land and hired most of the work done. I sometimes make a few barrels, making one per day while an ordinary cooper in good health can make three per day. I have also taught school occasionally in this State when I could not do anything else.
I was first attacked with rheumatism in July or August 1862 at Tullahoma in the State of Tennessee while in the line of duty as a soldier. It was what is termed inflammatory rheumatism pervading the entire system. I was unable to stand on my feet or use my hands without suffering the most excruciating pain. I was treated by Dr. C.H. Butler, Surgeon, 4th KY Cav. I finally recovered sufficiently to walk a little with the aid of a stick when I was sent up to Nashville with a Certificate of Disability where I was discharged from the service Sept. 3, 1862.
The next attack occurred in October '62 shortly after my arrival home and differed somewhat from the first in that it seemed to be particularly severe in my bowels and was called by some rheumatism or neuralgia in the bowels. I was treated by Dr. Robt. McMurtry of Elizabethtown.
Although I did not have another acute attack for about three years I never was free from rheumatism and was not at any time able to perform manual labor.
The next acute attack occurred in November 1865 and much the same as the second. Was confined to room about 4 or 5 weeks. During this attack I was treated by Dr. M.H. Bounel of Lebanon, IN. Dr. M.H.B. has since died.
The next acute attack occurred in Nov. 1873 and was like the first. I was unable to walk for 3 months and did not attempt to perform the lightest labor for 6 months. I was treated by Dr. J. Stallings, since deceased.
The next attack occurred in January 1876 and was much the same as the first. I was treated by Dr. S.C. Lewis of Vine Grove and Dr. Saml. Tabb of Elizabethtown. This time I was confined to my room 3 months.
The next & last attack was in March 1879 and was like the first. I was treated by Dr. S.C. Lewis of Vine Grove, Hardin Co., KY and obtained a prescription from Dr. C.J. Walton of Munfordville, Hart Co., KY.
I have never been able since my discharge to perform manual labor if necessity had not compelled me to try it and I have paid out hundreds of dollars to physicians.