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Brightwell Military Records

Thomas Brightwell of Memphis, TN

1917 Pension Application
for Civil War Service

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Soldier's Application for Pension.

I, Thomas H. Brightwell, a native of the State of Virginia and now a citizen of Tennessee, resident at #945, New York St. Memphis, in the County of Shelby, in said State of Tennessee, and who was a soldier from the State of Virginia, in the war between the United States and the Confederate States, do hereby apply for aid under the Act of the General Assembly of Tennessee, entitled "An Act for the benefit of the indigent and disabled soldiers of the late war between the States, and to fix the fees and attorneys or agents for procuring such pensions and fixing a penalty for the violation of the same."  And I do solemnly swear that I was a member of Company "D.", 18th. Va. Volunteers Inf. in the service of the Confederate or United States, and that by reason of disability and indigence I am now entitled to receive the benefit of this Act.  I further swear that I do not hold any National, State or county office, nor do I receive aid or pension from any other State, or from the United States, and that I am not an inmate of any soldier's home, and that I am unable to earn a reasonable support for myself and family.  I do further solemnly swear that the answers given to the following questions are true:

In what County, State and year were you born?

Answer In the State of Virginia, County of Charlotte in the year 1839, Nov. 3d.,

When did you enlist and in what command?  Give the names of the regimental and company officers under whom you served?

Answer April 6th., 1861.  The Captain of the Company was E.G. Wall; R. E. Withers was Colonel of the Regiment after it was organized.

In what battle or battles were you engaged, and, if not wounded, state what disabilities did you receive, if any?

Answer First Battel {sic} of Manassas; Fredericksburg; Coal Harbor; Williamsburg; Seven Pines; Gains Mill; Frazier's Farm; Gettysburg; was slightly wounded in right hand at Williamsburg.

What was the precise nature of your wound or disability, if any?

Answer Was shot in the hand but did not leave the command

Were you incapacitated for service by reason of said wound or disability incurred?

Answer only for a very short time.

Were you discharged from the army by reason of said wound or disability incurred?

Answer No.

If discharged from the army, where were you and what did you do until the close of the war?


What was the name of the surgeon who attended you?


H{paper torn} id you get out of the army, when and where?

{paper torn} I was captured with most of Pickett's Division at Sailor's Creek and taken to Point Lookout prison, Md.

Were you ever in prison? If so, state what prison and when released.

Answer Yes was taken to Point Lookout prison, Md. and not released till 25th day JUNE, 1865.
Were you paroled? If so, when and where?

Answer I was paroled at that time, June 25th, 1865.

Did you take the oath of allegiance to the United States Government?

Answer Never took it in my life.

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If so, when and under what circumstances?


Have you applied for pension before this?  If so, about when?

Answer No have not.

Are you married, or have you been married?

Answer Have been married.  My wife has been dead thirty odd years.

If so, what is the size of your family living together?

Answer I have three children living.

What are the respective ages of your wife and the children living with you?

Answer They are all over thirty five years old.

To what sex do your children belong?

Answer One daughter and two sons.

In what business are you now engaged, if any, and what do you earn?

Answer Am not in any business now, not able to earn any thing.

What estate have you in your own right, real and personal, and what is its actual cash value?

Answer I have not a dollar's worth, in the world.

What estate has your wife in her own right, real and personal, and what is its actual cash value?


State the gross income of yourself and your wife from all sources for the past year.  This must include all money received either from wages, rents or interest on loaned money, if any.  Also family supplies raised or received from rents and used by your family.

Answer I have none.

How have you derived support for yourself and family for the last five years?

Answer I have been living with my daighter {sic}, doing what work I could, not able to earn money.  Have received help from relatives from time to time.

Do you use intoxicants to any extent?

Answer No.

How long and since when have you been an actual resident of the State of Tennessee?

Answer Since 1866.

Have you an attorney to look after this application?

Answer Yes, Dabney M. Scales,

If so, give his name and address?

Answer #29, Southern Express Building.  Memphis, Tenn.

Witness my hand this 29th. day of May 1917.

{signed} x T H Brightwell
P. O. Memphis, Tenn.
Street and No. (if any) 945 New York St
R. F. D. (if any)

Sworn to and subscribed to
before me this May 31st 1917
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Witnefs {paper torn}


_____, Physician
Postoffice Address _____
Postoffice Address _____
Postoffice Address _____


Shelby County.

I, E. {H} Crump Trustee of said County, certify that Thomas M. Brightwell and his wife Nannie Brightwell re {sic s/b are} not assessed with any property in this County.  either real or personal. acres, valued at $_____, and with $_____ of personal property.

Witness my hand this 31 day of May 1917

{signed} E. {H} Crump, Trustee
By W M Pope
D. {T}.

If applicant and his wife have no property, the Trustee must so certify.

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Shelby County.

Personally appeared before me W. L. Kearney, of said County, the above named Thomas H. Brightwell, the applicant, with whom I am personally acquainted, and having the application read and fully explained to him, as well as the statements and answers therein made, made oath that the said statements and answers are true.

Witness my hand and seal of office, this 29th. day of May, 1917. 191_

{signed} W. {L}. Kea{rn}ey
Notary Public


Shelby County.

Personally appeared before me _____, of said County, the above named _____ one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing application, and who is a physician of good standing, and being duly sworn says that he has carefully and thoroughly examined _____ the applicant, and find him laboring under the following disabilities:
There are no surviving witnesses of applicant's command in this County.  The affidavits of Samuel Franklin of Appomattox County, Va; and that of J. H. Young of Farmville Va. are hereto attached, to prove service in default of resident witnesses.

Witness my hand and seal of office, this ___ day of _____ 191_

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Personally appear{paper torn} {paper torn}fore me W.L. Kearney, Notary Public, of said {paper torn}
and _____{paper torn}
with whom I am personally acq{paper torn}
make oath that they are personally acqua{paper torn}
made in this application are correct{paper torn}
claim, and that said applicant {paper torn}
further made oath to the fo{paper torn}
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Submitted by Avlyn Dodd Conley.
Online transcription by Susan Shields Sasek. My notes are in curly brackets { }

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