Archive:Civil War Pension File, Charles H. Whitney (1825-1908)
Civil War Pension File of Charles H. Whitney
Widow: Sarah A. Whitney
Widow Applic. # 909301 Cert. # 671337
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Charles H. Whitney enlisted in Company F, 1st Maine Infantry 27 April 1861, and was discharged at Portland, Maine on 5 August 1861. He was disabled while on duty at Meridian Hill, Washington, D.C. He suffered from fever, lame back, rheumatism, and deafness.
In a letter to General Raum, Commissioner of Pensions dated 1 March 1892, Charles relates that he is a resident of Lewiston, Maine, and has been since the end of his service in the army. His occupation is tailor. On 7 June 1861, while on duty at Meridien Hill, Washington, D.C., he contracted a fever and became very sick. It settled into his back, and ever since he has suffered lameness and low back and leg pain. Also, during the time of his service, his hearing ability decreased, and it has become very significant. He was treated at the hospital at Meridian Hill in June and July of that year. He has self-treated himself ever since, but has now become disabled. A physical examination at this time describes his disabilities, and describes him as 5 feet, six inches tall, 145 pounds, age 63. He was recommended to be pensioned for heart disease and deafness. His address in 1892 was Webster Street, Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine.
As the years passed numerous applications were made for increased benefit. In a declaration made 19 February 1907, Charles relates his personal description at the time of his enlistment: 5 feet 9 ¾ inches; light complexion; blue eyes; dark hair; occupation: tailor. He was born in Cumberland, Maine January 12, 1825. He has resided in Lewiston, Maine since the end of his service. His address is 159 Pine Street, Lewiston.
In a declaration of June 4, 1998, Charles answers questions concerning his marriage. He testifies that his wife's name is Mrs. Charles Whitney, nee Miss Sarah A. Brackett. They were married in Turner, Maine 27 September 1847 by Columbus Gray. A copy of the marriage certificate was submitted by Albert T. Bradford, Clerk of Turner, Oxford Co., Maine. Charles testifies that he was married only once, and that his only living child is Mrs. I. C. Phillips, born 12 November 1851.
Charles' death record from the City of Lewiston gives as his date of death November 15, 1908. The informant is G.W. Phillips, MD. Charles is a married white male 83 years old. Cause of death is uraemic coma. His place of birth is Gorham, Maine. His parents were Samuel and Dorcas Whitney, both born Gorham, Maine.
In December, 1908, Sarah A. Whitney applied for widow's benefit. She still resides at the Pine St. Address in Lewiston, but adds nothing new to our knowledge. However, in 1916 she applied for increased benefit. In the application, she relates that she was born 9 August 1821 in Gorham, Maine, and now lives in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Sarah died 30 April 1919 at the address at the corner of Spring and Rector Streets in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
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