Archive:Civil War Pension File, Charles H. Whitney (1841-1871)

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Civil War Pension File of Charles H. Whitney Invalid Applic. # 154,485; Cert. # 105,250 National Archives Building, Washington, DC

Charles H. Whitney, Brookline, Norfolk Co., Mass., Private, Co. A, 1st Massachusetts Volunteers.

He is identified as Charles H.7 Whitney (David7, Isaac6, Abner5, Jonas4, Eleazer3, Thomas2, John1).

Discharge of Charles H. Whitney Private Co. "G" 11th Regiment of V. R. C. Transferd to said Corps July 1st/63 from Co. "A" 1st Mass. Vols. was enrolled May 23rd/61. Discharged Dec. 25th/63. By reson of promotion to Captain. Said soldier 22 years of Age 5 feet 8 1/2 inches high. Dark complexion gray eyes Dark hair. Ocupation a Coachman.

To All Whom It May Concern:
Know ye that Charles H. Whitney a Capt. and Bvt. Maj. of Col. and Bvt. Brig. Genl. N. Goff Jr. Company, 37th Regiment of U. S. Cold. Infantry Volunteers, who was enrolled on the Twenty fourth day of December one thousand eight hundred and Sixty three to serve Three years or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United State this Eleventh day of February, 1867, at Raleigh North Carolina by reason of S. O. 4 and 7, C. S. War Dept. 1867 (No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist.)
Said Charles H. Whitney was born in Brookline in the State of Massachusetts, is Twenty years of age, Five feet Eight inches high, Light complexion, Grey eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Farmer.
Given at Raleigh N.C. this Eleventh day of February 1867.
Geo. A. Williams
Bvt. Lt. Col. & Major, C. U. S. Infantry
Commissary of Musters
Dept. of the South
Chas. H. Whitney
Bvt. Maj. & Capt. 37th U.S.C.T.
Comd'g Reg't.


STATE OF Massachusetts


ON THIS 26th day of March A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy, personally appeared before me, (1) Asst. Clerk of the (2) Municipal Court of the City of Boston, a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid, Charles H. Whitney, aged twenty-eight years, a resident of the (3) Town of Brookline, in the State of Masstts., who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Charles H. Whitney who (4) Volunteered in the service of the United States at West Roxbury in the State of Massachusetts, on or about the 23rd day of May in the year 1861, as a Private in Company "A" commanded by Captain Wild in the first Regiment of (5) Infantry Mass. Vols. commanded by Colonel Cowden in the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged at Norfolk in the State of Virginia, on or about the 23rd day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three; that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, (6) in the engagement at Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862, he received a wound (rifle ball) of the chest, the ball striking near the upper center of the breast and lodging in the chest. That he was treated for said wounds in Armory Square Hospital, Washington, D.C. That in consequence of said wound he was transferred to the Invalid Corps. That he was promoted as Captain in 3d N.C. Cold. Vols. from which latter service he was discharged Feby. 11, 1867. That he has not been employed in the Military of Naval service since Feby. 11, 1867. That his aforesaid would has troubled him continuously since discharge and has affected his lungs that he suffers severe pains in the chest accompanied with cough. That he believes himself fully entitled to the benefits of a pension.

That since leaving the said service, this applicant has resided in the (3) town of Brookline, in the State of Mass., and his occupation has been (7) unable to follow any manual labor on a/c of said wound.

That prior to his entry into the service above named, he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled, a (8) Coachman.

That now he is (9) permanently disabled from obtaining his subsistence from manual labor in consequence of his above named injuries, received in the service of the United States.

He makes this declaration for the purpose of being place on the Invalid Pension Roll of the United States, by reason of the disabilities above stated, and revoking and countermanding all other authority that may have been given, he hereby constitutes and appoints, with full poser of substitution and revocation Gardener Tufts Mass. Agent of (3) Washington, D.C., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim, and obtain the Pension Certificate that may be issued. That his Post Office is at Brookline County of Norfolk State of Mass. That his domicile or place of abode is (100 Brookline, County of Norfolk, State of Massachusetts.


Chas. H. Whitney


Sworn to, subscribed and acknowledged before me the day and year first above written, and also personally appeared Benjamin F. Baker and Eben Morse residents of the (3) town of Brookline in the State of Massachusetts, persons whom I certify and believe to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Charles H. Whitney (11) sign his (12) name to the foregoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with him, that his is the identical person he represents himself to be, and they further swear that they reside as above stated, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.


Benjamin F. Baker

Eben Morse

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26 day of March, A. D. 1870, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. I further certify that the foregoing declaration and joint affidavit were read over to and understood by the respective parties before they made their several signatures to the same. Witness my hand and the seal of said Court on the day and year last above written.

Geo. S. Weston, Ass't Clerk, said Court.

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, D.C.

May 12, 1870.


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from you Office of application for Pension No. 154 485, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that Charles H. Whitney was enrolled on the 23 day of May, 1861, at Boston, in Co. A, 1st Regiment of Mass. Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a private on the 23d day of May 1861, at Boston, Mass., in Co. A, 1st Regiment of Mass. Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. A of that Regiment, for the months of July and August 1862, he is reported Wounded at the battle of Bull Run, Aug't 29/62. Same report on subsequent Rolls to Dec. 31/62. Roll for Jan'y and Feb'y/63 reports him "Deserted from Hospital at Washington Jany 5/63" Roll for Mar. & April/63, reports him "Sick in Hospital at Washington, D.C., erroneously reported as a deserter." Similarly reported on subsequent Roll. M.O. Roll dated May 25/64, reports him Private." Transferred to V.R.C.

I am, Sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

J. R. Martin

Assistant Adjutant General

The Commissioner of Pensions,

Washington, D. C.

Officers' Certificate of Disability.

Boston, Mass., 1870.

I, Robert Cowdin, Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Infantry Mass. Vols., certify on honor that Charles H. Whitney was a Private in my Regiment, and is, as I am informed, an applicant for an Invalid Pension; that same Charles H. Whitney was enrolled May 23, 1861, Discharged Dec. 25, 1863 for promotion.

And I further certify, That the said Charles H. Whitney whilst serving with his company and regiment in action and in line of his duty on the Action of Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862, he received a would of chest from the rifle of the enemy's sharpshooter the ball remaining in the chest. That said soldier was sent to General Hospital for treatment of said Wound, and was in consequence transferred to Co. G. 11th Regt. Invalid Corps.

And that the said Charles H. Whitney was in sound health and fit for all fo the duties of a soldier when he entered the service and continued to perform his duty in said regiment until he was wounded as before stated. I have no interest in his claim.

Robert Cowdin, Colonel

First Regiment Mass. Vols.

Charles H. Whitney was in Co. 2, 2nd Batt. Vet. Res. Corps Volunteers. On the Muster Rolls of Co. 2 of that Batt. for the months of July & Aug. Sept. & Oct. 1863, he is reported Present (Transferred from Co. A, 1 Mass. Vols. July 1/63 pr. G.O. 221 A.G.O. July 16/63) Rolls from Dec. 31/63 to April 30/64. Absent detached by order of Secy. of War to receive a commission in Wilds African Brigade. May and June 1864. Discharged May 23, 1864 by reason of expiration of term of service. No musters and rolls on file. Disability for which transferred: "G.S.W. of chest right side."

Examining Surgeon's Certificate.

Medway, Mass., May 26, 1870.

I hereby certify, That I have carefully examined Charles H. Whitney, late a pri. in the service of the United States, who was discharged at Norfolk, Va., on the 23d day of Dec. 1863, and is an applicant for an invalid pension, by reason of alleged disability resulting from Gun shot wound.

In my opinion the said Whitney is totally incapacitated for obtaining his subsistence by manual labor from the cause above stated.

Judging from his present condition, and from the evidence before me, it is my belief that the said disability originated in the service aforesaid in the line of duty.

The disability is permanent.

A more particular description of the applicant's condition is subjoined:

The ball entered below left clavicle near the sternum and remains. He has dyspnoea, pain, cough, expectoration, haemoptisis, at one time, to the amount of nearly a quart. Appetite poor. Respiration 35, pulse 95.

Alex L. N. Monroe, Examining Surgeon.

He was pensioned at $8.00 per month, commencing 12 Feb 1867 [i.e., retroactively]. Certificate sent 1 Sep 1870 to the Pension Agent, Boston, Mass.

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