Archive:Civil War Pension File, Thomas O. Whitney
Civil War Pension File of Thomas O. Whitney
Invalid Applic. # [illegible] Cert. # 536323
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Private, Co. E, 3rd Maine Infantry; Co. I, 17th Maine Infantry; and Co. I, 1st Maine Heavy Artillery
Thomas O. Whitney enlisted 4 August 1863, and was discharged 11 September 1865 at Washington, D.C. He was wounded in the right leg below the knee at the battle of Mine Run at Locust Grove, Virginia. The wound was very slow to heal. He was treated at St. Paul General Hospital in Alexandria, VA 6 December 1863. From there he was transferred to Satterlee Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, then to Montpelier, VT and Augusta, Maine. He was furloughed home 30 June 1864, declared deserted from January 1, 1865, and returned to duty 10 March 1865.
Thomas was born in Palmyra, Somerset Co., Maine, 30 May 1833, the son of Edward and Annie (Knot) Whitney. There are two death certificates in the file for Thomas. The first states that his father was born in Lisbon, Maine, and the other states he was born in Litchfield, Maine. The rest of the information on the death certificates is consistent. Annie (Knot) Whitney was born in Belgrade, Maine. Thomas O. Whitney was a carpenter. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis 25 February 1900 in Hartland, Somerset Co., Maine, age 61 years, 5 mo., 21 days. He was buried in Lewiston, Maine.
Thomas was twice married. He married first Nancy M. Hilton, the daughter of John and Maria (Ricker) Hilton of St. Albans, Somerset Co., Maine. Both of her parents were born in Acton, Maine. Nancy died at St. Albans, Maine 9 June 1865 of consumption. She was born in Hartland, Somerset Co., Maine.
On 21 March 1867, Thomas, of St. Albans, married Miss Clara R. Elder of Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine at St. Albans, Maine. At sometime after the death of Thomas, Clara removed to 1012 Washington St., Whitman, MA.
In 1889 they lived at 29 Sabbatus St., Lewiston, Maine. At that time Thomas was described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, dark complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes.
The two children of Thomas listed in the file are: Wallace E., born 2 June 1862 at St. Albans, and Lester G., born 7 October 1877 in Lewiston.