Archive:Civil War Pension File, William Augustus Whitney
Civil War Pension File of William Augustus Whitney
Invalid Applic. # 20057 Cert. # 18897
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Private, Company C, 9th Michigan Infantry
In 1863 William A. Whitney applied for a pension as a disabled veteran of the Civil War. He was a resident of Jackson City, Jackson Co., Michigan. He had enlisted 6 September 1861, and had been discharged 28 June 1862 as disabled due to the loss of his left arm. He was judged totally disabled and admitted for a pension of $8.00 per month on 14 October 1863, commencing 28 June 1862.
In support of his application William submitted a declaration on 13 April 1863 from Jackson County, Michigan. He is 29 years old and a resident of Jackson City, Michigan. He had enlisted as a private in Company C commanded by Captain C. V. DeLund in the 9th Regiment of Michigan Volunteers commanded by Colonel W. W. Duffield. He was honorably discharged on 28 June 1862 after being disabled while in the service and in the line of duty. He describes the incident in which he was disabled. On 17 March 1862, while his regiment was on the march from Nashville, Tennessee to Murfeesborough, Tennessee, he was on guard duty that night while the regiment was encamped in a cornfield. His feet became entangled in some briers, throwing him to the ground. His rifle discharged into his left arm, mangling it so badly that it had to be amputated between the elbow and the wrist.
William received a Certificate of Disability Discharge from the Army of the U.S. William A. Whitney, Private, of Captain DeLund's Company C of the 9th Michigan Regiment was enlisted by Captain C. V. DeLund in the 9th Michigan Infantry at Jackson, Michigan on 6 September 1861, to serve three years. He was born at Penobscot County, New York (sic). He is 28 years of age, 5 feet 11 ½ inches tall, light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer. During the last two months he has been unfit for duty 60 days. He is stationed at the Detroit, Michigan Barracks. The examining surgeon declares him ¾ disabled by loss of his left arm. He is discharged on 28 June 1862 at Detroit, Michigan. His mailing address is Jackson, Jackson Co., Michigan.
A special examination was held, and on 23 September 1863. The examining surgeon, Ira C. Backus, declared William totally disabled due to loss of his left arm just below the elbow.
On 27 July 1866 William applied for increased pension benefits. The application adds information to that previously disclosed. William's incident causing his disability occurred at Lavergno, Tennessee. The testimony was witnessed by Albert C. Whitney (his brother) and Price Whitney (his cousin, who had changed his name from Prince Edward Whitney).
In a further application for increased benefits in 1898, William responds to an inquiry from the Bureau of Pensions. He was married to Mary Whitney, born Mary Griffith, who is now deceased. They were married at Summit, Jackson Co., Michigan in 1858 by Owen Ellison, J.P. There is no record of the marriage, but there are two witnesses. Neither party had been previously married. He has three living children: Hellen, born 15 September 1858; Cora, born 24 September 1868; and William A., born 18 September 1861.
William was dropped from the pension roll 1 March 1904. No date of death is mentioned.
Note: William was born in Maine, not New York. Census evidence shows Cora was born in 1863, not 1868.
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