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United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 21st - MS 562: Transcripts
No.2 January 25th 1890
McCombe Hancock Co Ohio
Col., I will say that I have made application for a pension. I will here state to you that I have made my application on the ground of loosing my hearing the time that Nick Welker, John Bohart, Lueys [Lucius] Perry and myself and you went along halfway between our lines and the rebbes and we dug a pitt and we went into it and at daybrake we open fire on the Rebble battery and our pitt was not deep enough and the Rebel Battery opens on us and we had to lay all day until night. Then we dug our pitt deeper and you was there and helped us to fire all up and the next morning we opens fire on the Rebel Battery so our Battery could know them all to pieces and we give it to them. Our Battery was Leather Breeches Battery as we used to call it at Bald Knob.
Now I will tell you that all I lack is a statement from a commanding officer concerning that time or from the serguen [surgeon] of the Regt. Sergeon Detwiler was there at that time and he looked at me the next morning and he said to me Abe your head is in a bad shape, your eyes is all bloodshot, a shell must been close to your head and Doctor Detwiler got killed several years ago near Finlay in a Rail Road Accident so I can't get his testimony and you're the onely one. Because you seen the part we done you will pleas make a statement. There is Lucies Perry was shot in the leg when when we left that pitt and he gets thirty dollars per month and John Bohart has been getting a pension for eighteen years and Nick Welker got killed and never got home and here I am getting nothing and I am now sixty one years old and seen four years hard service.
Col., I think you know that is just, I tell you I know you have not forgot the time it was about the 22nd of June 1864 and we was all four detailed from Co.B. You came to our Co. and you picked us four. If you will make me out a statement, make it near Vinings Station. that is the way my attorney made it out. There it was where I was made partly deaf. But you don't know anything about my deafness. But you know in that pitt was enough to make the devil deaf. You can tell the pension office the circumstances. I think you should do that much for a fellow soldier. Because it is the truth and col. you told us at the time that you would reward. If you make me out a statement do so and send me a letter what the cost is. Then I will send the cost and then you can send the statement.
Yors Abraham Cassell Private Co.B
January 29th 1890 McCombe Ohio
Dear Sir & Col., you want me to make a statement how I got back on the rools [rolls]. Well after Atlanta was taken we followed Hood back towards the Tennessee River and then when the army turned back towards Atlanta we halted at Kingston, Ga. and there is where Levi Morgan, John Bohart, Nelson Uhler and myself were taken prisnor. We heard that there were some fat hogs about two miles away and we asked Captain Cheny [Cheney] if he would not like to have some fresh pork, that we knew where there was some and if we mite go. He made this answer, I would like the pork but be careful, I can't be responsible if get taken in and we went and while we were at the place sixteen Rebs laid in ambush and it was actuly inside of our cavalry pickets and they took us to Cahaba Allabama. This was on or about the 9th of November 1864 and they left us there until April sometime and then they took us to Vicksburgh, Miss. and we was there a few days. Then we started with us for Collumbus Ohio. But going up the river the boat blew up. It was the Sultana and Nelson Uhler lost his life and we came to Collumbus and they paid us our commutation money and a partial discharge and I put my discharge in Royal Taylor hands and went home and in a few days I got a letter from Taylor saying that we could not get our back pay and bounty unless the charge of desertion removed and then Levi Morgan and myself went to see Capt. Cheny at Defiance and he made out a statement that it been a general habit for all the soldiers to go and come more or less without leave and he send his statement direct to E.M. Stanton, Secretary of War. I cannot tell you the day and date anymore when Cheny sent the statement and then Stanton wrote a letter direct to me and also Levi Morgan in these very words he wrote the charge of desertion is this day removed. Royals Taylor will adjust your claim. I will here now send you a letter which Royal Taylor send me with my discharge and check for the money so you can see for yourself, so you see there is nothing of that kind in my way from geting a pension. Levi Morgan has been getting pension for over ten years and over one thousand dollars back pension and I think that I should have one and I think Cool. that you can help me very much. Lucius Pery said this that you came to our Company in the evening after we got him from behind the big tree where he was shot and that you made the remark that we had done the bigest of the war that you recalled. We was in that pitt two days and two nights under shot and shell and there it was that my head was injured. We was under fire from both our guns and the Rebels. If Doctor Detwiler was alive yet he could tell how my head was affected. Of course I never had my ears opperated on, only he looked at me and said there must have been a shell close to your head, your eyes is all blood shot and the rest of the boys said for a month they could not hear good. Lucius Perry declares that he can heard that cracking every time he catches a little cold in his head. I will also tell you that Nelson Uhlers widow has been geting a pension this long time, for I made out a affadavid for her in Finlay. But he was not in the pitt, he was taken pris with us four, what was in the pitt was Lucius Perry, Nick Welker, John Bohart and myself.
I will also send you a card from the pension office so you can see the number. Now Col. I hope you will do what you can and do it honest for yourself and for me also because I allways been to my post with the exception that one time and God know I was sorry enough for it. I would liked to went along through to the sea. but I was not the first one to fall into a snare. Now I believe this is all. When you have made our your statement and have it ready, send it to me. I have to send all of my statements to Stickel and Underwood, Mansfield, Ohio first. Let me know what it costs to make out the papers. I will here say if you think I had better com to Toledo I will try and com. Times is very hard with me for I am old and can't work hard like I could once. But if you think it would make it better for me I will come. But if you can make out a statement that I was in that place two days and nights wich was a awful place to be and that you made the dtaile [detail] yourself and thinking that it was enough to make any man deef, why it would help that much. What I stated to you is true, every word. Lucius Perry made a statement for me that I was deef from that time. But the pension office wants a officer that knows and has seen the facts.
Yours, Abraham Cassel
If I do have to com and see you, give me the name of the street and number.
Feb 24th 1890 McCombe Ohio
Dear Sir Col., I thought I would write and see if you was well so you could make out a statement for me. The pension office wants Lucius Perrys statement corroborated concerning the time we was in that pitt. If you are not able yet, let me know and of course I will until you get able to attend to it. I would be very glad if you would do the best you can for me.
Leiutenant James Porter of co.G is about gone, he never get well, his death is looked for every day.
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