On this 18th day of January, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine personally appeared before me, Clerk of the Circuit Court, a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid, Scipio Miller, aged 46 years, a resident of the City of St. Augustine, county of St. Johns, State of Florida, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Scipio Miller who was ENROLLED on about the 2nd day of January, 1863 in Company "G", of the 33rd Regiment of U. S. C. Troops, commanded by Captain Metcalfe, and was honorably DISCHARGED at Morris Island SC on or about the 13 day of February, 1866 that his personal description is as follows Age, 46 years; height, 6 feet 6 inches; complexion Blk; hair, Dark; eyes Blk That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service in the line of his duty at Coles Island, in the State of South Carolina on or about the ____ day of December, 1865, he was on extra detail for the day to chop wood for his Company he was seriously injured by the accidental cutting of his right and left feet with the axe with which he was working in the line of his duty. To wit while so on duty and engaged in cutting down a tree for fuel the axe with which he was working skipped and glanced off and did strike affiant across the top of both feet inflicting ? ? ? That he was treated in hospitals as follows: (Here state the names of numbers, and the localities of all hospitals in which treated, and the dates of treatment. If not treated in hospital, so state.) Immediately after receiving said injury was in Regimental Hospital about 2 months and at Savannah about 3 mons. That he has (not) been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above (Here state what the service was, whether before or after to that stated above, and the dates it began and ended. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the Cities of Jacksonville and St. Augustine in the State of Florida, and his occupation has been that of a Cook. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a laborer and slave That he is now partly disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States.
He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, ALLAN RUTHERFORD, of Washington, D. C., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has never received nor heretofore applied for a Pension. That his Post-office address is St. Augustine County of St. Johns State of Florida
Claimant's Signature, Scipio (his mark) Miller
Attest: 1. W. H. Atkins 2 J. S. ?
Notes: 1. This is the first paper that must be filled in the quest for a pension. It would take years worth of work and for his wife the attempt would take more years.
2. The most critical issue he would face is questions about the injury received. In this statement you have his injury to both feet with an axe while on wood-cutting duty.