|Deposition of Abram Lancaster
February 17, 1890
National Archives - Pension Records
|This document by Abram Lancaster on February 17, 1890 was a information reply to the Bureau of Pensions. He states that he enlisted at St. Augustine, St. Johns County on January 12, 1863 under
Col. Liberty Billings and was placed in the 33rd USCT Co F at Beaufort, South Carolina where he was a sound and able bodied man. He remained in Beaufort about two years performing guard duty.
The regiment left Beaufort and went to Morris Island in the Carolina and performed picket duty in the vicinity of Morris, Colds, Follie and James Island. He was disabled on Follie island while under the
command of Capt. Donaldson building a bridge near the breast works while lifting a log with Scipio Miller. He fell and the log fell on his breast. He was taken to the Regimental Hospital and treated by
surgeon John Hawks. He stayed with the regiment but in the hospital till the regiment was mustered out. Abram Lancaster was a veteran of the 33rd USCT Co F.
St. Johns County,
St. Augustine Fla Feby 17th 1890
G. B. Raum Esq.
of Pensions Washington D. C.
In conformity with your request in letter to hand under date 7th Inst. I respectfully submite for your Inspection the following statement of the origin of my disability of Breast alleged in my claim for pension
No. 731.812 and I am sorry that I am unable to furnish you with as approximate dates of the origin of my disability and changes of residences as I would like to be able to do for reasons that I have no
education consequently I have to depend soley upon my memory and it has been such a long time since the war that it is impossible for me to remember all the details connected with my case therefore I
shall only state as far as my recollection serves me and ask that you will accord me the benefit. I enlisted as St. Augustine St. Johns County Florida January 12th 1863 under Col Liberty Billings and was
? in the 33 Regiment Co F at Beaufort South Carolina when I was pronounced a sound and able bodied man. I remain in Beaufort S. C. as near as I can recollect about two years performing guard duty
my Regiment left Beaufort and when to to Morris Island South Carolina and performed Picket duty in the vicinity of Moms Colds Follie and James Island I contracted disability of Breast on Follie Island
South Carolina under the following circumstances. I was a member of a detail of men from the several companies on Follie Island under Command of Capt. W. H. Donnelson it being necessary to Build
a Bridge near Breast works to cross a buggy place and while lifting a log with Scipio Miller I fell by stumbling and the log fell upon my Breast I was taken to the Regimental Hospital and told by Surgeon
J. M. Hawk who present P. O. Address is Hawks Park Volusia Co Fla. I moved from place to place with the Regiment but I never after contracting disability of Breast was able to perform any heavy
duty and after knocking around with Regiment for sometime doing light duty occasionally but in Savannah Ga. I was confined in the General Hospital surgeons T. T. Minor Post Office address Port
Townsend ? Territory surgeon E. S. Steward PO Covington ? whose the Surgeons who treated me in the General Hospital at Savannah Ga. I remained in the Genl Hospital unit the Regiment was
ordered to Charleston S. C. to be mustered out of the service which took place January 31th 1866 I contracted disability of Breast about July 4th 1864 in Follie Island S. C. after my discharge I came to
St. Augustine Florida where I remained about six (6) months but was unable to do manual labor I leave St. Augustine Fla and went to Jacksonville Duval Co. Fla where I remain for a first ? years and
resided in the corner of Market and Beaver Street dismember number, my occupation while there was contracting and labor the different periods of dates that I was prevented from following that
occupation I am unable to state but I know that I was confined to bed from time to time with my disability and at last I had to give up my occupation in account of increase of disability I then obtained
situation as Linman in the Government steamer St. Marys which plied between Jacksonville Fernandina Fla. I worked on the Boat about 8 months but by advice of Doctor Baldwin now deceased I had
to quit that occupation in the account of my disability increasing. I then return to St. Augustine I think it was in 1880 and being reduced to a mere kiliton and without means of ? I obtained access to the
Colored Home here where I was treated by Dr. A Anderson who have furnished my attorney John V. Lehmen Washington D. C. with his sworn affidavit also. Dr. Dunham made affidant of his treatment
in me I am unable to do any work excepting tinkering around mending old furniture or the like but I am dependant in my relatives and friends for suport as I am not able to support myself therefore I beg
that you will give my case your closeest and immediate attention and I shall do all that I can to aide you in determining the legal merits of my claim to speedy settlement.
Your obedt Servant
Coprl Co F. 33 Regt
Reg B. H.
C. P Agent
No. 731.812 Abram Lancaster Corporal F 33" SC or Fla Regt.
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