Statement of Abram Lancaster 33rd USCT for Pension February 17, 1890 Pension Records
St. Johns County St. Augustine Fla Feby 17th 1890
G. B. Raurn Esq. Commissioner of Pensions Washington D. C.
Dear Sir In conformity with your request in letter to hand under date 7th Inst. I respectfully submit for your Inspection the following statement of the origin of my disability of Breast alleged in my Claim for pensions 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 residence 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 at St. Augustine St. Johns County Florida January 12th 1863 under Col. Liberty Billings and was enrolled in the 33 Regiment Co. F. at Beaufort South Carolina where 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 Morris 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 Nath. Donnelsin it being necessary to Build a Bridge near Breast works to cross a boggly 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 tended by Surgeon Jim Hawks who present P. O. Office 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 the Regiment for some time doing light duty occasionally but in Savannah Ga. I was confined in the General Hospital. Surgeons T. T. Minor Post Office address Port Townsend Washington Territory Surgeon E. S. Sterrant PO Covington KS whose the Surgeons who treated me in the General Hospital at Savannah Ga. I remained in the Genl Hospital until the Regiment was ordered to Charleston S. C. to be mustered out of the service which took place January 8th 1866. I contracted disability of Breast about July 14 1865 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 mannual labor I leave St. Augustine Fla and went to Jacksonville Duval Co. Fla where I remain for about fourteen years and resided in the corner of Market and Beaver Street ? number, my occupation while there was Contraction ? the different periods of dates that I was prevented from folling 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 lineman in the Government Steamer St. Mary 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 on the account of my disability in ?. I then return to St. Augustine I think it was in 1880 and being reduced to a ? ? and without means of support I obtained ? to the Colored Home here where I was treated by Dr. A Anderson who have furnished my attorney John V Lehrmaen Washington D. C. with his sworn affidavit also. Dr. Dunham made affidavit of his treatment on me I am unable to do any work excepting tinkering around mending old furniture or the like but I am dependant on my relations and friends for support as I am not able to support myself otherwise. I support myself therefore I beg that you will give my case your closest and immediate attention and I shall do all that I can to aide you in determing the legal merits of my claim to speedy settlement I am Your obedt Servant Abram Lancaster Coprl Co F. 33 Regt. R? B. H C. P. Agent
No. 731.812 Abram Lancaster Corpl F 33" S. C. or Fla Regt.
Notes: 1. A very strangely written letter indeed. Strange spelling, grammar, etc. If you simplly read it you may suspect that Abram Lancaster wrote it, but apparently it was a pension agent.
3. Disability of the breast - The disability was the result of an injury received but today would have probably meant cancer. However, this disability does not have any cancer notations.
4. See Dr. Andrew Anderson for a biography. I made copies of pension records in probably 1993. Most doctor records I ignored as an unnecessary expense so I do not know if Dr. Anderson's papers are in this pension files.
5. Colored home in St. Augustine would be the Buckingham Smith home. This is the first instance that I have of a personal account of being in the home.