|Deposition of Adam Floyd
January 17, 1880
Case of Adam Floyd, No 311059
On this 17th day of Jany, 1880, at Near St. Augustine, County of St. Johns, State of Fla, before me, James Dajan, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office,
personally appeared Adam Floyd, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interregatories propounded to him during this Special Examination of
aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: I am about 72 years old, occupation, a driver, and P. O. address St. Augustine Fla I was formerly a private and
corp'l of Co I 33rd U. S. C. T.and am the clamant in this case. I clam pension on account of rupture of right side occurred at Morris Island S. C. in the fall of
1865 for five years prior to my enlistment I lived in St. Augustine Fla, and followed the occupation of a waitar and carriage driver for my master, Robert
Michelar -- He is dead, but his son Daniel resides here and know me well prior to my enlistment and that I was then sound and in good health. I can prove the
same by others here also.
I enlisted at Beaufort S. C. I left here with about a hundred others for that purpose.
We were ? stripped and examined before being mustered into service.
We that went from here were assigned to different Co's I was assigned to Co I of the 33 U. S. C. T.
My co was stationed for sometime probably a year at Beaufort S. C. and was then sent to Folly Island S. C.
Remained there several months and was then went to Folly Island S. C.
Remained there several months and was then sent to Cole's Island s. C. That is just across the river from Morris Island S. C. From cole's Island we went to
Morris Island S. C.
We were stationed on the latter island for four or five months where I was detailed to assist in building Co quarters, just outside of Ft. Donaldson
which was located on Morris Island. While so engaged and while assisting in lifting a sill 6 x 6 and about 30 ft long I I incurred a rupture in my right side and in
Mr ? was a "?" and I was assisting him and others to ? it to the place where we were to build our co quarters.
The others who were assisting me were Toney Barnswell, and Kitt Chrisholm. The names of the others I have forgotten. The two above named were living at
Beaufort S. C. the last I knew of them.
The way the accident occured was in my trying to lift move than any above.
The first ? I felt was a severe pain in the small of my back, and in an hour or so afterwards I felt a painful, burning sensation in the lower part of my abdoman.
i did not quit work right away, but continuen on duty. I did no more work carrying lumber, was ? by 1st Sergt Sam'l Mars who placed me on guard duty. I was on
guard duty 24 hours. Did not notice thru that I was ruptured only felt a pain where the rupture is now. I continued to do duty right away with this co and did not
known that I was ruptured until after I was discharged and had returned home. There it came down for the first time that was about a week after I was
discharged. On my return home I went to work farming, and while chopping wood for myself, my rupture came down. Jacob Gibbs (now dead) was with me at
the time. He was the only one who was with me at the time.
Adam (his mark) Floyd
I put the rupture back myself. The rupture came down about five miles from here. I quit work and came to St. Augustine in a boat. I was then told that it was a
reputre. David Holmes told me it was a rupture. He was the only man except Jacob Gibbs whom I showed it to then.
I never received any treatment while in service for any rupture and did not know that I was ruptured until just after I left the service. I knew I had a severe pain
in my back and in my scrotum, but what caused it other than lifting the ? as aforesaid I did not know.
About two months after my rupture ? down I showed it to Dr. Hawkins, then at St.. Augustine (present when trust unknown to me) and he told me it was a
rupture and advised me to get a truss.
I got one of Dr. Abbott of St. Augustine Got it 12 or 13 years ago. That was the first truss I ever worea truss. I did not get one sooner because there were
none here. Had to send off for them in those days and I was not able to do that.
Ques - Has first affidavit dated Sept. 13th 1881. You stated that you occured from rupture on Cole Island, you now say it occured on Morris Island, which
statement is correct?
Ans. My regiment was stationed at the time on Cole's Island and where the accident (rupture) occured. i was on detail on Morris Island. A small river divides
Ques In the same affidavit you state that you were so ? an account of your rupture that while on ? march from Augusta to Andersonville you were able to
travel and that your commanding officer Lt. Furman put you under treatment of a Confederate Doctor residing at Wale hollow - You now say that you received
no treatment for rupture in service and that you did not know you were ruptured until after you were mustered out and had returned home to the
neighborhood of St. Augustine Fla. How do you explain these different stateements?
Ans. While on that march I felt a severe pain in the lower part of my abdoman, and it was so intense as to disable me from marching, but I did not then know
that it was a rupture. The Confederate Doctor gave me a linement to put on it, but he did not tell me I was ruptured. He told me the pain I had then might result
in a rupture.
Ques. You state in that affidavit that the Confederat doctorpronounced it a rupture - You now say he did not which statement is true?
Ans. I think Mr Ed Hassiture, who wrote that affidavit gave my statements a little mixed up. I did not tell him the Confederate doctor prounced it a rupture. After
our return from Wall Hollow to Charleston S. C. I was placed in the general hospital there and was treated for pain in lower abdoman. Was there about a
month and was treated by Dr's Crassdall and Hawkins. I was also treated for a fever while there. The fever lasted about two weeks.
Ques: Were you treated for anything else?
Adam (his mark) Floyd
Ans. Yes, I had a touch of the bad disorder. I had been running with the girls in Charleston and I got more than I bargained for. That was all cured up before I
left the hospital and I never had it again.
I can prove prior soundness by Dan'l Michaeler, Lynus Gibbs and James Allen.
? in service by Wm Vandyke and Nathaniel Jackson - Domingo Stephens is dead. He died last year.
My conditions on my return home I can prove by David Holmes, David Michaelsand Jaems Allen. I never was in the U. S. Service except as stated today. I
understand your questions and you have written my answers correctly.
Adam (his mark) Floyd
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17th day of Jan'y 1880, and I certify the contents were fully made known to deponent and ??signing
1. This document is a deposition of Adam Floyd, 33rd USCT Company I, in support of his pension. At the time of the deposition he listed himself as 72 years
old and was working as a driver. His post office was address was St. Augustine. He was claiming a pension on acount of a rupture of his right side that he
received at Morris Island, S. C. in the fall of 1864. For five years prior to his enlistment he lived in St. Augustine where he was a waiter and carriage driver. He
was a slave of Robert Mickler. Mickler is dead but his son Daniel can say that he is was in good health.
He enlisted at Beaufort SC with 100 other men from St. Augustine. They were not stripped and examined before being mustered into the army. He was
originally stationed at Beaufort then sent to Folly Island, S. C. then sent to Coles Island S. C. across from Morris Island. He was later detailed to build company
headquarters outside of Fort Donaldson where he was injured. After his injury he continued working and was placed on guard duty by 1st Sergt Samuel Morris
for 24 hours. His rupture wasn't noticable until after the war when he was chopping wood.
His witnesses to the document were James Dujun and M. Teachers. The special examiner was James Dujun.
2. A touch of the bad disorder. "I had been running with the girls in Charleston and I got more than I bargained for. That was all cured up before I left the
hospital and I never had it again."