Ward Pierce (1840-1921) was my husband’s 2nd great-grandfather. He served for the Union in the Civil War and was wounded in the left thigh at Cold Harbor.
This is a letter he wrote to the Commissioner of Pensions, asking for an increase of his pension. It’s so sad to think that he couldn’t make ends meet. I”m so thankful to have a copy of this letter, which he wrote in his own hand.
Lakewood, N.J. Jan 16, 1912
Hon Commissioner of Pensions
I am very sorry that you have rejected my claim for an increase as I believe that I’m justly entitled to it as I am not able to work and have only three and a half days to my credit for two years and $17 will not make ends meet as I have no income what ever Well I have done my duty as a soldier to help keep what all men now enjoy and wishing you and all mankind prosperous and happy new year is the sincere wish of yours most respectfully,
[stamped Jan 19 1912, U.S. Pension Office]