Treasure Chest Thursday: Letter from John Edwards for an Increase in Pension

I always count letters as true treasures.

John Edwards, Sr. was my 3rd great-grandfather.  He served for a short period during the Civil War, in Co. G 9th Michigan Infantry.

This letter was written to try and receive an increase to his pension.  It is transcribed under the images.

Gentlemen – About three (3) years ago, I made an application for $72.00 (seventy-two dollars) a month.  Under disability that I needed the aid of another person and it was granted.  Since that time my aflliction has crawled on.
I can neither dress or undress my self.  Keep to my bed and big chair all the time.
I surely think I am entitled to the ($90.00) ninty dollars a  month.
I have got a big rupture, aboe hte naval as big as a goose egg, which is very painful all the time. Costing me about $5.00 a month for medicine all the time.
My pension certificate no. is 749.884.
Yours Resp,
John Edwards, Sr.
Dow City, Ia

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  • Debi Austen - July 5, 2012 - 9:00 am

    This is a treasure! I have some documentation from my 3rd great grandfather where he tried to increase his pension, too. It makes me sad to think of these men who wanted nothing more than to live a normal life without a disability.ReplyCancel

  • theresa casteel - July 5, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Awesome family ‘treasure’.ReplyCancel

  • Climbing My Family Tree - July 5, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    This is one of many letters I have from Civil War pension packets. It is so sad to read how rough some of these guys had it in the last years of their lives.ReplyCancel

  • Terri McClain Shelby - July 6, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    Jen – Great letter – lucky you to have it! I think the blank says “was granted”. it was granted.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - July 6, 2012 - 9:02 pm

      Thank you Terri!!ReplyCancel

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