I received the complete Civil War Pension File for Isaac Seaver on 3 January - see my post My Christmas Present Came Today - Oh Boy! - and it has 81 pages in the file. Many of them have little or no information on them. I'm going to cherry-pick some pages for this and later Treasure Chest Thursday posts.
The "treasure" this week is the "Surgeon's Examination" of Isaac Seaver when he applied for a Pension in 1892. There are two sides to this piece of paper:
The form has this information on it (information entered on the form is typed, and underlined in the transcription below):
Attention is invited to the outlines of the human skeleton and figure upon the back of
this certificate, and they should be used whenever it is possible to indicate precisely the location
of a disease or injury, the entrance and exit of a missile, an amputation, etc.
The absence of a member from a session of a board and the reason therefor, if known, and
the name of the absentee, must be indorsed upon each certificate.
Insert character and number of claim: Original Pension claim No. 1,117,272
Name and rank of claimant: Isaac Seaver, Rank, Private.
Company H, 4 Reg't Mass. H.A. Worcester, Mass. State,
Claimant's post-office address: Leominster, Mass. (Date of examination) Aug 10 1892
We hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully
examined this applicant, who states that he is suffering from the following disability, incurred
in the service, viz: Varicose veins of both legs, rheumatism, resulting
heart disease, disease of urinary organs, enlarged prostate and
result of carbuncle on back of neck.
He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for Original
He has varicose veins on both legs from ankle up, grown worse
during past few years. Left leg is worse than right. He
never had much rheumatism, has it in knees and back. He is
short breathed on exertion. He has to pass his water fre-
quently at night and it pains him in its passage. He had car-
buncle on back of neck 5 years ago and back of head is numb.
Upon examination we find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, 90, 96, 108;
respiration: 18, 24; temperature, 98.6; height, 5 feet 10 inches; weight, 163
pounds; age, 69 years. His muscles are rather small and soft,
eyes, skin and tongue normal. Find varicose veins of both
ankles over tops of feet, and up the legs, quite extensive but
not large, four eighteenths. He has no rheumatism now, noth-
ing. Cardiac area is enlarged, apex 5 and 6 nipple line, im-
pulse diffused, action excitable, very irregular, three eight-
eenths. Find scar, 3 1/2" inch, much contracted, puckered
and hard, four eighteenths. Examination of urine is negative,
kidneys, nothing. Prostate is normal. No other disability
is found to exist.
Rate for each cause of disability: He is, in our opinion, entitled to a 4/18
rating for the disability caused by varicose veins, 0 for that caused
by rheumatism, and 3/18 for that caused by heart, 0 urinary organs & 4/18 scar.
J. ?????????, Pres. H.A. Knight, Sec'y Albert ????? Treas.
The findings are interesting. I can't read two of the Board members signatures (they're probably physicians!). It appears that Isaac qualified for 11/18 of a full pension as a result of his disabilities in 1892. There appears to be a line on the skeleton on the back of the head that indicates where the carbuncle was.
From this document, I know that, at age 69, Isaac was 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighed 163 pounds, had small and soft muscles, and no prostate problems. His death certificate in 1901 says he died of prostate cancer.