Thursday, April 14, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - Isaac Seaver's Civil War Pension: War Department Folders

It's Treasure Chest Thursday, time to share one of the documents or artifacts in my family history collection.  In many previous posts, I have displayed documents from the Civil War Pension File of Isaac Seaver, my second great-grandfather. 

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.  Some of them have little or no information on them. 

The compendium of previous posts for this Pension File is in Treasure Chest Thursday - Isaac Seaver's Civil War Pension File: Compendium of Posts.

This week I'm posting one of the War Department folders in the pension file - both sides - that are images 42 and 43 received from NARA:

The transcription of this side (shown above is (blanks filled in are italicized and underlined):

[left hand side]

Name of Soldier
Isaac Seaver 3rd

Eastern Div.
CB Ex'r
No. 1,117,272
Bureau of Pensions, July 22, 189 2

It is alleged that the above-named man enlisted 10
Aug, 18 64, and served as a Pvt.
in Co. H, 4 Reg't Mass. Vol. H.A.
and was discharged at
Fort Richardson Va.
on 17 June, 18 65

The War Department will please furnish an official statement
in this case, showing date of enrollment and date and mode of
termination of service.
Very respectfully,
Andrew Davidson
Acting Commissioner

[right hand side]

War Department,
Record and Pension Division
Jul 23 1892

Respectfully returned to the
The rolls show that Isaac Seaver
mentioned in the preceding endorsement, was enrolled
Aug 10, 186 4, and
MO with Co June 17, 186 5
a Pvt

By authority of the Secretary of War:
J.C. Ainsworth
Col. U.S. Army

The transcription of the second side (shown above is (blanks filled in are italicized and underlined):

[left hand side]

Eastern Division

Department of the Interior

Washington, D.C., February 9, 18 93.
Respectfully, returned to the Chief
of the Record and Pension Division
for further search of the claimant
service record under the name of
Isaac Seaver 3d
Was there more than one of the name in Co.?
# 117,272
Isaac Seaver 3d
Pvt. Co. H, 4th Mass.
Vol Hy. Art'y.

Andrew Davidson
Acting Commissioner.

[right hand side]

Record and Pension Office
War Department
Washington, FEB 10 1893 [stamped]

Respectfully returned to the Comm.
of Pensions
with the information that the within
reported Isaac Seaver, Co.
H, 4 Mass. H. Arty is also
borne as Isaac Seaver, 3d.
There is no other soldier
of that name in the Co.

By authority of the Secretary of War:

J.C. Ainsworth
Colonel, U.S. Army, Chief of Office

These appear to be formal inquiries from one War Department government office to another, reduced to paper record.  The first image, left-hand side, dated 22 July 1892, asks if there is a record for the soldier Isaac Seaver 3d.  The right-hand side of the first image, dated 23 July 1892 (one day later), says that there was a soldier, named Isaac Seaver, who served in the stated company and regiment.

The second image (left-hand side), dated 9 February 1893, asks "was there another soldier by that name in the company?"  The right-hand side, dated 10 February 1893, says that the Isaac Seaver 3d noted is the only one in the company and regiment.  The same two government officials are involved, and Colonel Ainsworth has been made the permanent Chief of the Record and Pension Office of the War Department.

It took over six months for the information provided in July 1892 to be digested and acted upon (with another request for information) in February 1893.  I see from my list of posts that I haven't shown the award of the pension to Isaac Seaver.  Perhaps next week!

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