November 29, 2015

1893 W B Stevenson Civil War Pension Application Transcription


W B Stevenson

Manvel, Grand Forks Co, North Dakota

[Dated May 20, 1893 when it was received by the Department of Pensions, Washington DC]


My Father was a British Naval Officer and I was brought up for that service and served in the Mediterranean Squadron. In April 1863 I deserted taking the name of Thomas Crawford by which I entered the American Service.

I enlisted in Morristown, PA (ten days after I arrived in the United States. Was sent to the front sometime in July or August (I can’t remember dates). Joined the 111th PA Infantry attached to Company I.

The Colonel’s name was Cobhan he was acting Brig General to our Brigade. Lt Colonel [T?] Walker acting as Colonel to the Regiment. The Captain of Company I was Aide-de-camp, and 2nd Lt Deffenbaugh had charge of the company while I served in it.

Brevet Brig.-General George A. Cobham, Jr., Colonel 111th Pennsylvania Volunteers, killed July 20, 1864, at Peach-tree Creek, Ga.

In March 1864 by order of the Secretary of the Navy I was transferred to Bridgeport, Alabama, to Chattanooga, Tennessee and thence to Nashville, Tennessee, and thence by river to Cairo, Illinois was put on a receiving boat for a few days and was sent on board the Monitor Chickasaw in which I served until the war was over.

I forget the name of the first Captain the Chickasaw had for he was discharged in New Orleans when we got there.

Captain G H Perkins U.S.N. took charge with Mr Hamilton as executive officer. Mr Pike, Mr. Jordan ensigns was onboard until she was laid up at New Orleans where I was sent to the hospital from which place I was sent on board the supply ship Fearnot then in New Orleans, this was after the war was over.

I would never want a pension if I could get along. I have been in the American Merchant Service since the war up to the last 12 years I came North Dakota and farmed. Small prices and poor crops left me nothing. I am at present and has been Post Master at this place for six years and there is nothing in it.

Yours very respectfully,

W B Stevenson

Manvel, North Dakota

(Continued from the articles below)

William Burden Stevenson 1842 – 1926

William Burden Stevenson – The Civil War Years 1862 – 1864


(2015) Union Generals Killed In The Civil War. Retrieved November 04, 2015, from

George Hamilton Perkins – Belnap, George E. (Commodore). (2015) Letters of Captain Geo. Hamilton Perkins, U.S.N. Retrieved November 04, 2015, from

Stevenson, W B Pension Application, Page 118 Navy Survivors’ Certificates. (2015) Retrieved November 04, 2015, from

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