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 canâ€™t remember dates). Joined the 111th PA Infantry attached to Company I.
The Colonelâ€™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)
(2015) Union Generals Killed In The Civil War. Retrieved November 04, 2015, from http://www.civilwarhome.com/uniongenerals.html
George Hamilton Perkins – Belnap, George E. (Commodore). (2015) Letters of Captain Geo. Hamilton Perkins, U.S.N. Retrieved November 04, 2015, from https://archive.org/stream/letterscaptaing00belkgoog#page/n10/mode/2up
Stevenson, W B Pension Application, Page 118 Navy Survivors’ Certificates. (2015) Retrieved November 04, 2015, from https://www.fold3.com/image/44566957/page_118
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