DISCHARGE AND POST-WAR PENSION DOCUMENTS FOR PVT. GEORGE KIDD, 58TH NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD

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Group of documents to include the wartime discharge and post-war pension documents for George Kidd, 58th New York National Guard Infantry Regiment.  The 58th NY NG Infantry was a 100 day unit, organized in Livingston County, NY in August 1864 and mustered out in December 1864 in Elmira.  George was drafted into service, and is described in his records as 21 years of age, 5’6” tall of light complexion, dark eyes, dark hair and by occupation a farmer. Kidd lived to the ripe old age of 94, dying in 1938, and was the last surviving Civil War veteran residing in his town. He is buried in Green Mount Cemetery in Dansville, NY.

In addition to the discharge paper, the group includes a 1913 Bureau of Pensions document, and two additional letters of correspondence from the Bureau of Pensions dated 1907 and 1913.  Despite his brief period of service, George was awarded a pension of $12/month beginning in 1907 which was subsequently increased.  All documents are in fine condition with clear printing and legible ink writing.  Captain Daniel Price of the 58th Regiment signed the discharge, along with the mustering officer.

The group is also accompanied by a copy of George’s military records from the National Archives.  [JC/ld]

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