GETTYSBURG PENSION DISABILITY CLAIM - PVT. SAMUEL A. WHITE, CO. “I”, 124th NEW YORK INFANTRY [“ORANGE BLOSSOMS”]

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U.S. Pension Department pre-printed form. 1pp., 8.5 x 14”, handwritten in ink, on lined paper, w/stamped left margin—[“From Law Office of DARWIN W. ESMOND, Law Building, Newburgh, N.Y.”]—and wax sealed affidavit by “Daniel Baker, Notary Public, Putnam County, New York, dated December 2, 1879. Exhibits fold-marks and light [reverse] soiling along fold-lines. Else VG to fine, and entirely legible.

This document is a deposition by former Private Leonard, Co. “C”, 124th Infantry, in support of former Private Samuel A. White, Co. “C”, 124th New York Infy., in his claim for compensation for disabilities suffered while serving at Gettysburg, PA., on or about 6 July 1863.

Deposition text, as follows:

“Leonard Cary being duly sworn says he resides in Patterson and his Post Office address Patterson, Putman County N.Y. That he is the same Leonard Cary that enlisted and served in Co. C of the 124th N.Y.S.V. War of 1861: That he was with his regiment during and after the battle of Gettysburgh in July 1863. That on or about the 6th day of July 1863 at or near Gettysburgh PA deponent distinctly recollects from information and belief [written over scratched-out “personal observation”] the fact of said Samuel White being injured and doth on oath affirm and say that on said date and at said place said Samuel A. White while endeavoring to get his ambulance [of which he was the driver] our from the mire into which it had deeply sunken, and while in the strict line of his duty as a faithful and efficient soldier of the U.S. he was caught between a stump of a tree and a rail and his breast and hip were then injured: That the foregoing he recollects from report to have taken place from personal knowledge and observation. That deponent has no interest in this claim direct nor indirect/ [signed] Leonard Carey/ Subscribed and sworn to before me the 2nd day of Dec. 1879/ and I hereby certify that deponent is a credible witness; that he is the person he represents himself to be; that he has heard read the foregoing affidavit and evidence, and that I have no interest in said claim/ Daniel Baker/ Notary Public in and for Putnam County.” With County clerk certificate attached, w/red wax seal.

Leonard Cary mustered as a private into Co. “C”, 124th New York Infy, and was mustered out 6/3/1865. Samuel A. White enlisted as a private into Co. “I”, and was discharged 4/4/1864. Their regiment, the 124th New York “Orange Blossoms”, is renowned for their courageous defense of Hauck’s Ridge, July 2, 1863.

Superb memento of the Gettysburg service of the 124th “Orange Blossoms”. Includes documentation.

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