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W.E. Collins Letter: 1898

Source: Boston Daily Globe, March 17, 1898, Page 6; Boston, Mass.

Aged and Worthy Veteran Desires to Secure a Pension

A letter has been received by The Globe asking for assistance in finding persons who can help an old and deserving soldier to obtain a pension in the last days of his life. Deputy Sheriff W.E. Collins of Mayersville, Issaquena County, Miss., who writes the letter, vouches for the worthiness of the man in whom he has interested himself.

Charles Freniger is a veteran of the civil war. He was in the 32nd Massachusetts infantry. He served his country faithfully, and after the war took up his residence in the south. For some time he has been physically incapable of making a living and has repeatedly applied for a pension. He was told that he must find some of the officers of his company who could vouch for him.

He knew that the captain of his company, Timothy McCarthy, had worked as a coppersmith in Chelsca, and wrote him at that place, but received no answer. He met with a like result when he wrote to Sergt. Louis Rippy, also of his company, and who lived in Cambridge when he last heard of him.

Through these two officers, Mr. Freniger could substantiate his right to a pension, and would be made comfortable in the declining years of his life, and they, or any member of the 32d Massachusetts volunteer infantry, who knew Mr. Freniger, or who knows where either of the officers can be found, will do a kindly act to an ex union soldier by communicating with Deputy Sheriff Collins.


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