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The CIVIL WAR pension record of SAMUEL SPRINGER
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Soldier's Certificate No. 478643
Veteran: SAMUEL SPRINGER
Rank: PVT
Service:  Co. H. 1 WVa Vol.;  Co. A 3 WVa Vol.
CAN No. 10345
BUNDLE No. 15
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ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES
CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE
Private SAMUEL SPRINGER of Captain J. M. BOWERS Company H of the First West
Virginia Regiment of United States Vols was enlisted by  Lieut. THOMAS REED of
First Regiment of Virginia Vols at Wheeling, Va on the FIFTH DAY OF MARCH 1862
to serve three years;  he was BORN IN HARRISON COUNTY in the State of Virginia,
is thirty three years of age, five feet four & one half inches high, fair
complexion, blue eyes, black hair, and by occupation when enlisted a FARMER.
During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days because
of dislocation of head of femur into thyroid foramen produced by being run over
by a Cavalryman at the battle of Port Republic, Va.
Station:  R-- St Hospital ??
Date:  OCTOBER 9th 1862
I certify that I have carefully examined the said SAMUEL SPRINGER of Captain J.
M. BOWERS Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier
because of dislocation of femur into thyroid foramen produced by being run over
by a Cavalryman at the battle of Port Republic, Va.
Discharged this 24TH DAY OF OCTOBER 1862 at Philadelphia 
Signed by Surgeon, DAVID B --- & Ass't Adj Gen J. ---. THEESE
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DECLARATION FOR AN ORIGINAL INVALID PENSION
State of West Virginia, County of Wetzel, ss:
On this 5TH DAY OF FEBRUARY A.D. ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHTY
SEVEN personally appeared before me Clerk of the Circuit a Court of
Record within and for the county and State aforesaid SAMUEL SPRINGER
aged 57 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he
is the identical SAMUEL SPRINGER who was enrolled on the 5 day of
March, 1862 in Company H of the 1st regiment of WVa Vols commanded by
Capt. J. M. Bowers and was honorably discharged at Philadelphia, Pa. On
the 24 day of Oct 1862; That his personal description is as follows:
Age 57 years;  height 5 feet 4 1/2 inches;  complexion fair;  hair
black;  eyes blue.  That while a member of the organization aforesaid,
in the service and in the line of duty at New Market in the State of
Virginia on or about the --- day of April, 1862, he was attacked with
diarrhoea while on guard duty.  Was attended by Regt surgeon and also
sent to hospital Washington, D.C. & received treatment for said
diarrhoea but continued to suffer therefrom during service becoming
chronic, and that it has continued to afflict him since discharge.
Also on or about May? 1862 while on double quick, dislocated his right
hip while jumping a ditch in a skirmish with Gen  Ewels Rebel force in
Lou Ray valley in the state of Virginia and was thereby incapacitated
for military duty and discharged for disability.  He continued to
suffer from said disabilities since  and that by reason of injury to
hip and diarrhoea is unable to perform manual labor.
That he was treated in hospitals as follows: At ---- Hill Carres(?)
Hospital Washington, D. C. July & Aug 1862 for diarrhoea and at cor. of
--- & Brown Street Hospital Philadelphia Sept & Oct 1862 for injured
hip and discharged therefrom for disability.
That he has ___ been employed in the military or naval service
otherwise than as stated above RE-ENLISTED in Co. A 3rd Regt WVa Vols
Feb 1865 and discharged July 1865.
That he has not been in the military or naval service of the United
States since the -- day of July 1865.  That since leaving the service
this applicant has resided in the WETZEL COUNTY in the state of WVa,
and that his occupation has been that of a farmer.  That prior to his
entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound,
physical health, being when enrolled a farmer.  That he is now
partially disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by
reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the
United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose
of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States.  He
thereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation.
T. W. TALLMADGE, of Washington, D. C., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute
his claim  That he has never received but applied for a pension Claim No.
590921.  Said application being informal by reason of execution before a Notary
Public that his post office address is PINE GROVE, WETZEL COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA.
Witnesses:  JOHN SHEPHERD & JAMES FLUHARTY
Signature of Claimant:  SAMUEL SPRINGER
Also appeared JOHN SHEPHERD residing at NEW MARTINSVILLE, WETZEL COUNTY
and JAMES L. FLUHARTY residing at PORTER'S FALLS persons whom I certify
to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly
sworn, say that they were present and saw SAMUEL SPRINGER the claimant
sign his name  to the foregoing declaration; that they have every
reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant and their
acquaintance with him that he is the identical person he represents
himself to be;  and that they have no interest in the prosecution of
this claim
Signature of Affiants 
JOHN SHEPHERD
JAMES FLUHARTY
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 5th day of February A.D. 1887 and
I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, &c., were
fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before
swearing,......... and I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the
prosecution of this claim
JAMES W. NEWMAN, Clerk of the Circuit Court Wetzel County WVa
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Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions Southern Division
April 19, 1887
S. Ex'r.
No. 590-921
SAMUEL SPRINGER
Co H 1 WVa Vols
Sir:  I have the honor to request that you will furnish from the records of the
War Department a full Report as to the service, disability, and hospital
treatment of SAMUEL: SPRINGER, who, it is claimed, enlisted March 5, 1862 and
served as PRIVATE in CO. H 1" Reg't WVa Vols and was discharged at Philadelphia,
Pa Oct 24, 1862.  
While serving in Co H, 1" Reg't WVa Vols he was disabled by diarrhoea, at New
Market, Va, April 1862.  Also dislocated right hip in skirmish with Gen'l
Ewell's Rebel Force, in Love(?) Ray Valley, Va.  May 1, 1862 and was treated in
hospitals of which the names, location and dates of treatment are as follows:
Regimental Hospital 
Signed:  JOHN C. BLACK, COMMISSIONER
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(PERSONAL DECLARATION of SAMUEL SPRINGER)
Pine Grove Wetzel Co WVa
May 10th 1887
John C. Black Com Pensions.  Sir your favor Apr 19th to hand.  Contents noted.
in reply woud say.  I live in 4 miles of Pine Grove PO Wetzel Co WVa- lived here
before enlistment.  I am still at the same place have never moved about.  I was
a Farmer before the war. I still follow the same occupation as far as health
will permit.  I was a sound able bodied man before I went into the service in
the beginning of the Rebellion.  I had not been in the service long before I
took diareah.  Caused I suppose by drinking bad water- unwholesome diet &
exposure to Army life.  Was doctored for the same in the Army.  Then in May 1862
while in an engagement with Ewel's forces while jumping a ditch I fell &
dislocated my left hip & sprained my ankle at same time.  I was discharged soon
after.  I come home & doctored myself up to some extent & rested till the spring
1865 I think.  I enlisted again in Co. A 3rd WVa Cavl.  I served as best I could
till July 1865.  Was discharged & come home again & worried a long as best I
could till the spring 1877 or 78.  I was obliged to take my bed & send for
medical aid.  I sent for Dr. C. P. Garrett.  PO Address Porter's Falls Wetzel Co
WVa.  I was then suffering with Chronic Diareah.  I was confined to my bed for
some 9 weeks & came verry near dying.  "Yet I was patched up & am still
lingering along.  Getting medicine from C. P. Garrett evry now & then.  Which
keeps me up most of the time.  I have never doctored with any other physician
but C. P. Garrett & that has been constantly since 1878.  Since that time I have
been prevented from work about half my time & the other half has been of verry
little account to me as a laborer.  Of course my hip & ankle has helped to
disable me from manual labor.
Respectfully Submitted 
SAMUEL SPRINGER
(This document was handwritten)
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War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, MAY 26, 1887
#590.921
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.
SAMUEL SPRINGER, a PRIVATE of Company H, 1st Regiment VIRGINIA (Subs WEST Va.)
Volunteers, was enrolled on the 5th day of March, 1862, at WHEELING, WVa for
THREE YEARS. and is reported: on Roll March & April/62. Present.
May & June/62 absent sick in hospital.   Wash DC.  Same report to Oct 31/62.
Nov & Dec/62.  Discharged  for disability Oct 24/62
Discharge certificate on file, dated Philadelphia, Pa Oct 24/62 shows him
discharged at that place and date.  Regiment was serving in Shenandoah Valley
April, May &  June/62.
No hospital records on file prior to 1864.
Casualty List 4th Brigade 1st Div Dept Rep shows him "Missing".
June 8-8/62  The records of this office furnish no further evidence of
disability in this case.
Signed R.C. DRUM, Adjutant General
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SOLDIER'S DECLARATION FOR PENSION
Under Disability Act of 51st Congress, Approved June, 1890
State of West Virginia, County of WETZEL, ss:
On this 26th day of JULY A. D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety,
personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, in the County and State
aforesaid, SAMUEL SPRINGER aged 64 years, a resident of READER, County of WETZEL
State of West Virginia, who according to law, declares he is the SAMUEL SPRINGER
who served the full period of ninety days in the military service of the United
States in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, who enlisted at WHEELING WVa on
the -- day of March 1862, as a private in company of J. M. BOWERS in the 1st
regiment which was commanded by Colonel---- Inf WVa vols and was honorably
discharged as a private at Phila. Penn. On the 24th day of October 1862.
That his personal description at the time he enlisted was as follows:  Age, 33
years;  height, 5 feet 3 inches;  complexion, fair;  color of hair, black;
color of eyes, grey;  born at WVa;  occupation when enlisted, Farmer.
That he is at this time afflicted with a disability which is not the result of
his own vicious habits, and he verily believes is permanent in character.
That said disability is DISLOCATION OF RIGHT HIP AND ANKLE, CHRONIC DIARHEA &
KIDNEY AFFECTION.
That by reason of said disability he is incapacitated from the performance of
manual labor, which renders him unable to earn a support 3/4.
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being inscribed upon the
Pension Rolls of the United States as a disabled ex-soldier of the last war,
being incapacitated from performing manual labor to earn his support as provided
for under the act passed by the 51st Congress of the United States for disabled
soldiers and sailors, approved June 1890, and hereby constitutes and appoints,
with full power of substitution and revocation, T. W. TALLMADGE, OF WASHINGTON,
D.C. his true and lawful attorney to prosecute this claim and obtain a
certificate for pension under the act aforesaid.
That he is now on the Pension rolls of the United States and will support the
Constitution of the United States.
That his post-office address  is at READER, County of WETZEL, State of WVa.
Signature of claimant:  SAMUEL SPRINGER
Two persons who can write:  ALLEN BELL & ELIAS EARL
Also personally appeared  ALLEN BELL, residing at PINE GROVE, WVa and ELIAS
EARL, residing at PINE GROVE, WVa  persons whom I certify to be reputable and
entitled to credit, and, who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present
and saw SAMUL SPRINGER the claimant sign his name to the foregoing declaration;
that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and
their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents
himself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Signature of affiants:
ALLEN BELL
ELIAS EARL
Date:  26 July 1890
L. A. BENEDUM, Notary Public, Wetzel County, WVa. 
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GENERAL AFFIDAVIT (JOSEPH CUMBRIDGE & ALLEN BELL)
State of WVa.County of Wetzel, ss;
In the matter of SAMUEL SPRINGER claim for  Pension under Act of June 27th 1890
of Co. H 1 WVa Vol.
On this 23 day of AUGUST A.D. 1890(?) personally appeared before me Notary
Public in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths,
JOSEPH CUMBRIGE aged 60 years, a resident of PINE GROVE in the County of WETZEL
and State of  WEST VA, whose Post Office is PINE GROVE, WETZEL CO., WVa.  ALLEN
BELL aged 59 years, a resident of PINE GROVE in the County of WETZEL and State
of  WVa whose Post Office address is PINE GROVE, WETZEL COUNTY, WVa, well known
to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who, being duly sworn, declared
in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
We have both been acquainted with this applicant for Pension for 30 years & have
worked for & with him often & know from our own knowledge that this applicant is
disabled 3/4  from performing manual labor with other able bodyed men by reason
of the Disabilitys which he claims Pension on viz. Chronic diarhea, kidney
disease and ankle.
We further declare that we have no interest in said case and are not contested
in its prosecution.
(Signed)
JOSEPH CUMBRIDGE (mark X)
ALLEN BELL
Witnesses who can write:
J. W. STONE
J.A. LANTZ
L. A. BENEDUM, Notary Public
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Act of June 27, 1890
DECLARATION FOR AN INCREASE OF AN INVALID PENSION
State of West Virginia, County of WETZEL, ss:
On this 12TH DAY OF MAY, A. D. one THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED and NINETY-
TWO, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the
County and State aforesaid, SAMUEL SPRINGER, aged 66 years, a resident
of READER, County of WETZEL, State of West Virginia who, being duly
sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United
States, enrolled at the Washington, D.C. Pension Agency at the rate of
six dollars per month, under Certificate No. 478.643, issues under Act
of June 27, 1890, by reason of DISABILITY FROM RIGHT HIP AND LUMBAGO
having been in the military service of the United States as a PRIVATE
CO. H. 1" REGIMENT WEST VIRGINIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY and CO. A 3" REGT
WVa VOL. CAVY.
That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of
not being rated proportionately to the degree of his disability for manual labor
arising from the above-named causes.(Statement)"Right hip and lumbago, back and
knees and chronic diarrhea.  I am so disabled by the above diseases that I am
not able to do any labor to amount to anything.
Application is also hereby made for pension under the provisions of the Act of
June 27, 1890, on account of the following-named NEW OPR ADDITIONAL
DISABILITIES, namely, BACK AND KNEES AND CHRONIC DIARRHEA
That said disabilities are not due to vicious habits, and are to the best of his
knowledge and belief, permanent.  He hereby appoints, with full power of
substitution and revocation, JOHN WEDDERBURN, OF WASHINGTON, D.C., his true and
lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim, the fee (if pension is granted for or
on account of any one or more of the above-named new or additional
disabilities), to be Ten Dollars, payable as prescribed by law 
That his post office address is READER, County of WETZEL, State of West
Virginia. 
Claimant's signature:  SAMUEL SPRINGER
Witnesses:
(1) BLU MARTIN
(2) L. C. MORGAN
Date: 12 MAY 1892
W. A. MORGAN, Notary Public. 
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GENERAL AFFIDAVIT  (JAMES C. McALLISTER)
State of WEST VIRGINIA, County of WETZEL, ss:
In the pension claim of SAMUEL SPRINGER, Private CO. H 1st Regiment West
Va Volunteer.
Personally  came before me, a  NOTARY PUBLIC  in and for the aforesaid
County and State, JAMES C. McALISTER. Aged 50 years, citizen of READER,
County of WETZEL, State of West Va, well known to me to be a reputable
and entitled to credit, who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to
the aforesaid case as follows:  He has been acquainted with SAMUEL
SPRINGER before the war & ever since the war he has been living with 2
1/2 miles from him & has lived for the last 18 yrs in a mile of Mr.
Springer his knowledge of his disabilities are that  he sees Mr
Springer very often & he is continually complaining of Rheumatism & of
chronic diarrhoea.  The above disease was not caused by vicious habits.
I donte consider that he is able to do mutch work.  About three years
ago he could do about 1/4 of a days work & at the present time he can
do about 1/5 of a days work in a day.  The above was dictated to &
written down by W. D. MORGAN  Post Office address is Reader, State of
West Va and he further declares that he has no interest in said claim
and is not concerned in its prosecution.
Attest:
1 JAMES HARRIS
2 MALISSA WILSON                Witness:  James C. McALLISTER
Witness my hand and official seal this 4TH DAY OF JUNE, 1895.
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Act of June 27, 1890
Certificate No 478643
Name SAMUEL SPRINGER
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C. JANUARY 15, 1898.
Sir:  In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next
quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies
to the questions enumerated below
Very Respectfully, ---Evans.
First  Are you married?  If so, please state your wife's full name and her
maiden Answer.  YES.  SARAH E. SPRINGER.  SARAH E. FLUHARTY
Second.  When, where and by whom were you married?
Answer.  AT PINE GROVE WETZEL CO WVa.  REV JOHN ALLEY
Third.   What record of marriage exists?
Answer.  RECORDED IN CLERK'S OFFICE WETZEL CO WVa.
Fourth.  Were you previously married?
Answer.  NO.
Fifth  Have you any living children?
Answer.  ANGENORA SPRINGER= Aug 29 1849;  ALPHEUS= Aug 2, 1855;  Lyda= March 7,
1851;  MARRIAH= July 1, 1857;  WILLIAM= Dec 29, 1863;  LEWIS= Feb 14, 1851;
MARRY= Oct 8, 1869.
Date of Reply, JUNE 4, 1898.
Signed,  SAMUEL SPRINGER
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Act of June 27, 1890
As amended by the Act of May 9, 1900
DECLARATION FOR INCREASE OF PENSION
State of  West Virginia, County of WIRT ss:
On this 4TH DAY OF MARCH, A.D. 1902, personally appeared before me a Clerk of
County Court, within and for the County and State aforesaid, SAMUEL SPRINGER
aged 76 years, a resident of WIRT County.  Post office ELIZABETH, WVa, State of
West Va who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the
identical SAMUEL SPRINGER who was enrolled on the first day of March, 1865, in
West Virginia Cavalry Volunteers in the WAR of the REBELLION and served at least
NINETY DAYS and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED at WHEELING, WV on the 30th day of
June, 1865 and was employed in the Military service of the United States prior
to the first day of March, 1865 and not subsequent to the 5th day of March,
1862.
That he is wholly unable to earn a support by manual labor.  That he is a
pensioner under Certificate No. 478 643 at EIGHT dollars a month.  That his
physical condition is such that he believes he is entitled to an increase of
pension.  That in addition to the disabilities heretofore alleged and claimed
for he is disabled by reason of A PARTIAL STROKE OF PARALYSIS which was incurred
at about 1864, and under the following circumstances: DISLOCATION OF THE RIGHT
HIP AND SEVERE ATTACK OF MEASLES AND HAS SUFFERED EVER SINCE THE WAR WITH A
CHRONIC DIARRHEA TAKEN TOGETHER HAS CAUSED PARALYSIS PARTIAL AND GENERAL
DEBILITY.  That said disabilities are not due to vicious habits, and are, to the
best of his knowledge and belief, permanent.
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of securing an increase of
pension under the provisions of the Act of June 27, 1890, as amended by Act of
May 9, 1900.  He hereby appoints J.B. CRALLE & CO., Pension Attorneys, Cralle
Building, 108 C St. N.W., Washington, D.C. his true and lawful attorneys to
prosecute his claim, and he hereby agrees to allow said attorneys the lawful fee
of Two Dollars when his increase is allowed.  That his Post office is ELIZABETH,
County of WIRT, State of WVa.
Claimant's Signature:  SAMUEL SPRINGER (X mark)
Witnesses:
SAMUEL K. HARRIS
W. J. SPRINGER
Also personally appeared S. K. HARRIS, residing at ELIZABETH, WVa, and W. J.
SPRINGER, residing at ELIZABETH, persons whom I certify to be respectable and
entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, say they were present and saw
SAMUEL SPRINGER, claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the forgoing
declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said
claimant and their acquaintance with him of 30 years, and 30 years respectively,
that he is the identical person he represents himself to be;  and that they have
no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Signatures:
SAMUEL K. HARRIS
W. J. SPRINGER
Date:  4TH MARCH 1902.
S.W. CAIN, Clerk of Court, Wirt County, WVa.
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Southern Division 
Increase (new Law) Pension
No. 478.643
ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE
Claim of SAMUEL SPRINGER
Co H 1st WVa Cav.
GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
State of West Virginia, County of WIRT, ss:
In the matter of SAMUEL SPRINGER Co H 1st WVa Inf cert no 478.643.
On this 21 DAY OF JULY A.D. 1902, personally appeared before me a Notary Public
in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths SAMUEL
SPRINGER aged 76 years, a resident of near ELIZABETH in the County of WIRT, and
state of WEST VIRGINIA whose Post office address is R.F.D No 1 ElIZABETH, WVa
well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and, who, being duly sworn,
declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:  I am the claimant in the
above styled claim.  I am physically unable to go to Parkersburg, WVa to be
examined.  I make this affidavit in order that a physician may be sent to my
house to examine me.
SAMUEL SPRINGER'S mark
Witnesses:  ?? LOCKHART & W. J. SPRINGER
Another affidavit this day,  21 JULY 1902,  by DR. O. S. SOMERSVILLE(?)
I have this day examined Mr. SAMUEL SPRINGER and his physical condition is such
that I do not think  him able to leave his home for any distance to undergo a
medical examination.  He is weak and very much debilitated not scarcely able to
walk by the aid of a cane.
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PENSIONER DROPPED
United States Pension Agency
Washington, D.C.
Mar. 8, 1904
Certificate No. 478643
Class Inv (?)
Pensioner: SAMUEL SPRINGER
Service - PRIVATE H. 1 Wva V.I. and A 3 Vol. Cav.
The Commissioner of Pensions
   SIR:  I have the honor to report that the above-named pensioner who
was last paid at $12 to 4 DEC 1903 has been dropped because of DEATH
JAN. 29 1904.  Letter of D. C. Casto Jr. herewith.
Very Respectfully, (signed) Jno. R. King, United States Pension Agent

 

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