I was visiting my daughter and when I arrived home my ordered Civil War Pension for Robert Stephens was there. I had placed the order on 14 March 2011 and it arrived 3 April 2011.
I ordered the file at the National Archives on line. They assign a order number and a link in the letter where you can check the progress of the order.
The file was about one inch thick and dealt mostly with the trial and tribulations about getting a pension and numerous rejections. Today that sounds strangely familiar when dealing with a government entity.
There is a lot to read and I had skimmed the documents briefly. The thing that stands out is the fact that Robert was injured at Gettysburg on 3 July 1863. That was right in the heat of the battle. His injury you might ask….he sustained a hernia while lifting a shell casing box without the use of straps. The doctors report said that the hernia was the size of an orange, that is a large hernia. He was now unfit for duty and admitted to a hospital in Washing DC and then was transferred to another hospital.
The names of the hospitals are listed and I have to look more into those facilities. I told my husband how does it feel to owe your existence to a hernia. Today the hernia would be an easy fix but I suppose then it was inoperable.
More to come later.