Two paper 1884 legal documents for the purpose of obtaining a pension for the widow of Archibald McMillian. Archibald fought for Company B of the 36th Regiment of the New York Volunteers during the Civil War. There is a touching and detailed witness/service report from McMillian's commanding officer Captain Timothy Donahue King. Captain King describes how McMillian was captured by the Rebels and held for two weeks where his leg was "twice amputated" due to poor medical treatment. Describes how he was shot at the battle of Malone Hill ? and how his health was destroyed forever due to this injury. What is apparent about this document is how much trouble a widow had to go through to get a few dollars from the U.S.Government. Her husband's health was destroyed for life and the Government was fighting tooth & nail not to give her a red cent for his service to our country.
Some things never change do they? She should have applied for food stamps or welfare. That way she would of been approved in two minutes.
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