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From: "Janice Knotter" <>
Subject: Re: [ILWHITE] 5th illinois cavalry
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 17:59:55 -0500
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Thanks for posting this. Sorry, I can't add anything about the individuals
in this unit, but I found it very interesting.

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Subject: Re: [ILWHITE] 5th illinois cavalry

> Rhonda,
> I don't have a whole lot of information about my great
> grandfather's
> service but I'll give you what I've got. My great grandfather was Allen
> George Ward. He enlisted for three years on September 12, 1861 at
> Fairfield,
> Illinois and was assigned to Company D, 5th Illinois Cavalry Volunteers.
> There
> are no surviving letters from his time in the service to give insight
> into his
> daily duties. According to his application for pension he made in 1883 he
> contracted malaria while his unit was at Mill(s) Dale near Vicksburg,
> Mississippi in July of 1863. He spent July and August in the Regimental
> Hospital then
> was furloughed to his home in Carmi, Illinois for thirty days beginning
> on
> September the 6th. He reported back to his unit at Black River,
> Mississippi. He
> was never well again but yet re enlisted at Clear Creek, Mississippi on
> January 1, 1864 for three more years. He was mustered out at Springfield,
> Illinois
> on October 27, 1865. He entered the service as a private, was promoted to
> corporal at his re enlistment then to sergeant on June 23, 1864.
> According to
> his muster rolls he provided his own horse and equipment. Once he was
> docked
> $3.00 for losing a saddle blanket and another time $12.75 for losing his
> revolver and holster. On June 28th 1864 he was detailed as Orderly for
> the Provost
> Marshal at Vicksburg. I also have a letter he wrote in regard to his
> pension
> application. Don't know if you're really interested in it but it does
> name
> some of his officers and gives a little insight into his thoughts on the
> war.
> It's kind of hard to read so instead of just copying it, I'll type it in
> just
> as he wrote it.
> Trumbull Ills Aug 23rd
> Gen. J.C. Black
> Dear sir I wish to make a few statements to you concerning my pension
> claime
> and hope you will pardon my forwardness in adressing you. I was a member
> of
> Co D 5th reg of Ills Cav Vol. Served frome Sep the 13th 1861 till Oct 27th
> 1865. Just after the seige of Vicksburg I was taken down with malaria or
> bilious
> fever and became so redused and weak I was granted a furlow by order of
> Gen
> Sherman frome the hospital by reason of sickness on Dr J B Enseys
> recomendation. durind that sickness I was troubled with an irregular
> action of my heart
> and a great deel of palpation at heart. my kidneys was affected. I could
> not
> pass off the urin without much pain. These disorders are still afflicting
> me
> frome year to year and I am renderd unfit for any hard work. I can not
> get
> employment many times because I can not make a good hand. I was wounded
> slightly in the knee but it dose not disable me frome work. Cap A.G. Payn
> was my
> last Co Commander. Hoping you will consider my claime favorably when it
> comes
> before you. My claime was objected to three years ago I think on party
> feelings
> then. I gave four long years of servis not for party but for the caus I
> loved so well. No of claim 483717
> Allen G. Ward
> Trumbull
> White Co Ills
> The document authorizing his furlough is signed by Major A.H. Seley ,
> Commanding the Reg't.
> That's about all I have. Hope some of it is useful!
> Mike Moody
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