AMBULANCE CHASING…CIVIL WAR STYLE
By James M. Schmidt
from the Feb/Mar 2008 issue of The Civil War News
While many Civil War enthusiasts - especially those who have researched ancestors that fought in the war - might be familiar with pension records as source of useful information about the service of a particular soldier, they are probably less aware that those very documents also tell an important story of how veterans, attorneys, physicians, and bureaucrats shaped the pension system for years to come.
“‘Never Forget What They Did Here’: Civil War Pensions For Gettysburg Union Army Veterans and Disability in Nineteenth-Century America” (2003) - a very interesting article from the William and Mary Law Review, in which they specifically follow the post-war disabilities of Gettysburg veterans, comment on the public's perception of disabled veterans, and the important part that the pension system played in maintaining party loyalty
“Emery T. Rowe, Dounsville, NY, injury of spine, resulting in disease of head, $16 to $24.”
“John Ferryman, Cambridge, OH, disease of lungs, $10 to $30”
“George W. Bale, Strohl, NE, gunshot wound of right thigh, $4 to $8