Copies of these documents were graciously donated to the Wood Museum of Springfield History by Nancy Strycharz, 2014.
Camp of 31st Mass. Vols., near Morganza, La.
I certify, on honor, that I have known John E. Moore, and that he was a private in G Company of the Reg’t. Not being now connected with that Company, I cannot give exact dates, but certify that on or about Oct. 13th/’63, he was accidentally wounded while on picket in the vicinity of Fort Pike, La.
The gun of a comrade was accidentally discharged and the ball passed thro’ Moore’s forearm near the elbow. In consequence of this wound, he has been unable to do active duty since that time.
To the best of my knowledge and belief, he is worthy of and entitled to a pension. There are now no officers serving in G Company who were connected with it at the time of Moore’s injury.
L. Fred’k. Rice
Capt. 31st Mass. Vols.
Comd’g F Co.
formerly 1st Lieut. G Co.
I certify that on the 13th of Oct. 1863, I was First Sergt. of G Co., 31st Mass. Vols., and that the foregoing statement is to the best of my knowledge and belief correct.
S. B. Bond
1st Lieut., 31st Mass. Vols.
State of Louisiana
Parish of Orleans
On this 19th day of April A.D., one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, within and for the Parish and State aforesaid, John E. Moore, aged 44 years, a resident of Housatonic, in the State of Massachusetts, who, being duly sworn according to law, declared that he is the identical John E. Moore, who enlisted in the service of the United States at Pittsfield, Mass., on the 7th day of January, in the year 1862 as a Private in Company “G”, commanded by Capt. Conant, in the 31st Regiment of Mass. Vols. in the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged on the 18th day of April, in the year 1864; that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, he received at Pearl River, La. in action, 13th day of October 1863, a gunshot wound of the right elbow joint in consequence whereof the arm and hand are rendered nearly useless.
That his post office address is as follows: Housatonic, Berkshire Co., Mass.
John E. Moore
Declaration for the Increase of an Invalid Pension
State of Mass.
County of Berkshire
On the 13th day of January, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the county and State aforesaid, John E. Moore, aged 64 years, a resident of the Village of Housatonic, county of Berkshire, State of Mass., who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Boston Pension Agency at the rate of Eight dollars per month, by reason of disability from Gunshot wound in the right arm incurred in the Military service of the United States while a Private of Co. G, 31st Regt. Mass. Infantry. That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of Rheumatism in right Thigh and lower part of Back, which was contracted in line of duty, by exposure incidental to Camp Life & developed itself soon after Discharge from service & has continued to greater or less degree, at intervals ever since & at present is so bad, as to prevent him performing manual labor. That his Post Office Address is Housatonic, county of Berkshire, State of Massachusetts.
Claimant’s signature: John E. Moore
Claimant’s Affidavit Before a Clerk
State of Massachusetts, County of Berkshire, in Claim No. 70646 of John E. Moore of Co. G of the 31st Regt. of Mass. Vols. personally appeared before the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths within and for said County, the above named claimant, who, being duly sworn, states that he contracted rheumatism about the 1st day of July 1864, Housatonic, Massachusetts; Defective hearing about the first day of June 1863 near Baton Rouge and near Port Hudson, La. and I am now totally disabled from Rheumatism & Deafness, for which he makes claim for pension while a member of said Co. and Regt. in the line of his duty.
John E. Moore
State of Massachusetts, County of Berkshire, Claim No. 70646, of John E. Moore, deceased, of Co. G of the 31st Reg’t. of Mass. Vols. Personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within and for said County, Chas. H. Rathbun, aged 72 years, whose P.O. is Stockbridge, County of Berkshire, State of Mass., who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows to-wit:
“I knew said John E. Moore for years prior to his enlistment, lived in same town with him. I knew him at the time of his enlistment. He was not, and never had been up to the time of his enlistment, in the slightest degree deaf. He was in the same regiment with me in the service of the U.S. in the War of the Rebellion. I often saw him while inm the service. On or about the middle of June A.D. 1863 at Baton Rouge, said Moore was obliged to sleep all night in a severe rain storm without cover & was drenched to the skin, and from that cause he contracted a very severe cold which finally settled in his head, and caused the deafness from which he suffered from that time until he died. I saw him from time to time, after that night in 1863, while in the service, & he was very deaf. I lived in same village with him after his discharge until he died, and he was always very deaf. I gain my knowledge of all these facts from an intimate personal acquaintance with said Moore, & from seeing and talking with him nearly every day. The statements contained in this affidavit were written in my presence & from my oral statements to Charles E. Evans, Esq., who prepared this affidavit. Said oral statements were made to said Evans on the 28th day of November 1896 at his office in Stockbridge, Mass. & in making the same I did not use & was not aided or prompted by any written or printed statement or recital prepared or dictated by any other person. And affiant further states that he has no interest in this claim.
(signed) Charles H. Rathbun”