CIVIL WAR NURSE
Medical Dept., U. S. Volunteers, Wheeling, W. Va.
Sister Mary Immaculate Feeny was a member of the Wheeling community of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The U. S. Government took over Wheeling Hospital as a "Post Hospital" and some of the sisters served as army nurses. Sister Feeny applied for a pension, Claim No. 1148243, but she apparently did not receive a pension. No official record of her service could be found. Perhaps she died before the issue of her pension was resolved.
Declaration for Nurse's Pension
State of West Virginia
County of Ohio, ss:
On the 4th day of October, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety-2 personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, MARY FEENY, aged 56 years, a resident of Wheeling, County of Ohio, State of West Virginia, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the identical MARY FEENY who was employed as nurse CONTRACT on or about the 9th day of July, 1861, in Post Hospital at Wheeling, W.Va. known as Wheeling Hospital in the service of the United States, in the War of the Rebellion, and served at least six months and was Honorably Released at Wheeling West Va, on or about the 26th day of July 1864. That she is now unable to earn a support by reason of results of Rheumatism, neuralgia, and general disability resulting from Grippe, age, &c due to to women. - That said disabilities are to the best of her knowledge and belief of a permanent character. That she is not a pensioner... That she has never been employed in the United States service as nurse otherwise than as stated above. - That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension-roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of August 5, 1892.
Sister Mary Feeny
Attest: Sister Mary Hohman & Sister Mary Benson
Second Auditor's Office,
Washington, April 29, 1893
Respectfully returned to the Hon. Commissioner of Pensions,
In the case of MARY FEENY, Nurse her name has not been found on any roll of the Post-Hospital at Wheeling, W. Va. for the year 1864. - If she served under any other name please give the same.
T. Stobs Farrow, Auditor
By J. B. H. Jenkins
State of West Virginia, County of Ohio, ss:
In the matter of Pension Claim of SISTER MARY FEENY in Religion SISTER IMMACULATE.
Personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for aforesaid County and State, MARY FEENY, in Religion SISTER MARY IMMACULATE.
As SISTER MARY IMMACULATE I entered Wheeling Hospital April 2nd 1857, from the commencement of the War in 1861 to January 1st 1864, I had full charge of all the nurses in said hospital and the help employed in said Hospital and did service as a Nurse or Superintendent of the entire Hospital, the service I rendered as a Nurse and Superintendent of Diet Kitchen and the entire hospital was more than six months service. The service I rendered was under the direction of Dr. John Frissell now deceased and other physicians that are now deceased. That sick and wounded soldiers were brought to this Hospital from the Military Camps in and Near Wheeling. I remained in Hospital until on or about August 1st 1864, but I was not in charge of the Hospital as Superintendent after January 1st 1864. This Hospital was used as a Post or General Hospital from 1861 to close of War in 1865 and was also known as a Marine Hospital that the Government took full charge of this Hospital under Dr. John Kirker on or about April 1864, I ask that my declaration for Pension be amended by inserting my full and true name viz: Mary Feeney in Religion Sister Mary Immaculate. I am aged 63 years, I was never married and I never received a pension as widow Mother or nurse. I have made but one application for Pension No 1148243 under Act of August 5 1892, by reason of My age, weakness and Physical infirmities. I am unable to earn a support by labor, this Affidavit consists of two separate sheets of paper pasted and pined together, and each sheet signed by me. My claim has been on file for a long period of time. I respectfully ask for early consideration and adjudication of my claim.
Mary Feeny in religion
Sister Mary Immaculate