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Transcribed by Laurie Birks Dean.

State of West Virginia
Marshall County

to the Commissioner of Pensions. I have written to Dr. Patten and have not got any answer if I cannot get an affidavit by writing to him I can not get it for I am not able to go to see him and as for my treatment since I came home I had but one kind on me and he is dead and he made no change for medison (medicine). I generally got medison my self. I thought it was now use to change medison for my disease.

George Gossett

State of West Virginia,
County of Marshall}

     I George Gossett, late private Co. A, 12th Reg. W. Va. Inft. War 1861, and applicant for Invalid Pension No. 330,068 in compliance with the enclosed circular do hereby certify upon oath, that my residence and PO address for five years before my enlistment was Woodland PO Marshall County, West Virginia, and my occupation farming and since my discharge residence in the Woodland PO district, Marshall Co. West, Va. getting my important mail matter as set forth in my declaration at Moundsville, Box 17, Marshall County, West Va.
     That while in the service aforesaid and in the line of my duty on or about the 24 day of December, 1863, at Maryland Heights, Md. when on duty I was seized with a severe pain in the left breast attended with much swelling. The pain first was not continued it would come and go by the end of three days I was entirely unfit for any duty and was taken in the night to the Regimental Hospital tent there treated for about one week, given a Sick Furlough of 20 days, when I arrived at home I grew worse and for 10 days of the 20 given me in the furlough, I was unable to speak above a whisper. My physician was John W. Wier of Powhatan, Ohio, now deceased. He prescribed a Mustard Plaster, and some medicine to be taken inwardly - then as that did not eradicate the pain and take away the swelling he used Croton Oil burning my entire left breast covering the skin with blisters, this last temporarily helped me and I grew able to return to my company at the end of my furlough, the regiment was then at Cumberland, Md. and in a few days, the pain again coming on. I was sent to Claryville, Md. hospital, was in Claryville hospital when my Reg left Cumberland, Md. I was transferred to Wheeling, West Va. hospital and was unable for duty until in October 1864, was there detailed as a nurse in the hospital and after a couple of months was assigned to the charge of the dining room and there remained until the latter part of March 1865, when I was sent to my Company which is all the treatment I received while in service.
     Since my discharge I have had no further medical treatment there at the hands of Charles Odbert a druggist of Wheeling who is with Laughlin & Bros. Wholesale druggist at Wheeling. Mr. Odbert prepares my medicine by the quart - he was our medical Steward in the Army and knows my disease.
     I have not had any attacks of acute disease.
     I am poor compelled to labor and have to labor after when I can hardly go about. If I do heavy work for a couple of days I have to lay over the balance of a week. I have lost since my discharge fully one half of my time although I can give no precise dates.

George Gossett

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 13 day of May, 1880..............

Thomas Finn
Clerk County Court

Declaration For An Original Invalid Pension.

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall}SS.

     On this 4th day of October, one thousand eight hundred and seventy..... personally appeared before me Clerk of the County Court a Court of Record within and for the county and State aforesaid, George Gossett aged 36 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical George Gossett who was ENROLLED on the Twelfth day of August, 1862, in company A of the Twelfth regiment of West Va. Vols. Inft. commanded by J. B. Klunk, and was honorably DISCHARGED at Richmond, Va. on the 16th day of June, 1865, that his personal description is as follows:

Age, 19 years;
Height, 5 feet 6 inches;
Complexion, Dark;
Hair, Black;
Eyes, Grey.

That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Maryland Heights, in the State of Maryland, on or about the 24th day of December, 186?, he contracted a disease of the left breast causing much swelling and great pain and originated from the exposure incident to the campaign we had just returned from, being down the Valley of Virginia as far as Harrisonburg. That he claims pension for the disability orginating from said disease.

That he was treated in hospitals as follows:

In January 1864 at Clairreville hospital near Cumberland, Md., thence transferred to Wheeling, W.Va. Genl. Hospital returned to the Company at Deep Bottom before Richmond Spring of 1865.

That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the County of Marshall & Ohio. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a Farmer. That he is now three fourths disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor, by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States. He hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation, John W. P. Reid of Moundsville of Marshall County, West Virginia his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has never received nor applied for a pension; that his residence is Marshall County, West Virginia lived nearly all the time near Woodland PO Marshall County and his post office address is:

George Gossett
Box 17
Marshall County, West Va.

George Gossett
(Name of Claimant)

Wm. H. Dorsey
Samuel Brown
(Two witnesses)

Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D. C., January 15, 1898.

Certificate No. 386926
Name, Geo. Gossett

Marshall Co.
West Virginia

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Yes, Margaret Gossett, Margaret Laughman

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. July 13th, 1865, Wheeling, W. Va., Rev. Clarke

Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. Certificate of marriage

Fourth. Were you previously married?
Answer. No

Fifth. Have you any living children? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. yes,

Roberta, born Apr. 15th, 1866;
Evalenia, born Feb. 19th, 1870;
Sarah Armenia, born Aug. 19th, 1872;
Quincy M., born Apr. 14th, 1875;
Margaret Annie, born July 17th, 1877;
Laura Belle, born Feb. 24, 1880;
Bessie M., born May 16th, 1882;
Harry Cresapt(??), born Apr. 9th, 1885.

George Gossett

Declaration For Pension.

State of Ohio
County of Jefferson}SS.      On this 8th day of January, one thousand nine hundred and eight, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the county and State aforesaid, George Gossett, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 65 years of age, and a resident of Mingo Junction county of Jefferson, State of Ohio; and that he is the identical person who was ENROLLED at Moundsville, West Va. under the name of George Gossett, on the 12th day of August, 1862, as a Private, in Co. A, 12th Inft. Regiment in the service of the United States, in the Civil war, and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED at Richmond, Virginia, on the 16th day of June, 1865.

That his personal description at enlistment was as follows:

Height, 5 feet 6 inches;
Complexion, Dark;
Color of eyes, Grey;
Color of hair, Black;
Occupation, Farmer;
Born, October 3rd, 1842, at Marshall County, W. Va.

That his several places of residence since the service have been as follows:

In Marshall County until May 1907. I moved to Mingo Junction, Ohio.

That he is now a pensioner. Certificate No. 386,926.

That his post-office address is Mingo Junction, county of Jefferson, State of Ohio.

George Gossett
(Claimant's signature in full.)

F. M. Bensford
John Cox

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C., January 2, 1915

George Gossett,
Moundsville, W. Va. 386926

No. 1. Date and place of birth?
Answer. October 2nd, 1842, Marshall County, W. Va.
The name of organization in which you served?
Answer. Co. A, 12th W. Va. Infantry

No. 2. What was your post office at enlistment?
Answer. Woodland, Marshall County, W. Va.

No. 3. State your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Maggie Laughman

No. 4. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. July 13, 1865 at Wheeling, W. Va. by Rev. Clarke

No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage? If so, where?
Answer. Record County Court at Ohio Co., W. Va. in County Court Record Ohio County, W. Va.

No. 6. Were you previosly married?
Answer. Was not previosly married, neither was my wife, my wife died February 16, 1889.

No. 7. Was your wife previosly married?
Answer. My wife was not previously married.

No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation?
Answer. Am living with my daughter, Mrs. Arminia Robaugh.

No. 9. List your children, living or dead.

Roberta, born April 15, (cut off)
Annie, July 17, 1877;
Laura, February 24, 1880;
Bessie, May 16, 1882;
Harry, April 9, 188-;
(Transcriber note: Some of paper was cut off, there could be other children.)

George Gossett

Date, March 18, 1915

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, D. C.
November 10, 1921

Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D. C.


     I am advised that Mrs. Armenia Rohrbough, #502 9th Street, Moundsville, West Va., filed a claim after the date of her father, March 30th, 1921, but am not informed as to the nature of this claim.

     Her father was George Gossett, who was a pensioner, and with this information I hope you will be able to investigate and advise me the present status of the claim of Mrs. Rohrbough.

Benjamin L. Benbloom