WILLIAM H. BELL, Company "B"


Transcribed by Laurie Birks Dean from pension file provided by Linda Fluharty.

Declaration for Original Invalid Pension.

State of Virginia
Campbell County,}SS.

     On this 30th day of April, one thousand eight hundred and eighty six personally appeared before me, Clerk of the Corporation Court, a court of record within and for the City and State aforesaid, Wm. H. Bell, aged 57 years, a resident of Lynchburgh, ocunty of Campbell, State of Virginia, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Wm. H. Bell, who was ENROLLED on the 6th day of September, 1861, in Company "B" of the 1st Regiment of W. Va. Cav. commanded by Capt. H. P. Boone and was honorably DISCHARGED at Wheeling, W. Va. sometime in June or July, 1865; that his personal description is as now follows:

Age, 57 years;
Height, 6 feet;
Complexion, Fair;
Hair, Brown;
Eyes, Hazel

That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Winchester, in the State of Virginia on or about the 22nd day of November, 1864, while on skirmish duty, he was wounded by ball, which entered his left side, near the 9th rib, passed thro and lodged in the right hip and has never been extracted and still suffering from its effects. He claims pension for gunshot wound as aforesaid being enfeebled thereby and can only do work at times.

That he was treated in hospitals as follows:
Mower Hospital, Phila., Pa. but at first was taken to some hospital in Balt.; don't remember name.

Formerly in Reg. Army Co. "B" 1st Mtd. Rifles, Capt. Ghos. Claiborne, enlisted on the 6th day of June 1856
(?) Discharged on the 6th day of June 1861.

That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the County of Campbell in the State of Virginia, and his occupation has been that of a Shoemaker. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a Shoemaker. That he is now greatly disabled from obtaining a 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.

William H. Bell
(Claimant's signature)

H. C. Dawson
M. C. Kulp

Pension Office
Oct. 11th, 1886

     I have the honor to request that you will furnish from the records of the War Department a full Report as to the service, disability and hospital treatment of William H. Bell, who, it is claimed, enlisted Sept. 6, 1861, and served as Sergt. in Co. B, 1 Reg't. W. Va. Cav.; also in Co. B 1 U.S. Mtd. Rifles and was discharged at Wheeling, W. Va., June or July, 1865.
     While serving in Co. B, 1 Reg't. West Va. Vols. he was disabled by gun shot wound left side and hip at Winchester, Va., Nov. 22, 1864 and was treated in hospitals of which the names, location, and dates of treatment are as follows:

Regimental Surgeon, Hospital in Baltimore, Md., Mower Hospl., Philadelphia, Pa.

John C. Black

Charles B. Young, M.D.
Office, 1102 Church Street
Residence, 409 Harrison Street

Lynchburg, Va., Oct. 23, 1896

To the Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D. C.

Dear Sir:

The papers of William H. Bell for Pension have this day been returned to me for re-examination. I wish to say that a wise Providence has spared me this trouble and has removed from our midst an old union soldier whose government allowed him to pine away & die in object poverty - surrounded only by a poor old negro woman and plenty of filth. I am a northern man (Pa.) & I must say that if ever a man was in need of governmental aid it was Wm. H. Bell.

He died too poor to pay any of his bills or to own a grove. That he was wounded while fighting the Confederacy there is no doubt, that he died from the effects of wounds received while in the U. S. Army there is no doubt and it does seem as if the U. S. ought to give her wounded soldiers at least a decent burial & pay the bills incident there to. Can you not, as Commissioner of Pensions, at least do this much?

Please let me hear from you at once.

Charles B. Young, M. D.