Edward Slack Pension Papers
Lake Pleasant, NY

Excerpts from Pension file of Edward Slack
National Archives
Soldiers Certificate # 446635
Veteran:  Edward Slack
[son of Nathan Slack and Samantha Dunning]

Rank:  Pri
Service:  Co. D, 173 N.Y. Vol. Inf
Can No:  9571
Bundle N:  31

The Comissioner of Pensions.
Sir:  I have the honor to report that the above-named pensioner who was last paid $8. To 4 Jan'y 1902 has been dropped because of death.
Jany 11, 1902
Very respectfully C. A. Orr, United States Pension Agent

War Department
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, May 7, 1884

Edward Slack, a Pvt. Of Company D, 173 Regiment NY Volunteers was enrolled on the 1 day of Sept 1864, at Lake Pleasant for 1 year and is reported on roll for Jan and Feb. '65 (first roll on which name appears), present, joined Company Jan 3rd '65 ~ Mar. & Apr. '65 present.

Mustered out on Ind M O June 12 '65 at Washington, DC.

Return for May '65 reports him absent Div. Hospital Washington, DC

Records of Prov Mar. Gen'l report him enrolled Sept 1, '64 & mustered in Sept 19, '64 18 District NY as a recruit and forwarded to Hart Island rendezvous, NY H Oct 17, '64,
 received at Hart Island, N.Y Oct 18, '64 and sent to the 173 NY Vols Dec 29, '64 and "receipted" for at Regimental Head Quarters Dec 31, '64.

Pension application July 17, 1890 Edward was in Middlesex, Yates Co, NY.  Record states that he was in Co. D, 173rd Regiment commanded by Owen O'Connor.  He was honorably discharged at Washington, DC June 12, 1865, by reason of "close of the war."  At that time Edward was described as 35 years old, 5'6" tall, light complexion, dark hair and gray eyes.

"That he is now suffering from an affectation of the stomach and liver and troubled with the piles which disqualifies him from manual labor."

The first pension application filed in Hamilton County, NY Dec. 30, 1879
Edward described at age 48, height 5'6" tall, light complexion, gray eyes, dark hair. Edward stated that on or about the last of February 1865 he was on picket duty near the city of Winchester, VA he was wounded by a musket or rifle ball on the right side of his right leg in the region of his calf between the ankle and knee.  He was conveyed to a hospital in the city of Winchester where he was treated for about 6 weeks then he returned to service.  About the first of May 1865 he contracted the measles in or near Washington, DC and was sent to Finely Hospital.  While at the hospital he contracted diarrhea, which continued for three years after his discharge.

Witnesses were Ozem J. Morrison of Northampton, NY and Charles E. Morrison of Northampton, NY

There is another general affidavit in which William A Brown, aged 67 years of Lake Pleasant and Chester Sturges age 49 of Lake Pleasant testify that Edward Slack came home sick from the service.  John F. Buyce was a witness.  [there is also a Slack witness but I can't make out the first name]

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, DC, September 1, 1897

Questionnaire sent to Edward Slack, Middlesex, Yates, NY

1. Are you a married man?  If so, please state you wife's full name, and her maiden name
Answer:  Yes, Sofrona Slack   Morson

2. When, where and by whom were you married?
Answer: in year 1854   Methodist minister [?] K Barber

3. What record of marriage exists?
Answer:  By certificate

4. Were you previously married?
Answer:  I was never married but the one time

5. Have you any children living?  If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth
4 boys & 2 girls  Chary born 1871 and Nenttey 1877 Slack, Leeroy born 1859, William 1861, Lewis 1866, Ozorn/Ozem [not sure of this one] 1868 Slack

In the Claimant's General Affidavit Dr. William F. Jolley of Vine Valley, Yates Co, NY, "formerly the family physician" states that he treated Edward Slack from 1886 to 1889 for kidney trouble and irritation of the bladder.  Dr. Conly concured with Dr. Jolley and stated he had treated Edward for two years.  There is no date on the affidavit but Edward gave age as 61

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