Post War Affidavit Attesting to a Colored Soldiers Service


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Affidavit dated May 26th, 1868 by fellow soldier Hiram Dumond attesting to the fact that one William Crawford of the 20th U.S.C.T. died of disease while in the service of the United States military during the war on July 10th, 1864. William and Hiram would both would muster with the 20th U.S.C.T. in December, 1863 in New York. Seven months into their enlistment, William would fall ill with chronic diarrhea while garrisoned at Carrollton, Louisiana and succumb to the disease after being confined to bed. Hiram himself would fall ill as well in June, 1865 but would manage to survive. Hiram attests here to William’s service in regards to a pension claim filed by William’s children. No separation to the paper on this one with nice bold, legible writing. A transcription of the letter is included as well as William’s service records. One of the many colored troops that volunteered their services for the country and never returned home.

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