|Death: ||Sep. 24, 1895|
Co. B, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry
Hermenegildo León Balderamos was a 29-year-old laborer living with his wife Gracia, age 39 years, when they were enumerated at Monterey, California, June 12 in the 1860 U.S. Census. The census indicated that he was born in México and Gracia in California. Hermenegildo enlisted as a private at Monterey February 28, 1865, and was mustered into Company B, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry April 29. He was 33 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair. He gave his birthplace as Chihuahua, México, and his occupation as ranchero. Private Balderamos was posted to Fort Mason, Arizona Territory, where he was appointed Farrier:
September 30, 1865. Fort Mason, Arizona Territory. Company Orders, No. 11.
Private Hermenegildo L. Balderamos of Company B, [1st Battalion] Native California Cavalry, is hereby appointed Farrier to date from October 1, 1865; subject to the approval of the Major [Cremony] commanding the battalion. By order of Captain Porfirio Jimeno, commanding Company B, [1st Battalion] Native California Cavalry.
His wife accompanied him to Fort Mason, where she served as a laundress. During the performance of his duties as Farrier, he was kicked by a horse and incurred three broken ribs on his left side on or about December 14. He was treated at the Fort Mason Hospital from about December 14 until January 9, 1866. He made the return trip to Camp Drum, California, aboard an ambulance, which he shared with Captain José Ramón Pico. He was mustered out at Drum Barracks March 15, 1866. After the war he resided in Oakland, Alameda County, from 1866 until 1881, at which time he relocated to Santa Rita, Monterey County. Hermenegildo Balderamos, age 48 years, registered to vote at Santa Rita March 11, 1882. The place and date of his naturalization was given in the register. He also appears as a resident of Santa Rita in the 1889 San José City Directory. Hermenegildo filed for a Civil War veteran's pension October 22, 1892, and was issued application No. 1,139,774. A certificate number for his application and a pension claim from his widow have not been not found. He signed a Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension at Monterey May 29, 1895. The Surgeon's Certificate accompanying his original application and signed by three doctors (dated March 15, 1893) stated that they found that "the claimant had the 9th, 10th, and 11th ribs on the left side fractured at the junction of these ribs. The injury has caused a depression at that point fully an inch deep and two inches across. Pressure at this point causes claimant to complain of pain." José Ramón Pico, former Captain, Company A, signed a General Affidavit dated March 21, 1894, stating that "he knows H. L. Balderamos and knows that he was kicked by a horse and badly hurt, several ribs being injured and injury occurring when said Balderamos was attending to a horse in month of December on or about the 14th day of 1865; that said injury occurred at Fort Mason, Arizona; that when he was called by Special Order to report his command at Drum Barracks, Los Angeles County, said Balderamos was taken with him in the ambulance, an injured man." At Castroville, Hermenegildo signed a Hospital Statement May 29, 1895, stating that "the following is full, true, and correct statement of all treatment received by me while in the service of the United States, to the best of my recollection: While in the service at Fort Mason, Arizona, on or about December 14, 1865, while attending to a sick horse I was kicked in the side and was attended by the field doctor [Doctor Tolman] in the field hospital. I was first cupped to try and bring the 3 ribs that were broken into place, then there was plaster put on, but all was no good and the ribs were still sunken. I was afterwards bandaged and all the materials were used, and on or about the 15th day of March 1866 I was discharged while still unable to do any work."
Castroville Public Cemetery
Plot: Section B, Row 1, M1845
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Record added: May 30, 2007
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