Jesse B Scudder

Jesse B Scudder

Butler County, Ohio, USA
Death 6 May 1905 (aged 73)
Industry, McDonough County, Illinois, USA
Burial Industry, McDonough County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 43018751 · View Source
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Son of Enoch and Amelia P. (Brookfield) Scudder.
Jesse was married to Sarah J. Van Gordon and Matilda Ann Springer.
The Committee on Invalid Pensions, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 421) for the relief of Jesse B. Scudder, submit the following report:

Jesse B. Scudder enlisted August 11, 1862, at Industry, Ill., in Company I, Seventy-eighth Illinois Infantry, and honorabley discharged June 6, 1965, from United States hospital at Quincy, Ill., on account of disabilities which disability is recited in his discharge as being one-half. The Adjutant General's report shows that Scudder was on duty with his regiment from the time of enlistment until October 18, 1864. At that date he was left sick at Chattanooga, Tenn., and the record shows him sick in the hospital until his discharge.

A certificate of disability, dated June 6, 1865, by D. G. Brinton, surgeon United States Volunteers, in charge of United States hospital at Quincy, Ill., certifies said Scudder is incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of obscure injury to the spine. It seems that the hospital record of said regiment is not on file and has not been preserved; consequently the cause of his sickness while in the hospital does not appear of record. The above facts are found in the Adjutant General's report.

It appears from the evidence that in October, 1861, while Scudder was sick in the hospital at Chattanooga, Tenn., he was granted a furlough, and on October 31, 1964, was on his way home, along with a lot of other sick soldiers, under the charge of William H. Githens, assistant surgeon of the said regiment. That at or near La Fayette, Ind., the train upon the railroad upon which said soldiers were travelling collided with another train and a large number of the soldiers aboard were killed, and a large number of the remainder were crippled and injured in various ways by reason of said collision.

William H. Githens testifies that he was the assistant surgeon of the Seventy-eighth Illinois Regiment; that he was in charge of the furloughed soldiers at the time of the collision near La Fayette, Ind., October 31, 1864, and took care of the wounded; but he has no distinct recollection of treating or caring for Jesse B. Scudder, but that he believes he was injured, as very few escaped in the first passenger coach, but to what extent is unable to say.

It is proven that Scudder was in the first passenger coach mentioned by Dr. Githens. The evidence clearly shows that said Scudder, soon after the said collision, reached his home injured in the back, for which he was treated by Dr. Duncan; that he was shortly able to return to his regiment, which he did, and the records of the Adjutant General's Office show that he was sick in the hospital until he was discharged. The evidence fully establishes the fact that he was a sound and healthy man at the time he enlisted.

It was also fully established by the evidence that said Scudder never has recovered from his injuries to his back. This is established by the evidence of several physicians.

Dr. Beadles, of Bushnell, Ill., who was the medical examiner of Scudder's district, certifies that he examined said Scudder; that he was suffering from an injury; to his spine; that it disabled him fully one-half.

It further appears from the evidence that before said Scudder enlisted his occupation was a farmer, and that since the war, owing to his disabilities, he is disabled from performing labor upon a farm at least one-half of the time, and that he is subject to bad spells which disable him entirely for the time; that he is a man of a family, and is very poor, and owing to his disabilities he has had a very hard time to make a living for his family.

His case was rejected by the Commissioner of Pensions on the ground that said Scudder was on a furlough at the time he received his injuries. Your committee is of the opinion that had the hospital records of said regiment been preserved they would have shown that he was on sick furlough at the time of receiving his injuries, in so much as the assistant surgeon of the regiment was sent in charge of said sick soldiers; that while he was under the care and control of the surgeon of the regiment he was in the line of his duty, and if injured without fault on his part he should be entitled, in equity at least, to his pension.

Your committee recommend the passage of the bill, with the following amendment:

Strike out of said bill all after the words "Industry, Illinois," and insert "of Company I, Seventy-eighth Illinois Regiment, and pay him a pension subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws.

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