ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM THE PENSION RECORDS:
Pension # 425343
residences as noted in the pension records:
David Durham's personal data:
of death: 26 Jun 1902 at [not given] (see note 3 at bottom)
John Durham signed his affidavit with a mark ("X") while
all of David's affidavits were signed with his name. David also wrote
several letters himself, the copies of which are in the pension records.
So, unlike his apparently-illiterate brother John, David was literate].
OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE:
David is described at age:
Among David's many ailments are the military-incurred injuries described as follows:
From one of David's affidavits:
"That at or near Gallatin, Tenn. about May 5, 1864 while on route from Louisville, Ky. to Nashville, Tenn. the train collided with another, killing and wounding many, that he received an injury to the left side, resulting in curvature of spine and disease of spine and heart, was treated in Hospital at Gallatin, Tenn. about six weeks, thence to convalescent camp at Decatur, Alabama. "Also that while a member of Co 'E' 5 U.S. Arty. and stationed at Fort Barrancas, Fla. about June 1868, while dismounting guns for shipment to Fortress Monroe, Va. he incurred rupture of right side by being crushed by a gun, and was treated for same in Hospt. at same Fort."
"That I was a member of the above named Co. and Regt. and remember that while the regiment was being transferred from Louisville, Ky. to Nashville, Tenn, on or about the 5th day of May 1864 our train collided with another which caused a serious wreck, which injured several of the regt. and that David Durham was one of the number that was seriously injured. I remember that I helped to get him out of the wreck and that his left side was injured and some of his ribs broken, also his right arm and his chest was badly injured, that we all thought he would die and wrote to his relatives to that effect.-- "That he and the rest of the injured were taken to the Hospital at Gallatin, Tenn. on a special train sent from that place on purpose to convey them. That said claimant was left at Gallatin, Tenn. and the Regt. went on to Nashville, Tenn. where he joined us after some time, that he was unable to do duty and up to the time we went to and left Pulaski he was still complaining of his injuries that he was placed in the hospital while we were at Pulaski and that our Co. went [illegible]. That after we fell back to Nashville, Tenn. he was sent to the Hospital and we left him there when we were ordered to Vicksburg in Feb. 1865, that he was still unable for duty, and that I did not see him again until after the war in 1866."
From another of David's affidavits:
"That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty, at Fort Barrancas, State of Florida, on or about the __ day of June 1868, while dismounting some large guns preparatory to shipping them to Fortress Monroe claimant was in front of the gun about to be let down the inclined plane, used in such work, and by some means the 'chock' under the wheel became removed and the gun ran against the claimant and the pressure was so great as to seriously injure the claimant, causing from the great strain a hernia or rupture on the right side, and strained all over the body, bruised, and sore.--
"That claimant was sent to the Post Hospital at Barrancas and remained there under treatment for some months for said injury."
another of David's affidavits:
Jno. R. [Brinckle], 5th Art, reported: 'I was on duty with Batty.
"E," 5th Art, at Barrancas, Fla, from Apr. '66 to Mar. '69.
ITEMS PERTAINING TO DAVID DURHAM, NOT FROM THE PENSION RECORDS:
NOTE 2: David's place of birth: Although one record gives his place of birth as Hamilton County, Ohio, this was likely either an error or some deflection on David's part to seem to be from the same general mid-west area rather than back east. As noted above, another record in his pension files states that he was born in "King" County, Delaware, an apparent corruption of Kent County, DE. As Joseph Romeo has noted, David's having been born in Delaware is further substantiated by his death record, census records, as well as his father Elisha Durham, Sr's will, which lists sons Elisha Jr, John, and David with an apparent middle name "West" which was more likely meant to indicate they had moved "out west."
NOTE 3: David's place of death: National Home for Disabled Veteran Soldiers, Marion Branch, Grant Co, IN, per copy of David's death record, courtesy of Joseph Romeo.
David's place of burial: Union Civil Cemetery (aka Forks of the Cross Cemetery), near Phlox, Howard Co, IN, per info received from Joseph Romeo, in turn from Laura Durham. See photos of headstone, above.
anyone know of the existence of a photo of David Durham?
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