Page 28: Page two of Max Baerecke's Disability Affidavit
The printed part of the form says at the top: "And during all of the said time my physical condition and ability to perform manual labor was as follows..."
And here is what Max said:
I had to give up my occupation as miller by reason of the disease of my eyes and am unfit to perform any labor which requires the use of my eyes, being also deaf on my one ear by reason of disease contracted, as aforesaid, I am disabled to perform one half of the labor that I could perform but for such disease [words cut off of copy]...to such disease. I have never since been able to return to my occupation as miller and it makes it most difficult for me [words cut off copy]...by reason thereof to find other employment.
The next statement on the form says, "I further state that the entire service rendered by me is as follows..."
And Max says:
I enlisted August 15, 1847 at Milwaukee, Wis. 15th Regiment Inf. U.S.A. commanded by Captain Mefford (?) and was honorably discharged on account of disability from hospital at New Orleans April 30, 1848; re-enlisted at Milwaukee August fifteenth 1862 in 26th Reg. Wis. Vol. served three years, discharged (mustered out) June 13, 1865, near Washington D.C.
Comments on this document:
I feel very fortunate to have this medical information about my third great grandfather. Most people don't get those types of details in their family history.
Max commented about his past as a miller and that he couldn't perform that job anymore. However, in my research, I learned that he was a barkeeper after he was a miller. This fact is evident in several city directories. Why didn't he include that in his work history? Were there concerns that the pension people would disapprove? A little selective memory? Or something else?
Coming up...a note from the Surgeon General's Office. Stay tuned...
On to part 14.
On to part 14.