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Act of June 27, 1890

Greetings Civil War Researchers:

To my delight I received in less than 3 weeks, a huge pension file for my ancestor who served in Louisiana from May 1863 to 1866. (Corps D'Afrique 6th Infantry and 78th).

I found tibits on some elusive family history, but the majority of it was a text book case in military bureaucracy. Early records confirm that he was treated for injuries in 1863. However, the report does not detail what they were.

It seems that he had received some compensation after the war. But beginning in 1900, his veteran's pay was rejected saying "Not entitled to a rating under the act of June 27th 1890." This begins a lengthy correspondence between my great great grandfather and the Department of the Interior and the lawyers he retained to correct this problem. There are pages of doctors reports that support his claims, who examined and treated him over the years, and include those who treated him right after the war. (An interesting note is that the majority of these doctors were prominent white physicians in Pensacola during and after Reconstruction).

My question is about a frequently cited "Act of June 27, 1890". There is also a named mentioned "Mrs. Creen".

Can anyone explain this act of 1890? I wonder how many of the veterans of the US Colored Troops went through a similar situation.

Thanks in advance for your insight.

K Wyer Lane

PS He did receive an adjusted retroactive pension. However when he died, the Army refused to pay his medical bills during his terminal illness. Why? Because his house (net worth) far exceeded his medical bills. The suggestion being that the sale of his house (and displacing his family) would pay for the medical bills. Whew!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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