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Crandall Documents

Selected Transcriptions From the Military File of
Sergeant Joseph A. Crandall of Company H

Kindly transcribed and donated to this site by
Karen Jarvis


Sergt. Joseph A. Crandall, of Captain John H. Cox Volunteer was enlisted by Capt. Cochran of the Second Regiment of Mo. Guards at Canton, Missouri on the Tenth day of July 1861, to serve three years; he was born in Canada West is Sixty three years of age, 5 feet 8 1/2 inches high, Light complexion, Blue eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Carpenter During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty sixty days. Station Camp Banks, Va. Gabriel De Korponey? Date: Nov 13th 1862 Col 28th Regiment PV commanding. I certify that I have carefully examined the said Joseph A. Crandell of Captain Coxs Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Rheumatism? and deafness.


State of Illinois
Adams County

On this 13th day of October 1874 personally appeared before the undersigned
a notary public within and for said county and state Joseph A. Crandell, who
first was duly sworn according to law and deposes and says that he was
discharged from the service of the United States on the Seventh day of
December A.D. 1862 on sickness Certificate of disability while holding the
rank of first Sergant in Company H of the 21st Regiment of Missouri Infantry
Vols. He further declares that he was never in the military or naval service
of the United States prior to the term to which he was discharged on said
7th day of December 1862 and that he has not been in the military Naval nor
civil service of the United States on said 7th day of December 1862.
He further declares that he took part in the Battle of Shiloh, Tenn. on the
6th day of April 1862. That he fought the enemy hard all the day of April
6th 1862 and because (there must be a page missing here)
nor since his discharge from the same. He further declares that he remained
a prisoner of war in the hands of the rebels from the 6th day of April 1862
until 19th day of October 1862 when he was exchanged on James River, Va.
when he was (paroled?) to Washington D.C. and was sent ???? (could be to
union) hospital where when he remained for about a week when he was sent
?????(could be to union) hospital at Parole Camp Alexandria, Va. where he
remained until discharged on the 7th day of December 1862. He further
declares that he was a sound healthy ????? man and was entirely free from
disease and particularly rheumatism sore or weak eyes or deafness or any
?????? ?????? diseases at the time he enlisted in said service and that
his post office address is Quincy Illinois.

Joseph A. Crandell

Subscribed and sworn before me today and ????? ????? ????? just have
written ???.
I certify that I am personally acquainted with the applicant and know the
claimant? Joseph A. Crandell well who was first sergeant Company H of the
21st Regiment Missouri Infantry Vols., that he is a respectable person and
all his ????? ???? ?????? ????? ????? ?????? and belief and that I
have no interest in the claim ?????? ???????

John ?????

Statement of David Moore
Late Col. of 21st Missouri Vol. Infantry


On this 14th day of October 1874 personally appeared before the undersigned
a Notary Public within and for said County and state
David Moore, who first
being duly sworn according to law declares that he was late Colonel of the
21st Regiment of Missouri Infantry Volunteers and was well and intimately
acquainted with Joseph A. Crandell who enlisted in Company H of said 21st
Regt. Missouri Infantry Vols
on the 10th day of July 1861 for five years
previous to ??? ???? to ???? on said 10th day of July 18861 and he is the
??????? from said intimate acquaintance with said Joseph A. Crandell and his
own personal knowledge of his physical condition for all the ???????, that
said Crandell was a stout healthy able bodied man entirely free from disease
particularly rheumatism sore or affected eyes or deafness on any
predispositions to any of said diseases for all the time of his enlistment
in said service on the 10th day of July 1861. He further declares that said
Joseph A. Crandell was a good and efficient soldier and ready to perform the
duties ????????? upon him as first Sergt of his company from that period up
to the Battle of Shiloh Tennessee on the 6th day of April 1862 and served in
perfect health up to that day.
That said soldier with his company and
regiment fought the enemy the entire day of April 6, 1862 in said battle and
like many others became worn out and fatigued from over heat and exhaustion
in said battle. While said Joseph A. Crandell was in the line of his duty
as a soldier late in the evening of said day he was taken prisoner by the
He further declares that it rained incepenth? during the night of
April 6, 1862, and he has been informed and surely believes that said
soldier was subjected to said rain without shelter that entire night, became
thoroughly wet and that deafness, sore eyes, and rheumatism with which he is
now suffering was the result of a severe cold contracted from said exposure
but he then lost sight of said soldiers and did not again see him until the
spring of 1863. That he did see said Crandell in the spring of 1863 when
he was suffering with sore eyes rhemnatism, and was also very deaf.
He further declares that he saw said Crandell afterward on several
occassions up to the summer of 1865 when officiant resigned his commission
in the army and returned to his home and since that (period?) he as seen
said Crandell from once to a dozen times a month from the summer of 1865 to
the present time and that said rheumatism sore eyes and deafness has been
continuous with said Crandell since the spring of 1863 to the present time,
????? the same has not been aggravated nor prolonged by interruption or
other had or irregular ?????? on practices of said Joseph A. Crandell and
that he is not interested om this claim neither present or prospective.
He further declares that he is not engaged in the prosecution, the claim for
a pension neither directly nor indirectly and that his post office address
is Canton Lewis County Missouri
David Moore
Late Col. 21st Mo Ry Vols

Subscribed and sworn to before me this day and year just above ??????? and
I certify that I am personally acquainted with the officient David Moore and
know him ????? then ?????? from ?????? who was Colonel of the 21st Regt
Missouri Infantry Volunteers. that he is a very ?????? person and all his
????????? are entitled to full ??????? credits and belief and that I am not
??????? in the prosecution of this claim and am not interested in its result
in any manner.

John M. James J.P.


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application
for Pension No. 6414, and to return it herewith, with such information as is
furnished by the files of this Office.

It appears that the Rolls on file in this Office that Joseph A. Crandell was
enrolled on the 10th day of July 1864; at Canton, Mo. in Co. H, 21st
Regiment of Missouri Volunteers to serve 3 years or during the war, and
mustered into service as a 1st Sergeant on the 1st day of February 1862 at
Canton, Missouri in Co. H., 21st Regiment. Volunteers to serve 3 years or
during the war. On the muster roll of Company H, of that Regiment for the
months of, taken from December 31st 61, to April 30th 62 (I think this is
what it says) he is reported Missing in action at Pittsburg, Tenn. April 6th
& 7th 1862. He was discharged for disability December 7th 1862 at
Washington D.C.
Prisoners war records show him paroled as Aikens Ldg., Va. Dec. 19, 1862.
Capture? or disposition was given--He is also reported as a paroled prisoner
at Camp Banks, Va. Nov. 17, 1862. No evidence of Disability as alleged.
Cert. of Disability reports him disch. at "Alexandria Va. Dec. 7, 1862.

I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant
J R Mathu
Assissant Adjutant General

The Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D C

Statement of Peter S. Washburn
First Lieut. of Company H, 21st Mo Infantry


This day personally appeared before me Marvin Mills a justice of the peace
within and for the County aforesaid.
Peter S. Washburn first Lieut of Co H
21st Reg, Mo Vols.
who has been lately discharged and being duly sworn says
he is personally acquainted with Joseph A. Crandell first Sergeant of Co H
of the 21st Ret Mo Vol. and says that he was fully competant to perform all
the duties of his office up to the 6th day of April 1862 the date of the
battle of Shiloh. Also he has been acquainted with him since he has been
discharged and further states that on account of partial loss of eyesight
caused by exposure and suffering while a prisoner of war that he is
incompetant to follow his trade as a carpenter and joiner.

Peter S. Washburn
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8th day of Aug A D 1863
Marvin Mills
Jostice of the Peace


Palmyra June 1863

Recived of Joseph A. Crandell, late a Sergeant in Comp H 21st Mo Vols in the
service of the United States, the sum of one dollar and fifty cents, being
the fee authorized by law for an examination which I have this day made of
the said Joseph A. Crandell, as an applicant for an invalid pension
J.W. Kibby

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