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Great family story of Civil War service

From Axer to Ziegler

My Great-great Grandfather, and several of his brothers served their country in the Civil War. They served from Pennsylvania and all were in different units, Ephraim, my GGGrandfather served in the 122nd, Company E, His brother Harry (or Henry) served in the 157th, Company C, and John served in Ind Batt. I, Lt Art. I have each of their Pension Files, and it’s Harry’s that is unique. I have never seen a picture in a Civil War Pension file, have you?

According to his pension file, Harry got shot in the right side of his face, causing permanent deafness to one ear (you think??) and partial deafness of the other ear! Now the descriptions of his injury differ according to who wrote them. My favorite? “slight gunshot wound of the head.” written by Asst. Surgeon on the Army, B.F. Pope. (Is there such a thing as a “slight…

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