"In the Matter
of pension claim No 331.746 of Abijah Stewart
late Co. E 1st Tenn Arty.
On this 3rd day of July A. D. 1891 personally appeared
before me an officer in and for the herinafter
named County and State, duly authorized to administer
oaths, Joseph Chidister aged 50 years, whose Post
office address is Linden, Clay Co., Mo, and who
being duly sworn declares in relation to aforesaid
case as follows:
I was a comerade of Abijah Stewart served with
him in E. Company First-Tenn, Arty. He was captured
at Bulls Gap in East Tenn. He was in prison some
five months when he returned to the Battery he
was in shocking bad condition physically run down
terribly emaciated. Showed the effect of hard treatment.
He complained terribly of piles. They bled so bad
they soiled his clothes his drawers espetially,
He did mightly little duty if any up to date of
discharge and complained all the time of piles
till day of his discharge and as long as I knew
him up to the year 1865. He was sound as any man
when he enlisted with us and the piles were contracted
while in service."
The rest I am not able to make out too well as
the first was written by a Squire Johnson and
the rest written by Mr. Joseph Chidister. If
anyone can make it out, please let me know.