This record was transcribed by Penny Bennett Casey from the "Pensions and Increase of Pensions",which pertained to the Bill that was approved in 1917 for pension benefits for the Indian War Veterans.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

57TH CONGRESS, 2nd SESSION, REPORT NO. 3005

January 6, 1903

(Transcribed by Penny Bennett Casey)

HENRY J. MCFADDEN – Invalid Pension

The Committee on Invalid Pensions, to whom was referred the bill (S.4809), granting an increase of pension to Henry J. McFadden, have examined the same and adopt the Senate report thereon and recommend that the bill do pass.

The Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the bill (S.4809) granting a pension to Henry J. McFadden, have examined the same and report:

This bill proposes to increase from $12 to $24 per month the pension of Henry J. McFadden, late second lieutenant Company D, Forty-third Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

The military records show that Henry J. J. McFadden served in Company I, Thirteenth Ohio Infantry, from April 28, 1861 to August 18, 1861.  He enlisted in Company D. Forty-third Ohio Infantry, December 6, 1861; was promoted second lieutenant November 1, 1862 and honorably resigned January 23, 1864, on account of repeated attacks of intermittent fever, contracted in April, 1862.  The hospital records show that he was treated for intermittent fever and remittent fever.

Claimant’s post-office address is Whitebird, Idaho.  He is 64 years of age and receives a pension of $12 per month under the act of June 27, 1890, for rheumatism and disease of heart.  On May 17, 1881, he made claim under the general law, alleging that in March, 1862, he contracted chills and fever, resulting in disease of heart and lungs, and that about June 4, 1862, he incurred an injury to his right foot from hard marching.  His claim was rejected March 13, 1902, on the ground of no record and claimant’s inability to furnish satisfactory evidence to show origin in service or existence at discharge or for many years.

Coridon Morrow, regimental surgeon, testified March 20, 1884, that he treated soldier during summer of 1862 for congestive chills, producing some lesion of the heart and lungs; that the attacks were severe and on one occasion nearly caused death.  One comrade testified December 31, 1892, that in the spring of 1863 soldier complained of his lungs, and upon exerting himself would cough violently.  Two neighbors testified to the existence of heart and lung disease from 1872, and that claimant is totally disabled. 

Dr. S.E. Bibby testified May 12, 1900, that he has treated soldier for ten years for heart and lung disease and that at no time has he been able to perform manual labor.

A medical examination September 21, 1892, gives no ratings in figures, but recommends a full pension for disease of heart and lungs and rheumatism.  The examining surgeon stated that claimant can walk but a few rods at a time, and then only on level ground, and that he is totally incapacitated for manual labor. 

Another medical examination, made October 7, 1898, shows that claimant is disabled by rheumatism and disease of heart and lungs, but gives no rating in figures.

Claimant, as shown by his petition, is in dependent circumstances.  He has some mountainous land which does not produce enough to pay taxes, and his income from all sources is but little over $100 per year.

Your committee are of opinion that the claimant has fairly established the service origin of his heart and lung trouble, induced no doubt by the profound malarial poisoning with which he was afflicted while in the performance of duty, and therefore report the bill back favorably with a recommendation that it pass.

 

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