57TH CONGRESS, 2nd SESSION, REPORT NO. 3005
by Penny Bennett Casey)
J. MCFADDEN – Invalid Pension
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
Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the bill (S.4809) granting a
pension to Henry J. McFadden, have examined the same and report:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.