Mason Bly's Confederate Pension Application

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County of Shenandoah, TO-WIT:

I, E.D. Newman, Judge of the County Court of the County of Shenandoah, do certify that I have carefully enquired and examined, and am fully satisfied from the evidence adduced before me that each and all of the facts set forth in the within application are true; that the applicant is the identical person named in the application; that the application is for these reasons approved, and is therefore certified that Mason Bly is entitled to receive annually from the State of Virginia the sum of thirty dollars.

Given under my hand this 4th day of April, 1888.


I, Mason Bly, a native of the State of Virginia, and now a citizen of Virginia, resident at Lebanon Church in the county (or city) of Shenandoah in said State of Virginia, and who was a soldier from the State of Virginia, in the war between the United States and the Confederate States, do hereby apply for aid under the act of the General Assembly entitled "An act to give aid to soldiers, sailors, and marines of Virginia, maimed or disabled in the war between the States, and to the widows of Virginia soldiers, sailors and marines who lost their lives in said war in the military service." And I do solemnly swear that, while in the discharge of my duty in the service of the Confederate States, as a member of Company E 11th Virginia Cavalry on or about the 5th day of April 1865, I was wounded in the battle of Amelia Springs and that from the effects of such would I was disabled, as follows: Shot in the left arm by a rifle bullet, which resulted in the loss of 3 inches of bone from the arm and that by reason of such wound and disability I am now entitled to receive, under said Act, the sum of Thirty dollars annually. I further swear that I do not hold any national, State, or county office which pays me in salary or fees over three hundred dollars per annum; nor have I an income from any other source which amounts to three hundred dollars; nor do I own in my own right, nor does my wife own, property of the accessed value of more than one thousand dollars; nor do I receive aid or a pension from any other State of from the United States; and that I am not an inmate of any soldiers' home.

I do further swear that the answers given to the following questions are true:

1st. What is applicant's age? Ans. Forty five

2d. In what battle or combat, or under what circumstances was the applicant wounded? Ans. In a fight by Cavalry over a wagon train near Amelia Springs, Amelia Co., Va.

3d. What was the precise nature of the wound received? Ans. Shot in left arm by rifle bullet from which resulted loss of 3 inches of bone

4th. What limb, if any, did the applicant lose by reason of said wound? What eye, if any, did he lose? Ans. no limb, but a portion of the bone of this arm.

5th. If no limb or eye was so lost, what is the precise nature of the disability occasioned thereby? Ans. Inability to use the left arm for Physical labor

6th. Is it total?           

(a) Is it partial? and, if so, to what extent does it disable him from manual labor? Ans. It is partial, the loss of the bone makes the arm limber & there is no Strength in it.

Given under my hand this Sixth day of April 1888.

I, E. D. Newman, Judge of the County Court for the County of Shenandoah, do certify that Mason Bly, whose name is signed to the foregoing application, personally appeared before me in open court, and, having the said application read and fully explained to him, as well as the statements and answers therein made, he the said Mason Bly made oath before me that the said statements and answers are true.

Given under my hand this 7th day of April, 1888

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