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Title: Stephen K. Winant to Walt Whitman, May 1870

Date: May 1870

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00133

Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, John Schwaninger, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Caterina Bernardini, Marie Ernster, Erel Michaelis, and Stephanie Blalock

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New York
May                1870

Mr Walter Whitman
Dear Sir

I have an application in for a Pension for a Wound received in action in front of Petersburgh on March the 25th 1865. My Discharge Papers are in the Hands of John P Hunt Attorney and Counsellor at Law 247 Broadway I wish you would do me the favor of of Looking up my Claim and Pushing it through for me as I have suffered a great Deal from the wound and am still suffering from it. I have Had the Best Doctors in New York to attend me but seem to do no good I have been sick for the Last Three months unable to do anything from cause of Wound. I Enclose You a Certificate from Dr Corson who attended me after I was first wounded and he has recently Examined it and I can show Certificates of Half a Dozen of the Best Doctors in the City and Staten Island Friend Whitman I Enlisted under the Name of James W Roberts in October for one year in the 88th N.Y. Infantry Co A Colonel Denis F Burke1 and was wounded in the Leg on the 25th of March in action in front of Petersburgh I wish you would write me on Receipt of this and Let me know if you can do anything for me and if you know anything of this John P Hunt and weather he is an authorized claim agent or not and about how Long Before my Claim will be settled by doing this favor for me you will Confer a Lasting favor

Yours truly
Stephen K Winant

435 West 32d Street Between 9 & 10th Avenue
New York City

Please return this Certificate


Stephen K. Winant served as a Union Soldier in the U. S. Civil War, enlisting under the name James W. Roberts. There is record of a James W. Roberts serving in the 88th New York Infantry, which was one of the regiments collectively known as "The Irish Brigade" during the Civil War.


1. Colonel Dennis F. Burke (1840–1893) served in the 88th New York Infantry (also known as the "Irish Brigade") during the U. S. Civil War.  [back]


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