I'll transcribe some of what I have in chrono order. I also have the official muster roll info that tells me Geo. W. Pitner had black hair, blue eyes and was 5'2" tall.
George W. Pitner mustered in June 24, 1863 in Ohio, and mustered out in Brownsville, TX, 3/8/1866
Letter from John Giffin, Post Commander
Bridgeport, OH, January 21, 1887
Headquarters of the ____? Post No. 221 Grand Army of the Republic
As motion of commrade Robert Giffin, the sentiment of the post was taken on behalf of commrade Geo. W. Pitner, who is a poor helpless cripple for life and is now entirely destitute of money and means to support his sickly wife and self, a rising vote was taken which was unanimous in our recommending him to the honorable commissioner of pensions as a commrade who is worthy of his earlyest (sic) consideration as an object of charity.
Officially signed yours in FCL
John Giffin, Post Commander
George Crider, Adjutant
State of Ohio, Co. of Belmont
Personally appeared before me George Pittner and being duly sworn says that the document herein is genuine and the signatures those of the persons signing the same. Saml A. Clemens, notary public
May 23, 1904
Hon. E.F. Ware
Commissioner of Pensions, Washington D.C.
Dear sir and comrade I write you in regard to having my pension increased. I am getting $30 per month now by special act of congress on three disabilities: sun stroke, loss of right leg and use of left foot. I have written to Senator ?Fronaker? (illegible) and congressman Gill when he was in Congress, and they both tell me there is no use to try to get a bill through either house as the committees on pensions in both houses have decided not to consider any bills for increase where the parties are getting $30 per month and to write you as all the rest of the $30 men are getting a raise without making application for it under the new laws.
I am not able to work at any thing to help keep myself and my wife and she is a cripple too going around on crutches with a fractured thigh and dislocated hip since 1st of last February as we have been living together 35 years it comes to be a hard job to separate now and me go to the soldiers home and God only knows where wife will go as she would have to board around on my pension as that would be all the means we would have to go on But God is good, and I am still trusting him to help me out of my trouble through some of his agencies here on earth
I think I ought to come in for the last increase on the three disabilities along with the rest of the $30 men. I am trying to live and honest sober Christian life and in this way set a good example to all the young people about me so they will be the same kind of citizens, both men and women, as I had no mother or father to look after me or give me an education as I never went to school two months in my life, for the army was all the schooling I ever got and my first vote was when Genl Grant ran for President in 1868 after serving in the army about three years. Anything you may do for me will be appreciated very much and I will remember you in my prayers to God the giver of every good and perfect gift.
Fraternally yours, Geo. W. Pitner
State of Ohio, County of Belmont
In the matter of George W. Pitner, Cert. No. 544473, Co. E., 77th Regt., Ohio Volunteer Infantry
On this 13th day of September, 1912, personally appeared before me, a notary public, in and for the aforesaid county, duly authorized to administer oaths, Elizabeth [my note: Kirk was her maiden name] Pitner, aged ______ years, resident of Bridgeport, in the County of Belmont, and state of Ohio, whose post office address is Bridgeport, Belmont Co., Ohio, well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and, who being duly sworn declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
I am the wife of George W. Pitner. We were married October 28, 1868. Mr. Pitner had his leg amputated some 31 years ago and since that time he has been totally unable to do any kind of manual labor or in any way to provide a living for us. Our sole income has been the $40 pension Mr. Pitner receives. My husband, Mr Pitner, for the last 31 years has been a constant charge to me and needs and receives my careful nursing and attention every day and I am so disabled with a broken thigh and dislocated hip with resulting ? that we cannot scarcely live on his $40 pension. The new law bars him from admission to the soldiers home.
I further declare that I have interest in said case, and I am concerned in its prosecution.
[signed] Elizabeth Pitner
Bridgeport OH, November 29, 1915
To the Commissioner of Pension, Washington, DC
This is to certify that I have known Mr. George W. Pitner of the this village for the past thirty-five years or more. I was employed at the same glass factory before and after he was hurt in an accident June 2, 1881 caused as the doctor's stated from an attack of "vertigo" as a result of sun stroke while in the army.
Mr. Pitner was employed as mould maker, and looked after general repairs work at the time of the accident he was engaged in ? down some machinery preparation to instituting a water system when he fell into the well and was (illegible) to such an extent that since that time he has been unable to perform any labor. Mr Pitner has always been a hard-working man up and until this accident occured. He is an honest, sober, upright citizen and has at times occupied several positions of trust after he was hurt. Owing to the fact of having an invalid wife for twenty-five years, he has had a hard struggle during all these years. His wife having departed this life on April 14, 1914 has left Mr. Pitner entirely alone in this world therefore with ___ little further assistance from and through your honorable body, will enable Mr. Pitner to be able to care for himself therefore the writer humbly prays that you will kindly favor his petition.
J. E. Clark
George W. Pitner died 8/28/1922 in San Francisco, CA, last rate of pay, $72 per month
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