Augustus Whitney--Slave or Free Person of Color?
State of North Carolina County of Hyde In the pension Claim No. 477.762 Augustus Whitney Corpl Co. D 35 Regt U S C Inf Personally came before me a Morgan M. Murray in and for the aforesaid county and State _________________a citizen of _________________whose Post Office address is Lake Comfort, Hyde Co. N.C. well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
That he is a practicing physician and that he has been acquainted with said soldier for about 25 years and that (following testimony hand written)
Have known the soldier Augustus Whitney for twenty five years. I employed him before the late war as Office boy--Lived near him during this time since the war --within 2 1/2 miles. He appeared to be sound at these times he was in my employ -before the war.
Did not treat the claimant while in Summer or during the War, on furlough or otherwise absent from duty. Have treated the claimant since discharged for congestion of liver and stomach in 1882.
The claimant has permanent dislocation of the elbow joint and much trouble with it at times effecting a shoulder when at work. The joint is stiff and joint indention the result and to some degree disqualifies the claimant (next word?) when at times. The injury to the elbow joint was (next part unclear) Since, the result of a fall.
He further declares that he has been a practitioner of medicine for 28 years, and that he has no interest either direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.
M M Murray
M M Murray
An affidavit I found further in the file from Augustus Whitney showed that he was indeed a slave before the war. From the testimony provided by M. M. Murray, it sounds as if Augustus was hired out to him.
Guess I'll be doing some research on this Dr. M. M. Murray guy huh?