This application lists him as being a sargent in Company I of the 215 Pennsylvania Infantry. The 215 Regiment was organized in the city of Philadelphia in April 1865, at the end of the Civil War. It also states that he is alleging that a ruptured cataract of his eye, rheumatism, and varicose veins were caused by his time serving in the Union Army, and that is why he deserved a pension from the United States Government.
This application was filed by my third great-grandfather's attorney, Samuel J. Brown. I find it interesting that the attorney's name was crossed out and a continence is mentioned. Does this mean that this decision was delayed because another attorney had to be found to represent my third great-grandfather? And, if so, why?