"Declaration for the rerating and increase of an invalid pension."

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Title

"Declaration for the rerating and increase of an invalid pension."

Subject

Amputation--Complications
Disabled veterans
Pensions

Description

His medical studies interrupted due to lack of funds, Philon Currier Whidden (1839-1900) enlisted as a private with the 4th Battalion of Rifles of the 12th Massachusetts Volunteers in June, 1861. He was severely wounded in the left leg at Antietam in September, 1862. From his own account, Whidden states, "My slight medical knowledge enabled me to make such a representation of my physical condition, strength of constitution, etc., as to secure a more than ordinarily careful consideration of my case by the surgeons and saved me from the speedy amputation which the nature and severity of the wound seemed to demand." Whidden was subsequently appointed acting assistant surgeon in the U.S. Navy and served to the end of the war. He then resumed his studies at Harvard, received a medical degree in 1866, and went into practice in Chicago.

Abstract

This declaration forms part of Philon C. Whidden's application for an increase in his military pension due to the amputation of his left leg, which was severely wounded at Antietam in September 1862, and need for an artificial limb.

Creator

Unknown

Date Created

1892 June 10

Rights

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Is Part Of

Papers of Philon Whidden [uncataloged], 1980-81/m/24.

Format

text

Extent

Excerpt (1 page) from declaration

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

DigID0001637

Provenance

Gift of William B. Rogers to the Library of Harvard Medical School, 1981.

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Original Format

8.5" x 14"

Files

0001637_dref.jpg

Citation

Unknown, “"Declaration for the rerating and increase of an invalid pension.",” OnView, accessed June 17, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6092.