A fascinating story
the truth about his identity during his lifetime. Why didn’t he return to his place of birth is unknown; perhaps he had nothing to come home to, as was sometimes the case with soldiers at the end of the war. At some point after his discharge from the Union Army in 1865, he made the decision to become Charles H. Knapp – a name that he used for the remainder of his life. He claimed that he had enlisted under an alias, a claim that would come back to haunt him many times in the years ahead. In Nan Busk’s research, she complied over 100 pages relating to Charles H. Knapp: He worked for one season in 1870 haying for Wm. F. Alden of Piermont, New Hampshire, when we first learn that he is much troubled with rheumatism and poor vision in his right eye, caused by a gunshot he received during his four years of service. Next, he worked for two years for W.W. Brown, lumberman, in a sawmill in Wentworth, New Hampshire. Brown wrote: “Knapp was a good man to work – able bodied and rugged”. He was paid $25.00 a month with board. There are other recorded incidents of where he worked before moving to Munroe, New Hampshire, in 1887. Married in 1887 Charles Knapp, alias Lewis Belknap, was married in Littleton, New Hampshire, on July 7, 1887, to Mary (Hall) Byron, whose previous husband died in 1884. They lived in Munroe from 1887 to 1890 before moving to South Peacham, Vermont. From that time on, his health deteriorated to the point where he was unable to work and was then supported for years by the town of South Peacham. He first applied for a veteran’s pension and an invalid’s pension on April 1891, but the Board of Examiners took nearly 10 years to acknowledge that his disabilities were due to injuries received in battle. His military records contain numerous sworn statements submitted to the Board by his commanding officer, fellow soldiers and physicians who testified to the extent of his injuries received during the war. Nonetheless, his claim was rejected until late 1899. It was also necessary for the town of South Peacham to finish proof that he was in destitute circumstances and supported by the townspeople. One deposition reads, in part: May 15, 1894. I have your letter of May 11th. Asking some questions concerning pension claim no. 1,013,925, Lewis Belknap. By reference to my affidavit it you will find that I stated I was within a few feet of Belknap when he received his wound. I myself am a physician and surgeon, a graduate of the medical department of the University of Vermont in 1859 and at the time of this occurrence was qualified to practice. I saw Belknap struck and immediately after examined the track of the bullet between his ear and head. One of his eyes soon after began to trouble him and I inferred, and so told Belknap, it might be the effect of the wound when he was hit by the bullet”.
To be continued I want to thank you lord for letting me wake-up to another beautiful day. Thanks for the beautiful sunshine coming through my patio doors. Thanks for letting me get together with all my Cab Rediker friends again today.
Thanks for doing the music therapy; it helps to make me feel more relaxed. Thanks for letting me participate in preparing our Chinese meal,
which I really enjoy. Please help me in the coming days to feel good about doing different activities at the Memphre Home. Help me to stop thinking negative thoughts and being envious and
jealous of other people. Please forgive me for being worried about being like my father. I’m not a brag or show off. I’m very humble and honest.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
M. Jane Pierce February 28 1969 - July 7 2010 As time unfolds another year Memories keep you ever near Silent thoughts of time together Hold memories that will last forever. Those we love don’t go away They walk beside us every day.
Forever remembered Forever missed
Kimberley, Alyssia and Daniel Junior Brian Gagnon.