A fas­ci­nat­ing story

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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.

Larry Royea,

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