Pension Application for James Lafayette Oakes
1884 Oct. 20th
In the matter of the application of James L. Oakes for aid as a wounded solder under the act approved 25th Feb'y. 1884.
The Court doth certify that it was proven to the Court and the same is hereby entered of record:
- That said James L. Oakes is now a Citizen of this State and that during the late war and while he was a citizen of this State he was engaged in military service as a Soldier in Company B 38 Virginia Regiment and whilst serving in that command was shot in battle with a minnie ball through the left shoulder at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the 3rd day of July 1863
- that said wound is permanent and the dixability occasioned by it is permanent
- that afterwards at Drewry's Bluff Virginia on the 10th day of May 1864 in battle he was badly wounded with grape shot in the right leg, the flesh and muscles were torn and lacerated so that they did not heal for several years
- the wound is permanent and disability occasioned by it and the first wound so great that times he is unable to perform manual labor
- that as said Oakes increases in age, the disability of said wounds increase
- that since he was so permanently disabled he has remained continuously in this State and is now a citizen thereof that he has not at any time received an artificial limb or eye or commutation money or pension from any other State or from the United States and that he has not at before the date of his application for aid received under the provisions of any former act of Assembly of this State an artifical limb or eye or commutation money.
And, the Court having carefully considered the written application of the said Oakes, the certificate of Dr. John W. Wilson and the evidence aforesaid adduced in support of said application is of opinion that said Oakes is entitled to aid under said act and directs the application certificate of the Physician and evidence aforesaid to be certified to the Auditor of Public Accounts.
- Some formatting and punctuation marks were added to the above text for ease of reading;
- Research assistance was provided by Faye Oakes Peery and Terry Lee Oakes (great-granddaughter and great-grandson of James Lafayette Oakes), and their mother Virginia Doss Oakes.
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