Pension File

Francis Marion Gudgel

Company B, 91st Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Submitted by Mia K. Adkins Fleegel

Civil War record from the National Archives of Francis Marion Gudgel:

Gudgel, Merrian Rank: C
Gudgell No. of Reg't: 91st
Gudgill, M. State: Ills
Gudgell, Marion Arm of Service: I
Co. : B
Information obtained from:
Mis. Roll vol. 378 page EN4 vol. ---- page 3
B.B. Roll vol.132 page --- vol 192 page --
" " " vol. 230
B.B. vol. 5 page 104

Captured at Bacon Creek, KY, Dec. 26, 1862, confined at Richmond, Va.
Paroled at Red Mills, Dec. 26,1862; reported at Benton Bcks, Mo Feb. 11/14, 1863.
Present at B.B. Feb 28, & March 31, 1863 --- Roll dated B.B. April 30, 63, shows him "discharged"
(date not given) copied by A.F.
From Pension record from the National Archives:

Pens. x98172 Pratt 6.85
Army of the United States
Certificate of Disability for Discharge

Corporal Marion Gudgell of Captain J.A. James Company, B, of the 91st Illinois Regiment of the United States Inft. Vol, was enlisted by Captain J. A. James, of the said Regiment of Ills Infr-Vols at Terre Haute on the 5 day of August 1862, to serve three years; he was born in Jefferson, in the State of Indiana, is 28 years of age, 6 feet 3/4 inches high, darke complexion, grey eyes, Black hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Farmer. During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days.

Station: Genl. Hospital, Benton Barracks, Mo.
Date: April 15, 1863

I certify, that I have carefully examined the said Marion Gudgell of Captain J.A. James Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Consumption -- both lungs tuberculorn. In my opinion there was predisposition to pulmonary disease, prior to enlistment. He has not benn able to do duty for four months, and is not able to labor for subsistence.

Ira Nussell?, Surgeon U.S.A.
Discharged this 25 day of April 1863, at Burton Barracks, Mo.
B.L. Bonneville, Col. U.S.A.
Commanding the Post Burton Barracks
Excerpt from an unpublished manuscript in my possession:
by Vera Piester Wormington

"Marion said the army advised him to stay there because he was dying and they could bury him cheaper than his family could. He walked home (from Missouri to Indiana [sic]) begging for food on the way. After that he was always sympathetic for others who asked for food. He lived 45 more years.

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