Charles Lucier, 2nd United States
Charles Lucier enlisted in the 2nd United States Sharpshooters, Company "E", on August 12, 1864, and was discharged on July 13, 1865. To enlist in the sharpshooters, a candidate had to place ten consecutive shots inside a ten-inch circle, firing from a distance of 200 yards without the benefit of telescopic sights. During the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, he contracted malaria, a disease which would wrack his body for the remainder of his life. Charles is the father of Gilbert Lucier, 11th Vermont Infantry, Company "F". What follows are depositions from his Civil War Pension File attesting to his physical condition before he entered service and after he was discharged. Each document has been copied as it was originally written, with all spelling and grammar errors. Click on the thumbnail image to view the actual document.
Deposition of Lyman H. Hadlock for Charles Lucier's Original Invalid Pension
I, Lyman H Hadlock of Jay County of Orleans & State of Vermont on oath depose & say that I am fifty five years old & post office is Jay Vermont.
I am well & intimately acquainted with Charles Lucier of Jay & applicant for original invalid pension no. 611749 & have been for the past thirty five years & during that time have been his neighbor in said Jay except the time when he was in the war of the rebellion.
I have worked for said Lucier both before & since the war of 1861 at different times on his farm & also in other places. I know said Lucier was a well, robust, & sound man at date of his enlistment in 1864. I remember at the date of his discharge & return home in the summer of 1865 he was in poor health & suffering from chills & fever & rheumatism & chronic diarrhea & has continued to suffer from said diseases each & every year since. Said Lucier's farm & mine join & our houses are about a quarter of a mile apart & we have seen each other very often & have been intimately acquainted. At the time said Lucier returned home in the summer of 1865 he was in poor health & suffered from rheumatism, chronic diarrhea & chills & fever & has each year since & been thereby disabled for manual labor one half of the time. The first year after his discharge he was not able to do but little labor on his farm. He has had attacks of all said diseases each year since 1865 & at times several attacks in a year & been thereby confined to his house & often to his bed. I have been to his house & watched with him six nights in secession when he has been sick from said diseases & it was thought he could not live. It was in the fall of 1871 when he was so dangerously ill. At this time he suffered terribly from the chills & fever & malaria & rheumatism. I have been to his house a great many times each year since 1865 & seen him sick & suffering from chills & fever & chronic diarrhea & rheumatism & not able to be out. I know he has been sick (& had watches) from said diseases both before 1871 & since & I have watched with him many different times. Dr. C. S. Rogers of South Troy was Lucier's physician until his death & treated him in 1871 when he was so sick.
I think these diseases have increased & grown upon him each year since 1865 & I know he complains & has for some time from the piles & suffering from them. I have heard this affidavit - read & know & freely understand what it contains. I have no interest in this claim.
Lyman ("X" His Mark) Hadlock.
Witness To Mark
H. B. Cashman
A. R. Percy
On this 1st day of August 1887 personally appeared before me Lyman H. Hadlock whom I certify to be a credible person & subscribe & make oath to the truth foregoing affidavit.
I have no interest in this claim.
H. B. Cashman
Deposition of J. A. Chase for Charles Lucier's Original Invalid Pension
I, J. Abel Chase of Jay County of Orleans & State of Vermont on oath depose & say that I am fifty five years old & my post office is Jay Orleans County Vermont. I am well acquainted with Charles Lucier of Jay & now applicant for Original Invalid Pension no. 611749 Pvt. Co. E. 2nd Regt. USSS, & have been for the past thirty years & have known him as a neighbor in said Jay. Before said Lucier went into the service, he was a man in good health, able bodied, & sound. At the date of his discharge & return home in the summer of 1865 he was in poor health & could not do manual labor & at that time suffered from rheumatism, chills & fever, & chronic diarrhea. From these diseases he has suffered each year since 1865 & been thereby on an average disabled each year for manual labor one half of the time. He has had attacks of these diseases each year since 1865 & been thereby confined to his house for weeks at a time & been under the doctors care. These diseases have grown & increased upon him & he has of late complained of piles. I have no interest in this claim. J. A. Chase.
On this 25 day of August AD 1887 personally appeared before me J. Abel Chase whom I certify to be a credible person & subscribe & make oath to the truth of the foregoing affidavit. I have no interest in this claim. My commission is on file.
H. D. Chamberlin
Deposition of Benjamin F. Paine for an Increase to Charles Lucier's Invalid Pension
I, Benjamin F. Paine of Jay County of Orleans & State of Vermont on oath depose & say that I am fifty five years of age & for twenty five years have been engaged in the manufacture of lumber in this town & during this period have known Charles Lucier whose application for increase of pension is no. 387312 well he being a near neighbor during all this time. He has always been a hard working man until within four years, though all the while troubled more or less with physical ills. Somewhere about four years ago I should think he had a hard sickness from which it was generally expected he would not recover, but he got about & has been partially paralyzed ever since & has the shaking palsy very badly so that he is almost if not quite incapacitated for labor. I am in no way interested in the prosecution of this claim Benjamin F. Paine.
Subscribed & sworn to before me in Jay the 20th day of April AD 1894.
Harvey J. Titus
Justice of the Peace
The Newport Express and Standard, 3 February 1905, Obituary of Charles Lucier
After a long and lingering illness of about nine months, Charles Lucier passed away Jan. 27th, aged about 80 years. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday January 29th, Reverend W. S. Jenne of Troy officiating. Mr. Lucier was a soldier in the Civil War and a member of Bailey Post, of North Troy; four comrades and members of the Post were bearers. He leaves besides his widow, four sons and one daughter, besides a host of relatives and friends, who have the sympathy of the community.
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