On this 5th day
of November, 1887, at Seventy
Six, County of Clinton,
State of Kentucky, before me, W. H. Egleton a Special Examiner
of the Pension Office, personally appeared James Taylor Polston,~
who being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded
to him during
this Special Examination of aforesaid Pension Claim, deposes and says: his
age is 41, P. O. as above, Occupation - Farming, Was Private of Co. C 13th
I had no particular acquaintance with the soldier Brown prior to
his going into the service.
At Camp Nelson, Ky. along in December 1864 and Jan. 1865, said Eli
Brown had a bad cough. I was with him and saw him around camps
and he had a very bad
cough and seemed weak and he finally was sent to the hospital after which
I did not
see him any more while in the service.
At the time of our discharge he was still in the hospital and we
came home leaving him there. I was at his house when he returned
from the Army and
he was then
complaining of his breast and was coughing too.
From the time of his return from the service up till he died May
24 1869, I did not live to exceed two mile from him. He would
frequently come to
would get to coughing so that he
and could not
leave and would be obliged to stay 4 or 5 days. A very short time
before he died he was at my house and got so
bad that I had to take him home on a horse. And after that I don’t
think he ever went anywhere else.
I understood that lung disease was the cause of his death.
I was not with Eli Brown when the car run off the track but I
heard about it, but I never heard that he was hurt any. I saw
him in a few days after the accident
and I could not see that he was injured in any way.
Sarah Brown is a stepmother to my wife but is no relation to
I am not interested or biased in this case. I have understood
the questions asked me. And my answers to them are correctly
recorded in this deposition.
I remember Eli Brown died May 24, 1869 is from the fact that I was present
when he died and took notice of the date. My mother died May 11, 1868
and I remember
that date too.
Attests: } W. H. Egleton
Sworn to and
subscribed before me this 5th day of November 1887,
and I certify that
the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.