Richard F. Hammond Biography and Pension Records

by Carroll L. Hughes

Richard F. Hammond Short Biography

Richard F. Hammond was born in 1839. He enlisted in Company F, 64th Illinois, on September 13, 1862 at Iuka, Mississippi for a 3 year term of service.

He was severely wounded at Dallas, Georgia, on May 27, 1864, while in Sherman's Army during combat in its drive toward Atlanta. The wound as described in his application for Pension is stated as follows:

I was wounded by a gunshot; it was supposedly a mine ball. I was struck by said ball just under and a little below the shoulder on the left side, ranging directly through the chest and was cut out by the Surgeon on the right side, just below and a little behind the shoulder.

(It was said in affidavits that the mine ball severely damaged his spine.)

Richard F. Hammond was married to Miss Aurelia F. Rogers on December 22, 1870 by a Madison County, Alabama, Justice of the Peace. They had two children prior to his failing health.

In 1879, Richard F. Hammond applied for a pension, but apparently did not live long enough to collect. He died on November 10, 1880, of complications of this wound at the age of 41.

His address at the time of the pension application in 1879 was Cherokee, Colbert County, Alabama. It is assumed that he is buried there.



State of Alabama, County of Colbert, SS:

On this 29th day of December, A.D., on thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine personally appeared before me [illegible], Clerk of the Probate Court, a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid, Richard F. Hammond, aged 40 years, a resident the town of Cherokee, County of Colbert, State of Alabama, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Richard F. Hammond who was ENROLLED on the 11th day of September, in the year of 1862, in Company F, of the 64th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers commanded by Col. Morrill and was honorably DISCHARGED at Washington City on the [31st] day of June [actually May], 1865; that his personal description is as follows: Age, 40 years; height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion Dark; hair Dark or Brown; eyes Black. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Dallas, in the State of Georgia, on or about the 23rd day of May, 1864, he was wounded by a gun shot supposed to be a minnie ball.  I was struck by said ball just under and a little behind the shoulder on the left side, ranging directly through the chest and was cut our by the Surgeon on the right side just below and a little behind the shoulder.

That he was treated in hospitals as follows: 1st at Windship [?] [illegible] (near Altoona) Hospital, 2nd at Jeffersonville, Indiana, 3rd at Jefferson Board Missionary.  I was afterwards carried to various places.

That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above.

That since leaving the service, this applicant has resided in the __________ of __________ in the State of Alabama, and his occupation has been that of a farmer. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled, a farmer.  That he is now __________ disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States.

He herby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, Thomas G. Fullerton, of Washington, D.C., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has never received or (before) applied for a Pension.  That his POST OFFICE ADDRESS is at Cherokee, County of Colbert, State of Alabama.

(Signed) Richard F. Hammond


(Signed) Henry F. Richard
(Signed) William F. Richard

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State of Illinois, County of Will, SS:

In the matter of Richard F. Hammond of Alabama, whom I am informed is an applicant for a pension, War 1861-1865.

Personally came before me, Thornton G. Haines, a Justice of the Peace, in and for aforesaid County and State, Ward Knickerbocker, a citizen of the County of Will, State of Illinois, reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sword, declare in relation to aforesaid case, as follows: That he is [illegible] years of age, and resides at New Lenox, Will County, Illinois, within __________ miles of said applicant. That he has so resided for 14 years, has known him personally, and intimately for twenty-one years. That during late was of the rebellion he was an officer in [the] 64th Regiment of Illinois Infantry Volunteers and was present with said Regiment at the Battle of Dallas in the State of Georgia on or about the 27th day of May 1864. That he was himself engaged in said Battle of Dallas, Georgia having command of the left of said F Co., 64th Illinois Infantry and find that he has still in his procession his personal diary in which I find written a detailed account of Co. and Regimental movements, causalities, &c. for that day (27th) and many more and fine there recorded that the said Richard F. Hammond was on the 27th day of May 1864 shot through the shoulder and more he personally remembers said circumstances independently of his diary.

__________ further declare that __________ no interest in said case, and __________ not concerned in its prosecution, and __________ not related to said applicant.

Attest--when any affiant signs BY MARK, (2 persons.)

(signed) T. G. Haines

Signature of Affiants.

(signed) Ward Knickerbocker

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War Department,

Surgeon General's Office,


Washington, D.C., October 21, 1881.


I have the honor to return herewith your request for a report of hospital treatment in Claim No. 336,138, with such information as is furnished by the records filed in this Office, viz: that Richard F. Hammond, Private, Co. F, 64th Illinois entered No. 2 General Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, October 25, 1864, with G. S. fracture left scapula, received at Dallas, Georgia, May 27, 1864 and was transferred December 11, 1864. Entered Jefferson General Hospital, Jeffersonville, Indiana, December 12, 1864, with G. S. fracture of back scapula, and was transferred  January 5, 1865.

By order of the Surgeon General:

(signed) J. J. Woodward
Surgeon, U.S. Army

To the Commissioner of Pensions.

per (signed) J. Frech

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War Department,


Washington, April 28, 1882.

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.

Richard F. Hammond, Private, Company F, 64th Regiment Illinois Volunteers, was enrolled on the 13th day of September, 1861 at Iuka [, Mississippi] for 3 years and is reported: Absent, wounded since May 27, 1864 on rolls for May and June 1864 to September and October 1864 inclusive. Absent, sick at Chattanooga, Tennessee since October 1864 on rolls for November and December 1864 to March to April 1865 inclusive. Mustered Out on Detachment. Muster Out Roll near Washington City, D.C. May 31, 1865. Regiment was in action at Dallas, Georgia, May 25 to June 5, 1864 inclusive. The name of Richard F. Hammond not borne.

Location of wound not stated.

Nature of sickness in 1864 not stated.

Regimental Hospital records not on file.

(signed) A. S. Hichuker [?]
Assistant Adjutant General.

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