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War of 1812 - Petition of Silas Corban - Emanuel County, GA

Pension Office, War Department

To the Honourable Secretary of War for the United States of America The Petition of Silas Corban of the County of Emanuel State of Georgia respectfully sheweth that your petitioner enlisted in the last war for five years in Elizabeth Town New Jersey the place of his residence at that time, to one lieutenant Scott of the fifteenth (15) regiment of Heavy Infantry on the 5th of Jany. 1813. Proceed on immediately to Sackaly(?) Harbour and joined the regiment commanded by General Pike in March following And

Thence transferred to Capt. Runnolds Company and proceeded to Little York. Your petitioner was severely wounded at the taking of Little York on the same day General Pike was killed, which your petitioner believes was on the 27th of April, 1813 and continued in the army being transferred from place to

place, until discharged by Col. Eustace at Fort Independence, Boston Harbour in 1818. Having received from Dr. Baker a certificate for a pension which said certificate has been lost. Your petitioner now labouring under bodily infirmity from wounds received in defence of his Country, and having a

large family dependent on him for suport, feeling himself entitled to a participation in the beneficient act made and proved Prays your honour to take such measures as will secure to him the pension to which he considers himself entitled and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray

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Silas Corban


State of Georgia, Tattnall Co

Personaly appeared before me Silas Corban who being duly sworne saith on oath that the declarations in the above petition are just and true to the best of his knowledge and belief Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 2nd day of Oct 1847 Joseph Cox

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Silas Corban


To the Honourable Secretary of War

Dr Sir

The above named petitioner has solicited me to make an effort to procure for him the pension to which he conceives himself entitled. He states to me his name is at the war office. He is a poor man an shews wounds which he states he received in battle. Having undertaken to address your honour in his behalf, I would briefly state, that if from the statement he makes, you are of the opinion he is entitled to a pension I will assist him in sending on to you any information your honour may deem necessary or any papers which your honour may forward for his testifying to, in order to obtain his pension if he is entitled to it.

Any communication from your honour addressed to me Reidsville Tattnall Co Geo will be gratefully acknowledged on the part of your petitioner an will confer an obligation on Sir

Your obedient and

Humble Servant

Joseph Cox

Silas Corbin,

Will the Third Auditor be so good as to give the necessary certificate in this case?

Pension Office

Oct. 19, 1847

J. L. Edwards

Treasury Department

Third Auditors Office

December 3d, 1847

Silas Corbin is borne on a Muster Roll of Ensign Rose's detachment of the 15th Infantry as a private 1st May to the 31st August, 1813, without date or period of Enlistment, and is mustered and reported sick. He is not found on any previous Roll embracing the Battle of Little York which took place on the 27th April 1813. The above mentioned Roll affords no evidence of his having been wounded while in the service.

Peter Hagner


Pension Office,

War Department


(NOTE: Silas Corbin's Military Record states that he enlisted as a Corporal My 5, 1813, in 15 U. S. Infantry under Lieutenant Scott, at Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, for a five-year term, being discharged Oct. 31, 1818. 15 U. S. Infantry was made Light Artillery after May 17, 1815. He is listed as being 20 years old at time of enlistment (born about 1793) and was born in Woodstock or Windham, Connecticut. Occupation: Sailmaker. Description: 5 ft., 6 in., dark eyes, dark hair, dark complexion.)

13399 Mil. Est.

Silas Corbin

Emanuel Co



Referred to 3d Auditor

Oct. 19, 1847.



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