submitted by Douglas C. Huggett
HENRY R. HALSEY
I quote from his war records: "He entered the service at Pilot Knob, Missouri in June of 1861, a private in Company A (Commanded by Captain Bragg), Sixth Missouri Infantry (Commanded by Col. P. Bland) and was honorably discharged February 27, 1863 at Keokuk, Iowa due to disability."
I noticed in the record that he
had given his sister, Louise Cooper, as his next of kin
to receive any personal effects at his death.
Robert was first placed in the regimental hospital at Camp Sherman near Bear Creek, Mississippi, was transferred to Monterey Hospital, to Hamburgh Hospital and from there to Keokuk Hospital where he remained until discharged on a certificate of disability on a pension of 16.00 a month.
The following is a description
by Robert Halsey of his condition;
The right knee is totally
anchylosed (a large scar in the right popliteal space
probably a result of suppuration due to the wound above).
The limb is greatly atrophied except and a plastic tumor
just above the site of injury on the back part of the
thigh, this tumor of growth is as firm in consistency as
cartilage. The right hip joint is partially anchylosed.
In walking the limb rotates on the pelvis but very
slightly owing to the stiffening. It is harrassing to the
sympathies to watch the efforts in walking. The right
thigh thigh around the limb at the site of the wound is
18 inches; three inches below the woun it is 11 and one
half inches, 11 one half inches is the left thigh, on
level with site of wound on right limb is 21 and one half
inches, 3 inches lower down the thigh is 16 and one half
inches and the thigh around the tumor 22 and one half
inches. Aside from above he is a perfect model of a man
and in perfect health. He claims he can not sleep from
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