Inducted at age 46, on Sept. 6, 1862. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war from July 22, 1864 to March of 1865. He was mustered out after the war ended.
Civil War Pension Application
Declaration for the Increase of an Invalid Pension
State of Illinois, County of Macon
On this 13 day of July, 1882, personally appeared before me, a Police Magistrate, within and for the county and State aforesaid, William Daves, aged 66 years, a resident of the Town of Friends Creek, County of Macon, State of Illinois, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the US, enrolled at the Chicago Number 166.349 Pension Agency at the rate of 6 dollars per month, by reason of disability from Chronic Diarrhea incurred in the military service of the United States while a prisoner of war at Belle Isle, 4th Sergeant Company D. 116 IL Vol. Inf. That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of an increase in disability by increased pain, by a derangement in circulation of blood, and an increase in general debility caused by the hold take on system by disease (chronic diarrhea). His Post Office address is Cisco, Piatt County, IL.
Signed William Daves. Witness, C. C. Crandall
(On the same day, a MATTIE D. CRANDALL also signed an affidavit testifying that William Daves was who he said he was. This would be his daughter, Martha.)
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