The following deposition was made by William Jarvis Crozier and appears in the pension file of Jerome Frink's mother Amelia E. Frink in the National Archive, Washington, D.C.
On the twelfth day of January 1887, at Pitcher, County of Chenango, State of New York, before me, Sam Houston, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared William J. Crozier, 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:
"that he is 48 years of age, a farmer and his P.O. is North Pitcher, Chenango, Co. N.Y.
I enlisted as a private in Co. B, 76th N.Y.Vol. in September 1861 and was mustered out March 3, 1865 at Elmira, NY
I was captured at the battle of the Wilderness, may 5, 1864 and was a prisoner of war at Andersonville, Ga., and Florence, S.C. sometime in December 1864.
On the 28th of August 1862, I was wounded and sent to hospital and was home a while on furlough after I got able to walk so that I was at that time absent from my company about 5 months.
I then went back and was soon after I went back taken with Chronic diarrhoea and was again sent to hospital and was absent from the company at that time for some months and returned to company in fall of 1863 and was then present for duty until captured.
I knew in our company a private named Jerome W. Frink. I did not know him prior to his enlistment. I did not know any of his family or relatives and do not now nor never have known any of them to my knowledge.
I was quite intimate with him in service but I do not remember ever hearing him talk of his family or relatives. Do not remember him ever telling me where he had lived prior to enlistment.
He looked quite young when he enlisted. I would say he was 18 to 20 years of age when he enlisted. He was nearly six feet tall. I was 5 ft 10 1/22 inches and he was ahead of me in rank when arranged according to height. His hair was a light brown, eyes blue, light complexion, very slim built, weigh about 130 lbs., unusually long neck. Do not recall any scars.
This man Jerome W. Frink was captured at the same time and place I was and went along in same party to Andersonville, Ga., and along about the last of September 1864, was sent along in a party with me to Florence, S.C.
I am certain he was in the same party who went with me to Florence, S.C. I am positive I saw and talked with him at Florence, S.C. I think I saw him between the railroad and the stockade. I think he was not able to walk when I saw him. I think I saw him 2 or 3 times there at different times.
I think when we first arrived at Florence the stockade was not finished and a guard was placed around us. I think it was a week or ten days before I was put in the stockade and kept there. I was run down but I was able to get around.
I saw Lewis H. Fox another member of my company there. He was in bad condition but was able to get around some. He now lives in South Pitcher this county. I do not recall seeing him with Frink at any time there but he was out there with the sick. Everitt Fuller and Amos Minor and Charles Bush of our company was also there.
I do not remember ever having seen Fox inside the stockade but I did see him between the railroad and the stockade in the camp of the sick and disabled. I cannot remember ever seeing Fuller, Minor or Bush inside the stockade.
David Fox was in the stockade with me. He is a brother of Lewis H. Fox. I do not remember seeing Lewis H. Fox from the time I saw him in the sick camp outside the stockade at Florence, S.C. until after we were exchanged and arrived at home on Furlough.
I do not know what became of Jerome W. Frink but I heard he had died there.
The last time I saw Everitt Fuller alive he gave me his diary to bring home to his Father and that day that Fuller gave me the diary I heard that Frink had died the night before. Fuller died the next day. I saw Fuller after he was dead, but I did not see Frink.
I heard Minor died there, Bush also died there, a comrade named H.G. Warner who was also there lived to get home and is still alive.
I do not recall any now alive who were there with us except the Fox brothers, Warner and myself.
Jerome W. Frink had the scurvy and diarrhoea while in prison and I suppose that was the cause of his death.
I have never seen anyone claiming to be a relative of his. I received a letter this last fall from H. L. Barnes of North Pharsalia asking me whether I knew Frink in the service an wanting me to make an affidavit as to what I know about him. I did not make an affidavit as I had heard there was some trouble about it and I did not want to be drawn into it. I wrote to Barnes telling him I did not want to say anything. Since Barnes wrote to me I have talked with Lewis H. Fox some about the case.
(Showing witness diary - bearing of fly leaf in pencil the name of Everitt Fuller, Co. B, 76th N.Y. Vol.) that is the diary I think that Everitt Fuller gave me at Florence, S.C. in October 1864 and which I brought home and gave to his father. I think Fuller died about the middle of October 1864 and Frink the day before.
I understand the questions asked and my answers are correctly recorded in this deposition.
/s/ William J. Crozier
Yes, this was my great-grandfather, William Jarvis Crozier. His brother John was also in the 76th. The affidavit was fascinating. It contained information that I had never heard before.
Such things as to the fact he went home twice for injury or illness. I have got to make a time line and see what battles he did participate in. (or didn't)
The odd feeling I got when I read his actual words is indescribable. It was as if he were actually talking. His age at the time of the deposition was 48, very near my own age now. Even this small bit of information really made a connection over the years. It was a very strange feeling.
- Dick Crozier, former Chairman, Major Andrew Grover Civil War Roundtable
Lewis H. Fox also gave an affidavit in this file.
- the MGCWRT would like to thank Conrad Bush for finding and transcribing the above affidavits.
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