Corporal Joseph Nist
Nist enlisted in the 74th PA and served in Company H. He was promoted to Corporal and at the Battle
of Gettysburg he was wounded during the night fight on the 2nd of
July at Culp’s Hill as noted in his application for pension. His descendant, Bill
Nist, obtained his pension record and provided us with copies of these affidavits. He notes that he has at least “two more
general affidavits from witnesses to his wounding in the battle and four pages
of general muster, returns, etc., that include the Co H's activity, including
Chancellorsville, Johns Island (SC), James Island (SC)
and finally muster out at Clarksburg,
WV Jun 1865. Joseph mustered out on the 22nd of
June, 1865 in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
recovered from the head injury after a 6-7 week
convalescence at Satterlee
Hospital in West
Philadelphia. He returned
to duty on 20 Aug 1863, but was still in need of some medical attention as he
apparently spent the next two months, until Oct 20, 1863, whereupon he returned
to his regiment.
His pension record indicates that after Gettysburg
and his return to the regiment he was assigned from May to July 1864 to the boats
crew by order of Lt Col A V Hartung.
He also got assigned to a special duty in Aug 1864 as a teamster at post QM,
detached by S O from brigade HQ dated Aug 24, 1864. He was assigned to
this detail again from Dec 1864 to Mar 1865 teamster, regt
order no 49, dated Oct 15, 1864. On June 22, 1865 at Clarksburg WV,
he mustered out under prov G O 53 HQ. Notations
follow on the back of the form for Johns Island, SC Feb 8, 9, 10, 11, 1864 and
James Island, SC, July 1, 2, 3, 4, 1864.