An affidavit supporting Harriet Tubman’s claim to a military pension, circa 1898.


My claim against the U.S. is for three years services as nurse and cook in hospitals, and as commander of several men (eight or nine) as scouts during the late war of the Rebellion under directions and orders of Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, and of several Generals.

I claim for my services above named the sum of eighteen hundred dollars.

The annexed copies have recently been read over to me and are true to the best of my knowledge information and belief.

I further declare that I have no interest in said case and am not concerned in its prosecution and allowance.

Owen McCarty?
M. Eloie McCarty
(In Affiant sign by mark, two witnesses who write sign here.)

Harriet X [her mark] Davis
[sate?] Harriet Tubman
(Signature of Affiants.)

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State of New York, County of Cayuga:

Sworn to and subscribed before me this day by the above named affiant, and I certify that I read said affidavit to said affiant, including the words [empty] erased and the words [empty] added and acquainted her with its contents before she executed the same. I further certify that I am in nowise interested in said case, nor am I concerned in its prosecution; and that said affiant is personally known to me and that she is a credible person.

Owen McCarty?
(Official signature)

Notary Public
(Official character)


Additional Evidence
Claim of
Harriet Davis
[sate?] Harriet Tubman

Affidavit of