- Page County, Iowa land abstracts 1839-1875 lists N. C. Rideour, Date 1856, section 36, part of Clarinda, "N/A" Acres, Township Nodaway, Occup. Ed. & Pub. Democ, born Campbell Co. TN.
1856 - First Editor & Publisher, was N.C. RIDENOUR, from Campbell Co., TN. [2.] (Clarinda Democrate)
Newton enlisted 2 August 1862 in the Union Army in Clarinda, Iowa where he assisted in organizing Co. F 23rd Iowa Infantry, was 1st Lieutenant and served throughout the Civil War. He had an enviable war record, coming out an Aide de Camp under Brevet General Glasgow.
Battles regiment fought
Battle at Anderson Hills, Mississippi on 01 May 1863
Battle at Port Gibson, Mississippi on 01 May 1863
Battle at Black River Bridge, Mississippi on 17 May 1863
Battle at Milliken's Bend, Louisiana on 07 June 1863
Battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi on 14 June 1863
Battle at Indianola, Texas on 22 February 1864
Battle at Centralia, Missouri on 27 September 1864
Battle at Limesport, Louisiana on 06 October 1864
Battle at Spanish Fort, Alabama on 27 March 1865
Battle at Spanish Fort, Alabama on 28 March 1865
Battle at Spanish Fort, Alabama on 30 March 1865
Battle at Spanish Fort, Alabama on 01 April 1865
Battle at Spanish Fort, Alabama on 04 April 1865
Newton was receiving $3.00/month pension in Clarinda, Iowa because of "injury to abdomen". Date of original allowance was February 1880. Certificate number 164,978.
Widow received a pension of 17 dollars a month while living in Chicago in 1902.
Newton C. Ridenour's pension case was so complicated it required two acts of Congress to resolve "[Private--No. 25.] AN ACT for the relief of N. C. Ridenour" approved 3 June 1884 and "Private--No. 313.] An act for the relief of Newton C. Redenour", approved 2 March 1889.
N. G. RIDENOUR.
February 25, 1884.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and ordered to
Mr. Holmes, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, submitted the
TTo accompany bill H. E. 5443.]
The Committee on Invalid Pensions, to ichom was referred the bill (H. B. 2000) for the relief of Netcton C. Ridenour, second lieutenant, Company F, Twenty-third Iowa Volunteer Infantry, having had the same under consideration, report as follows :
A bill for the relief of this claimant was introduced in the Forty-seventh Congress, and reported favorably by the Committee on Invalid Pensions (H. R. 6523), being a substitute for the original bill (H. R. 310), same session, and passed the House.
The following is the report of the Invalid Pension Committee in regard to said bill in the Forty-seventh Congress, which is adopted and made a part of this report:
Newton C. Ridenour, late second lieutenant Company F, Twenty-third Iowa Volunteer Infautry, was granted a pension July 26, 1880, at the rate of $3per month, the certificate being No. 164978. Prior to and until June 29, 1863, said Ridenour was serving with his regiment in the tield in the campaign against Vicksburg as an orderly sergeant. On June 29, 1863, was commissioned second lieutenant, for which place he was recommended early in June, said commission being dated June 29, 1863.
About the 5th day of July, 1863, by order of the officer commanding the regiment, said Ridenour took command of Company F, and continued in command until October 5, 1864, when he was assigned to staff duty. Said Ridenour was discharged as an enlisted man .is of the date of June 29, 1863, and he was accepted and mustered in as second lieutenant, to take effect July 1, 1863. Immediately after the surrender of Vicksburg said Ridenour, in charge of said company, in July, 1863, marched from said city to Jackson, Miss. During said march said claimant was attacked with varicocele, and was at times rendered thereby unable to march, and was compelled to resort to the ambulance. When he eutered the service he was a strong, healthy man. Previously to said month of July, 1863, or in the latter part of Juue of that year, the petitioner was somewhat unwell, although the precise nature of his ailment is unknown, and he was not then aware that it was the varicocele for which he was afterwards pensioned. It is not certain that said disease had ite inceptiou before July, 1863. But if that was the fact, it is apparent and uncontradicted that the principal development, growth, and establishment of the disease occurred after the commencement of the march from Vicksburg to Jackson. It is shown by medical evidence that the disability of said Ridenour is perinaneut and incurable, and that such disability incapacitates said Ridenour from performing manual labor.
This committee is of the opinion that, uudertueexistingcircumstancesof the case as hereinbefore stated, said Ridenour should be regarded as a second lieutenant at the time of the occurrence of the disability for which pension has been granted, and bis rating should be increased accordingly.
This committee therefore recommend the passage of a substitute bill, which is herewith submitted.
Your committee would recommend the substitution of the accompanying bill in lieu of the bill H. E. 2000, Forty-eighth Congress, and that the claimant be granted a pension as provided in said substituted bill.
All of which is herewith submitted.
March «, 1889.
CHAP. 481.—An act for the relief of Newton C. Redenour.
Whereas, by an error committed by the adjudicating officers of the Pension Bureau Newton C. Ridenour, late second lieutenant Company F, Twenty-third Regiment Iowa Infantry, was not placed on the pension-roll as a second lieutenant upon the allowance of a pension to him; and
Whereas by act of Congress a bill was passed for his relief in this regard, and to rate him in accordance with said rank and with the intention only of correcting ihiserror, but which contained the words Vol a, p. on. that it should " be in lieu of all other pensions and
Whereas he now claims to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of disabilities, for which he was originally pensioned, and to pension for additional disabilities, but the Pension Bureau and the Department of the Interior construe the language quoted of the act of Congress mentioned as barring his rights thereto, regardless of the merits: Therefore,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That said act of RjJ^Sec^dnourCongress for the relief of said Newton C. Ridenour shall be construed as only correcting the error of the adjudicating officers of the Pension Bureau as to the rank of said Ridenour and nis proper rating by reason thereof, and that his right to increase of pension and to additional pension for other disabilities shall net be ..ffected thereby.
Approved, March 2, 18&9.
Papers in his pension file refer to his middle name as Cannon. Maybe he picked this up in the Civil War.
"Anna O Sawyer notes", 1902, p 6.
"One-From-Two letter", 31 July 1992, Melvin Otho Ridenour, p 2.
"List of Pensioners on the Roll", 1 Jan 1883, p 773.
Newton C. Ridenour Civil War Pension Papers, US National Archives.
Delores A. Wood, email@example.com, 24 September 1996.