He received pay at Camp Lee, near Richmond, Va. August 31, 1863, receiving a furlough of unspecified time the same date. Camp Lee was a holding point for exchanged and paroled prisoners.
I would believe that wounded furloughs were given for a specific period of time, that is what I normally see on hospital records. However, no such hospital records are in his records. It would appear that his furlough may have been for six months, however, I have never seen such a lengthy period in other records. Perhaps he returned, or had a local Doctor authenticate the need for additional time.
Based on the fact that he was granted a pension, which usually required fellow soldiers to authenticate his honorable service, I would believe his story.
Pensions were not granted to those who deserted and in some instances, such as Tennessee, they were refused those who signed oaths of allegiance to the U. S. prior to Lee’s surrender, April 9, 1865.