The abstract of the pension file doesn't cost $80.NARA selects 8 pgs of most important items for $30.It may well be worth it, if your wallet can survive! LOL Many, many yrs ago, I ordered the entire packet for $14, if I recall....even included the military history!
Federal Military Pension Applications - Pension Documents Packet (NATF 85B)
Reproduction of eight documents that contain genealogical information about the pension applicant, to the extent they are present in the file. These documents are for Federal (not State or Confederate) service between 1775 and 1912 ( before World War I). Select the FAQ at the right for a list of specific documents. Fee (includes shipping & handling): $30.00