Lawrence County, New York, for 1 month. On his way home, William visited Dr.
Carroll C. Bates at Potsdam, New York. Bates visited William at his father's house on September 29 and on October 3 and 5. The doctor planned to visit William again on October 7, but did not because William had died. Albert Dewey and Joseph N. Griswold laid out William's remains for burial. The pension file also includes the dates of William's marriage to Ulisa Daniels, her subsequent marriage to Patrick Curn, and the birth of William's daughter, Rosena. The "record of events" cards in M, roll , provide additional detail about William's service.
Company D's movements from enlistment to April 27, , were identical to those for Company G, except that they were reported to have had a skirmish with the enemy at Philippi on April They returned to Grafton on April The next day they were attacked by Confederates whom they fought from a. The men who were captured were "out of action" for 6 months until they were formally exchanged; the remainder of the company continued fighting the war.
Eventually, William and the other men returned to duty:. Company D saw little activity during its winter quarters at Brandy Station, Virginia. On February 6, , it received orders to reconnaissance to the Rapidan River, but then returned to camp the next day and did "nothing but heavy picket duty since.
Company D remained in Camp near Brandy Station until May 4, , "and have since participated in all the movements and Battles of said Division and Corps. By then, of course, William had already been sent to the hospital on July 3, never to return to duty again. As illustrated by these examples, one soldier's experience may be different from others in the same regiment.
ciathovoussacas.tk William Western was absent from April 29 to October 31, , while his brother Frederick Weston [sic] remained in the thick of military activity from April 29 until he died July 3, The researcher can build a detailed description of a soldier's contribution to the Union or Confederate cause using the soldier's military service and pension records, and the "record of events" for the soldier's company, regiment, and field and staff officers. Do not assume that a particular individual participated in a battle if 1 his unit was at the battle and 2 the person appears likely to have been with that unit.
In the War Department's view, and from a strict adherence to objective information in existing evidence, such an assumption cannot ordinarily be made.
Thus, the descriptions of William P. Western's and Frederick Weston's military careers are crafted both upon evidence and upon assumptions, with no guarantee that the assumptions are correct. No roll call was recorded just before a unit entered battle.
As noted above, there are a variety of reasons why a particular individual may not have been present at that time: different companies in the regiment may have had different assignments, or an individual soldier may have been absent due to sickness, desertion, temporary assignment to other duties, or other causes. Muster rolls--which were ordinarily compiled to cover a 2-month period--are generally accurate for the day on which the roll was filled out, but often not for all of the period covered. If a person left the ranks some time during those 2 months and then returned, that absence may not show on the roll.
This is especially true for Confederate rolls. Some records provide very strong evidence that someone was at a battle, but a muster roll with the word "present" is not among them. The strong evidence includes:. It is very tempting to list persons present at a battle, but the available evidence will ordinarily not make that possible. Nevertheless, attempts have been made. A good example is the Pennsylvania monument at Gettysburg, PA. There, the State wished to record all Pennsylvanians present at the Battle of Gettysburg, July , The State decided to use the May-June muster rolls as evidence, since they list men present on June This is a fortuitous date.
Since the battle began the next day and the men were under order on pain of death to remain with their assigned units, one can reasonably assume that most men recorded as present June 30 were at the battle. Nevertheless, the U. War Department did not recognize that assumption.
In fact, controversies over the inclusion of specific names on the Pennsylvania memorial continue to this day. Begin your research in the Microfilm Reading Room. Staff is available there to answer your questions.
All microfilmed records may be examined during regular research room hours; no prior arrangement is necessary. Requests for records that have not been microfilmed , such as the pension files and most Union CMSRs, must be submitted on appropriate forms between a. The request forms and the microfilmed indexes are all available in the Microfilm Reading Room. Pension files and other original records are not "pulled" from the stacks after p. Please be aware that these are very popular records. Though you could say that I sort of included it, since that database has been imported into FindAGrave.
I have been transcribing a civil war journal of a Wisconsin private—James B Lockney, who was an Irish immigrant. He served then went back to Wisconsin until late in his life when he went to the National Home for the disabled veteran in Montgomery Co, Ohio. He died there but was buried back in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The National Park Service manages 14 national cemeteries. I can turn there as another option to search for civil war soldiers and burials. I live in Spotsylvania County VA. If you need a picture of a headstone from a cemetery here, I will do it gratis. Very useful information, Thank you! Been working for years looking for a civil war vet in Minnesota and have had no luck. I too, have been searching for the burial site of my Civil War Ancestor with no luck. He died in I sent for his Pension File and there is simply a statement saying he was buried 9 miles west of Van Buren, Arkansas.
Searched all the cemeteries in these areas and still nothing. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be extremely grateful. The widow might not have had him buried in a national cemetery due to transportation costs. Even if he was an honorably discharged Union veteran, the family would still have to transport the body to a national cemetery for burial. Also, Congress did not authorize the placement of government-issued military tombstones in private cemeteries until Thank you for your comments, Amy. I do know they had very little money.
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This database currently contains over 28, names of Union veterans of the Civil War who lived in Kansas after Ferguson, Chris. Private Dalzell, his autobiography, poems, and comic war papers, sketch of John Gray, Washington's last soldier, etc. Retrieved December 8, Records of the Forty-Second Annual Reunion, —
Stay up-to-date with all of the posts and get exclusive content! Let's start with a couple of sources that you might already have. His Death Certificate Death certificates in many locations list the cemetery where the person is buried. His Obituary Obituaries vary in their content, but it isn't unusual for them to list where the person was buried.
There is an alphabetical card index to the enrollment available at the State Library, but the records can be searched at the State Archives by county and township. The State Archives hosts more than 10, files of the men and women who resided there.
The Home cared for honorably discharged veterans and their wives or widows. Records dating from to have been indexed on the Indiana Digital Archives, though the Archives holds records for veterans up to the present. Many of the county grave registrations have been indexed on the Indiana Digital Archives , and many more will be added upon the move to the Research Indiana Indexes. Genealogists will appreciate the family information included in the admission and discharge books and early applications for admissions, or the later admission and discharge cards.
The admission records up to have been indexed on the Indiana Digital Archives. Camp Morton , the Civil War Prison for captured Confederate soldiers, enjoyed a better reputation than it deserved. During the early part of the war in , Richard Owen, son of New Harmony founder Robert Owen, would earn a commendable standing for the Indianapolis prison.
Owen only remained in charge for a few months. A series of new commandants would begin to tarnish that standing. A small collection of letters written by prisoners to Governor Morton asking for release are available in the State Archives. Additional microfilm from the National Archives is available for use in the Reading Room.
A list of claims made against the state for damages incurred during Confederate General John H. Morgan's raid into Indiana is available on microfilm. Listed county by county, the name of each claimant and the type and value of goods lost are given. Pension Files and other military records can be ordered through the National Archives online.
Fold3 has digitized the Widows' Pension Files, but a paid subscription is required. The Indiana State Archives houses information about those who served in the National Guard until The index to these records is now available on the Indiana Digital Archives. Also visit the Indiana National Guard's home page for more information.
The Indiana State Archives has service record cards and draft registration cards available on microfilm. These cards generally offer dates of service, areas of deployment, and awards and citations.