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Subject: Re: [TGF] [APG Members] National Archives in Washington,D.C - preliminary inventor...
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:22:34 EST
I am not sure exactly what you are trying to find? Everything on a single
soldier? Description of physical characteristic, a history?
Since you are researching only a single soldier, I would suggest you also
check if the veteran filed a pension record. Pension records can give you a
wealth of personal information: family, dependants, places he lived, units
he served in as well as in most cases, fellow comrades or officers
testifying for them and any action they have seen. Of course most of that testimony
centers around why they have a health ailment to qualify for a pension.
Also many states recruited for USCT and you can check with their
individual state archives for other details on that soldier. I know NJ has an online
resources for USCT recruited in their state.
You might want to check out the Units history first to get an idea of where
they were recruited, stationed and battles fought in as well.
In a message dated 2/3/2011 12:27:42 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
This month I will be at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. for the
first time. While I am there I will research a man who served in the
Infantry during the Civil War.
The preliminary inventory for the Adjutanant General's Office, compiled by
Lucille H. Pendell and Elizabeth Bethel, indicates there were about 40
entries for the Colored Troops Division, 1863-89.
As I read the preliminary inventory it appears there is more than just
reading a single microfilm. The records of the Adjutanant General's Office
are essentially organized by divisions that were created over the course
our nation's history. One such division is the "Colored Troops Division,
1863-89." The document files are described as "entries." Some of the
could list my subjects name and describe him. Therefore it appears that I
should be looking as some of those records in addition to what I had
envisioned I would see on a microfilm that I found in the Civil War
and Sailors System. Is that correct?
If that is the case, as I understand I should place a request for files to
be pulled as soon as I can so I will have time to read them. Is that
Entry 391, for descriptive lists in 1864 consists of 54 volumes. It refers
to an order of the department of the Missouri in 1863. The file is
chronolgically, but it does contain an index. Would I ask for all 54
so that I am sure I am able to see the index and then move quickly to the
Thank you for looking at my detailed questions.