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Have you had a chance to read the November issue of Going In-Depth!
With articles like Researching Women in the Military, Finding Your Cherokee Ancestors and my own column Are There Civil War Genealogy Gems in Your Backyard? you’ll find lots of new ideas and tips for your genealogy research.
So kick your feet up and grab your favorite beverage and let’s “Go In-Depth”!
Whether you’ve been swept up in the recent 150th anniversary commemoration of Gettysburg or watched Kelly Clarkson’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? tracking down your Civil War ancestor and where he fought maybe something you’re interested in. If so here are some resources to get you started.
First check your family tree for men who were born between 1820 and 1843. That’s approximately the time frame of a Civil War soldier’s birth. Then check the 1860 census for the state in which he lived. My research hung up on that fact at first. I thought my ancestor fought with an Ohio regiment only to find the family was still living in Pennsylvania during the 1860′s and so he fought with the 81st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
Now armed with a name and place he was living check my top five suggestions to start your research.
Soldiers and Sailors Database
Provided by the National Park System this no cost resource has compiled 6.3 million names of soldiers and sailors, both Union and Confederate, their rank and the regiment they served. If you have the time to linger this site is filled with scads of information pertaining to the Civil War.
Regimental History – Now that you know the name of the regiment your ancestor served with research that regiment on your favorite search engine. You will find numerous resources from websites to blogs, to books that will detail the formation of the regiment, where they served, which battles they were involved in, their casualty numbers and where they mustered out. There were approximately 3,000 regiments, formed during the war, from both north and south. 2,000 of those regiments have a book written about their service. Some books you will find written by the soldiers after the war, many more by scholars who have studied a particular regiment. By learning your ancestor’s regiment’s history you’ll get the specifics of where and how he served.
Today is my final post of the 1908 GAR Roster of Mart Armstrong Post No. 202. Way back on May 22 my goal was to remember veterans and preserve genealogical info so it wasn’t lost. My hope was that by adding the names of the men on this roster to the web that it might help another researcher. I think I’ve accomplished those goals and learned a lot in the process.
I’m happy that a researcher can type in their great-great-grandfather’s name and find he was a part of this GAR group. Info as simple as knowing he was alive and where he lived in 1908, that he was a veteran of this traumatic conflict is a great starting point in anyone’s genealogy research.
Also my Civil War research has now broadened from the soldier to the veteran and his post war life. I find learning more about how the veterans returned to civilian life, especially so many with life changing injuries, a fascinating aspect of the war.
The greatest “Aha Moment” in my transcribing is that there’s lots of genealogical info tucked away in local museums, universities, libraries and historical societies. This info is contained in a civic group’s roster like this one, in their minute books and programs which someone years ago saved and then donated to our local repositories. As genealogists we need to push away from our computers and plan field trips to these small locales. We need to talk to the director of collections. They are happy to share their holdings, ideas and information with you. These diligent searches really do produce big rewards!
So in closing here is the final page in the Mart Armstrong Post No. 202 GAR roster:
In Memoriam – Continued
Swan, Nelson Co. E 195 OVI 1903
Sours, Daniel Co. I 27 OVI 1892
Shaw, Thomas S. Co. D 81 OVI 1906
Thrift, R. W. Surgeon 49 OVI 1893
Tracy, Peter Co. B 81 OVI 1904
Tyler, Jas. V. U. S. Marines 1899
Vannatta, John Co. B 1st OVI 1888
Van Norman, J. H. Co. H 111 OVI 1902
Wise, George S. Co. H 74 OVI 1903
Wetherill, Alexander Co. B 118 OVI 1898
Watson, Benj. Co. I 42 OVI 1904
Ward, J. Duke Co. E 81 OVI 1905
Whitney, Henry F. Co. C 94 OVI 1900
Workman, Hammett Co. E 83 OVI 1904
Wetherill, W. P. Co. A 118 OVI 1904
Waggoner, R. W. Co. E 151 OVI 1908
Woolery, W. T. Co. H 11 OVI 1908
Zurmehly, Jno. W. Co. E 180 OVI 1902
As I finish up transcribing this 1908 Mart Armstrong Post No. 202 GAR roster I’m surprised at how fond I’ve become of these men. Thrust into what has become a central point in U.S. history they certainly rose to the occasion and I’m sure they never felt they did more than what any other person would do in the same circumstance. We use the word hero often today and rightly so. One of the definitions of the word “hero” is a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities. So I think it is appropriate to call these Civil War veterans – heroes.
In Memoriam – Continued
Hardesty, A. F. 151 OVI 1906
Johns, Elias H. Co. B 18th U. S. Inft 1905
Johnson, Thomas Co. E 3rd OVI 1903
Jennings, Thos. Co. E 151 OVI 1902
Jennings, Allen B. Co. E 151 ONG 1902
Keller, C. F. Co. I 179 OVI 1898
Karns, Joseph H. Co. C 3rd Md. V. I. 1898
Lippencott, Henry Co. B 192 OVI 1892
Laurence, Peter A Co. E 82 OVI 1888
Lamison, Chas. N. Co. F 20 OVI 1896
Langan, Oliver S. Co. A 15 OVI 1887
Myers, G. W. Co. K 61 OVI 1895
Murphy, Andrew J. Co. G O. H. Art. 1904
Morris, Joseph Co. G 23 Ky V. I. 1903
Miller, F. L. Co. B 151 OVI 1896
Mell, James Co. C 151 OVI 1899
Miller, Edward Co. A 88 Pa. V. I. 1899
Mathews, J. D. Co. D 135 OVI 1905
Moore, J. B. Co. A 34 N. Y. V. I. 1898
Mell, A. J. Co. D 118 OVI 1907
Moon, F. M. Co. F 88 OVI 1907
Moulton, B. M. Co. E 117 N. Y. V. I. 1907
Malone, Francis M. Co. K 3rd Wis. V. I. 1908
Myers, Jackson Co. D 90 OVI 1907
McBeth, James Co. E 55 OVI 1896
McFarland, A. J. Co. E 55 OVI 1907
Overmyer, G. W. Co. G 81 OVI 1887
Pockmire, W. H. Co. A 8 OVI 1888
Porter, Wm. L. Co. B 150 OVI 1896
Patterson, J. H. Co. A 46 OVI 1907
Peltier, John W. Co. B 81 OVI 1907
Reichelderfer, Levi Co. C 96 OVI 1898
Roney, W. J. Co. G 156 OVI 1897
Rice, Richard Co. B 195 OVI 1894
Rex, Daniel Co. F 13 OVI 1898
Reed, Flihu Co. C 192 OVI 1906
Standish, Wallace Co. B 81 OVI 1902
Shull, Joseph Band, 81 OVI 1888
Standish, W. H. Co. F 20 OVI 1904
Seeds, Perry Co. C 191 OVI 1890
As I finish transcribing this GAR roster I’m down to the last three pages. These pages are as valuable as any in genealogy research. They are “In Memory” pages of past post members. What’s really nice about the list is the veteran’s name, regiment and year of death are given. Good genealogy info.
Some of the names I recognize – city streets were named after Baxter and Brice. Others I have come across before in my local Civil War research. So as inch closer to the end of the roster for the Mart Armstrong GAR Post No. 202 here are the names of those men who had passed away by 1908.
Ashton, John R. Co. I 118 OVI 1897
Auspaugh, James Co. F 9 OVI 1900
Adgate, C. H. Co. D 54 OVI 1908
Black, John Wesley Co. I 27 OVI 1905
Boysel, Lewis Co. B 114 OVI 1905
Brice, Calvin S. Co. A 180 OVI 1898
Boop, Wm. H. Co. F 33 OVI 1903
Bayes, Isaiah Co. H 14 OVI 1901
Brewer, W.H. Co. H 16 OVI 1898
Brasley, Antony Co. E 198 OVI 1899
Bakehorn, W. H. Co. H 32 OVI 1904
Baxter, Samuel A. Surgeon 18 OVI 1908
Brown, J. W. Co. G 192 OVI 1906
Bodine, F. E. Co. E 117 N.Y.V.I. 1907
Crabb, Joel B. — 3d U.S. Inft 1900
Curtis, C. L. Co. F 4th OV Cav 1895
Coon, Tobias P. Co. A 118 OVI 1888
Coon, Isaac Co. A 118 OVI 1901
Crooks, Josiah F. Co. H 98 OVI 1890
Coss, C. D. Co. B 81 OVI 1901
Counsellor, J. O. Co. C 88 OVI 1890
Church, Jas. P. Co. F 4th OV Cav 1901
Conrad, John J. Band 81 OVI 1906
Campbell, Frank T. Co. B 4 IowaV.I. 1907
Cowles, Charles Co. G 45 OVI 1908
Ditto, Gideon, Co. F 20 OVI 1887
Dickerson, Thomas Co. H 69 OVI 1889
Durnbaugh, H. A. Band 7 Pa R. V. C. I. 1905
Dildine, A. M. Co. E 49 OVI 1907
Everett, Jonathan, L. Co. C 192 OVI 1894
Franklin, Benj. F. Co. B 81 OVI 1898
Faulkner, S. W. Hickenlooper’s Battery 1888
Fichthorn, Jno. A. Co. D 110 OVI 1893
Fritz, D. E. Co. G 81 OVI 1906
Gates, W. W. Co. G 2d Mich. Cav. 1897
Graves, W. T. Co. D 16 Ind. V. Cav. 1902
Grove, James Co. F 81 OVI 1897
Ginter, H. D. Co. E 21 OVI 1893
Hughes, J. L. Co. H 81 OVI 1904
Heckerman, Henry C. Co. D 131 OVI 1895
Hughes, Chas. M. Co. A 20 OVI 1902