I'm thinking about getting my great great Uncle's Civil War service record. The place I'm looking at charges $25. Is that cheap or expensive? Also does anyone have their ancestors military records and what all does it show? I've heard it will tell you where he was at in a timeline of the war and battles he saw action in.
Wish my mom still had her grandfather's. Might be able to help you out. Unfortunately she had to show it to some family member and they never gave it back to her. Needless to say she has been less than pleased about that.
This is how I got my ancestor's records. Just a caution though - there are times it can cost more. Back when I requested my GGGF's I think it was $15. Got a letter saying that due to the volume of paper involved it would be $65. Paid it and received hundreds of pages. Turns out he fought from the end of the war until the start of WW1 with the pension board. He claimed he was shot in the shin - gov't claimed it wasn't a gunshot wound. So he fought for decades for an extra $2 a month he would have received if he had been "wounded in battle". The records contained every Dr.'s statement. witness deposition, gov't finding, etc. - hence the $65.
Request an NATF Form 86
Get records from the National Archives by requesting a NATF “Form 86“. The National Archives contains the “Compiled Military Service Record” or CMSR. Obtaining an NATF Form 86 lets you petition the CMSR to release to you the service records for your genealogical forebearers.
The address to request such a form is below.
National Archives and Records Administration
8th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C., 20408
To obtain a Compiled Military Service Record, you’ll need to pay $25 per paper record. So be sure that you’re getting the records for someone in your genealogy, before you request these records.
Information inside a CMSR includes such things as enlistment date, military release date, date of death, prisoner of war stats, hospital rolls and so on.
Just received my ancestors Civil War records. Something I found a little bit odd is that it says he was captured near Columbia, SC in February 1865. THen paroled in March. I thought they weren't paroling that late in the war. Just wondering if by then the Confederacy was just about dead and they started turning loose prisoners. Anybody got any ideas on the parole issue?
Was he in any shape to keep fighting? I mean like did he have all his limbs. I know there were generals who lost a limb and they kept serving, but it seems like the regular troops where more likely to be mustered out.
He was fine because by the way I'm reading it he rejoined his unit in April of '65. Even got promoted to Sgt. Like I said, I thought the parole thing was no longer done around 1864 though. Him and his unit then marched to Washington DC via Richmond and did the victory parade in DC.
Was a thought as to how he could have been paroled.
Got another one. You say he was captured near Columbia in February and then paroled in March? Where was he sent? Was the camp near Comumbia? Or for that matter anywhere along the line of Sherman's march north into NC? If so, maybe he wasn't parolled per se. Don't know if a POW camp was captured if they would have listed those within being parolled on their transcripts or not.