----- Original Message -----
From: Richard McConnell
To: Patricia Ratigan
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 3:57 PM
Subject: Civil War Pension Records for Michael Rattican
Brad and Pat,
I just received this afternoon the pension records for Michael Ratigan (Rattican) on
the records from the National Archives and Record Administration. The entire package runs
102 pages plus a copy of the form I used to request the search. Among the many documents
is the following key one:
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, D.C., May 26th, 1894
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions
It appears from the records of this office that Michael Ratican was enlisted on the
13th day of July 1861, at Cleveland O., and was assigned to Battery "A,", 2
Regiment of U.S. Army. Joined battery Aug 25/61 from Newport Barracks, Ky. Muster roll
Feby 29/64 reports him, "Discharged July 19/64, at Culpeper, Va., (by an)(?)
enlistment (at "A")(?). Name also borne on rolls as Michael Rattican.
Reenlisted Feby 19/64 in same battery, as Michael Rattican. Muster rolls June 30
(character unknown) Aug 31/64, report him: "Absent, sick in General Hospital since
May 31/64. Wounded in action at Cold Harbor." Battery was in action that date and
Transferred to Battery F 2nd Arty Sept 25/65. Retransferred to battery A, 2d Arty,
Dec 13/65. Muster roll of Feby 28/67 reports him "Discharged Feby 19/67 at Presidio,
San Francisco, Cal by expiration of service as Private."
Was a private during service. Not reported sick on any muster roll, other than
Name also known as Michael Ratigan.
Geo. D. Ruggles
What was funny about this whole thing is that I sent two requests to the National
Archives in March--one requesting his Civil War record; the other, his pension records.
The request for his pension record came back in a matter of a few weeks saying it
couldn't be found. I received no reply on the Civil War record, so I gave them a call
last Tuesday and talked to Tina Robinson. She was upset because I had received no reply
on the request for his Civil War Record. I informed her that she might need to be a
little creative on his last name, because I know his death record in Pottawattamie County,
Iowa (Council Bluffs) shows his last name as "Roddigan." I was floored when Ms
Robinson gave me a call about 1 1/2 hours later to inform me that they had found it under
the name "Rattican." The package was sent Priority Mail with instructions the
package was to be sent at once.
It just goes to show that you never know when something might turn up.
Richard L. McConnell
2235 St. Marys Ave., Apt. 421
Omaha, NE 68102-2438