I'm no expert but I've spent some time rummaging around with Civil War
records in just the last few months.
The National Archives has put a lot of effort recently into making Civil War
records available just recently.
First, you should go to the site below to look up your relatives, see if
they are listed and to note the unit they were in (100st or 144th regiment
of New York Volunteers, for example):
When you find them, take the information you have and go to the main
National Archives online order site.
You can order service records online with the data you have ($17). In
addition, if you have access to the Civil War Pension database (Ancestry,
LDS center), you can find out if a pension was applied for. If so, you have
hit the jackpot and can order pension records online for $34. The archives
will typically send you a sheaf of legal size paper at least an inch thick
with information and depositions from your relative and people who knew him
before, during and after the war.
From: Amy DiMaria [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 9:50 AM
Subject: [NYDELAWA-L] Civil War soldier HELP
Can someone shed some light on the whole Civil War Draftee process. If
someone is listed on this sight as a Civil War Draftee, does that mean they
actually fought/saw battle or does that mean they were just eligible to be
My great great uncle's John and Stephen Booth of Walton both seemed to be
drafted but I only see John on the discharge page of this site. Stephen
lived to be in his 80's so I know he didn't die in the war. How can I get
actual discharg'official papers etc.? Stephen never married and I wonder if
somehow he was injured in the war.
Hope someone can help as I am new to the military part of this research!
BRRRR It's a chilly FAll day in Central NY!!!
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