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Re: Civil War Pension Question
In Response To: Civil War Pension Question ()
The form for the Civil War pensions is NATF 85. I have ordered and received four pension records. It took about 2 to 3 months for the whole process of sending in the form and getting it back. Out of the four that I have, 2 of them have a lot of information! In one pension, there were affidavits of who knew the soldier and gave some information on his life. Who the children were and their ages and birthdates, his wife's maiden name and when they married, the name of the owner, his age, when he was born, when he died among other things. This particular packet was probably up to maybe 200 pages. The other of the 2 pensions, which was a brother-in-law to the first one I mentioned, was filed by the deceased soldier's son on behalf of his minor brothers and sisters. It was probably about 100 something pages and had a lot of information as well.
The other 2 pensions weren't that informative and seems to have been abandoned, for no given reason. One of these pensions was like 20 pages and the other about 60 pages.
I have also ordered the Civil War Military service records. They are $17.00. In the ones that I have it didn't really have much on there. Just things like where the soldier was born, whether they were present or absent, money given and spent for the month, a description of the soldier, muster in date, muster out date.
I plan on ordering all of the pensions for the soldiers with the same surname as my ancestor and that were in the same regiment. I want the most complete picture that I can get! There were 2 soldiers with the exact same name and in the same regiment, but they were in different Company's.