Hi Shirley --
I know you were happy to get information on
your ancestor's Civil War involvement.
I, too, found my husband's great grandfather
on an Ancestry.com search results list of
a Civil War Pension Index, and a Civil War
Pension Index image of his application for a
pension. The image gave the name, branch, date
of application, unit and file number. I was able
to order the case file by requesting Form
NATF Form 86, which was usable until October 31,
2001. (You will probably have to request an
updated form). The form is entitled:
NATIONAL ARCHIVES ORDER FOR COPIES OF FEDERAL
PENSION OR BOUNTY lAND WARRANT APPLICATIONS.
The mailing address is: Old Military and Civil
Records (NWCTB-Military), Textual Archives Services
Division, National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
WASHINGTON Dc 20408-0001. This form should
be used to request information for Civil War
applicants only. I sent request on 10-23-01
and received the entire qpplication packet,
including letters he wrote to support his
claim by 11-15-01. His name was Squire Hornbeak,
and he applied in 1920, from State of Oklahoma,
for enlistment in a Tennesse Unit, 4TH USC ART.,
Sadly, he was REJECTED because Squire Hornbeak
could not be found on the rolls of the 4th USC.
Needless to say, he did not receive the pension.
At the time of application, he was 94 years old.
Joyce E. Hornbeak