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Let me encourage you to pursue this information as far as you can . You might not find anything, but the chances are very good that you'll be surprised with the amount of information available in your ancestor's military file, the most informative source being a pension file. My own ancestors had excellent information from their civil war pension files. One record in particular, had his date of birth, the fact that he had no children, and his correct marriage date, all of which had been unavailable and or unreliable/suspect in other records. He had been wounded severely, and there was information regarding his injury and his diminished lifestyle as a result of his wounds. His relatives and friends gave depositions, another marvelous source!

To get started, you will need your ancestor's company and regiment for Delaware County. I found the easiest and most accurate method for finding their regiment, is to contact the Indiana State Archives . I sent a request for information on twelve names, and the archivist not only found those, but advised me of some with same last names in the same regiment. I found they were related to my family. After identifying your ancestor's regiment etc, you can get a Civil War packet which includes a copy of the muster roll index card, the company roster, and a brief regimental history. (The cost is nominal - it was $5.00 per name - may be more now). I can only speak for myself, when I say that I was totally satisfied with the service rendered and cost involved; I did not have to wait long for the information. They don't object to phone calls either. If you write, be sure to mention Delaware County, Indiana, as they won't be able to proceed with your research without that information.

Indiana State Archives
140 North Senate Avenue, Room 117
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: 317-232-3660
Fax: 317-233-1085

The next step is to get the proper forms to send to the National Archives . I am going to link you to Cyndi's List as she has all the pertinent information which I need not duplicate here. Her link will tell you what forms to order, where to get them and what to do with them.

*How to Order Military & Pension Records for Union Civil War Veterans from the National Archives by Cyndi Howells

Once you have been smitten by the Civil War "bug", you'll want more information! I am suggesting this next link as a place to start.

*Indiana In The Civil War by Kristopher and Larry Ligget

Good Luck in your research! I'd be interested in hearing of your success.


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