Did You Check the 1890 Veterans’ Schedules?

Although the 1890 census was almost totally destroyed, there was a Veteran’s Schedule done at the same time. It’s possible your Civil War ancestor will show up on this. It documented around 75,000 Civil War Union veterans or their widows.

According to the census office, this is the information collected, “name, rank, company, regiment or vessel, date of enlistment, date of discharge, and length of service. It also included the post office address, any disability incurred in the service, and general remarks.” Some of the census takers ended up recording Confederate veterans and veterans of other wars. Read more about the Veterans Census on the National Archives site.

To get something looked up in this Veteran’s Schedule, there’s a special angel out there willing to search for free. Just one search request per person, per day. Allow a week for the look up. The site is called Ancestral Findings and here is the form to submit your request.

I’ve just submitted mine for Abraham Bates Tower. Can’t wait to see if anything turns up for the searcher. Wish me luck.


UPDATE March 6, 2015: Had a reply on my inquiry on the 1890 Veterans Schedule and no luck. Sigh.


Search eBay for GAR Memorabilia

You can periodically search eBay for letters, souvenir programs and other Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) items. Possibly one will mention your ancestor. In a recent search, I used the terms “Indiana GAR” and another search with “Kansas GAR” which are 2 places my ancestor lived after the war.

Although I did not find him this time, here are examples of what you might find. One photo showed officers of the GAR, but the print on the picture was too small to read. In the eBay description, it told who was in the picture.

An Original And Historic Cabinet Photo, Showing Eleven Photos On One Card – Commander Is TH Soward – Staff is WW Martin, JW Feighn, B Kelly, AB Armeat, OH Couttes, HZ Gill, AH Limrick, RG Ward, and I cant make out the names of the lower left and lower right photos names. Soward And Martin Are Wearing GAR Medals. From the little research I did it appears TH Soward was Commander of 22nd Regiment, Kansas Milita Infantry And Was Department Commander Of The Grand Army Of The Republic

If one of those names were what I sought, I’d be ecstatic. I’m not sure I’d spring the $125 to get it, but I’d sure be tempted.

Here are other examples of what you mght find:

gar ebay application ks

This application is from Ephraim Moore who was a Sergeant in Company F, 10th Kansas Militia. It was filed in 1896.


Wouldn't you love to find one like this for your ancestor!

Wouldn’t you love to find one like this for your ancestor!

Here’s the kind of information that this included: age, where born, where he lived at the time of the application, his occupation and details of his service.

Take a look at this interesting example:

This eBay seller has a program from a GAR gathering. It contains sketches and a signature that's sure to interest a descendant of

This eBay seller has a program from a GAR gathering. It contains sketches and a signature that’s sure to interest a descendant of Paul E. Slocum.

Take a look on eBay. Who knows what you might find!

Requesting Civil War Medical Cards from the National Archives

I just submitted my request for medical information about my ancestor. Although I don’t know if he was ever wounded, he most likely had medical treatment when he was released from Andersonville Prison. I’m really curious about any information that might be included with this.

Here’s the query I sent to the National Archives:

“I would like a copy of my ancestor’s Civil War Medical Cards.
His name was Abraham Bates Tower. He started as a private and later was a Corporal. He was in company G, 93rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

I am working on a book about his life.

My mind is teeming with the possibilities that this might reveal. Do you know if your ancestor was wounded or had medical treatment during their service?

I found out about medical cards from a blog post on the Genealogy Circle. There are some intriguing posts there called Civil War Saturday, so I’ll be busy reading all of those. Here’s the one about the Medical Cards.

The blogger, Cindy Freed, also has a book that looks helpful. The title is Ancestors in a Nation Divided: An In-Depth Guide to Researching Your Civil War Ancestors and it is available in Kindle or paperback.

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UPDATE: I received an email from my inquiry.

“Dear Ms. Allain:

This is in response to your inquiry requesting to obtain a copy of the Civil War Carded Medical Cards pertaining to Private/Corporal Abraham Bates Tower, Company G, 93rd IN Infantry.
We searched Record Group 94: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, Entry 534: Carded Medical Records, Volunteers, Mexican & Civil Wars (1846-65).
We were unable to identify any Carded Medical Records pertaining to Private/Corporal Abraham Bates Tower, Company G, 93rd IN Infantry.
P. H.
Archives I Reference Section
Archival Operations-Washington, DC “