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Civil War Veterans’ Card File, 1861-1866 – series # 19.12

Organized alphabetically by surname of soldier.

These 3″ x 5″ cards were at first prepared to serve as an index to Samuel Penniman Bates’ “History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865,” (Harrisburg, 1869-1871). The Workplace of the Adjutant General later broadened the scope of the cards by transcribing onto them data found on the original Civil War Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1861-1866. The info typically includes the soldiers’ names, military units, Bates’ citations (volume and page), ages at registration, descriptions (skin tone, height, color of hair and eyes), residences and birth places; the dates and places where registered; the dates and places where summoned in; and the dates of discharge. The listing is not inclusive.Mexican Border Project

Veterans ‘Card File- These cards, bearing the title

“Mexican Emergency Situation, Call of President, June 18, 1916,” contain the following info about veterans: name and rank, regiment and company, age and birthplace, a physical description (height, complexion, hair and eye color), date of commission or enlistment into service, house station and date of rendezvous, and date of approval into United States service. Additional remarks might indicate the date that the soldier’s enlistment was to end and the name and address of a person to be called in case of an emergency. All of the cards also bear a stamp suggesting that a Mexican Service Medal was provided to the veteran, along with a corresponding number.World War I Service

Medal Application Cards-series # 19.196 These cards were originally

submitted by veterans and their survivors who looked for service medals in accordance with the Act of April 21, 1937 P.L. 331, areas 1 and 2. Info provided about each veteran includes name and serial number, home sometimes of entry into service, date and place the veteran entered into service, rank, military unit to which connected, place and date of honorable discharge, and the signature of the applicant. Also present are the initials of the individual by whom the remittance was received and of the person acting upon behalf of the Adjutant General, and each card is stamped with the date of approval. The reverse side of each card reveals the name of the veteran or survivor obtaining the medal, and the house to which the medal was to be mailed.Spanish American War Veterans ‘Card File of United States Volunteers– The card file of veterans who took part in the Spanish-American War was created by the Office of the Adjutant General in 1941 from information drawn from the authorities records of the United States War Department. Information discovered about each veteran includes name, race, house, place and date of birth, date and location of enlistment, military organization to which attached, rank, and dates serving overseas in either Cuba or the Philippines. Often substantial remarks at the bottom of the cards provide info on the factors for, and the type of, discharge as well as a record of prior military service.Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File-series # 13.50 Set up alphabetically by surname of soldier.

The abstract card file consists of transcriptions of information drawn out from original records in the custody

of the State Archives concerning Revolutionary War service in the Pennsylvania Militia, Pennsylvania Line, and the Navy. Note that task after November 1783 is ruled out Revolutionary War service. Info supplied is name and rank of soldier, whether active or inactive duty, county of house, battalion in which served, and record from which information was extracted. Likewise noted are whether soldier was delinquent and fined or whether militia fines were eased off. The entry “Active Duty”shows that the soldier saw active duty in either the Pennsylvania Militia or the Pennsylvania Line while”Non-active Duty “shows that the soldier did not necessarily see active duty. Associators were volunteers who made up the Military Association, a civilian reserve created to ward off any invasion of Pennsylvania till the collapse of the Association in the winter of 1776-1777. The Pennsylvania Militia was arranged under an Act of the Assembly of March 17, 1777 that required obligatory registration by constables of all able-bodied white males between the ages of 18 and 53 to push back invaders. The “Flying Camps “were unique battalions of Pennsylvania Line troops recruited from the Pennsylvania Associators. Rangers were soldiers who served extended periods of enlistment to safeguard the frontier versus Indian incursions. Entries for Devaluation Pay Certificates use to soldiers who served 1777-1780 when the currency was depreciating and were paid in Continental Expenses of Credit that quickly lost value. To compensate for such devaluation, each soldier of the Pennsylvania Line who remained in service in 1781 was granted a considerable amount in Depreciation Pay Certificates which were both interest bearing and flexible. In addition, at the end of the war defaults and allowances due were satisfied by releasing to each soldier still in service a number of interest-bearing last settlements called Pierce’s Certificates(named after the paymaster who dispensed them). Some cards show a certificate number that associates with the Militia Loan of 1784-1785. This loan was established to pay individuals for services and items supplied throughout the Revolutionary War that had not been reimbursed at that time. Note that not all certificate numbers give extra details. Militia Officers Index Cards, 1775-1800-series # 13.36 Index card file of the names of Pennsylvania militia officers who served during the American Revolution, in Indian projects in northwestern Pennsylvania, and in quelling the Scotch Rebellion. The cards are arranged alphabetically by surname of officer. Info supplied is name, county, rank, business or battalion, dates of service, town, and occasionally district within town. In uncommon cases, other significant information is provided such as location of burial, wounds received, names of children, names of any expeditions or projects, name of person whom they was successful, and date discharged.PA National Guard Veterans’Card File, 1867-1921. – Set up alphabetically by surname of veteran. Names typically check out from left to right: Last, Middle, First.Consists of 4″x 6″cards initially kept by the Office of the Adjutant General. Data generally revealed about each veteran includes name, rank, age, physical description(height, complexion, hair and eye color), profession and house; the date and location of enlistment; the date and factor for discharge; and the system(business and routine)to which appointed. Info about federal service rendered by the veteran and the date of death or very first look in the military records

likewise consistently appears. Source