23 January 2012

DEAD: Civil War Pension File-Military Monday

Source:  Glover, Samuel Stillman; Pension File No. 28715, Civil War Pension File,
(Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration).

As genealogists we look at a lot of records, sometimes with detachment, I think.  Of course, we know our ancestors are dead, but seeing it stamped in bold, black ink is a little unsettling.  The excitement of receiving my great-great grandfather's, Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr, civil war pension file was soon dimmed upon seeing the cover.  The reality of his life and death were forefront in my mind.

The cover provides information on his rank, company and regiment; pension rates and date of changes; widow pension information and miscellaneous pension information.  It was only the beginning of what has provided me with some great genealogical information.

Do you have an ancestor's record that provoked mixed emotions in you?

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