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Monday, May 26, 2014

Where to Find Records of our Veterans

In every court house there is a section in the record room which contains over-sized books. Look for the records of pensions and widow's pensions in these books for the Civil War, World War I and World War II.  When the veteran died, his death is recorded.  Thereafter, his widow was entitled to receive the pension.   Beginning after 1900, the Civil War pensions were granted by different States. They were tiny and for the indignant.  Throughout the history of American wars, then, pensions were typically small.  During the Civil War, a large number of soldiers lost their limbs in battle.  A surgeon was on duty who chopped off arms and legs as a matter of course before gangrene had its chance to set in.  The old newspapers contain many photographs of veterans of the Civil War with long beards and hobbling around on canes.  After the war, annual meetings occurred in home towns and records were kept of members of various veterans organizations.  The old Atlanta newspapers (for example) is full of the details about these reunions along with published lists of speakers and attendees along with photos of the soldiers dressed in uniform.  If you continue reading the newspapers, you will see photos of soldiers in World War I and II.  If it weren't for the newspaper, we probably would not have much in the way of memories.

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