[APG Public List] Civil War question

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Sun Jan 24 15:28:57 MST 2010


It really doesn't matter what the possibilities are of other men of an advanced age serving in the Civil War. You have a pension file that NEEDS to be viewed. To ignore the file and base an assumption of what others might have done is not acceptable.



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From: JUDY A RIFFEL <riffelj at bellsouth.net>
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Sent: Sun, Jan 24, 2010 10:25 am
Subject: [APG Public List] Civil War question

To any Civil War expert:
How common would it have been for a man in his mid to late 60s to have served in a Union Cavalry unit during the Civil War?  I am editing an 1839 letter for publication trying to ID the individuals mentioned.  It's from a wife to her husband.  I traced the couple on the census up to 1860 in Steuben Co., Indiana.  Then, I found a man by the same name serving in an Indiana Cavalry unit and dying in the South in 1865.  No mention of his age, but he enlisted in Steuben Co.  Problem is, this guy would have been nearly 70.  I thought perhaps the soldier was someone from a younger generation, a nephew or son, but I'm not finding anyone else by that name.  Plus, there is a pension file that lists a widow with the same first name as the wife.  I don't have the actual pension record, so I don't know if her maiden name matches.  But the names are unusual enough that it would be too much of a coincidence.
Many thanks.
Judy Riffel
Baton Rouge
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