Benjamin was 20 when he registered for the draft. At that time he lived in
County in the Seventh Congressional
District for .
He is not married and notes he was born in Pennsylvania . Pennsylvania
One source, found through Ancestry.com, revealed that Benjamin was “Drafted to Company H,
Infantry Regiment on 02 Sep 1863.Mustered out on 26 Nov 1864.Transferred to on
26 Nov 1864.” Pennsylvania
Sometimes that wiggling leaf is just so exciting that it is easy to forget not all Ancestry.com hints are relevant to your specific person. And that was the case when it popped up with the “Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865 for B Vanhorn.” Not my Benjamin. A close look reveals that B. Vanhorn, a Private from Co F, Regiment 95 was born in
He was held at Ohio and was
exchanged out. Andersonville,
After the war, he (that is, my Benjamin) married Margaret Hensel. They moved to
they moved to .
It was in
, that he field for his pension.
His application confirms that he served in Co. 11 and California Co.
90 of the PA Infantry. He applied on 24 April 1882. His application was
#447.286 and his certificate was #421450.
One of my goals this year is to “dig deeper into Benjamin’s CW service/POW time.” That goal takes me to the National Archives site. The Federal Military Pension Application (NATF 85) costs $80. For a service record though, a Compiled Military Service File (NATF 86) is only $30. It contains the compiled records for those who served before 1912.
I have to admit that I am torn. He is not a direct lineal ancestor but I really am curious. I will probably him and haw the rest of the morning until the mailman comes and then make a last minute impulsive decision!
Do you have a Civil War ancestor?
Do you think you might have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War? You can search through Ancestry.com or Fold3 for military records. You can also search the Soldiers and Sailors Database on the National Park Service site. Fill in your soldier’s name (I only used his last name since sometimes he went by Benjamin and sometimes he used his middle name
and his state. The database results will provide your ancestor’s battle unit,
side, company, rank upon enlistment and mustering out, any alternate name, his
film number, any plaque number and finally and notes. For example, my
Benjamin has “General Note – See also 90
Franklin Inf.” as his note.
His battle unit is the 11th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry. Pa.
Another research option is to hire a professional researcher.
PHOTO OF VAN HORN:
Fellow family researcher and genealogist Jerrie Finley provided copies oof the photos of Benjamin seen here.
Ancestry.com. Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865 [database on-line].
: Ancestry.com Operations Inc,
2007. Provo, UT, USA
Historical Data Systems, comp.
Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. U.S. :
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Provo, UT,
National Archives and Records Administration (
Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal
General's Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group:
110, Records of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War);
Collection Name: Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union
Draft Records); ARC Identifier: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 2
of 3 NARA
National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line].
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Provo, UT, USA
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