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Ask a Genealogist: Looking for the Lincoln Hospital in D.C.

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I am looking for  John Franklin Harvey, born 1842 in Dover, MA and died 1890 in Boston, Mass. He was a Union soldier from February 22, 1864 to July 30, 1865. I've recently received my Civil War relative's complete military history record from NARA. It says he was admitted to the Lincoln Hospital in DC on May 24, 1864 (sick and wounded). At the end of his service, he mustered out at the Delaney House in DC on July 30, 1865. Where can I find information about these two locations and if there are any medical or military records that would specify his sickness and wounds?


By Rhonda McClure, NEHGS Genealogist

 Delaney House operated as a mustering out site for a number of regiments at the end of the Civil War. You may find additional information about this house by searching the Washington, D.C. city directories of the time. Be sure to look for people with the surname of Delaney as well as perhaps a hotel or rooming house that carries that name. However, there was an Assistant Surgeon for the Army named Alfred Delaney who resided in Washington, D.C. in 1865. It is possible that this was the house being referenced.

In regard to Lincoln Hospital, this refers to Lincoln General Hospital which operated from 23 Dec 1862 through 30 July 1865. Now a residential area in Washington, D.C., the hospital was located at East Capital and 14th Streets. You can find a picture of the hospital by visiting the Historical Medical Sites in the Washington, D.C. Area <>.

Records for the military hospitals can be found in Record Group 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780s-1917, of the National Archives. According to the Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States, compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al, under sub-heading 94.12, Records of the Record of Pension Office (PRO) of the War Department, 1784-1919, in section 94.12.3 “Cards Containing Medical Records and Vital Statistics,” the carded medical records include: name, rank, organization, complaint, name of admitting hospital, date of admittance and perhaps other information. Such cards exist for men in the regular army, 1821-84 as well as volunteer organization in the Mexican and Civil Wars, 1846-65.

In addition to the carded medical records, section 94.12.5 “Other medical records” includes records of field hospitals for the years 1821-1912. While Lincoln Hospital was a large hospital, it was dismantled at the end of the war, and could be included in this collection of medical records.

Please note that at the present time, none of these records is available online.

Posted by Jean Maguire at 10/09/2013 11:43:21 PM | 

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