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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 <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/medtour/lincoln.html>.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.
Question: Can you refer me to a source at NEHGS to determine whether a family legend is true? My ancestor's brother was a Humphrey Fullerton was a doctor from Viriginia. It is rumored that served in the Revolutionary War.
Answer: This is true according to Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of the Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution. (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982). His listing in Heitman states the following: Humphrey Fullerton (Virginia). Surgeon of Hospital Department in Virginia, 1776 to 1781.
Question: Is there a resource to determine whether ancestor got a pension from the Mexican War?
Answer: The National Archives in Washington,D.C. has the pension files for United Statesveterans of the Mexican War. The indexfor this series is NARA Microfilm publication T317. The Family Search website has indexed andplaced this scanned index online: https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1979390
David Allen LambertNEHGS Online Genealogist
Question: At one of your lectures you mentioned a good resource for Vermont in the Civil War. I lost your handout can you refresh my memory?
Answer: The website I believe you are referring to is Vermont in the Civil online at: http://vermontcivilwar.org/index.php It is a very good site and has many good resources, and images.
Question: I saw a military marker at a cemetery with abbreviations I do not recognize. Can you refer me to a cheat sheet? For instance what is a "T SGT."
Answer: I would suggest a a list that I found online PDF from the Veterans Administration - http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/docs/abbreviations/Ranks_Army.pdf To answer your question regarding "T SGT." that is a Technical Sergeant.