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Some data on Dahle can be located here, but you may already know of Wayne Jorgenson's work - First Minnesota . It appears to incorporate some of your work as well.
However, if you want to view Dahle's Compiled Military Service Records, pension case-file, Carded Medical Record's etc, those can be requested at the National Archives facility in downtown Washington, DC (aka A1). He will have one CMSR files, for the 1st Reg't Minnesota Infantry, to which the 2nd Reg't Minnesota Sharp Shooters were attached. You need to fill out one form at A1 for the CMSR file, with soldier's name, unit designation, and that is is for Civil War. You can also request the pension case-file using the same form. Additionally, he will have some carded medical records which can be requested after consulting with an archivist. If he was enlisted as a substitute, there should be notation of it in his CMSR and/or his pension case-file.
The card below details his pension data which you can use to request the file :
In the past I did some work on the 1st Minn, and actually have an old copy of his CMSR - however, you may very well wan to view it yourself in person, as there may be more data associated with it that you can request (bookmark notations). See this link : http://ow.ly/YiI330cLZ8Z
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Dear Ms. Morelli,
Thank you for sharing your question with the History Hub.
The National Archives has worked with both Ancestry.com and Fold3.com (an Ancestry company) to digitize many of our Civil War era records, including muster rolls, service indexes, and pension indexes. A quick search of each of these sites reveals several records for Jens Dahle. You can access both of these sites free of charge from any National Archives research facility.
As indicated by Mr. Deiss, the original records are in the custody of the Textual Reference Branch at the National Archives in Washington, DC (Archives I). You can contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the records. As you plan your visit, you may want to review our website for tips and further information: The National Archives in Washington, DC.
The National Archives at Chicago also holds Record Group 110, Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War), that may include records relating to substitutes who served in Minnesota regiments. You may wish to contact them at email@example.com.
Best of luck with your continued research and with your visit to the National Archives, and thank you, again, for posting your inquiry to the History Hub.
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Thank you for your response. I had already checked Ancestry, Fold3 and pulled the CMSR and his pension file -- with no mention of Jens being a substitute.
Your other links may identify other sources and will certainly help me learn my way around better. I appreciate the links. Thanks so much.
Have you been able to find muster rolls of his unit on Ancestry? All the muster rolls at MNHS were digitized and placed on ancestry. They aren't easy to find or search through but they might tell you if he was a substitute or not. In my experience, the muster rolls at NARA won't be in good enough shape for you to look at. If there are regimental books they might mention if he was a substitute, but that depends on the level of detail they contain. Good luck!
Given Jens joined in Jan of 1862 he couldn't have been a substitute. The draft bill wasn't passed until 1863.