Civil War era Union Discharge papers

Did individual discharge papers from the Union Army exist from this period? How would I find discharge papers of two great-granfathers that served during the time of the civil war? William A. Chariton, N.Y. 95th Inf. Mustered out 6/1865 near Washington DC and John A. Aite mustered 2nd US Cavalry, mustered out at Fort Laramie 10 July 1867?

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  • Hey there Ken, I was able to find the discharge doc for at least 1 of your 2 great grandfathers, the one I was able to acquire was for William..will add it here for you..John is proving to be a bit more difficult to find a discharge for...found a few pensons records etc, but nothing yet that states the 1867 date or even a muster roll as I was able to find for William...if you need a bigger image for this, let me know..

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  • Hey there Ken, I was able to find the discharge doc for at least 1 of your 2 great grandfathers, the one I was able to acquire was for William..will add it here for you..John is proving to be a bit more difficult to find a discharge for...found a few pensons records etc, but nothing yet that states the 1867 date or even a muster roll as I was able to find for William...if you need a bigger image for this, let me know..

Children
  • This is a great document. So I take that there were not standard "discharge " papers at that time? Something with a Army letterhead?

    John A. Aite was discharged at Fort Laramie. This is what I have found.

  • Hey Ken..! .nice fnd! And in regards to a "formal discharge cert/other, yes...there were actually many different types of discharge certs that were given to each soldier upon end of service...some were from their home state, others from the division they served, A Confederate discharge, the Union discharge etc etc. Will add 4 types of discharge certs for you here, just so that you may have an idea of what your relatives may have acquired...and/or something similar. First is a standard Union, 2nd a standard Confederate, 3rd a standard discharge from section/state, and the 4th a Grand Army discharge/service cert.