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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Indexes to the Carded Records of Soldiers Who Served in Volunteer Organizations During the Civil War, 1899 - 1927 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that includes the index cards Fitzgerald, James J - Unit: 23rd Infantry, Company: I - Enlistment Rank: 1 Lt, Discharge Rank: Capt and Coffey, Charles - Unit: 23rd Infantry, Company: H - Enlistment Rank: Capt, Discharge Rank: Capt. The index cards indicate that there should be Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) for these two officers in the records series Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94).
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