2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 18, 2021 7:47 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking letters from George C. Loy in pension file

    natalie lovins Wayfarer

      I'm looking for letters included in the pension file of George C. Loy, a Sultana survivor and a soldier in Carlin’s Battery “D” of the First West Virginia Light Artillery Regiment. He wrote a letter home, following his release from Andersonville, as he was waiting to be exchanged. A second letter was written the day following the explosion of the Sultana.

        • Re: Seeking letters from George C. Loy in pension file
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Ms. Lovins,


          Welcome back hope all is well. Here is some information below. Please take note in the different Alias that he had or spelling. I have provided you with both variations. Hope this information helps there were no personnel letters in his CSRs within this file.




          Name:George C Loy
          Enlistment Date:19 Aug 1862
          Enlistment Place:Wheeling, West Virginia
          Enlistment Rank:Private
          Muster Date:19 Aug 1862
          Muster Place:West Virginia
          Muster Regiment:Batty D LA
          Muster Regiment Type:Artillery
          Muster Information:Enlisted
          Side of War:Union
          Notes:POW, Exchanged; 1865-04-27 Survived explosion, (Steamer "Sultana", Memphis, TN)
          Title:Index to Compiled Military Service Records; Research by Jack Lundquist

















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          • Re: Seeking letters from George C. Loy in pension file
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Ms. Lovins,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            The majority of Civil War pension files in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1). There are also 3 record series (XC files) in Record Group 15 at the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) that include claims files relating to Civil War Veterans.  These records were transferred to the National Archives in 1952 and 1955 from the VA. Please email both RDT1 at archives1reference@nara.gov and RL-SL at stl.archives@nara.gov with full details about the file you are seeking. When you email RDT1 and RL-SL, please attach the following image that Mr. Schneider located for you and which we are also attaching to the end of our reply.  This is the pension index card and the staff should be able to use this information to locate the file.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!