Can you tell me what unit he served and what state?
Dear Mr. Jones,
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What you located was a pension index card. We are attaching the full card to the end of our reply. The full pension files are not available online. 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 email@example.com with full details about the file you are seeking.
The pension index card indicates that he served in the US Navy as an ordinary seaman. Unfortunately, the Navy Department did not create consolidated military service records for enlisted naval personnel who served during the American Civil War. The Muster Rolls of Naval Ships, 1/1/1860 - 6/9/1900 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) can be used to locate some information about persons who served on ships. Because these records are arranged by ship instead of by individual, you will need to identify which ship he served on first. This information might be located in his pension records. Additionally, we located Lists of Recruits Enlisted for Service During the Civil War, 2/1864 - 6/1865; Records Relating to Enlisted Men Who Served in the Navy Between 1842 and 1885; Index to Certificates of Discharge Issued for Discharges Made During and Immediately After the Civil War, 1889 - 1890; and Index to Certificates of Discharge Issued for Discharges Made During and Immediately After the Civil War, 1891 - 1894 in Record Group 24 that have varying degrees of information about some of the persons that served in the Navy during the Civil War. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!