Dear Cheryl Schmidt,
Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!
The "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found, for the Civil War era, in the individual's Pension file. However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.
In addition, we also found a Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR) for Jay Simmons. These files can be viewed on Fold3, but there may be a fee for using this service. Instead, you may view these records online at one of NARA’s facilities for free via a NARA PC. These can also be viewed on microfilm at the National Archives at Washington, DC. Should there have been a Pension file for Jay Simmons, the General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 can be accessed at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and online at Ancestry for a fee. If a pension file exists, it can be accessed at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
For more information about Civil War era photography, please consider the article “Civil War Soldier’s Portraits” from the Library of Congress.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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Here is some additional information. Also found where he is buried please follow link. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/59076191/jay-h-simmons
Name: Jay Simmons Enlistment Age: 21 Birth Date: abt 1841 Birth Place: Pennsylvania, USA Enlistment Date: 25 Jul 1862 Enlistment Rank: 3rd Corpl Muster Date: 13 Oct 1862 Muster Place: Iowa Muster Company: K Muster Regiment: 31st Infantry Muster Regiment Type: Infantry Muster Information: Enlisted Muster Out Date: 28 Feb 1863 Muster Out Place: Young's Point, Louisiana Muster Out Information: died disease Side of War: Union Survived War?: No Residence Place: Bellevue, Iowa
Name: Jay Simnons Age: 19 Birth Year: abt 1841 Gender: Male Birth Place: Ohio Home in 1860: Washington, Jackson, Iowa Post Office: Bellevue Dwelling Number: 908 Family Number: 850 Attended School: Yes Household Members Age Charles W Simnons 50 Barbora Simnons 50 Charles Simnons 23 Jay Simnons 19 Francis Simnons 16 Emma Simnons 12