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Do you have information on the individual you are seeking they do have some Union/Confederate pension records that may contain information on next of kin. Can you provide additional information name, DOB, and place of birth if known or where the family lived.
I had NARA send me the records for both James Mulligan and Peter Mulligan of the 61st Volunteers New York (also called Clinton Guards and Astor Regiment. There were no pension files. I also looked at these at NARA in D.C. The files contained cards from other men who didn't belong in the boxes I was given and turned them into the desk.
James Mulligan was born in 1841 in Co. Louth, Ireland - record only states Ireland, but age seemed accurate. He is most likely my great grandfather, was shot in Gettysburg and recuperated for about 8 months in Ward's Army Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.
Peter Mulligan was born in 1844 in Co. Louth, Ireland - but age was not accurate. He was taken prisoner on May 3rd in Charlottesville.
Both were unmarried during their civil war service, but later married and lived in New York City. Both were coachmen.
I have the carded medical records for both - it seems to me that Peter had what is now called PTSD.
James died in 1900 and Peter in 1904. I'm trying to find out if there's any information on who would have been contacted in the event of death or for whatever other reason - or even an address that would confirm relationship.
Thank you for replying,
Here is some information and additionally found two separate 1870s census for Philadelphia and the other NY City also both James Mulligan see the family around line item #11-12 listed occupation as Coachman. Also please see where he is buried.https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/157044293/james-mulligan
and possibly his mother https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/166927210/catherine-mulligan
NY 61st Infantry Rolls
1860s Census NY City:
1870s Census NY City:
Name: James Mulligan Age in 1870: 29 Birth Date: abt 1841 Birthplace: Ireland Dwelling Number: 464 Home in 1870: Philadelphia Ward 15 District 43, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: 1828 Olive St Occupation: Coachman Father of Foreign Birth: Yes Mother of Foreign Birth: Yes Male Citizen Over 21: Yes Inferred Mother: Catharine Mulligan Household Members Age Catharine Mulligan 60 James Mulligan 29 John Mckenna 17 Name: James Mulligan Enlistment Age: 22 Birth Date: abt 1840 Enlistment Date: 10 Sep 1862 Enlistment Place: New York City, New York Enlistment Rank: Private Muster Date: 19 Sep 1862 Muster Place: New York Muster Company: I Muster Regiment: 61st Infantry Muster Regiment Type: Infantry Muster Information: Enlisted Rank Change Rank: Corpl Muster Out Date: 5 Jun 1865 Muster Out Place: Alexandria, Virginia Muster Out Information: Mustered Out Side of War: Union Survived War?: Yes Title: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General 1893-1906 Name: Peter Mulligan Enlistment Age: 19 Birth Date: abt 1846 Enlistment Date: 1 Feb 1865 Enlistment Rank: Private Muster Date: 1 Feb 1865 Muster Place: Massachusetts Muster Company: K Muster Regiment: 61st Infantry Muster Regiment Type: Infantry Muster Information: Enlisted Muster Out Date: 16 Jul 1865 Muster Out Place: Washington, District of Columbia Muster Out Information: Mustered Out Side of War: Union Survived War?: Yes Residence Place: Boston, Massachusetts Occupation: Laborer Title: Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War
Thank you so much for all of the records. Some of them are definitely those of my great grandfather, James Mulligan. The 1870 census in NYC is the family and the FInd A Grave listing is his - I put it up there. I don't think the Philadelphia records belong to my family. He was in the 61st Infantry. His mother was Bridget and father was Thomas. I have to put them on Find A Grave along with some of the other children of both James and Peter.
I am still going through some of the records you sent and thank you so very much for your efforts on my behalf.
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Thank you for posting your request on History Hub.
During the Civil War, there was no formal process for notifying next of kin, and these records, generally, do not include next of kin information. I might recommend, however, requesting a search for a pension file, if it exists, for the soldier you are researching. Such information may re recorded there.
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). To request a search and order copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State or Confederate) service during the Civil War, please complete a NATF Form 85 and mail it to the address on the form.
You may also wish to research whether or not the veteran you are looking for might have been married, and whether or not his widow might have submitted a pension request as well. These records are, in large part, digitized online at Fold3, but you may also wish to reach out to our DC unit for such a search as well.
You may also wish in inquire as to whether records exist for Ward's Hospital in the following series, also at out DC Unit:
Field Records of Hospitals, 1821 - 1912
We hope this is helpful in your research.
Thank you for your reply. In the past, I did order the records from NARA and even went to DC to research them. There were other records in the boxes that were not supposed to be there, so I turned everything into the desk and told them. There are no pension records for either of these men. I will inquire about Ward's Army Hospital records.
Again, thank you.