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Name: Anthony Rush Age: 43 Birth Date: Abt 1837 Birthplace: Ireland Home in 1880: New York City, New York, New York, USA Street: Washington St House Number: 36 Dwelling Number: 48 Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Self (Head) Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Ellen Rush Father's Birthplace: Ireland Mother's Birthplace: Ireland Occupation: Laborer Neighbors: Household Members Age Relationship Anthony Rush 43 Self (Head) Ellen Rush 33 Wife Mary Rush 12 Daughter Margert Rush 10 Daughter Anthony Rush 9 Son Jos. Rush 4 Son
Here is where he is buried: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/174572581/anthony-rush
Here is 1890s Veterans Census Record:
Here is some additional information he was in the US National Home for Disabled Veterans. Looks like he was transferred to several Disabled homes over the years from Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Name: Anthony Rush Admission Age: 53 Birth Date: abt 1836 Birth Place: Ireland Enlistment Date: 31 Mar 1862 Enlistment Place: New York, N. Y. Discharge Date: 12 Jul 1864 Discharge Place: Alexandria, VA. Military Company: C Military Regiment: 78" N. Y. Inf Admission Date: 1889 Residence Date: 1889 Residence Place: Marion, Grant, Indiana, USA Notes: Marion Branch Name: Anthony Rush Admission Age: 53 Birth Date: abt 1836 Birth Place: Ireland Enlistment Date: 31 Mar 1862 Enlistment Place: New York Discharge Date: 12 Jul 1864 Discharge Place: Consolidated Military Company: C Military Regiment: 78" N. Y. Inf. Admission Date: 1889 Residence Date: 1889 Residence Place: Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA Notes: Central Branch Name: Anthony Rush Admission Age: 53 Birth Date: abt 1836 Birth Place: Ireland Enlistment Date: 31 Mar 1862 Enlistment Place: New York Discharge Date: 12 Jul 1864 Discharge Place: Alexandria, Virginia Military Company: C Military Regiment: 78 N Y Inf Admission Date: 1889 Residence Date: 1889 Residence Place: Johnson City, Washington, Tennessee, USA Notes: Mountain Branch
Pension Index Card:
Here is his petition for naturalization:
Thank you so very much for this information! Do you know of any reason he would have moved to so many Disabled Volunteer homes?
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Dear Ms. Gallagher,
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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 (M554) in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that include a card for [New York] Rush, Anthony - Unit: 78th Infantry, Company: C - Enlistment Rank: Pvt, Discharge Rank: Pvt as well as [New York] Rush, Anthony - Unit: 102nd Infantry, Company: C - Enlistment Rank: Pvt, Discharge Rank: Pvt which cross references the 78th Infantry. These cards have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.
The index cards indicate that there should be a Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR) for Anthony Rush in the record 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). Unfortunately, the records for most New York Volunteers have not been microfilmed or digitized.
In addition to the service records, the pension index cards shared by Mr. Schneider indicate that there should be a pension file for Anthony Rush. However, his pension file has not been digitized.
To order records that have not already been digitized, please fill out a NATF Form 86 for the service records and a NATF Form 85 for the pension records and mail the completed forms to the address listed on the form. Please include copies of the previously linked service record and pension index cards with your orders, to include all three pension index cards, as well as the service record index cards for Anthony Rush’s service both the 78th and the 102nd. For more information see Requesting Copies of Older (pre-WWI) Military Service Records.
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We also located the series Regimental and Company Books of Civil War Volunteer Union Organizations, 1861 - 1867 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that include file units titled Regimental and Company Books of the 102nd New York Infantry Regiment, Regimental and Company Books of the 102nd and 78th New York Infantry Regiments, and Regimental and Company Books of the 78th New York Infantry Regiment. These records may give further information about the incidents you mention in your inquiry as well as other information related to the soldiers and activities of the unit. For more information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
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For both Union volunteer units raised by New York, there may be additional information in the custody of the New York State Archives, the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, the New York State Library, the New York State Museum, the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library. Additionally, the American Civil War Museum may be able to offer assistance.
We located unit histories and other resources relating to the 78th New York Infantry Regiment on the website of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, to include a unit roster listing Anthony Rush. The histories indicate that the 78th was merged into the 102nd in July 1864. The roster indicates that he transferred to the 102nd at this time. This would explain why there are index cards indicating service in both regiments.
In regards to the specific questions you have about interpreting the records, “in arrest” appears to have the same meaning as “under arrest.” We can not offer immediate insights as to whether assignment to the Ambulance Corps was a result of misbehavior. The above mentioned records may or may not provide information on this. “Deserted” indicates that he intentionally left his unit without permission, without intending to return. This is a crime under military law. However "returned from desertion on president's proclamation" indicates that he took advantage of the amnesty offered by President Lincoln in Proclamation 124—Offering Pardon to Deserters (March 11, 1865) to return to his unit without punishment.
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