Dear Ms. Hughes,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the 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) that include include a file for Massenberg, Henry - Age 22, Year: 1865 - 37th US Colored Infantry; Massenberg, John - Age 25, Year: 1865 - 37th US Colored Infantry; and Massenberg, Squire - Age 21, Year: 1865 - 37th US Colored Infantry. Their surname was spelled as Massenberg instead of Massenburg on the documents. These records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.
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 a file unit titled Regimental and Company Books of the 37th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry Regiment. This file unit contains Regimental Descriptive Book; Descriptive Book for Companies A - E; Regimental Letter, Endorsement, Order, and Miscellaneous Book; Order Book for Companies A - K; and Morning Reports for Companies A - E. For more information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abby Banister may have requested a pension since all three of her brothers died either during or due to injuries suffered during the Civil War. We located Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, 1861 - 1934 in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) that includes application files submitted by Abby Banister or Abby Messenberg. For more information about the non-digitized records, please email RDT1.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Hello Lisha Penn,
Thank you so much for the info contained in your e-mail . It was exciting and insightful to receive and read it! Am looking forward to learning more about the family. Thanks again