Dear Ms. Eie,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 14 series created by Newport Barracks, Kentucky in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands (Record Group 393) that may be useful in your research on “R. Wilson.” Three of these series are Descriptive Rolls and Accounts, 5/1833 - 12/1845, Orders, 7/1842 - 2/1848, and Orders, 9/1852 - 12/1856 that may be particularly helpful. For more information about the non-digitized records of Newport Barracks, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
In addition, we located the series Muster Rolls of Regular Army Organizations, 1784 - 10/31/1912 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that may include rolls for units assigned to Newport Barracks. Some records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized muster rolls, please email RDT1 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located the series Enlistment Papers, 1798 - October 31, 1912 and Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798 - 1914 (M233) in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that include military service files of the Regular Army which may contain records regarding “R. Wilson.” For information about the non-digitized Enlistment Papers and M233, please contact RDT1 via email at email@example.com.
M233 has been digitized and is available on Fold3 as Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; on Ancestry as U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; and on FamilySearch as United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914. There may be a fee for using Ancestry and Fold3. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!