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Thanks for your question.
From a previous question answered by Kelly Osborn:
Mike Meier wrote a Prologue article in 1994 about Civil War draft records in RG 110, Records of the Provost Marshal Generals Bureau. He said: "Virtually all of the enrollment districts generated registers of enrolled men, lists of substitutes, and records relating to exemption."
"Civil War Draft Records: Exemptions and Enrollments": Prologue: Selected Articles
Also, you can check newspaper archives of the town where Ira lived at the time, as people would often advertise for substitutes.
Lastly, you can request and see if he has a pension file. https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/pre-ww-1-records
Thanks Mikey. I had actually read that Prologue article, prior to posting the question (here).
Follow-up question. If he 'hired someone' to serve for him, would he have received a/the pension?? I don't think so, but I really don't know.
I have looked in the various newspapers. I have a subscription to Newspapers.com as well as scouring Chronicling America. Nothing has surfaced.
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I would second Michael's suggestion to look at Record Group 110. The records related to drafted men and substitutes are usually not well indexed, so you may need a specific date and place he was drafted in order to locate a record for him. I would recommend contacting the National Archives facility in Kansas City, which holds records for the state of Iowa. Their reference staff can be reached at email@example.com
Thanks. I'll send them an email inquiry.
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I found a draft registration on ancestry.com for Ira Busic, which appears to be him as a student in college. This may give you some relief that he was registered but not selected to serve (?). You may read a bit more about draft records on FamilySearch.org.
I did not find any further records that mention his participation in the war as himself or alias. The comments above may help you search deeper?
Good luck! ~ Jenny Parish
This is VERY interesting. I know that the surname was spelled many different ways and had forgotten to check on variant spellings. That said, it's also interesting to note that in the comment section of the record it says (I think) one leg not full length. Which may explain why he didn't serve.
I did, however, find a second draft registration record for him, on the same date, but in Missouri, 7th congregational district. He's the same age (23), but listed as a teacher. It indicates that he was born in Ohio (instead of Iowa). BUT I believe it to be the same man. In the remarks column, in this record, it says that he has a physical disability. It's also noteworthy that anyone (on that page) that is listed with a physical disability, has their name underlined.
All this said, are there some kind of physician books that would have made record of those with disabilities? And/or some kind of record that would list him as unfit to serve?
It's interesting to peel away the layers of this man's life.