2 Replies Latest reply on May 5, 2020 4:07 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking military records of Page Evans

    Nelson Evans Newbie

      My great grandfather served in the Union Army, 60th Regiment, New York Infantry. I am trying to find out information about him or any photos that may exist of him. His name is Page M. Evans.

        • Re: Seeking military records of Page Evans
          joan stachnik Scout

          Hi Nelson, Ancestry.com has some Civil War enlistment records (US Army, register of enlistments, 1798-1914) available at no charge (from NARA). There is a listing for a Page M. Evans from Malone NY who enlisted Oct  24,1862 at Sandy Hook (if these locations make sense; the records are a bit difficult to read). He was either 20 or 30 years of age (B 1842 or 1932). His occupation is listed as carpenter and was in the (2nd?) Engineers (Co B).  It looks as tho he reenlisted on Feb 5, 1864 at Brandy Station VA (with a listed age of 22) and was discharged Feb 1867 (?) at Willets Point NY.  There were other military listings for Page M. Evans in the same time period, but those required a paid subscription. I also found this listing below at the New York State Military Museum (https://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/60thInf/60thInfMain.htm). Not sure if either of these are the individual you are looking for. Hope this of some help or interest. Sorry if this is duplication of what you may already know, joan

          • Re: Seeking military records of Page Evans
            Jason Atkinson Pioneer

            Dear Mr. Evans,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            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 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that contains an index card for [New York] Evans, Page M - Unit: 60th Infantry, Company: E - Enlistment Rank: Corpl, Discharge Rank: Pvt which has been digitized and can be viewed online using the Catalog. This card indicates that there should be a service record for him in the record series Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War in Record Group 94. While some service records in this series have been digitized and can be viewed online through the Catalog, his record is not yet available online. There may also be a pension record for him which is not available online.

             

            To order copies of these records, 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. You also may place your order online using eservices.archives.gov. For more information see Requesting Copies of Older (pre-WWI) Military Service Records.

             

            However, please be aware that the National Archives and Records Administration has suspended reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19. Orders will not be serviced until operations can resume safely. We apologize for any inconvenience. Once operations resume, document reproduction requests will be filled in the order in which they were received.

             

            In regards to photographs, service records for Civil War soldiers do not contain photographs, and photographs in pension records are exceptionally rare. As the technology was in its infancy, the Army did not make a practice of photographing all soldiers that joined the Army. Most photographs of individual soldiers were purchased commercially by the soldier and, if they survive, either remain in private hands or were donated to a wide variety of museums, historical societies, and other such institutions.  The National Archives does have some Civil War era photographs, to include the Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) which has been digitized in full and can be viewed online. To request a search for photographs of specific persons, battlefields, or units, please contact National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS) via email at stillpix@nara.gov.

             

            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

             

            Also, we searched the National Park Service’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) and located an entry for Evans, Page M. of the 60th Regiment, New York Infantry.

             

            We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!