1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 9, 2020 5:28 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking index to Papers re to Individual Civilians

    Gerrie Zhang Newbie

      Is there a finding aid to help me locate a file referenced in the Union Provost Marshals' File Of Papers Relating To Individual Civilians (RG 109, M-345)?  See https://catalog.archives.gov/id/28213505

       

       

      I  found the above in "Union Provost Marshals' File Of Papers Relating To Individual Civilians (M-345)" but there is no "Benj Shaw" listed in this file, M345.  "Benj Foreman" lived in Anderson Co. KY and the record was probably made in Louisville, KY.  I am guessing that the "case of Benj Shaw" might involve an informant's letter written in 1864 or 1865, perhaps as late as 1866.   It seems like there should have been a reference to a Provost Marshal file number for the "case of Benj Shaw" within the "Union Provost Marshals' File Of Papers Relating To Two or More Civilians (M-416)" but I have been unable to find it in M-416.  Two states have created an index for M-416: Missouri & Tennessee.  Perhaps there is an index for Kentucky cases?  Any ideas?  Any suggestions are welcome.

        • Re: Seeking index to Papers re to Individual Civilians
          Jason Atkinson Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Zhang,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          The finding aid note for the Catalog Description states that this series Papers Relating to Citizens, 1861 - 1867 in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Record Group 109) states that this series includes a partial place name and subject index (see M416, Roll 1). We were unable to locate a digitized copy of the index. This series has been microfilmed as two separate National Archives Microfilm Publications:  M345 - Union Provost Marshal's File of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians, and M416 - Union Provost Marshal's File of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians.The former is available online through Fold3 as the collection Union Citizens File. We searched these records and located a travel pass for Benjamin A. Shaw, permitting him to travel on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. There was no mention of Mr. Foreman. M416 is available through FamilySearch as Union Provost Marshal's File of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians. It is arranged by numerical file system and is not searchable without the partial place name and subject index (M416, Roll 1).

           

          We were able to locate a file for a Benj. F. Shaw in Confederate Papers Relating to Citizens or Business Firms, 1874 - 1899 (M346) in Record Group 109. This file is available through Fold3.

           

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