1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 28, 2020 6:08 PM by Thomas Richardson

    Seeking military records of Joseph H Claire

    Anne Camp Newbie

      I am seeking military records for my 2 times great grandfather from Ohio who served in the Mexican War from 1846-1848 in the US Mounted Rifles, 2nd Division, 1st Brigade, 3rd Regiment, Company E. He served under BG Persifor Smith.  My great grandfather (Joseph H Claire) was wounded 13 times; he also participated in all major battles of the 1847 Mexico City Campaign.

        • Re: Seeking military records of Joseph H Claire
          Thomas Richardson Navigator

          Dear Ms. Camp,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          For information on military records from the Mexican War, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located Case Files of Mexican War Pension Applications in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) and the Enlistment Papers, 1798 - October 31, 1912 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94). While portions of the first series have been digitized and may be viewed online, the file for Joseph H Claire is not available digitally. To order his records that have not been digitized, 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.


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


          We also located four series in the Records of United States Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that include letters sent and Descriptive Books of the 3rd Regiment of Dragoons during the Mexican War. In addition, we located the Returns of Killed and Wounded in Battles or Engagements with Indians, British Troops, and Mexican Troops, 1850 - 1851 in Record Group 94 that may include information pertaining to Joseph Claire. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at  Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@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 RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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

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