On April 28, 2011, CMC members visited the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC for a lecture and tour focused on the search for pension files. Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, an archivist at NARA gave a lecture entitled, “The Anatomy of a Civil War Pension File”. She was extremely helpful in teaching members how to complete the request forms to view the files.
Thus far, CMC members collectively have identified the pension records of over 20 ancestors who served in the Civil War. On page after page, these records chronicle in detail the struggles of African-American Civil War veterans after emancipation.
CMC does not meet during the summer months, but the hunt for Civil War soldiers resumes in October, 2011. In 2012, we hope to beign the process of compiling soem of their extraordinary stories.
One of our members, Marvin Jones, has already gotten a start and published his article, “Family of Soldiers”, about his Civil War ancestors. A copy can be downbloaded here: