2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry

Index To Pensioners

Last updated 17 July 2004

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2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry, USA Pension List.

Abstracted and submitted by William R. MORRIS

Comments and edited by Edgar D.Byler, III

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The tables on the following pages are the lists of the veterans of the 2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry and their families, who drew pensions from the Federal Government. The listings were abstracted from National Archives Microfilm Publication T289 which is described as "Organizational Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900" and is the microfilm publication of Record Group 15, National Archives. All of the material in this abstract was taken from rolls 529 and 530 of T289.

Not all of the information available in the above Index was abstracted for this table. Only the soldier's name, his rank and unit of service, date his pension was granted and his application and certificates numbers; and the date and place the veteran died (if given) are listed on the table. If only a widow's or survivor's application was filed, then that number will take the place of the soldier's application number. Such application will be indicated by (wid.) or (sur.) beside the soldier's name. This is sufficient information for an individual to order a copy of the soldier's pension file.

The 2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry was composed of men from the Wayne, Hardin, Lewis, Perry and Decatur Counties area in Tennessee. This listing of pensioners therefore provides an excellent source of information on people who were living in the area during the War of Rebellion.

To request copies of the files, you must first request a copy of NATF Form 80 from the General Reference Branch (NNRG-P), National Archives and Records Administration, 7th and Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20408. You will probably want to request at least five forms since it will take a few weeks to receive them. Once you have received your copies of NATF Form 80, follow the instructions on the cover sheet. In block 11 of the form you can enter the certificate number of the veteran. By using this certificate number, it should be easier and faster to obtain copies of the files. And you should receive the file on the individual you seek, rather than someone else with the same name. In some cases the National Archives will only photocopy a certain number of pages from the file. If you think that the file is large, as in the case of the soldier, a widow and minor children all drawing a pension, then it may be wise to write to the National Archives and request a quote from them on photocopying the complete file. When requesting a quote, please use the certificate or application numbers of the files and be specific.

The pension files of Union soldiers are a tremendous source of information on the soldier and his family. Many times, if the soldier lived past 1898, there will be a pensioner's questionnaire in the file that will list his wife's name (or wives' names), and the names and dates of birth of his children. There may also be affidavits from neighbors telling when and where the soldier died and where he is buried. If the pensioner lived past 1914, the file may also contain a copy of his/her death certificate. In cases involving minors, there will usually be a certified copy of a Bible record or an affidavit concerning the applicant's birth.

Please remember when you order a file that you want the PENSION FILE not the service record. An abstract of the service record will generally be included in the pension file. If you have questions regarding pension files and other records in the National Archives, please contact the Archives.

Note: Not all entries will have the pension application number in the table. I am still editing the table. The original database was too large to put on one page and it was necessary to delete the columns listing the widow's application listings, the orphans listings as well as the remarks column which listed parents etc. who applied for pensions. So far I have added the widow's and survivor's application numbers through the "B's". Will try to get the remainder posted to the table in the coming days.

Some of the names in the table are linked to the abstract of that soldier's pension file.

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