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    Bruce Interesting you say you're going to Ohio... I ran across another article, while searching for Ohio soldiers buried in Iowa, at <www.washingtonch.k12.oh.us/mapsite/usctcw/studentpages/unmarkedgraves/intro.htm> (Process of Marking Civil War Veterans' Graves in Ohio). It reports that Governor Jacob Cox, in 1866, commissioned Chaplain D. W. Tolford to seek out every soldier's grave in Ohio, and record it for the State of Ohio Archives. Tolford completed his work less than two years later, and published The Union Book of the Dead. Since discovering the existence of this work, I've been trying to find it on-line, without success. But, a copy is available at The Ohio History Connection: Archives/Library at 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, Ohio, 43211 phone (614) 297-2300 <www.ohiohistory.org> In an earlier post, I listed Adjutant General of Ohio Records (called 'Series') that might be of use in finding the location of Cyrus Ballard's grave. Those records are not on-line, but are available for viewing at The Ohio History Connection, too. The most important Adjutant General records: Series 32 Surgeon General, Hospital Registers for St Louis (if they have Memphis records, check them, too)Series 2110 Volunteer's Enlistment Papers (provides home of record and other personal details)Series 1774 Adjutant General Descriptive Rolls of Volunteers (provides height, weight, eye and hair color, etc.)Series 1777 Certificate of Service (should provide length of service details, including time and place of death)Series 66 Muster-in Roll Books (Regiment attendance records)Series 1423 Book of the Union Dead (mentioned above: if Cyrus is buried in Ohio, this record should list him)The complete selection of Adj Gen Series is listed at <ww2.ohiohistory.org/onlinedoc/civilwar/guide/b.cfm> Have a look at the websites, and see if there might be anything else worth investigating. Also of interest, Chaplain Tolford died in 1877, and was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin County, Ohio. His information at Find-a-grave is worth reading: record #21202816 Ozzy
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    Thanks Ozzy! Its hard to say when I will get them. With the form 85 the website still said 'awaiting shipment' when I received it. I am planning a trip to Ohio and Pennsylvania in September so I can do some more investigation at that time. I have never been to a Courthouse or Library doing this kind of request / research .
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    Bruce That's the problem with leads: sometimes they lead nowhere... The site looked a lot more promising, but appears to be incomplete: I'd reckon less than 1% of Ohio military deaths were recorded. When I find deaths listed in period newspapers, usually the article begins, 'Deaths in Memphis,' or 'Died in St Louis,' or 'Casualties at the Latest Battle (with a sub-heading 'Killed').' If those listings had been included, with the date of publishing, it would have been of immense value. So, when I have a few spare minutes, I'll go back to the newspapers, and try a different 'key word.' With any luck, the records you receive from NARA will answer most of your questions (you never get all of the answers.) Ozzy
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