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Carded Medical Records for the 16th Reg’t NH Volunteers

April 13th, 2012

This week I’ve had an opportunity to spend a couple of days at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. On these rare occasions, I like to spend time learning about sets of records of that are not online and that have not been microfilmed.  This week I learned a little about “Carded Medical Records.”

The Civil War pension record of my Great-grandfather, Daniel R. Woodward, made it clear that he had been injured during the Civil War—not in battle, but when he fell over a stump in camp.[1]

Records of Union soldiers who had been hospitalized during the Civil War were compiled onto cards from original records such as hospital registers, rolls, reports, and records relating to medical treatment. The resulting “Carded Medical Records” generally contain data that includes name; rank; organization; complaint; and date of admittance.[2]  The cards are arranged by state and thereunder by regiment.

The Carded Medical Records of the 16th Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers were located for the following Woodwards.

1. Daniel R. Woodward, Pvt., Co. E; Admitted Mch 6, 1863 to Regimental Hospital, 16 New Hampshire Infantry; and sent to G.H. Charity Mc 3; Source:NH Regt’l Reg. No. 123, Hos. No. [blank]; page 13.

2. Daniel R. Woodward, P, Co. E, 16 Reg’t NH; Admitted Mar 6, 1863 to Charity U.S. Gen’l Hosp., New Orleans, La.; Diagnosis: Chronic disease of ankle joint; Disch’d from service May 8, 1863; age 29; Nativity, Merrimack Co., NH; Source:[La Reg. No. 23; Hos. No. [blank]; page 134.

3. T.N. Woodward, Pt, Co. I, 16 Reg’t NH Vol; complaint, Febris Typhoid; Admitted June 14th, 1863, to St. James U.S. Gen’l Hosp., New Orleans, La.; Disch’d from service, Aug 1st, 1863; Remarks: By reason of expiration of terms of Service; Ward 4; Source: La. Reg. No. 10; Hos. No. 4082; page [blank].

4. Daniel E. Woodward, Co. I, 16th Reg’t NH; Complaint: Feb Typhoid; Admitted Feby 6, 1863 to Marine, U.S.A. Gen’l Hosp., New Orleans, La.; Ret’d to duty, April 3, 1863; Ward H; Source: La. Reg. No. 27; No. 1964; page [blank].

5. Daniel E. Woodward, Corp., Co. I, 16th Reg’t NH; complaint: Chronic Diarrhea fol Typhoid Fever; Admitted May 19, 1963 to U.S.A. Conval Gen’l Hosp. (Barracks,), Baton Rouge, La.; Ret’d to duty July 19, 1863; Source: La. Reg. No. 128, Hos. No. 17, page 44

6. D.E. Woodward, Pvt. Co. I, 16 Reg’t NH Infantry; Complaint, Febris; Admitted: Jan 28, 1863 to Regimental Hospital 16 New Hampshire Infantry; Sent to G.H. Feb 6, 1863; Source: NH Regt’l Reg. No. 123; Hos. No. [blank], page 7

7. T.N. Woodward, Pt, Co. I, 16 Reg’t NH Vol; Complaint: Febris Typhoid; Admitted June 14th, 1862 to St. James U.S.A. Gen’l Hosp., New Orleans, La.; Disch’d from service, Aug 1st, 1863; Remarks: By reason of expiration of terms of service; Ward 4; Source: La. Reg. No.  10; Hos. No. 6082; page [blank]

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[1] Union Pension of Daniel R. Woodward, file #NC-711-973, Record Group 15, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

[2] Woodward, 16th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Carded Medical Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the Mexican and Civil Wars, 1846 – 1865; entry 534, Record Group 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, National Archives, Washington, D.C.



Old Man’s Draft Images Posted

May 23rd, 2011

The first peacetime selective service draft in the United States was established in October 1940 by President Roosevelt. All men between the ages of 18 and 45 were required to register.

When the U.S. entered World War II, a new selective service act was passed requiring all men between ages of 18 and 65. The “Fourth Registration,” conducted on 27 April is commonly called the “Old Man’s Draft.” Men who were born between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 (ages 45 to 64 years of age) were required to register if they were not already serving in the military.

Unfortunately all of the registration cards for the “Fourth Registration” have not survived. Those for the Southeastern United States have been destroyed. For other regions of the United States many have survived and are generally located in the National Archives regional facility servicing a particular state. Fortunately, many of the cards have been microfilmed.

The following images were scanned from microfilm at the National Archives at Washington.

  • Delaware, National Archives micropublictaion M1936, reel 10
  • Maryland, National Archives micropublication M1939, reel 65
  • Massachusetts, National Archives micropublictaion M2090, reel 164
  • New Hampshire, National Archives micropublication M1963 reel 19


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Tombstone Tuesday: Perkins – Woodward Tombstone

February 22nd, 2011

Perkins - Woodward Tombstone

I always feel so wonderful when I find that some of my ancestors were buried in cemeteries that actually have an office and records!  So many cemeteries do not. None-the-less, we still need to be mindful of errors and possible misconceptions. Let’s, look at a tombstone and related records in Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire.

The tombstone indicates that my Dad was born in 1914. That date is in error. When Mom had the inscription done for Oscar H. Woodward, Jr., she relied on her knowledge that my father was three years younger. Well, that is almost true… She was born 31 Dec 1917 and he was born 1 Jan 1915…for general purposes the difference in age was three years, but for accuracy, Dad was two years and 363 days older than Mom.

The cemetery record indicates that Dad was buried in 1 August 1990. You’ll note that the tombstone indicates that he died in 1965. That’s odd isn’t it!  Well not if we we look at his death certificate. The death record shows that Dad died on 4 June 1965 and was cremated on 8 June 1965 in Springfield, Massachusetts. In fact, his cremains were held in Sprinfield at the Crematory until Mom decided to have him interred in the Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord.

Genealogists and family historians need to look beyond the tombstone record and even the cemetery record (if there is one) to get a clearer picture of an event.

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Wordless Wednesday: Oscar H. Woodward Jr.

February 16th, 2011

Oscar H. Woodward Jr.

Oscar H. Woodward Jr. hard at work at the kitchen table written the Walpole [NH} column for the Brattleboro Reporter. about 1954.

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Wordless Wednesday: Oscar H. Woodward Jr.

February 9th, 2011

Back in the Day!

About 1922

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Wordless Wednesday: Residence of O H Woodward

January 26th, 2011

My grandparents, Oscar H.  and Sara (Waddell) Woodward moved from East Concord, New Hampshire, to Loudon Village 1938 or 1939 (Oscar H. Was listed in the Concord City Directory in 1937). They lived in a large home on Main Street. I shot this image of the house in August 1993.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Flossie Maud Woodward

January 25th, 2011

Flossie Maud Woodward was born 28 June 1877 daughter of Daniel R. Woodward and Laura (Davis) Woodward. She died on 21 December 1893 at the age of sixteen. Flossie is buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire. The photograph of her tombstone was taken by Kay Mahoney of Laconia, NH, in 2001.

A newspaper clipping [probably from the Franklin Journal Transcript a little after the 21st of December 1893] contains a short obituary which reads:

“Flossie, daughter of Daniel R. Woodward, died on Thursday after a long illness of typhoid fever. She was born June 28, 1877. She was a favorite among all who knew her and her loss will be deeply mourned. Mr. Woodward and his family have the sympathy of a large number of friends in their affliction. The funeral services were held at her late home, Sunday afternoon, Rev. L.W. Phillips, pastor of the Christian church, officiating and the singing was by a quartette from the Christian Endeavor society. Beautiful flowers were contributed by Flossie’s friends in the needle shop, by the members of her Sunday school class, and by the Sons of Temperance. Although it was deemed best to have the funeral private in a measure, representatives were present from three organizations.”

Sunday’s Obituary: Daniel R. Woodward

January 23rd, 2011

Daniel Russell Woodward was my great grandfather. His grandson, Douglas R. Woodward gave me a copy of a clipping of Daniel’s obituary. Since Daniel’s tombstone and U.S. Pension record indicate that he died 10 January 1910, in Franklin, New Hampshire, it is very likely that this un-identified newspaper clipping is dated 13 January 1910 […y 13, 1910 at top of column] and I suspect that the newspaper is the Franklin Journal Transcript.

“Daniel R. Woodward, a well known citizen of Franklin, for many years in charge of the Cummings Brothers’ marble works in this city and a prominent member of the Grand Army, passed away at his home, 116 South Main street last Thursday afternoon at the age of 76 years, eight months and 27 days. His death was due to a shock, sustained four weeks before. Mr. Woodward was born in Salisbury, April 10, 1833, the son of Daniel S. and Dorcas (Adams) Woodward. His father was a stone mason.

Mr. Woodward was a direct descendant of Hannah Dustin and also of John Quincy Adams. He was married Jan. 30, 1854, to Laura Davis of this city. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary six years ago.

Mr. Woodward came here from Penacook and had been a resident of Franklin for 58 years. He was an expert marble and granite worker and for over 50 years had worked for Cummings Bros. being in charge of the local branch of their business. He was for several years town clerk of Franklin. He was an excellent penman and for several winters taught a writing school. He was a charter member of the George F. Sweatt Post, No. 38, G. A. R., and twice served the Post as commander. For years he was adjutant of the Post. He was a member of Merrimack Lodge, No. 28, I. O. O. F., and had been through the chairs, and also secretary for 25 terms. He also belonged to Webster Encampment and had been scribe of the lodge.

Mr. Woodward is survived by his wife and sever children, Mrs. F. P. Rowe of North Boscawen, Frank D. Woodward of Amesbury, Mass., Mrs. C. E. Brodeur of Fresno, Cal., Wellington R. Woodward of Amesbury, Mass., Mrs. Grace G. Fowler of Franklin, Miss Agnes M. Woodward of Franklin, and Oscar H. Woodward of Franklin. He also leaves two brothers and three sisters, Mrs. Hannah Dickerson and Frank P. Woodward of Hill, Stephen Woodward and Mrs. Dorcas Clark of Franklin, and Mrs. Diana Roberts of Northfield Depot.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Christian church. Prayers were said at the house by Rev. George L. Michelson, pastor of the church. The funeral was attended by Odd Fellows and Grand Army men in a body. The services were conducted by Rev. L. W. Phillips. Singing was rendered by Miss Grace Stevens and Miss Bessie C. Rowell [.] J. B. Tuttle, Jacob B. Dole, William O. Daniels and George A. Harmon of George F. Sweatt Post acted as guard of honor. The bearers were Cyrus R. Adams, H. A. Currier, Dr. M. E. Sargent and J. B. Hale from the Old Fellows. The remains were place in the tomb at the Franklin Cemetery.

Among those present at the funeral services from out of town were Miss Edith L. Rowe of Laconia, Fred Rowe of Woodsville, Miss Bessie Waddell of Boston, Milan Cummings, Arthur G. Young and Mr. Colby of Concord, Mrs. Hannah Dickerson, Filmore Dickerson, Mr. and Mr. Frank R. Woodward of Hill, Mrs. Diana Roberts of Northfield Depot, Levi Fisher of Boscawen, Frank D. Woodward and Wellington R. Woodward of Amesbury, Mass., Winnifred B. Drake of Potter Place, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rego of Tilton.

The floral tributes included the following: Pinks, George G. Fowler; wreath, Cummings Bros., Concord; Chyacinths and pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Woodward and Miss Linnie Woodward; pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Woodward; pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Judkins; pinks, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Bartlett; beiotropes, Mrs. James Grayshan and Mrs. Alfred Thompson; pinks, Miss Bessie Waddell; pillow, “Husband and Father,” family; narcissus and pinks, Miss Edith Rowe; pinks, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Judkins, Bernice and Ervin Judkins; wreath, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Woodward.”

It is interesting to note that the second paragraph states, “Mr. Woodward was a direct descendant of Hannah Dustin and also of John Quincy Adams…” I’ve never found any evidence that we are related to Hannah Dustin or John Quincy Adams, but then, I’ve never spent a lot of time investigating the family tradition.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Franklin, NH

January 18th, 2011

1892 map showing a portion of Franklin, NH.

Around 1986, I went back to New Hampshire to visit family and cemeteries. Alas, the cemetery findings are very poorly documented. Although I carefully noted directions for the cemetery, I did not record a detailed description of where the tombstone was located within the cemetery.

The map to the left is the portion of the town of Franklin illustrating where the cemetery is located. Note the large plot between the Pemigewasset and Winnipiseogee Rivers owned by the Franklin Cemetery Association [Scanned from the book, The Old Maps of Merrimack County, N.H. in 1892: The Old Roads Every House and Family, Detail Maps of Villages and Neighborhoods (Frysburg, Maine: Saco Valley Printing, 1981), p. 20].

General View of the Daniel S. Woodward tombstone

General View of the Daniel S. Woodward tombstone

The First four photographs below are of one tombstone indicating a number of family members buried within the plot. Daniel S. Woodward and both of his wives, Dorcus (Adams) Woodward and Lucy (Spalding) Woodward; his mother, Bashabee (Stephens) Woodward; and his daughters, Perlena Woodward and Elizabeth Woodward wife of John Pollard.

Tombstone of Alvin A. Woodward

The last two photographs are tombstones marking the burial of two more of Daniel’s children, Alvin A. Woodward, and Dorcas (Woodward) Clark.

Tombstone of Dorcas Clark

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Old Man’s Draft: New Hampshire

November 16th, 2010

Just over fifty men with the surname Woodward or Woodard registered for the Old Man’s Draft for World War II in New Hampshire in April 1942. While working at the National Archives in Washington in July 2007, I had the opportunity to view microfilm of those serving from New Hampshire. I was hoping to find the registration card of my grandfather, Oscar H. Woodward, Sr. – BINGO!
While reading the film, I constructed an index to other New Hampshire Woodwards who registered.
Source: Fourth Registration, NH, Box 50, Registration Date 26 or 27 April 1942, RG 147 Selective Service System, National Archives microfilm series M1963, reel 19.

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