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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.



Military Monday: VA Headstones, 1941–1949

May 30th, 2011


John M. Woodward

National Archives micropubliation M2113 holds applications for military headstone fro 1941–1949. Microfilm images for Woodards (reel 273) and Woodwards (reel 274) were scanned at the National Archives in Washington in March 2011. The images are now available Online at the Woodwards WeSearch website.

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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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Military Monday: WWII, Old Man’s Draft, Texas

February 28th, 2011

Records of the Selective Service System, 1940–47 (Record Group 147) include the fourth draft registration. The “Old Man” or fourth registration was created by the Act of 1940 and included men born between April 1877 and February 1897. The fourth registration took place in 1942.

The Selective Service System turned the records over to respective National Archives regional facilities but with mixed signals—these are a permanent annexation or these are not a permanent collection. Consequently at least one regional facility—NARA-Southeast— destroyed the records. From the author’s personal experience the Old Man WW II draft cards are available at the regional archives in Texas and Seattle. Other regions have have microfilmed their collections


Information on the draft card includes:

  • Name
  • Place of Residence
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone Number & Exchange
  • Age in Years
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth
  • Name & Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address
  • Employer’s Name and Address
  • Place of Employment or Business
  • Signature of registrant
  • Description (height, weight, completion, color of eyes and hair, and any physical characteristics that will aid in identification
  • Signature of Registrar
  • Address of Local Board
  • Local Board number

What follows is an index to the “Old Men” who registered in Texas with the surname Woodward or Woodwards. Source: WW II Fourth Draft, Selective Service System, 1940–47 (RG 147), National Archives-Southwest Region, Forth Worth, Texas.

Only the name;  residence;  and birth date have been abstracted for this index.

Albert E. Woodward; Hse #115 Huber Camp Borger, Hutchinson Co., Texas; 12 Feb 1888

Alma Monger  Woodward; Rt. # Temple, Bell Co., Texas; 11 Apr 1896

Alva Coan Woodward; 1/2 mile S.W. Lamesa, Dawson Co., Texas; 14 Nov 1896

Anson Hudson Woodward; 1214 W. Broad, Freeport, Brazoria Co., Texas; 15 Nov 1882

Arthur Herman Woodward; 200 East Chandler St., Brownwood, Brown Co., Texas; 3 Nov 1894

Batt Carr Woodward; 2413 Denley Dr., Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas; 19 Feb 1891

Ben Benson Woodward; 2111 N. 5th, Waco, McLennan Co., Texas; 20 Sep 1887

Benjamin J. Woodward; Rt. 1, Cedar Valley, Texas; 6 Mar 1880

Bradford King Woodward; Gen. Del., Hallettsville, Lavaca Co., Texas; 16 Jan 1889

Carroll Wayne Woodward; 430 Cheyenne St., Copus Christi, Nuecis? Co., Texas; 1889

Cecil Roy Woodward; Obrien, Haskell Co., Taxas; 20 Jun 1892

Charles Joseph Woodward; Greentree Hotel, San Anotonio, Begar Co., Texas; 30 Oct 1894

Charles Lampton Woodward; Hico, Hamilton Co., Texas; 4 Apr 1887

Chester B. Woodward; Navasota, Grimes Co., Texas; 29 Sep 1883

Christopher Columbus Woodward; 822 Essex, San Antonio, Begar Co., Texas; 15 Mar 1886

Cicero Smith Woodward; Home for Aged Masons, Arlington, Tarrant Co., Texas; 28 May 1894

Clarnece Stephen Woodward; Box 233, Knox City, Knox Co., Texas; 11 Feb 1890

Clyde Chilton Woodward; 1000 Live Oak St., Marlin, Falls Co., Texas; 9 Jul 1891

Clyde Joseph Woodward; 29 Haywoard, Naco-doches, Nacogdoches Co., Texas; 9 Jun 1888

David Edwin Woodward; Box 582, Colorado City, Mitchell Co., Texas; 20 Jul 1893

David Isham Woodward; La Tuna, Elpaso Co., Texas; 30 Jul 1895

Dixie Woodward; 1706 S. St. Paul St., Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas; 6 Dec 1886

Dudley Kezer Woodward; 4315 Glenwood, Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas; 19 Jul 1881

Eben Gould Woodward; Lockney, Floyd Co., Texas; 7 Oct 1883

Edgar Eugene Woodward; 618 Olive St., Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas; 22 Nov 1889

Edward Jackson Woodward; 1216 Austin Ave., Brownwood, Brown Co., Texas; 1 Dec 1889

Edwin Woodward; Pearsall, Frio Co., Texas; 6 Feb 1883

Elmer Blair Woodward; 1417 S. Sixteenth St., Corpus Christi, Nueces Co., Texas; 7 Apr 1887

Emerson Francis Woodward; 1605 Heights Blvd., Houston, Harris Co., Texas; 23 Febg 1879

Emmette Jackson Woodward; Nederland, Jefferson Co., Texas; 28 Sep 1890

Enos Paul Woodward; 1615 Buchanan, Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., Texas; 3 Jun 1891

Ernest E. Woodward; Flomot, Motley Co., Texas; 7 Sep 1893

Ethridge Woodward; 416 Oriental Road, Waco, McLennan Co., Texas; 15 Oct 1888

Felix Clyde Woodward; 630 – 4th St., Texas City, Gaveston Co., Texas; 16 Jul 1896

Fonnie  Woodward; Ranch 56 Mi. North Sanderson, Pecos Co., Texas; 22 Apr 1893

Fordyce Clay Woodward; Santa Anna, Coleman Co., Texas; 23 Jan 1885

Frank Marion Woodward; 420 Sunset Ave., Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas; 11 Sep 1885

Fred (tye) Woodward; Garwood, Colorado Co., Texas; 1887

Garland A. Woodward; 1922 Banks St., Houston, Harris Co., Texas; 6 Aug 1891

George Edward Washington Woodward; Eagleford Rd., Weisenberger Add., Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas; 3 Jan 1877

George Franklin Woodward; Route 4, Kemp, Kaufman Co., Texas; 15 Feb 1887

George Washington Woodward; Calliham, McMullen Co., Texas; 16 Apr 1887

George Washington Woodward; Devers, Liberty Co., Texas; 14 Dec 1879

George William Woodward; 347 Gulf St., San Antonio, Texas; 15 Oct 1890

Grover Woodward; 316 Sherman, Waco, McLennan Co., Texas; 18 Sep 1886

Hardy Leroy Woodward; Route 4, Box 278, Waco, McLennan Co., Texas; 22 Nov 1895

Harvey James Woodward; 305 E. Champion St., Edinburg, Hidalgo Co., Texas; 25 Aug 1886

Henry Ciscle Lee Woodward; Woodson, Throckmorton Co., Texas; 18 Oct 1877

Horace Eugene Woodward; Rt. 1, Shallowater, Lubbock, Texas; 30 Jun 1884

Ivy Lee Woodward; Rt. 2, Chandler, Henderson Co., Texas; 24 Jan 1897

J David Woodward; Crockett, Houston Co., Texas; 9 Mar 1882

Jacob Clinton Woodward; 61st Ave S 1/2, Galveston, Galveston Co., Texas; 29 Sep 1891

James Basil Woodward; 1208 South Walters, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas; 23 Dec 1894

James Carter Woodward; E. Ave. C, Robstown, Nueces Co., Texas; 28 Sep 1893

James Clifford Woodward; 726 W. Russell, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas; 24 Sep 1891

James Taylor Woodward; Transient; 20 Apr 1885

James William Woodward; 802 Ave. L., Lubbock, Texas; 14 Feb 1882

Jesse Harper Woodward; 408 SW 4th St., Perryton, Ochiltree Co., Texas; 20 Sep 1889

Jessie L. Woodward; Mt. Enterprise, Box 53, Rusk Co., Texas; 25 Oct 1892

John Clifton Woodward; Rt. 2, Tyler, Smith Co., Texas; 4 Jun 1891

John D. (ini) Woodward; Menard, Menard Co., Texas; 11 Jun 1879

John Floyd Woodward; Box 213, Jacksboro, Jack Co., Texas; 25 Oct 1885

John Kars Woodward; Milford, Ellis Co., Texas; 18 Jul 1880

John Luther Woodward (Sr.); Stuart Place, Harlingen, Cameron Co., Texas; 6 Jan 1880

John Marcus Woodward; 1541 Ashland St., Houston, Harris Co., Texas; 27 Nov 1882

John Paul Woodward; 805 Oakland, Plainview, Hale Co., Texas; 22 Dec 1894

John Roland Woodward; 119 Beckleywood, Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas; 18 Aug 1887

Joseph Henry Woodward ; Fentress, Caldwell Co., Texas; 13 May 1888

Joseph Walker Woodward; 1221 W. Elm, Tyler, Smith Co., Texas; 18 Aug 1877

Lewis Oliver Woodward; 2229 Waco, San Angelo, Tom Green Co., Texas; 20 Jan 1896

Linton Stevens Woodward; 1208 S. Walters St., San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas; 24 Jun 1888

Lon Logan Woodward; Route #2, Belton, Bell Co., Texas; 13 Jan 1882

Louis Woodward; Brazoria, Texas; 12 Jan 1891

Lycan Parks Woodward; 621 Micheaux Ave., Palestine, Anderson Co., Texas; 21 May 1895

Marion Alexander Woodward; Hemphill, Sabine Co., Texas; 3 Mar 1894

O.T. Woodward; Brownsboro, Henderson Co., Texas; 2 Jul 1895

Oscar Edwin Woodward; Carriham, McMullen Co., Texas; 6 Feb 1882

Oscar Leander Woodward; Eldorado, Schleicher Co., Texas; 18 Sep 1892

Phillip Woodward; 928 Iowa St., San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas; 20 Jul 1893

Preston Edgar Woodward; Rt. 3, Waco, McLennan Co., Texas; 27 Nov 1892

Ralph Waldo Woodward; Danbury, Braporia Co., Texas; 23 Mar 1880

Ray Dean Woodward; Rt. #1, Hallettsville, Lavaca Co., Texas; 14 Nov 1883

Richard Erle Woodward; O’Brien, Haskell Co., Texas; 6 Feb 1894

Robert Augustus Woodward; 3216 Ayers, Corpus Christi, Nueces Co., Texas; 27 Oct 1887

Roy Woodward; Pearsall, Frio Co., Texas; 12 Nov 1884

Samuel Claud Woodward; 1 mi N from Emberson, Lamar Co., Texas; 31 Mar 1881

Samuel Joseph Woodward; 127 E. White Ave., San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas; 29 Jul 1890

Sidney Vernon Woodward; Rt. 1, Tahoka, Lynn Co., Texas; 11 Oct 1889

Thomas Woodwards; 6022 Schuler, Houston, Harris Co., Texas; 29 Sep 1888

Thomas Oscar Woodward; 1902 Leopand, Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas; 8 Feb 1884

Tom Woodward; 3 mi. w. Plainview, Hale Co., Texas; 9 Jul 1896

Tom B. Woodward; Camden, Polk Co., Texas; 24 Dec 1878

Tom Julious Woodward; 3115 Clinton, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas; 18 Oct 1881

Tomas Bengaman Woodward; Globe, Lamar, Texas; 1 Jan 1881

Valin Ridge Woodward; 400 East 1st Street, Arlington, Tarrant Co., Texas; 12 Feb 1890

Walker Harrison Woodward; 310 N. Palmer, Tyler, Smith Co., Texas; 1 Jul 1896

William Woodward; 536 Chapultepec Ave., Mexico, D.F.; 2 Apr 1886

William Ashley Woodward ; Adkins, Bexar Co., Texas; 15 May 1878

William Harvey Woodward; 800 1/2 Bellview St., Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas; 24 Apr 1890

William Henry Woodward ; 1931 W. Huisache, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas; 14 Feb 1888

William Jebb Woodward; Streeter, Mason Co., Texas; 13 May 1877

William Lee Woodward; O’Brien, Haskell Co., Texas; 8 Nov 1895

William Rentz Woodward; 2421 McKenzie, Waco, McLennan Co., Texas; 12 Apr 1890

William Walker Woodward; E. 3rd Ave. & 8th St., Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Texas; 6 Jan 1879

William Whitton Woodward; Jarrell, Williamson Co., Texas; 26 Jan 1886

William Zane Woodward; 8141 Ithaca St., Houston, Harris Co., Texas; 5 Mar 1890

Zelmer David Woodward; 822 Delmar Ave., San Antonio, Bexar, Texas; 15 Jan 1896

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Unexpected Surname Spelling

December 18th, 2010

Daniel R. Woodward, a stonecutter, residing in and about Franklin, New Hampshire, served with Company E of the 16th New Hampshire Regiment during the Civil War. When he had received a pension from the federal government for his service and when he died, his widow applied. [1] In order to prove her marriage she sent the pension department a marriage record from the state of New Hampshire. The document states that Sereno Howe, Clergyman, married the couple in Lowell, Massachusetts. Upon close inspection of this document located within the pension file it is noted that the record was provided by the city clerk of Franklin, New Hampshire, Frank H. Daniell, and is dated 19 October 1910. The pension department accepted the record as proof of the marriage of Daniel S. Woodward and Laura Davis.

Family tradition indicated that Laura was a “Mill Girl” in Lowell when the couple was married. Since the delayed marriage record from NH supported the place of the marriage, I needed to get as close to the original marriage record as possible. For years I looked for the marriage of Daniel and Laura in Lowell. Because the surname of Davis is so much more common than Woodward, my searches always concentrated on Woodward (including a wide variety of spelling variations)-I ignored the Davis surname. My searches were conducted in microfilm of marriages records at the Family History Library, and indexes to marriages at the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records in Boston. When the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) began making many of their databases searchable online about 2003, I conducted online searches, again concentrating on the Woodward surname.

There comes a time when we need to revisit our research plan. After numerous unsuccessful searches over a considerably long period time, I needed to revise the plan. In order to “save” time I had concentrated on a search for Woodward – Boy, was I wrong! The research plan was obviously flawed. I had not saved time and I had not found my answers.

Time to search for the marriage of a Laura Davis in Lowell. Members of NEHGS have the privilege of searching a vast number of online databases from the comfort of their homes. Searching for Laura Davis under vital records produced 273 results. And at long last, success! Images in the “Massachusetts vital Records, 1841-1910,” Marriages registered in the City of Lowell for the year 1854 (page 88)[2] provides the following: Reference #36; 30 January 1854; Groom: Daniel R. Woodbury, age 21, born in Northfield, NH, son of  Danl S. & Dorcas Woodbury; Bride: Laura Davis, age 18, born in Franklin, N.H., daughter of Lewis and Nancy Davis;  both of Lowell; occupation: Operative listed for Daniel and nothing listed for Laura; and 1st marriage for each. Every thing matches perfectly except for the surname Woodbury which should be Woodward. It is no wonder that all my searches for the marriage under the surname Woodward were futile. The clerk recording the information was in error (Woodbury is not a spelling variation of Woodward).

[1] Civil War Pension file of Daniel R. Woodward, file #WC-711-973; Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, RG 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

[2] Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910. (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.)

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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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4th Draft, World War II

November 15th, 2010

As time marches on, more and more records are made public. Several years ago, the records of the 4th draft (commonly called the “Old Man’s Draft”) were made available. This draft occurred on 27 April 1942 for men born between 27 April 1877 and 16 February 1897. “This draft registration was not intended to be used for military service but to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be used for national service during World War II” [Trevor K. Plante, Military Service Records at the National Archives, Reference Information Paper 109 (Washington, D.C.: NARA, 2009), 72].

Typically, the original records are in possession of the regional National Archives facilities and in many instances the draft cards have been microfilmed. When the National Archives in East Point, Georgia, acquired the records the draft cards were not classified as permanent. After some discussion and weighing of details the draft cards were destroyed due to lack of storage space.

Readers who are interested in draft registrations from the time to the Civil War (for the Union Army) will find the chapter, “Draft Records and Selective Service,” located within the Reference Information Paper 109 (Military Service Records at the National Archives) of interest. The chapter is available online at, while the entire information paper is available at

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