Final Statements, 1862-1899

Records: 12,255 · Complete: 100%

The final statement was issued when a soldier died while in service and discharged by "reason of death." A copy was forwarded to the Adjutant General's Office. A document lists personal information, including cause, place and date of death; and often a physical description, birth place, and next of kin. Also included are often an inventory of possessions at time of death, heir's receipts for effects, paymaster's receipts for money owed, and forms for effects and pay when no heirs are stated.

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Fold3, (/title/749/ :accessed August 14, 2020), database and images,

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Total Records
Records: 12,255 · Complete: 100%
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Published on Fold3
October 25, 2010
Last Updated
October 12, 2011
Final statements of deceased soldiers of the U.S. Infantry during and after the Civil War. Digitized from NARA textual records.