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Records of the DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Series Descriptions



Adjutant General



Miscellaneous Registers, Rosters and Lists,
1841-1844, 1859-1872.
(31 volumes, 4 boxes)

{series #19.46} [Holdings]

Series consists of the following subseries:

Roll books, registers and rosters of Pennsylvanians who served during the time of the Civil War.

Alphabetical Roll of Men mustered into the Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps, 1861 (1 volume). A record of men mustered into military service by the Commonwealth under the Act of May 15, 1861. Entries are arranged by regiment and company and thereunder alphabetically by surname. Among the information frequently found in these are the soldiers' names, numbers, ages, ranks, residences and previous occupations, and the places and dates mustered in. Incidental remarks regarding discharges, refusals to take the oath of United States service, promotions and the like also regularly appear.

Muster Roll Book, 1863-1865. A record of commissioned officers kept by the Adjutant General's Office. Entries normally show the officer's name and rank, date of joining, the bounty received, the date when the bounty was claimed, the commencement time, the date and place of enlistment, and the name of the person who enlisted him. The amount of pay received by the officer and particulars concerning dismissals, promotions, or the mustering-in process are also periodically noted. The volume is arranged according to regiment and thereunder by company.

The Roster of Commissioned Officers of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, is arranged alphabetically by officers' surnames. Information usually found includes the person's name, rank, company, and regiment.

Volunteer Register of Captain S. G. Simmons, United States, Mustering Officer for Three Month Troops, 1861, is arranged by company and regiment, and thereunder alphabetically by soldiers' surnames. The amount of information provided varies with each entry. While some listings only mention the person's name, rank, regiment, and company, others also indicate his age, occupation, and residence.

Volunteer Register of Men Mustered into United States Service for three years or Duration of War, 1861. A record of men joining the 26th to 29th regiments of Pennsylvania Volunteers of Philadelphia County from May 27 to July 9, 1861. The names of the soldiers are arranged alphabetically by company and regiment. Normally entries record the volunteers' names, ranks, ages, companies and regiments; the dates, and places of recruitment.

Muster Roll Book,
1863-1865.
(1 volume)

{series #19.192} [Holdings]


Grouped chronologically by regiment..

A ledger listing officers by regiment for the 180th through the 215th, as well as officers of select companies of the 49th, 61st, 67th, 74th, 77th, 78th, 83rd, 87th, 95th, 101st, 103rd, 104th, and 110th regiments. Entries normally show the officer's name and rank, date of joining, the bounty received, the date when the bounty was claimed, the commencement time, the date and place of enlistment, and the name of the person who enlisted him. The amount of pay received by the officer and particulars concerning dismissals, promotions, or the mustering-in process are also periodically noted. The volume is arranged according to regiment and thereunder by company.

Oaths of Commissioners of the Draft,
1862.
(1 folder)

{series #19.47} [Holdings]

Grouped by county.

The Oaths of the Commissioners of the Draft for 1862 are inscribed with the names of selected draft commissioners for each county, dates of the commissions, and are signed by county magistrates. The file also contains letters addressed to the governor recommending particular individuals as Commissioners of the Draft.

Order Books,
1839-1849, 1861-1868, 1885-1887, 1892, 1904-1992.
(94 cartons, 2 volumes, 3 boxes)

{series #19.48} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of issue and thereunder by order number.

A record of orders issued by the Adjutant General to the Pennsylvania National Guard and its antecedents. The series also contains annual reports to the Governor, newspaper clippings, printed circulars and bulletins, general orders, special orders, permanent orders and letter orders from a variety of headquarters.

Orders, 28th Division,
1917-1919.
(2 cartons, 1 box)

{series #19.244} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of issue and thereunder by order number.

Booklets with packets of General Orders, Special Orders, Memoranda, and Telegrams of the 28th Division in the United States and France during and after World War I.

Pass Book of the Reserve Volunteer Corps,
1861.
(1 volume)

{series #19.49} [Holdings]

Entries arranged chronologically by date the pass was issued.

This small notebook kept from June 14, 1861 to September 10, 1861 records military passes issued to men of the Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps during the first year of the Civil War. Information found includes the dates the passes were issued, an abbreviation of the ranks and the last names of the officers to whom issued, from and to where the pass granted permission to go, the number of persons covered by the pass, the number passed for special service, recruiting service, or discharges, and the reasons the passes were issued.

Paymaster's Accounts,
1861-1866.
(1 box)

{series #19.50} [Holdings]

Records are grouped by type.

A record of pay disbursed through the Office of the Adjutant General to officers and enlisted men. An abstract of payment, with entries arranged numerically by voucher number, gives names, ranks, and grades together with the dates of payments, dates of commencement and expiration of the pay period, amounts of pay, amounts of subsistence, and the total amounts paid. The series also contains records of accounts current, correspondence, estimates for funds, receipts, statements for moneys received, expenses and balances, and certificates of moneys paid. The latter certificates provide the names of the persons receiving pay, the amounts taxable, the tax rate, and the tax withheld.

Photographs of the American Expeditionary Forces, 28th Division, in France,
1918-1919.
(1 box)

{series #19.51} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Photographs taken by the Photographic Unit of the 28th Division of the American Expeditionary Force in France during the First World War. Photographs are identified by serial numbers and accompanying typed caption sheets provide some information about the subject matter. Among the subjects are scenes of damaged buildings, devastated battlefields and towns, construction details of trenches, military cemeteries, field hospitals, American and French soldiers and officers, and captured German prisoners of war.

Population Record Books of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home,
1864-1883.
(5 volumes)

{series #19.52} [Holdings]

Included are the following volumes:

Roster of Admissions, April 12, 1864-May 21, 1872. Arranged by admittance date, entries list the veterans name, age, place of birth, number, date of admittance, disease and the result of treatment. Particulars concerning the date that a patient was released or died are frequently recorded, and from time to time data about operations or amputations performed on the individual are also noted.

Descriptive List, Soldier's Home, Philadelphia, June 1, 1866-March 12, 1867.
Arranged according to the dates that the descriptive list entries were written. The House Register can be used as an index for this subseries. The listings show the veterans' names, ages, marital status, nativity, number of children if any, previous occupations, ranks, regiments, companies, and residences prior to enlistment; the places and dates of enlistment; the places where they were wounded; the places and dates of military discharge; the nature of the disabilities suffered; the amounts of pension received; and the reasons they were unable to support themselves. Additional information contained in the entries includes the dates that admissions to the home were approved, the dates and the reasons why persons were discharged from the home, the wards and bed numbers of each patient, and the names of two vouchers and their postal addresses.

House Register, Soldier's Home, Philadelphia, December 13, 1864-March 28, 1872. The entries are grouped alphabetically by patients' surnames. Data appearing includes the persons' names, wards and bed numbers, the dates of admission and discharge, and the Descriptive List page number.

Muster Roll of Pennsylvania Soldiers Admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Central Branch, Dayton, Ohio, November 12, 1880. A record of Pennsylvania soldiers admitted to the home from 1867 to 1880. Entries list the veterans' names, numbers, companies, regiments, disabilities, barracks numbers, amounts of pension received per month, and the dates of death or discharge from the home. The muster roll is arranged alphabetically by soldiers' surnames.

Record of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Spanish-American War,
1898.
(1 microfilm roll)

{series #19.257} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by unit and thereunder alphabetically by surname of soldier or sailor.

The record contains the names of all soldiers and sailors from Pennsylvania who served in the Spanish-American War, as shown by the Muster-In and Muster-Out Rolls. This is the second edition of a publication compiled by Thomas J. Stewart, Adjutant General of Pennsylvania. Many of the lists of service members are prefaced by a brief narrative history of the infantry regiment, cavalry troop, or naval militia. Enlistee information includes name, rank, company, residence, enrollment date, muster-in date, and muster-out date. Also includes a List of Abbreviations, various Lists of Officers and Men from the State of Pennsylvania, and an Index.

Record Book of Additional Bounty, Arrears of Pay and Bounty, Certificates Returned for Collection, and Pensions,
1867-1870.
(1 volume)

{series #19.53} [Holdings]

Indexed alphabetically by surname of soldier.

Entries usually indicate the soldier's name, rank, company, and regiment; the date and place of death; the claim number; the date of the certificate and of filing; the monetary amount received; and the applicant's name, postal address, and relationship to the soldier. Remarks which record the reason why a claim was rejected, such as that a soldier was drafted or was a substitute for instance, also appear.

Record Book of Hospital Stores and Regimental Flags,
[ca. 1862-1864].
(1 volume)

{series #19.54} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date hospital stores were received.

A record of receipts and shipments of hospital stores received through private contributions from August 8, 1862 - August 3, 1864 to aid Pennsylvanians held as prisoners of war. Entries provide the dates the hospital stores were received, the names and residences of the donors, a brief description of the type and quantity of the stores, the site where received, and the dates and locations where the stores were shipped (generally relief organizations in Washington, DC or Baltimore). Also found is a record of regimental flags with covers turned over to the state in 1866.

Record Book of Regimental Staff and Company Officers, Pennsylvania Volunteers,
1861-1863.
(1 volume)

{series #19.55} [Holdings]

Entries arranged by regiment.

A record of the staff and company officers for each regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Information provided includes the names of the colonels, lieutenant colonels, and majors commanding each regiment and the names of any regimental staff officers including the adjutant, quartermasters, surgeons, chaplains, assistant surgeons, sergeant majors, quartermaster sergeants, and commissary sergeants. Also found are the names of captains, senior first lieutenants, junior first lieutenants, and second lieutenants for each company. Notations at the bottom of the forms sometimes provide information on arms and supplies furnished, promotions or new staff assignments, and a description of movements of the regiments through Maryland and Virginia. Includes a loose manuscript entitled "Organization of the Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps."

Record Books of Claims of Arrears for Pay and Bounty,
1864-1869.
(4 volumes)

{series #19.56} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by dates claims were received.

A record of claims of arrears and bounty due to Pennsylvania Volunteers who fought and died in combat during the Civil War. Entries generally show soldiers' names, ranks, companies, and regiments; the dates and places of death; the claim numbers; the dates of the certificates and of filing; the monetary amount received; and the applicants' names, postal addresses and relationship to the soldier. Remarks which record why a claim was rejected, for example, because a soldier was drafted or was a substitute, also appear.

Records of Adjutant General Thomas R. White,
1955-1968.
(1 carton, 1 box)

{series #19.57} [Holdings]

Grouped by topic and thereunder chronologically.

The Records of Adjutant General Thomas White contain a great variety of daily correspondence, newspaper clippings, and reports concerning such diverse topics as the Pennsylvania Aeronautics Board and the expansion of the Harrisburg State Airport, legislation to exempt aviation fuel from highway taxes, and Secretary of State
Robert MacNamara's plan for reorganizing the National Guard. Included are records of the Pennsylvania Aeronautics Commission for 1955 and 1962, Harrisburg International Airport and Olmstead Air Force Base for 1956-1958, York Airport for 1955-1957, Black 70 Shannon Airport (sic) for 1956-1959, the Federal Airport Program, Aviation Fuel Tax Receipts, the Pennsylvania Military Code of Justice for 1964-1967, reorganization and realignment files for 1963-1968, files on United States Air Force Reserve Units requesting integration into the National Guard in 1965, and Individual Flight Records of Army Aviators (DA Form 759s) for 1963-1965.

Records of Applications for Military Positions, Vacancies, Appointments, Resignations, and Commissions Issued,
1861-1865.
(7 volumes, 4 boxes)

{series #19.58} [Holdings]

Grouped by corps, and arranged thereunder alphabetically by date of application.

A record of resignations and applications filed with the Office of the Adjutant General to fill vacancies in military positions, appointments, and commissions. Information usually found on the lists includes the individuals' names, ranks, companies and regiments. Remarks about whether a soldier was mustered out, resigned, or died are regularly recorded. At times the individuals' counties of residence are also given.

Records of Drafted Men and Substitutes, Including County and Township Draft Lists, Muster and Descriptive Rolls, and Lists of Deserters and Conscientious Objectors,
[ca. 1862, 1864-1865].
(7 boxes)

{series #19.59} [Holdings]

Arranged by county and thereunder sequentially by date of entry.

Reports of draft commissioners giving number drafted, number of substitutes, number exempted, number never reported, number volunteered in lieu of draft, number deserted, aggregate number drafted, etc. by township. Boxes 6 and 7 contain forms recording names of draftees and substitutes completed by the Provost Marshall's Office, 1864-1865. Includes draft lists for Adams, Bedford, Chester, Clarion, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Greene, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Tioga, Venango, Washington, and York counties for 1862. The militia draft for Philadelphia City gives the names, numbers, ages, occupations and residences (street, city ward, precinct) for drafted individuals.

Records of the Reserve Brigade of the First Division of the Pennsylvania Militia During the Schuylkill County Riots,
1862.
(1 folder)

{series #19.60} [Holdings]

Entries are arranged by rank or grade.

Included in these records is a certified copy of the act approved on May 6, 1864 to pay troops of the Reserve Brigade of the 1st Division of the Pennsylvania Militia who quelled draft riots in Schyulkill County during May of 1862. Also found is a complete list of the names of the officers who served and the amount of pay each received, as well as a detailed record of the compensation disbursed to each enlisted man according to his rank or grade.

Records of the State Arsenal,
1861-1873, 1883-1906.
(6 volumes, 4 folders)

{series #19.61} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Records of the issue of arms from the state arsenal as well as an inventory of ordnance stores in 1863, and arms and ammunition reports. In addition, the Time Books provide a record of the days and hours each employee was present each month, the amount of pay per day, and the balances paid to each employee. The Payroll of the State Arsenal provides a record of additional amounts of pay provided for miscellaneous work performed beyond the regular pay accrued.

Register of Applications for Pensions,
[ca. 1864-1868].
(1 volume)

{series #19.62} [Holdings]

Indexed by first letter of surname.

Ledger recording over 1,000 applicants for Civil War pensions between 1864 and 1868. Each entry provides the name of the applicant, name of the soldier, rank, company, and regiments, the date when and place where wounded or killed, the relationship of the applicant to the soldier, the postal addresses of the applicant, and the date that the certificate was filed. Remarks appear that indicate the dates on which payments were to commence.

Register of Militia and Volunteers,
1841-1844.
(1 volume)

{series #19.63} [Holdings]

Grouped by regiments and companies.

Registers of Pennsylvania Militia and Volunteer Officers who served under Adjutant General Adam Diller during the Mexican War. Listed by division and brigade, the volunteer companies and officers are grouped by regiments and companies. Most are identified only with their rank and name, though counties and post offices are given for some. The number of companies are listed for each regiment. Also found are returns for re-numbering regiments under a general order dated June 11, 1844.

Register of Sick and Wounded Soldiers,
[ca. 1861-1865].
(1 volume)

{series #19.64} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier.

Ledger providing a record of sick and wounded soldiers in Pennsylvania during 1862. Entries usually list the soldiers' names, residences, companies and regiments; terms of service; places and names of persons mustering them in; the diseases or impairments suffered; and the hospital administering treatment. Written remarks regarding promotions, desertions, deaths, and discharges are also frequently found as well.

Registers of Pennsylvania Volunteers,
1861-1865.
(16 volumes)

{series #19.65} [Holdings] [Images]

Arranged by rank, and then alphabetically by surname.

A record of Pennsylvania Volunteers who served during the Civil War. Information normally recorded includes the soldier's name, age, rank, regiment and company; the term of his service; and the date, place, and name of the person who mustered in and enrolled him. Written remarks regarding the promotion, desertion, death, or discharge of the volunteer are frequently entered as well.

Registers of Visitors at the Depository of State Battle Flags,
1876-1893.
(5 volumes)

{series #19.66} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of visit.

Provides the names, dates, and places of residence in their own handwriting by visitors to the Depository of State Battle Flags between 1876 and 1893.

Report on the History of the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation,
1939.
(1 volume)

{series #19.241} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically and thereunder by topic.

A report by Brigadier General Edward Martin, Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, consisting of a brief history of the development of Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa., from 1931-1938. The report was submitted to the Military Reservation Commission and is augmented by tables showing numbers of troops employed, land purchases, and construction costs.

Report of the Total Strength of the Ninety Day Militia,
1863.
(1 folder)

{series #19.67} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by regiment.

Report covering each regiment giving the names of the commanding officers and the communities from which each regiment was organized in response to the Governor's Proclamation of June 26, 1863 to defend the Commonwealth against invasion. There is also a list of unattached companies. The total strength was 23,907 enlisted men and 1,135 officers.

Requisition and Army Record Book,
1840-1844.
(1 volume)

{series #19.68} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Indexed by brigade and division.

A record of the arms, military stores, and armories of Pennsylvania brigades who served during the Mexican War. Entries identify the name of the commanding officer, the number and kind of arms, and the township in which each armory was located. This information is referenced by page number to the list of arms and militia stores disbursed to each company. The individual companies are listed by their name along with the date of issue and a breakdown of items issued as follows: field pieces (6" or 4" pounders in either brass or iron), harnesses, muskets, bayonets, cartridge boxes, bayonet scabbards and belts, rifles, powder horns, pouches, pistols, holsters, cavalry swords and belts, artillery swords, carbines, tents and magazines, knapsacks, haversacks, colours, drums, fifes, bugles, "cooper discipline," company armory, camp kettles, and waist belts. Marginal notations sometimes describe the condition of the arms or record other comments.

Requisition Papers,
1850-1852, 1857-1861.
(1 box)

{series #19.69} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of requisition.

Original requisition order forms recording requests for ordnance, cavalry arms, infantry arms, and light infantry or rifle arms. In addition to identifying the items requisitioned, information found includes the name of the officer to whom the requisition was directed together with his brigade, division and company and the town, and county to which the supplies were to be sent. Occasional handwritten requests for other types of supplies are scattered through the files. The folder covering the year 1861 contains a large number of handwritten requisitions for clothing together with the names of the captains to which it was sent.

Salary Ledger,
1824-1843.
(1 volume)

{series #19.70} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by salary date.

Indexed by surname of brigade inspectors.

A record of the amounts of annual salaries paid to brigade inspectors for their service in the Pennsylvania Militia. The entries provide both the dates when the salaries were due as well as the periods covered.

Sales Agreements,
1861-1862.
(1 folder)

{series #19.71} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Articles of agreement between Adjutant General Edward M. Biddle and various private merchants for the purchase of clothing, supplies, conversion of muskets, and the National Colors (flags) for the United States Infantry. Also included among the entries are charges for services such as packaging and transportation.

Samples of Canvas, Uniforms and Hammocks,
undated
(1 folder)

{series #19.72} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Samples of several pieces of wool, linen, canvas, and muslin along with accompanying letters from contractors that were sent for inspection to Quartermaster General R. C. Hale. The contractors' letters quote prices for uniforms.

Selective Service Regulations, Circular Letters and Bulletins,
1917-1919.
(1 carton)

{series #19.73} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Among the items in the series are three bound volumes containing circular letters, bulletins, and samples of various selective service forms issued from 1917 through 1919 by the Selective Service Headquarters in Harrisburg by Major General William G. Murdock, State Draft Executive Officer under Pennsylvania Adjutant General Frank D. Beary. Also included is Brigadier General Thomas J. Stewart's bound copy of the Selective Service Regulations prescribed by the President of the United States under the authority invested in him by the terms of the Selective Service Law passed by congress on May 16, 1917.

Selective Service Rosters for Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Inductees,
1917-1918.
(10 volumes)

{series 19.74} [Holdings]

Arranged in alphabetical order by name of county and thereunder in numerical order by draft board number and draft order number.

A record of men inducted into the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps by the selective service system in Pennsylvania. Typed and bound manuscripts compiled by Major William G. Murdock, State Draft Executive, for Brigadier General Frank D. Beary, Adjutant General of Pennsylvania. Only Allegheny through Perry counties are covered by the records. Each "Final Induction Report" includes the draft order number; name of registrant, date of induction; call number; the post, station or camp; date of acceptance or rejection; and, if needed, date of discharge for cases in which the applicant was discharged after having been accepted at camp.

Sketches of Badges to be Worn by Different Officers and Enlisted Men,
1863.
(1 folder)

{series #19.75} [Holdings]

Letter from Assistant Adjutant General Seth Williams dated March 21, 1863 regarding hat badges that designate corps (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, and 12). Attached are paper cutouts intended to serve as models for badges to be worn by the various grades of officers and enlisted men. Each of the cutouts is labeled in ink with the name of the color which the respective badge was to carry.

Spanish American War Enrollment Cards,
1898.
(6 cartons)

{series #19.76} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier.

These muster-in and muster-out cards created in 1898 provide one of the earliest surviving records of enrollment by Pennsylvania veterans who served in the Spanish American War. Information to be found includes names, ranks, companies to which assigned, towns of residence, dates enrolled, dates mustered in, and dates mustered out.

Spanish American War Muster Rolls and Related Records,
1898.
(16 boxes, 12 folders)

{series #19.77} [Holdings]

Arranged by regiment, then by rank of officer. Thereunder entries for privates are alphabetically by surname.

The records provide the following type of muster rolls:

The mustered-in rolls provide name, rank, age, height, weight, complexion, hair and eye color, occupation, residence, marital status and signature of soldier; town and county and state or kingdom of birth, when and where enlisted, and the addresses of parents or guardians if single. Also found are the place mustered-in, period of enlistment, location of the station of general rendezvous, the number of miles traveled to reach the rendezvous, and the date of the muster. A remarks column provides information on physical disabilities and the dates and ranks held when mustered in.

The mustered-out rolls provide names; ranks; where, where, and by whom enrolled; when, were, and by whom mustered into service; when last paid and until what date; amounts of subsistence and forage; clothing amounts to the United States and to the soldier; and the value of arms, equipment, stores, and equipage due to the United States. Additional details are frequently provided in the remarks column and there is a final accounting of pay and balances due. A remarks column provides information concerning physical disabilities and changes in rank.

Spanish American War Veterans Card File of United States Volunteers,
undated.
(1 drawer)

{series #19.78} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier.

The card file of veterans who participated in the Spanish-American War was created by the Office of the Adjutant General in 1941 from information taken from the official records of the United States War Department. Information found about each veteran includes name, race, residence, place and date of birth, date and place of enlistment, military organization to which attached, rank, and dates serving overseas in either Cuba or the Philippines. Sometimes extensive comments at the bottom of the cards provide information on the reasons for, and the type of, discharge as well as a record of prior military service. Also included in the file are summary lists of the names of Pennsylvania veterans determined to be eligible to file claims for pensions; receive awards, medals or badges; or receive replacement discharge certificates in lieu of a lost or destroyed certificates, in order to provide a record of death or to receive Pennsylvania Veterans Compensation. Based upon the Veterans Compensation Act, passed in 1934, it covers those who gave the State of Pennsylvania, or any place within the Commonwealth, as his or her place of residence and who served in World War I from 1917-1918, the Spanish-American War in 1898, the China Relief Expedition, or the occupation of the Philippines or Guam from 1898 to 1902.

Spanish American War Veterans Compensation File,
circa 1934.
(35 cartons)

{series #19.79} [Holdings] [Images]

Arranged alphabetically by surname.

The file was created by the State Adjutant General's Office in 1934. Based upon the Veterans Compensation Act, passed in 1934, it covers those who gave the State of Pennsylvania, or any place within the Commonwealth, as his or her place of residence and who served in World War I from 1917-1918, the Spanish-American War in 1898, the China Relief Expedition, or the occupation of the Philippines or Guam from 1898 to 1902. Included in the file are the following documents:

Veterans Compensation Applications normally provide names, races, legal residences on entry, current residences, where and when enlisted, places and dates of birth, names of dependents, organizations to which attached and dates of service, grades or ratings with dates of appointments or promotions, engagements involved in, dates of any wounds or injuries received, dates served overseas, and the dates and places of discharge. Also noted is whether a veteran ever applied for compensation before or ever refused military duty on conscientious, political, or other grounds. The notarized forms are signed by the applicants, the officers administering the oath, and a local notaries public.

Verification of Service and Bonus Payments. Consists of forms that normally give the soldiers' names, ranks, companies and regiments, the dates mustered-in and out, the dates of enrollment, and the application numbers.

Spanish American War Veterans Compensation File for Soldiers with Disapproved Residence,
1934.
(2 cartons)

{series #19.80} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of veteran.

Consists of Veterans Compensation Applications for soldiers having disapproved residences. Based upon the Veterans Compensation Act, passed in 1934, it covers those who gave the State of Pennsylvania, or any place within the Commonwealth, as his or her place of residence and who served in World War I from 1917-1918, the Spanish-American War in 1898, the China Relief Expedition, or the occupation of the Philippines or Guam from 1898 to 1902.

The notarized applications provide each soldier's name, race, legal residence at the time of induction and current residence; date and location where enlisted, commissioned, or inducted; date and place of birth; names and addresses of dependents; the dates of service in various military organizations, stations, or vessels; grades or ratings achieved together with dates of appointments or promotions; engagements served in; dates of wounds or other injuries; and the date and place where honorably discharged. The forms also provide information as to whether the veteran had received a bonus or veteran's compensation and documents any refusal to perform full military duty on conscientious, political, or other grounds. The forms are signed by the applicants, the officer administering the oath, and the local justice of the peace attesting to the identity of the applicant.

Special Returns Relating to Enrollment,
1861-1866, & undated.
(1 box)

{series #19.81} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of return.

Among the items in this miscellaneous group of records are:

Lists of Pennsylvania Regiments, Batteries, and Independent Companies that provide the name of the original commander, present commander, and the branch of service (infantry, cavalry, or artillery). Some lists provide, in addition to the name of the colonel, the brigade to which the company was assigned, and, where appropriate, the new brigade and/or company officer assignment.

Lists of Persons Liable for Military Duty by County together with occasional lists the names of military delinquents under the call of 1861.

Lists of Companies Organized Under the Call of December 19, 1864 provide the names of officers, counties of residence, and where each was assigned.

Statement showing the number of men organized and marched to the defense of the border in September, 1862.

Lists of County Quotas show the number of men in service and the additional number required or number in excess of the quota.

Alphabetical roll of the 32nd and 25th U.S.C.T.

Guard reports for miscellaneous locations for 1863 and 1864 give the names of the prisoners, their companies and regiments, the dates when they were confined, by whom, the charges, and the status of the sentences. Also to be found is a list of troop strength for each company, including casualties, that was compiled in 1898.

Enrollment documents from each county in Pennsylvania, 1862-1865.

Speeches of Adjutant General William B. Lynch,
1999-2003.
(11 folders)

{series #19.224} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, and thereunder arranged in rough chronological order..

Speeches and remarks given by Adjutant General William B. Lynch at various conferences, ceremonies, dedications, parades, and other activities during his tenure. Occasions spoken at include the 80th Annual VFW State Convention, the 28th Division Memorial Service Ceremony, the Deed Transfer Ceremony for the Army Heritage Center in Carlisle, the Pennsylvania American Legion POW/MIA Remembrance Day, the 1999 Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Service, the 2000 Disabled Veterans of America State Convention, the 2002 Annville Memorial Day Parade, and the Philadelphia Stand Down program. Also included are an introduction of Governor Mark Schweiker and statements before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Substitutes' Depositions,
1862.
(2 boxes)

{series #19.82} [Holdings]

Grouped by county.

Depositions of drafted men who were refused substitutes because they had already been sworn into service, depositions by substitutes swearing to assume and perform all duties and obligations, and depositions for substitutes by individuals for whom they substituted. Information appearing includes the substitutes' names, signatures, townships, and counties; the dates; and the names of the persons for whom the substitute was acting as surrogate.

Supply Ledger,
1839-1842.
(1 volume)

{series #19.83} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Indexed by surnames of the brigade inspectors.

A ledger of returns forwarded by individual brigade inspectors of the Pennsylvania Militia for military supplies such as cannons, muskets, rifles, pistols, holsters, cartridge boxes, powder horns, swords, and colors.

Tables of Quotas for the Militia,
1861.
(1 folder)

{series #19.84} [Holdings]

Two printed quota tables dated April 15 and April 17, 1861. These quotas for each state were established by Congress in 1861 under the authority established by a 1795 act empowering Congress to call out the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasion. The printed forms are signed by United States Secretary of War Simon Cameron and addressed to Pennsylvania Governor Andrew G. Curtin. The quotas specify the numbers of each type of officer, surgeon, musician, and enlisted man to be called up.

Tailoring Department Cash Books,
1898-1907.
(2 volumes)

{series #19.85} [Holdings]

Entries are arranged chronologically.

Contain monthly statements of the receipts and expenditures of the Tailoring Department commencing on July 25, 1898 and running through 1907. The dated entries provide the order number and quantity required of blouses, trousers, overcoats, stripes, or labor; the warrant number for each order; and the cash amount. Also found are the names of individuals to whom payments were made.

Undelivered Discharge Certificates,
1918-1919.
(1 folder)

{series #19.86} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier.

Consists of several discharges for soldiers attached to the United States Army during World War I. Entries on the certificates give the soldiers' names, ranks, serial numbers, military units, birthplaces, ages (at enlistment), occupations, physical descriptions (height, complexion, eye and hair color), physical condition, and marital status; the dates and places where enlisted and discharged; the reasons for discharge; and the names of the persons processing the discharges. Particulars about wounds received in service, battles participated in and vocational knowledge possessed are also noted.

Unit Personnel Orders File,
1925-1975.
(28 cartons, 1 box)

{series #19.87} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of unit order.

Contains special orders issued by the Headquarters of the 28th Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard in Philadelphia to various military units around the state. The contents generally concern the assignment of unit officers and orders for unit officer candidates to report for examinations. Personal information frequently found includes the names and addresses of candidates for promotion, the ranks to which they were to be promoted, and the name of the unit to which they were to be assigned. From the 1950s forward the series also contains many general training memoranda.

United States Army Signal Corps Telegrams,
1919.
(1 box)

{series #19.88} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

These telegrams addressed to 28th Division Headquarters in France frequently request information on the causes of death and the locations of graves of Pennsylvania soldiers who died in combat. Detailed handwritten notations on the telegrams often provide very considerable information on the precise location of graves, when and where a soldier was wounded or killed, and the name of the chaplain who was present. Such notations also document when soldiers were missing in action.

United States Service Roster and Index for National Guard Commissioned Officers,
1898.
(2 volumes)

{series #19.89} [Holdings]

Arranged by regiment and company.

A separate alphabetical name index accompanies the roster.

A roster of the commissioned officers of regiments of the Pennsylvania National Guard mustered into the services of the United States during the Spanish-American War. The roster provides the officers names, ranks, dates the ranks were held from, dates of the commissions, and the officers' counties of residence. Marginal notations provide information on promotions, resignations, and discharges due to physical or other disabilities.

Veterans Organization Files,
1950-1994.
(2 cartons, 1 box)

{series #19.228} [Holdings]

Aranged by veterans orginazation and thereafter arranged chronologically.

Minutes and proceedings of various state veterans' organizations, including the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Department of Pennsylvania. Records relating to the state veterans' homes are also included.

Vietnam Conflict Naval Logs,
1966-1977.
(
1 box)

{series #19.248} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by name of vessel.

Naval logs from Pennsylvania seamen and sailors that were likely used for verification of service for the Pennsylvania Vietnam Bonus Program. Each log includes name of seaman, address, social security number, name of vessel served on, dates of entry and seperation from service, dates of departure and return of vessel, and action taken with regards to the state bonus. Occasionally, additional notes or information about the vessel's service in foreign waters is included. Two folders include vessels that had specific or special assignments, including attack squadrons, fighter squadrons, patrol squadrons, and clearence units.

Note: These records are currently RESTRICTED due to the presence of social security numbers. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Vietnam Conflict Prisoner of War (POW) Compensation Files,
1969-1976.
(2 boxes)

{series #19.245} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier applicant.

The Vietnam POW Compensation law signed by Governor Shapp provided compensation to certain Pennsylvanians who served in the military, naval, or air forces of the United States during the Vietnam Conflict. It defined a prisoner of war as any member of the armed forces of the United States who was a prisoner of the North Vietnamese Army, the Vietcong or their allies during the Vietnam Conflict. The program was extended to personnel listed as Missing in Action (MIA). An MIA noted to have died in captivity typically had their status changed from MIA to POW, even if the United States government never officially noted the change on the soldier's service record. Compensation for a returning prisoner of war veteran was $1000. A soldier could apply for both the Vietnam War POW Bonus and the Vietnam Conflict Veterans Bonus Compensation.

Included in each soldier packet in this series is the application for veterans' compensation, certified mail receipt, and a welcome home letter from Pennsylvania Adjutant General Harold Wells. The information on the application includes the soldier's name and address, branch of service, social security number, selective service number, rank, present military status; name of military orginization or unit; name and address of beneficiaries, parents, spouse and children (if any), dates of military service, and report of casualty. The report of casualty lists the report number; date of preparation of the report, casualty status, and a detailed report of the casualty situation. An accompanying document provides more specific information on the incident that led to the soldier's capture by the enemy forces. Some applicants' files contain additional records, such as correspondence, memos and newspaper clippings detailing the soldier's experiences as a prisoner of war. Other files included among the series are listings of POWs & MIAs.

Note: Due to the presence of social security numbers, these records are currently RESTRICTED to Veterans' Agencies and to individual veterans seeking access to their own records. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Vietnam Conflict Veterans Compensation Files,
1969-1978.
(411 cartons)

{series #19.195} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Grouped numerically by batch number.

Indexed externally, alphabetically by name of veteran, by {series #19.194}, the Index to Vietnam Conflict Veterans Compensation File, 1969-1978. (3 cartons and 2 volumes)

Pennsylvanians voted in favor of the Vietnam War Bonus in a referendum on, November 5, 1968. No constitutional amendment was needed for the funding of this bonus, due to changes in the Constitution approved in April, 1968. Filing by veterans for this bonus began in September 1969 and the final date to file was March 28, 1977. $56 million dollars were paid to 193,869 veterans. Service dates that were eligible for this bonus were July 1, 1958 to March 28, 1973. discharged veterans were paid at the rate of $25 per month of service in the Vietnam theatre of operation, not to exceed $750. Only time spent in the Vietnam theatre, or in hospitals outside of the Vietnam theatre due to wounds or diseases sustained in the Vietnam theatre, was compensated. Prisoners of War (POWs), soldiers missing in Action (MIAs)s and those veterans who were killed or died in service or their beneficiaries were entitled to payment of $1000. The Vietnam Veterans' Compensation Fund was closed and the remaining money transferred to the state's General Fund on May 25, 1989. The Vietnam bonus program records are the only records that the State Archives has that still include copies of veterans' final discharge papers or DD-214s. (DD-214s from Koreas were destroyed by the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood, and during the World War II bonus, DD-214's were verified and then mailed back to the veterans.)

Documents filed in this series include the actual application forms for veterans' compensation, along with service verification data and related correspondence filed with the Vietnam Conflict Veterans Compensation Bureau.

Information provided on the applications includes: present military status; whether awarded the Vietnam Service Medal; branch of service; legal residence immediately prior to induction; name of last military organization; selective service number; veterans administration claim number; gender; name and address; service serial numbers; number of months of Vietnam service; dates of Vietnam service; names and addresses of beneficiaries; name, address, and age of minor children; name and address of living mother and father; and notarized signature of applicant.

The service verification data, in the majority of cases, is from an Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer or Discharge (DD214). Information provided by Form DD214 includes: name; service number; social security number; department component and branch or class; grade rate or rank; pay grade; date of rank; citizenship status; place of birth; selective service local board number; city, county, state, and zip code; date inducted; type of transfer or discharge; station or installation at which effected; reason and authority; effective date; last duty assignment and major command; character of service; type of certificate issued; district area command to which reservist transferred; reenlistment code; terminal date of reserve obligations; current active service other than by induction; term of service; date of entry; prior regular enlistments; grade rate or rank at time of entry into current active service; place of entry into current active service; home of record at time of entry into active service; statement of service; specialty number and title; related civilian occupation; decorations, medals, badges, commendations and campaign ribbons awarded or authorized; education and training completed; non-pay periods time lost; days accrued leave paid; and signature of discharged person and signature of authorizing officer.

Note: Due to the presence of social security numbers, these records are currently RESTRICTED to Veterans' Agencies and to individual veterans seeking access to their own records. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Vietnam Conflict Veterans Compensation Files (Pending),
1968-1978.
(
2 cartons)

{series #19.260} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier applicant.

Pennsylvanians voted in favor of the Vietnam War Bonus in a referendum on, November 5, 1968. No constitutional amendment was needed for the funding of this bonus, due to changes in the Constitution approved in April, 1968. Filing by veterans for this bonus began in September 1969 and the final date to file was March 28, 1977. $56 million dollars were paid to 193,869 veterans. Service dates that were eligible for this bonus were July 1, 1958 to March 28, 1973. discharged veterans were paid at the rate of $25 per month of service in the Vietnam theatre of operation, not to exceed $750. Only time spent in the Vietnam theatre, or in hospitals outside of the Vietnam theatre due to wounds or diseases sustained in the Vietnam theatre, was compensated. Prisoners of War (POWs), soldiers missing in Action (MIAs)s and those veterans who were killed or died in service or their beneficiaries were entitled to payment of $1000. The Vietnam Veterans' Compensation Fund was closed and the remaining money transferred to the state's General Fund on May 25, 1989. The Vietnam bonus program records are the only records that the State Archives has that still include copies of veterans' final discharge papers or DD-214s. (DD-214s from Koreas were destroyed by the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood, and during the World War II bonus, DD-214's were verified and then mailed back to the veterans.)

This series contains pending applications, or those place on hold, from servicemen that applied for the Vietnam Bonus. Reasons applications were placed on hold or not completed were typically one or more of the following: no DD-214, no statement of Pennslyvania residency, no verification of service from the National Personnel Record Center, no notarization of application, or an incomplete application. Many of these applications were eventually completed and the veteran was granted their bonus. Their completed application can be found in Vietnam Conflict Veterans Compensation File (series 19.195). Some applications were placed on hold for the duartion of the bonus program or rejected after proper documentation was not submitted.

Types of documents filed in this series include the actual application forms for veterans' compensation, along with service verification data and related correspondence filed with the Vietnam Conflict Veterans Compensation Bureau.

Information provided on the applications includes: present military status; whether awarded the Vietnam Service Medal; branch of service; legal residence immediately prior to induction; name of last military organization; selective service number; veterans administration claim number; gender; name and address; service serial numbers; number of months of Vietnam service; dates of Vietnam service; names and addresses of beneficiaries; name, address, and age of minor children; name and address of living mother and father; and notarized signature of applicant.

Note: Due to the presence of social security numbers, these records are currently RESTRICTED to Veterans' Agencies and to individual veterans seeking access to their own records. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Vietnam Conflict Veterans Compensation Files (Rejected),
1969-1976.
(
1 carton)

{series #19.246} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier applicant.

Pennsylvanians voted in favor of the Vietnam War Bonus in a referendum on, November 5, 1968. No constitutional amendment was needed for the funding of this bonus, due to changes in the Constitution approved in April, 1968. Filing by veterans for this bonus began in September 1969 and the final date to file was March 28, 1977. $56 million dollars were paid to 193,869 veterans. Service dates that were eligible for this bonus were July 1, 1958 to March 28, 1973. discharged veterans were paid at the rate of $25 per month of service in the Vietnam theatre of operation, not to exceed $750. Only time spent in the Vietnam theatre, or in hospitals outside of the Vietnam theatre due to wounds or diseases sustained in the Vietnam theatre, was compensated. Prisoners of War (POWs), soldiers missing in Action (MIAs)s and those veterans who were killed or died in service or their beneficiaries were entitled to payment of $1000. The Vietnam Veterans' Compensation Fund was closed and the remaining money transferred to the state's General Fund on May 25, 1989. The Vietnam bonus program records are the only records that the State Archives has that still include copies of veterans' final discharge papers or DD-214s. (DD-214s from Koreas were destroyed by the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood, and during the World War II bonus, DD-214's were verified and then mailed back to the veterans.)

This series contains rejected applications from servicemen that applied for the Vietnam Bonus. Reasons for rejection were typically one or more of the following reasons: no active service in the Vietnam Theatre of Operations, less than 15 days of service in the Vietnam Theatre, not awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, discharged under other than honorable conditions, home of record on DD-214 is not Pennsylvania, or time served in Vietnam was after the cutoff date of March 28, 1973.

The applicant files in this series include a letter from the Pennsylvania Bureau for Veterans' Affairs providing an explanation of why the application was rejected, the application for veterans' compensation, the DD-214, and any related correspondence. Some applicant files contain additional military documentation.

Information provided on the applications includes: present military status; whether awarded the Vietnam Service Medal; branch of service; legal residence immediately prior to induction; name of last military organization; selective service number; veterans administration claim number; gender; name and address; service serial numbers; number of months of Vietnam service; dates of Vietnam service; names and addresses of beneficiaries; name, address, and age of minor children; name and address of living mother and father; and notarized signature of applicant.

Note: Due to the presence of social security numbers, these records are currently RESTRICTED to Veterans' Agencies and to individual veterans seeking access to their own records. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.


World War I Veterans Military Service Discharge Papers,
circa 1919.
(34 items)

{series #19.90} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of veteran.

A miscellaneous file of undelivered and returned discharge certificates. The records generally provide the veterans' names, ratings earned, dates enlisted, periods of enlistment, training acquired, and ratings on such matters as sobriety, obedience, and average standing during the term of enlistment. A description section provides the date and place of birth, age, height and weight, hair and eye color, complexion, personal distinguishing characteristics, and the percentage of time on the sick list. Returned certificates sometimes have the original envelopes attached with the reason for the return or letters from the veteran requesting information about additional pay or benefits for which they believed themselves to be eligible.

World War I Veterans Service and Compensation File,
1917-1919, 1934-1948.
(571 cartons, 1 box)

{series #19.91} [Holdings]

Arranged by service branch and thereunder alphabetically by surname of veteran.

The file contains service records consisting of Service Statement Cards, Compensation Applications and War Service Record survey questionnaires filled out by World War I veterans in 1920 for the Pennsylvania War History Commission. An "Out of State" category also exists for persons who applied to the Commonwealth for a bonus but were unable to substantiate Pennsylvania residency. Any of the following may be found:

Service Statement Cards. Entries may show the name, rank, serial number, race, birthplace, age (and sometimes date of birth), and residence of the veteran; the military organization or unit to which he was attached; the dates of assignments and transfers; the engagements served in; the date of any wounds received; and the dates of overseas service and discharge.

Compensation Applications. Entries normally provide such information as the name, rank, serial number, race, date and place of birth, legal residence at time of application and enlistment, places and dates where enrolled and discharged, and the period of service. Data concerning engagements involved in, wounds suffered, dates of service overseas, and the names and addresses of dependents are also included. The documents are signed and dated by the applicant.

War Service Record of Soldiers, Sailors and Marines consist of survey questionnaires filled out by World War I veterans in 1920 for the Pennsylvania War History Commission. Normally the questionnaire gives the name; postal address and county of residence; age and at entry into service; date of entry into service; and the military unit, regiment, and company to which attached. Information about the veteran's next of kin, their address, and relationship; and particulars regarding dates and places of residence since the beginning of service are also provided.

World War I Service Medal Application Cards,
circa 1938-1950.
(2 cartons)

{series #19.196} [Holdings] [Images]

Arranged alphabetically by name of veteran.

These cards were originally submitted by veterans and their survivors who applied for service medals in accordance with the Act of April 21, 1937, P.L. 331, Sections 1 and 2. Information provided about each veteran consists of name and serial number, place of residence at time of entry into service, date and place the veteran entered into service, rank, military unit to which attached, place and date of honorable discharge, and the sugnature of the applicant. Also present are the initials of the person by whom the remittance was received and of the person acting on behalf of the Adjutant General, and each card is stamped with the date of approval. The reverse side of each card shows the name of the veteran or survivor applying for the medal, and the residence to which the medal was to be mailed.

World War II Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Files,
1943-1997.
(1 carton, 2 boxes)

{series #19.225}
[Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Press Office files concerning the 50th Anniversary World War II Commemoration, the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, relevant battle reenactments, and other related events to the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of World War II. These events were held at the state level as well as at the federal level. Included among the records are newspaper clippings; correspondence; press releases; minutes of the commemoration committees; photographs; publications related to World War II and specific battles, such as the Battle of the Bulge, the Ardennes, D-Day, and the North African campaign; fact sheets on various topics of World War II put out by the United States Department of Defense; memoranda; faxes; and fliers and advertisements. Also included are files related to the famed 28th Infantry Division and their role in World War II. Among these files are histories of the division, photographs, and listings of burial locations of numerous members of the division. The 28th Infantry Division, primarily a Pennsylvania based unit, saw heavy fighting during the war and participated in the assault on the beaches of Normandy.

World War II Veterans Compensation Applications,
circa 1950s.
(877 cartons)

{series #19.92} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically according to surname of veteran.

A record of Pennsylvania veterans who applied for the World War II bonus provided for by the Act of June 1, 1947 (P.L. 565). Information contained on the applications includes the names, signatures, residences, birth dates, places of birth, sex and serial numbers of the individuals; the dates of domestic and foreign service rendered; the branches of the service enlisted in; the dates and places where the applicants entered and left active service; the applicants' residences at the time of their enlistment; the names and locations of the applicants' draft boards; the dates the applications were received and processed; the amounts of compensation awarded; and the names and residences of the veteran's beneficiaries, living parents and dependents. The applications, which are notarized and dated, also record the ages of dependents, whether the persons were still on active duty in the armed forces, and whether they had ever received sea duty pay or a bonus before. At times, remarks appear that indicate why some applications were rejected.



National Guard Of Pennsylvania (1867-[ongoing]), Pennsylvania Reserve Militia (World War I), and Pennsylvania State Guard (World War II)

Militia service in Pennsylvania dates from the first Associators in 1747 which consisted military units formed by draft or conscription to meet temporary emergencies. In 1818 the Pennsylvania Legislature brought into existence permanent organized companies of the National Guard which consisted of volunteers who provided their own uniforms. Following the Railroad Strike of 1877, General John F. Hartranft reorganized the Pennsylvania National Guard on a more professional footing with training closely modeled on that provided to the United States Army. The Pennsylvania National Guard today constitutes the organized, Federally recognized militia of the Commonwealth of which the Governor serves as Commander-in-Chief. The Pennsylvania National Guard provides trained personnel and units organized and equipped to function effectively in saving lives, protecting property, maintaining law and order, and public safety when coping with emergencies beyond the capability of civil authorities.
Emergency equipment stored at armories throughout the Commonwealth can be issued on short notice and transported to any section within a matter of hours. The troop list of the Pennsylvania National Guard includes infantry, armor, armored cavalry, field artillery, engineer, ordnance, transportation, signal, chemical, finance, aviation, public affairs, and medical units.
The Pennsylvania Reserve Militia and the Pennsylvania State Guard were formed to provide domestic defense for the Commonwealth when the Pennsylvania National Guard was sent overseas during the First and Second World Wars respectively. Prior to the Act of Assembly of May 3, 1943 the Pennsylvania State Guard was known as the Pennsylvania Reserve Defense Corps. Among this record group are also found records of the State Armory Board, an administrative board within the Department of Military Affairs consisting of the Adjutant General and five members appointed by the Adjutant General. The board is responsible for the management, regulation, and operation of armories serving Pennsylvania's military forces.


Account Book,
1910-1914.
(1 volume)

{series #19.93} [Holdings]

Entries are arranged chronologically by date of account.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by name of account.

A record of accounts paid to individuals and businesses in Lebanon, Harrisburg, and Gettysburg for services and supplies used at encampments of the National Guard of Pennsylvania held at both Mt. Gretna and Gettysburg. Includes the accounts for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg held in 1913.

Alphabetical List of Pennsylvania Reserve Militia,
undated.
(1 folder)

{series #19.94} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of reservist.

A typed list providing the name, company, and regiment of each person who served as a member of the Pennsylvania Reserve Militia during World War I.

Bond Books,
1878-1901.
(2 volumes)

{series #19.95} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date bond was issued.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by surname of bondholder.

Records of bonds for military property issued to the commanding officers of the regiments of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Information provided in each bond book includes the names and regiments of individuals to whom the bonds were issued, the names of all individuals who served as sureties for the bonds, the towns and counties of residence, and the value of the bonds (usually $1,000). Appended notations also provide the dates when bonds were canceled and returned. Also found, is a complete listing of the articles covered by the bonds such as arms chests, bayonets, blouses and trousers, caps, cartridge boxes, haversacks, infantry equipment, meat ration cans, scabbards, rifles, and waist belts. A remark section records when property was transferred to another commanding officer and regiment. The volume commencing in 1886 is somewhat more detailed, containing a preprinted grid for the various types of ordnance, quartermaster, books, and rifles. Entries identify the date, order number, and individual (generally the Adjutant General) from whom the stores were received. A separate page accounting for the disposition provides invoice numbers and the names of the persons to whom the stores were issued.

Company Record Books,
1890-1916.
(86 volumes, 1 folder)

{series #19.96} [Holdings]

Arranged by regiment and company, and thereunder chronologically by date of enlistment.

A record of the company roll; drills, parades, and marksmanship; types of state property issued; and of company, regimental, brigade, division, and headquarters orders; both general and special. The roll books provide the names of each individual present at each drill and a remark column contains notes recording promotions, transfers, special duty service, and discharges.


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