I don’t know if you recall the problems I’ve had trying to get the Civil War pension record for John Edwards, my 3rd great-grandfather.
To put it short and simple, he died in 1931 and his records aren’t in the National Archives along with the majority of the Civil War pensions. The first time I tried getting his pension packet was about 8-10 yrs ago – and to no avail. I tried again a few times over the years, getting very discouraged. This past January I got serious about it. I made a lot of phone calls to a lot of departments I didn’t know existed. I finally was told that the records were with the VA and not NARA. I put in my request and got a confirmation that they received it. And then I waited and waited and waited and waited some more. I tried calling the VA a few months back – have you ever done that before? Suffice it to say that I didn’t get through to anybody and I had just about given up on ever getting my hands on these records.
On Christmas, my mom called and said she’d received a package the day before – from the VA. (I put her address on the request since I knew we were moving and didn’t know if it would be forwarded to me!). I now have his entire pension packet – and it was FREE!!!
The best Christmas present EVER!!!
I will be sharing some of the things I’ve discovered from the records in the coming weeks.
Have any of you gotten Civil War records from the VA before?