Thursday, August 13, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 275: 1864 Enlistment Record for Isaac Seaver in Massachusetts 4th Heavy Artillery Regiment

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1864 Enlistment Record for Isaac Seaver of Westminster, Massachusetts in the 4th Heavy Artillery Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteers:

The transcription of the information on this card is (handwritten information in italics):

 S | 4 H. Art'y | Mass.
 Isaac Seaver
 _____, 24 Co., Unattached Mass, H. Art'y*, 
Appears On
Company Descriptive Book
of the organization named above.

Age:  40    years; Height: 5  feet, 10-1/2 inches.
Complexion:  Light
Eyes:  Blue;  hair:  Sandy
Where born:  Westminster, Mass.
Occupation:  Blacksmith

When:  August 10 186 4
Where:  Westminster
By Whom:  Capt. Hayward;  term: 1 y'rs
                     Lt. Mckibben 
Remarks:  Rec'd furlough for 10 
days, Nov. 6, 1864

* This organization became Co.  H  , 4 Reg't Mass. H. Art'y

The source citation for this record is:

The National Archives (NARA), "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Massachusetts," digital image, Fold3 ( : accessed 11 August 2015), 4th Heavy Artillery, Misc., S Surnames, Isaac Seaver entry, 1864; citing original records in National Archives Catalog ID 300398, Record Group 94.

The most important information in this document for me is the description of the person:  Isaac Seaver in August 1864 was age 40, 5 feet, 10 and a half inches tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes and sandy hair.  

Isaac Seaver is one of my second great-grandfathers.  I found this on this week while searching for other Civil War records for Isaac Seaver, even though I have his Civil War Pension File.  He is my only Civil War soldier who is an ancestor.  I just realized that he enlisted 151 years ago as of last Monday.

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