This week, I intend to start listing the names and units of the people listed in the 1890 special census for Russell County. I have transcribed the information into a Excel file by precinct. Within each precinct, I have performed a sort to see the names alphabetically. That is how I intend to copy the list. Please note that images of these files are available on Ancestry, but I transcribed them several years ago from Microfilm at the Allen County Public Library. I do not imagine that my transcriptions are 100% correct, but I thught they might be helpful to someone.
My plan is to list 15-20 names each post. I’ll list the name and the unit for each person. Before I begin posting, I thought a little background information on the census itself could be helpful.
An act of March 1, 1889, provided that the Superintendent of Census in taking the Eleventh Census should “cause to be taken on a special schedule of inquiry, according to such form as he may prescribe, the names, organizations, and length of service of those who had served in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States in the war of the rebellion, and who are survivors at the time of said inquiry, and the widows of soldiers, sailors, or marines.”
Each schedule calls for the following information: name of the veteran (or if he did not survive, the names of both the widow and her deceased husband); the veteran’s rank, company, regiment or vessel, date of enlistment, date of discharge, and length of service in years, months, and days; post office and address of each person listed; disability incurred by the veteran; and remarks necessary to a complete statement of his term of service.
PS – If anyone can tell me how to make this category a separate tag at the top of this screen, I’d love to know!