Looking for military records of David Hacker - US Civil War

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I'm working on the biography of David Hacker-984, and it's hard to find documentary sources on him - as opposed to the anecdotal sources all over the internet, like FindAGrave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39089591

Specifically, I'd like actual evidence that the David Hacker born in 1797 in Virginia is the same David Hacker who enlisted in the US Army in 1862 Compnay I, 37th Iowa Infantry. I can't find much in the way of military records that might give his birth date. I can't find him in the 1860 Census in Iowa. His wife died in 1855 so she wouldn't be listed.
WikiTree profile: David Hacker
in Genealogy Help by Lois Tilton G2G6 Pilot (177k points)
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Who did David Hacker  Marry. Do you have his exact date birth.

Where in Iowa did his wife die ??
Information in profile:

He was born 24 July 1797

Married Katherine Gile 20 May 1824

She died 15 Sept 1855 in Boone County Indiana

I have no idea if or when David Hacker moved to Iowa.
If anyone has a Fold3 subscription and can look him up, I'd be grateful
Sometimes pension files or discharge papers will have information like this. They sometimes also have a physical description of the person which can help. You might also look for old newspaper accounts.
Alas, he has no pension papers as he died with no one to claim a pension.
A memoir written by his nephew confirms that this David Hacker did enlist in the Iowa regiment.

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at US National Archives

Hacker, David,private, company I, regiment 37, DOD 1863, place Reg. Hosp., cause of death typhoid fever - Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861 - 1865 Iowa, P-Z [bad label], Vol 16 of 63 page 23 aka image 27


US National Archives may have a Compiled Military Service Record file for David Hacker. These files are paper, not microfilm so unlikely to be available anywhere else. You can post a question at History Hub and perhaps someone has an interest in the regiment. https://historyhub.history.gov/welcome


The CMSR is an envelope (a jacket) containing one or more cards. These cards typically indicate that the soldier was present or absent during a certain period of time. Other cards may indicate the date of enlistment and discharge, amount of bounty paid him, and other information such as wounds received during battle or hospitalization for injury or illness. The soldier's place of birth may be indicated; if foreign born, only the country of birth is stated.

by Sally x G2G6 Mach 5 (53.5k points)
selected by Lois Tilton
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Try Fold 3  or Ancestry.com, If nothing found there ,you

will need too contact National Archives,
by Wayne Morgan G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Ancestry has the best sources for him, but nothing to connect his military service with his earlier history.  The gravestone is shown, but only the death date.
+4 votes
Find A Grave Memorial  39089591  posted by David Hacker

shows born West Virginia,which was Virginia before Civil

War ended.In 1864 became West Virginia.
by Wayne Morgan G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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