Civil War Soldier Pension Documents [closed]

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I have the complete Civil War Pension file and Muster Roll documents for William Bowers.  There are a LOT  of pages.  How best do I deal with this?  Is there one document in particular that will serve as a source?

Thank You!

WikiTree profile: William Bowers
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I probably own 12 Civil War pension files, and a few service files.  

I'm a little confused about your goals.  Did you want to add PDFs of the files to William Bowers' page?  Are you interested in showing where he served?  

For one Civil War soldier I've been researching for over a decade, his service record includes a letter he wrote asking for leave, as well as information about how he was wounded at Chickamauga.  I'll probably eventually add those to his Wikitree entry here.

For my great-grandfather, there are marriage records and a death certificate that are available nowhere else.  For my great-grandmother, there's a letter in her own handwriting asking about his pension.  I added that to her Wikitree memorial.  

Other than that, I just keep all of my Civil War records on file.  Last year, someone wrote to me asking about their ancestor, who was briefly married to my great-grandfather.  It turned out that, since I'd kept most of the file in good shape, I was able to let them know what happened to their ancestor and her first husband.  So you never know.  

If you had something else in mind with your question, please let me know.
by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (202k points)
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Thank you for the informative reply!  As I mentioned in my question I would like to use at least one document from his Pension file as a "Source Document" but I am unsure which of the documents is best for this.  The document that seems to contain the most "family related" information is the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Pensions 3-389 which requests "Additional Information" from the claimant.  This may be the best document to post.  I can add a note to the document that I am in possession of the complete file.  Any thoughts?

It sounds like a great idea to post that document and note that you have the complete file.  Since one document is all I have of my great-grandmother's, I posted it as an image to her file.  If you want to take a look at that, her memorial is here:  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Moore-18772  Just click on the image to read it.  

Thank You, that seems to work well!

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