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Re: Dillwyn Cowperthwaite wounded and died fighting in the Civil War
Posted by: Peggy Reeves (ID *****5798) Date: June 15, 2006 at 19:47:51
In Reply to: Re: Dillwyn Cowperthwaite wounded and died fighting in the Civil War by Bob MacAvoy of 147

Bob,

I have looked at literally thousands of pension files, and while many do not give burial information, many of them do. In fact, most have more personal details than any "role of honor" or other government compiled source would contain. There are personal handwritten letters in a lot of them, and many intimate details about the family. A lot of it you won't get when you request "selected documents" from NARA. They only give you about 10 documents, regardless of how large the file is or what all it contains. Some of those files are 300+ documents.

In the case of widow's applying for pension, they had to prove their marriage to the soldier, the death of the soldier, and their continued widowhood after the death of the soldier. Many times there are affidavits from neighbors or other family members attesting to the facts of the death and burial of the soldier. Death date is always given, sometimes the burial place.

In looking at NJ Cowperthwaites trying to find a link to the family I'm interested in, I looked at Dellwyn's file. It has a great deal of information, including the burial place: Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, NJ. Death date is given as 12 May 1864 in a skirmish near Drury's Bluff, VA. His widow applied for pension. She later remarried and applied for a pension for Dellwyn's child who was still a minor. When her second husband died, she applied to have Dellwyn's pension restored for herself. It took a special Act of Congress, but she succeeded in getting restored to the pension rolls under Dellwyn's service.


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