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Re: A 140 year old crime has been solved by genealogy
Posted by: dennis brooke (ID *****1969) Date: February 21, 2006 at 08:00:55
In Reply to: Re: A 140 year old crime has been solved by genealogy by Bobbie Cardin of 515

Hello Bobbie, I have never charged anyone for information concerning their ancestors during the War Between the States and I have NO reason to start with you. Interestingly enough I could use your help if in fact you are located in Caddo Parrish, if you have the time?
There are 3 men buried at Camp Chase with the last name of COLE. Two of them are from Georgia and one is listed as a civilian. Looking at the service record of the Cresent Regiment it is of my opinion that had some of their members been captured they may NOT have been taken to the Camp Chase Prison. However, there were some enlisted soldiers taken to Camp Chase after the battle of Shiloh and the Cresent Regiment was at this engagement however according to your information your soldier would have enlisted after the battle of Shiloh.
You are exactly correct in stating that some of these men were NOT buried according to their proper names. I am reminded of Issac Milton Arrants who died at Camp Chase. He was listed as that way. But further records indicate that it was later transcribed as I.M. Arrants and further records show that the soldier at Chase turned the letters around and he was listed as M.I. Arrants and finally when he died someone was confused and thought the I was a J and had him listed as J.Arrants. His tombstone today reads that way. That is just one of many examples. The reasons for this confussion were many and amoung them were soldiers with poor writing skills and the atmosphere of getting things right was NOT a major priority. What soldier would have thought that 100 years later that family genealogy would have become such a trend?
It would appear that the Cresent Regiment was engaged in the Red River Campaign and being captured in Western LA, I would think that your soldier may have been taken to Rock Island for example because of its proxmity to the Mississippi River. This however is pure speculation on my part and should NOT be considered fact. If in fact he was taken to Camp Chase it would mildly surprise me.
To find out exactly what happened we will need to have his "Compiled Military Service Records" henceforth known as the CMSR. NARA in Washington DC, would have his CMSR. So too might some locations in Louisiana. Pension Records are another vital source of information. Without his CMSR we are just guessing as to what may have happened to this soldier. I just returned from NARA in Washington a few weeks ago. I may be going back in the near future but have NOT penciled in an exact date. I do NOT know where Louisiana keeps its CMSR's but I would probably start with your state capitol at Baton Rouge.
Do NOT hesitate to email me if I can be of further service. Dennis



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