A Compiled Military Service Record for George A. Trautvetter

George A. Trautvetter served in Company H of the 14th Illinois Infantry in the US Civil War. The images that follow were made from color scans of his compiled military service record. The compiled record was created from muster rolls, the muster-in and descriptive roll, and other records. This post won’t analyze these records–we’re wanting readers to know what’s typically in a file of this type.

Trautvetter received a $100 bounty for enlisting. Since he deserted, it’s probable he did not receive it–or at least he wasn’t paid what he was owed after his desertion.

This file is fairly typical for Union service in this war. The scans indicate the cards the compose the compiled service record are filed in an envelope. The envelope are the first and last image shown.

These records are housed at the National Archives. Some of them have been microfilmed and others have not.











3 thoughts on “A Compiled Military Service Record for George A. Trautvetter

  1. These are really nice colored copies. Is everything scanned in color now at the Archives? I sent away for my ancestor’s military records and pension files about 20 years ago and at that time they were just black and white copies. It would be nice to have some of them with the colored version.

    • I think that’s an option. I have a researcher there who gets copies for me and uploads the scans to a dropbox folder where I can download them. Faster and very convenient.

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