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iconnumber posted 09-03-2023 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brackman1066     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to fill you all in on my progress so far as I attempt to track down the original owners of my fork (see original post below). Scott, I hope this is OK to post--it's slightly tangential but may be interesting to people trying to research provenance on coin silver.

I had a long chat with a retired former colleague who is a Civil War historian. He pointed me to a database run by the National Parks Service that lists every Civil War combatant: Soldiers and Sailors Database

This kept me from having to do a ton of genealogical research to figure out where my guy enlisted to find his unit. A quick search revealed that he was in the 31st Iowa Infantry, F company. He must have moved to Nebraska after the war sometime.

In any case, the 31st Iowa actually was with Sherman on the March to the Sea, so suddenly the family story seems plausible! I'm going to start my research there and see if I can find families whose last name began with B. I've found a few books on the March to the Sea generally so I'll start with those (who knows, might get lucky). My historian friend suggested that I consult the *Official Records of the War and Rebellion* (which is over 100 volumes, but 1. my university has it and 2. it's on online), and look at the after action reports from the March. Union reports probably wouldn't note looting of private property, but Confederate reports often did.

Failing that, I can probably start contacting local history societies, who might have their own records.

I haven't been able to focus on this much--work got pretty busy at the end of July and hasn't let up, and my son is currently in soccer and tennis and academic team, so a lot of evenings and weekends are tied up. Still, thought I'd check in with you all!

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iconnumber posted 09-03-2023 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very interesting. Please keep us informed of any progress.

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