U.S. Military Post Returns

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U.S. Returns from Military Posts 1806-1916)

  • Microfilm Source - Returns From U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M617, 1,550 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C..
  • Online Source (Subscription) - Ancestry.com. U.S., Returns from Military Posts, 1806-1916 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations:
    • California State Genealogical Alliance
    • Federation of Genealogical Societies
    • Nebraska State Genealogy Society
    • New England Historic Genealogical Society
    • San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society
    • SFGenealogy.com
  • Contents:

Army Regulations stipulated that every post was to submit a return to the Adjutant General, usually at monthly intervals. These returns showed:

  • The units stationed at each post
  • The strength of each unit
  • Names and duties of the officers
  • Number of officers present and absent
  • Listing of official communications received
  • Record of events


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