Wed, Aug 31, 2011 11:35 am
We are excited to announce that we have begun adding the following new titles to the site, covering 5 wars and 130 years of U.S. military history:
Records in the War of 1812 Pension Files reveal details of each soldier's service and family. In a declaration made by widow Mary Abbott, she elaborates upon her late husband's engagements in Ohio after stating that he was "out three times in the War of 1812."
From 1846 to 1848, the war with Mexico determined the southwest border of the U.S. as we know it today. The Mexican War Service Records launch Fold3's commitment to bringing records of this strategic war to our members.
From skirmishes to major battles, documents within the Confederate Casualty Reports describe a unit's role in the conflict and detail casualties, from killed to missing to "slightly" wounded. A few reports from the Battle of Sharpsburg (also known as Antietam) on September 17, 1862, relate the action from several units, beginning with the report of the 13th South Carolina Infantry.
The World War I Officer Experience Reports reveal intriguing accounts by engineers in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Some reports go beyond military and engineering terms to provide remarkable, sometimes poetic insights, like this January 6, 1919, account of a torpedo attack on a convoy hours after the writer described "the dark forested shores of North America" as "a mere fringe on the horizon."
In 1942, men between the ages of 45 and 64 were required to register for the draft in order to create an inventory of those who could provide essential skills to the home front during World War II. The "Old Man's Draft" Cards are the result, complete with addresses, dates, and physical descriptions of each registrant.
Watch for more to come as these titles continue to grow and others are added.