Special Uses of the 1890 Veterans Schedules  

This record collection in Ancestry.com lists individuals enumerated in the 1890 special census of Civil War Union veterans and widows of veterans available on microfilm M123 (118 rolls) from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Although this schedule was intended to be used to enumerate only Union Army and Navy veterans, in some areas Confederate veterans were also enumerated.
The 1890 Veterans Schedules asked for the following information:

    names of surviving soldiers, sailors, and marines, and widows;
    name of regiment or vessel;
    date of enlistment;
    date of discharge,
    length of service;
    post office address;
    disability incurred;
    and remarks.

Most people use this record collection to search for individual veterans, but it can be used in a number of other ways. For example, Keyword search can be used to locate veterans who were institutionalized in 1890, and Rank can be used to discover veterans who did specialized jobs during the war.

These Keyword searches returned the indicated hits (case does not matter):

    Asylum 893
    Home 13,941 (note: as in Soldiers Home or Home for Disabled Soldiers)
    Hospital 1,118
    Insane 821
    Jail 133
    Prison 462

These Rank searches returned the indicated hits (case does not matter):

    Armorer 25
    Artificer 689
    Assistant Surgeon 2,385
    Blacksmith 260
    Boy 325 (note: as in Cabin boy or Drummer boy)
    Bugler 1,515
    Carpenter 212
    Chaplain 680
    Clerk 201
    Cook 385
    Cooper 27
    Drummer 1,679
    Engineer 896
    Farrier 146
    Fifer 179
    Fireman 1,201
    Flag 11 (note: as in Flag bearer)
    Hostler 4
    Mariner 24
    Musician 6,215
    Nurse 60
    Paymaster 136
    Pilot 75 (note: as in Steamboat pilot)
    Quartermaster 195
    Scout 55
    Spy 6
    Steward 794 (note: as in Hospital steward)
    Surgeon 2,352
    Sutler 11
    Teamster 396

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