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Posted By: PonyEx on: 05/17/2012 23:27:59 EDT|
Subject: missing soldier from the 17th
I need some advice on finding more information on an ancestor. John D. Bickford enlisted September 22nd 1864 at Bangor, Maine for three years. Assigned to the 17th Regiment of Infantry. I have a Register of Enlistments that shows that John D. Beckford Deserted Aug 6th, 1865 from the 17th, Company E. I tried ordering his CMSR from the NARA. I only receivied the Register and his recuitment papers which I already had.|
I'm confused. Why would John desert after the war ended? Wasn't the 17th transferred to the 1st Maine Hvy Artillery? Why can't I find him on any roster? Would the state of Maine have better records on him?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.