Alexander Barclay, George’s brother, was awarded his civil war pension on the 20th of December 1890. Alexander was living in Eureka Township, Dakota County, Minnesota at that time.
I sent for Alexander’s Civil War Pension file 18 April 2001 and it came 22 May 2001. I filled out the National Archives Order for Copies of Federal Pensionor Bounty Land Warrant Applications which means I did very well and it came within a month.
NARA (The National Archives) has an online order system now and it works pretty well. The other option is to hire a professional genealogist and have them go and obtain the documents for you. There is a National Capital Area Chapter of APG It is actually better to consider this option because they know what they are doing and will make sure you get all the correct documents. The cost of ordering a Civil War pension went up a few years back and it is expensive to pay the fee. I can recommend someone if you need help. Just leave a comment.
Alexander Barclay’s Civil War Pension contained the following documents:
1. Soldier’s Certificate – Priv and Copr. Co. Ch. 4 Minn Vol. Inf. #14078, #31
2. August 19th, 1890 – Invalid Pension – State of Minnesota, County of Dakota, 19th of August, appeared before a notary public Alexandria Barclay, 46 years, resident of Farminton, county of Dakota, State of Minnesota, …duly sworn and according to law is the Alexandria Barclay who enrolled on 1 January 1864 as Corp. in Co. C, 4 Reg. Minn Inf. Vol. and was honorably discharged at Louisville, Ky, on the 19th day of July, 1865…That he is unable to earn a support by reason of Rheumatism…That he has not yet applied for pension under application not yet given. PO is Farmington, county of Dakota, Minnesota, Claimant’s signature – A.A. Barclay, Attest L.T. Fluke and G.S. Cable. Also personally appeared L.F. Fluke residing in Farmington and G.S. Cable residing in Farmington. …saw Alexandria Barclay the claimant sign…acquaintenance for 18 years – signed L.P. Fluke and G.S. Cable, Sworn to ….19th August 1890. Leonard Aldrich notary public, Dakota County, Minn. #38701 Soldier’s Application – Alex Barclay – filed by Travis and Brown. Date of Execution Aug. 19, 1890.
3. August 23, 1890 – Invalid Pension – Claimant Alexander Barclay, Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota, Rank Priv and Corp. Co. C, Regiment 4, Minn Vol. Inf. Rate $12.00 commencing Aug. 23, 1890. Disability Rheumatism and disease of heart and rectum.
4. August 28, 1890 – Card – J.E. [Hust] Ex’r No. 944426, Alexandria A. Barclay P.O. Farmington, Dakota Co., Minn, C 4 Minn. Inf. Enlisted: January 1, 1864, Discharged July 19, 1865, Application filed Aug. 23, 1890. No other claims, Num. No. 380901, Attorney Travis & Brown, Crawfordville, Ind.
5. December 16, 1890 – Soldier’s Application filed by John H. Mullen Adjutant General of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. Declaration for Invalid Pension – State of Minnesota, County of Dakota, 16 December…appeared before a Notary Public…the aforesaid Alexander A. Barclay who was enrolled on the Twenty fifth day of September A.D. 1861 in Co. C of the 4th Regiment Minn. Vol. Infy. …was honorably discharged at Louisville, KY. on the 19th of July 1865…and he is now unable to earn a support by reason of Rheumatism. PO address is Farmington, County of Dakota, State of Minnesota. Signed by A.A. Barclay and witnesses are H. H. Williamson and C.G. Thyle. H.H. Williamson resident of South St. Paul and C.G. Thyle residing at Farmington. …say they were present and saw Alexander A. Barclay the claimant sign…acquaintance with him for 20 years and 4 years respectively. Signed by H.H. Williamson and C.G. Thyle. Sworn..16th December 1890. Leonard Aldrich Nortary Public.
6. February 5, 1891 – Delaration for Invalid Army Pension – Minnesota, County of Dakota. On this 5th day of February 1891 personally appeared before me a notary public, Alexander Barclay, aged 47 years, resident of Farmington, County of Dakota, State of Minnesota….declares he is the identical Alexander Barclay who enlisted in the service of the United States at Ft. Snelling, County of Hennepin, State of Minnesota on the 25th day of October 1861 as a Corporal in Company C of the 4th Regiment of Minnesota Infantry Vols and was honorably discharged at Louisville, State of Kentucky on the 19th day of July 1865.
That his personal description is as follows: Age 47 years, height 5 feet 3.5 inches, complexion light, hair light, eyes hazel…in the service…near a place in the State of North Carolina in the Fall of 1864 While on Sherman’s March to the Sea he contracted the disease of Rheumatism which was caused by the long march and the severe explosure. Ever since to the present he has been afflicted with said malady, and he based this claim for pension upon Rheumatism.
Since leaving the service he has resided in Minnesota…his occupation has been that of a Laborer…That he is now So disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries…
He hereby appoints with full power …Travis and Brown of Crawfordsville, Indiana his ture and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has not received nor applied for pension….Signed by Alexander Barclay. Witnesses W. A. Gray and J.M. D. Craft…have known him for 15 years and his occupation has been that of a laborer. Signed by Leonard Aldrich, Notary Public, Dakota County, Minnestoa. #944426 – Invalid Pension Original Claim of Alexander Barclay, of Capt. Rufus P. Wells, Company C, Reg’t 4, Minnesota Infty Enlisted October 25, 1861, discharged July 19, 1865.
7. Feb 9, 1891 – Card #944426, Alexander Barclay, Farmington, Minn, Service: Corp C, 4, Minnes. Inf., Enlisted: October 25, 1861, Discharged: July 19, 1865. Application filed: Feb. 9, 1891, Attorney Travis & Brown, Crawfordsville, Ind. Another card with not much on it.
8. June 13, 1891 – Dept. of the Interior: West Div., GEB Ex’r No. 944428, Washington D.C. June 13, 1891, It is alleged that Alexander Barclay enlisted Oct. 25, 1861 and served as Corporal in Co. C, 4 Reg’t Minn. Inf. and was discharged at Louisville, KY, July 19, 1865. It is also alleged that while on duty during Sherman’s march to sea on or about Fall of 1864 he was disabled by Rheumatism. Signed by [G...B. Raum] Commissioner.
9. Jun 16, 1891 – #944426 War Department Record and Pension Division, Alexander Barkley, Co. C, Reg’t 4 Minn Inft. enrolled Sept 25, 1861 and d.c. July 19, 1865, From Aug. 31, 1864 to Feby 28, 1865 he held the rank of Corporal. Other research furnish nothing additional bearing upon this case. No medical records found. H. Ainsworth, Captain and Ass’t. Suregon, U.S. Army.
10. July 15, 1891 – Surgeon’s Certificate in the case of Alexander Barclay, Co. C, 4 Reg’t, Minn, Inf. Applicant for Original #944426. Date of Examination July 15, 1891. Signed by Board – H.O. Smith M.D. Pres., G.R. Moloney M.D., Sec’y, J.P. Caldwell M.D., Treas. P.O. Shakopee, County of Scott, State of Minn.
Original Pension Claim No. 944426, Alexander Barclay, Rank Pvt & Corp. Company C, 4 Reg’t, Minn, Inf. shakopee, Minn. Claimant P.O. Farmington, Minn. July 15, 1891. Cause of disability Rheumatism. Says he has rheumatism in the past five years. Upon examination: Pulse rate 88, respiration 18, temperature 98 1/2, height 5 ft. 5 1/2 inches, weight 130 pounds, age 47 years.
Body well nourished, skin healthy, tongue coated brown, gums healthy, conjunctiva congested, arcus senilis in both eyes, Pterygiun in both eyese, liver trudy on pressure, spleen tender on pressure, he has sciatica along the whole course of sciatica on left side, there is arthristic rheumatism of both shoulder & elbow joints with crepitation in all. There is no enlargment of joints but much tenderness on pressure. Motion of all said joints is limited about one half. The rect muscle of back on right side are very much hardened and those on the left side are atrophied, motion of hip and knee joints on right side are limited about one half. Motion of similar joints on left side is somewhat less, hearts action feeble with slightly stenosis of the Aortic valve apea beat about 1 1/2 inches below left nipple, pulse after coming up on flight of stairs registers 10 f. Rectum congested two pil tumors 1/2 an inche in diameter each. No other disease found to exist.
He is in our opinion entitled to a 12/18 rating for the disability caused by Rheumatism & 2/18 for the cause of Piles and 9/18 for the caused by other disabilities. Signed by Smith, Moloney and Caldwell – the Board.
11. January 15, 1898 – #662988 Dept. of the Interior, Alexander Barclay. Are you married? Answer: I was never married and have no adopted children. Date: July 4th, 1898, Signed Alexander Barclay.
12. June 9, 1906 – Pensioner Dropped, U.S. Pension Agency, Milwaukee, Wis. INVALID, Class June 27th, 1890, Soldier: Alexander Barclay, Service Pri & Corp. Co. 4 Minn. Paid at $12.00 to October 4, 1905. Dropped: Death 9 Dec. 1905, E.D. Coe US Pension Agent.
13. Card June 9, 1906 – Cert No. 662988, Alexander Barclay, Issued Sept. 29, 1891, Mailed October 10, 1891. Rate and Period: $12, from Aug. 23, 1890. Dropped Jun 9, 1906. Dead.
In 26 November 1891 Alexander joined his local GAR Canby Post #47. This is the Grand Army of the Republic. Wikipedia has an article with references about this organization which was very popular during the later part of the 1800′s and early 1900′s. The records are hit and miss but still worth trying to find. You may find them in the state archives or check in the local area at a genealogical society or historical.
The GAR has a museum in Philadelphia that might be worth checking out: http://garmuslib.org/ This organization concentrates on PA and NY but they might be able to advise how to find the local GAR in a specific area?
The History of Dakota County, City of Hastings, 1891 by Rev. Edward D. Neill and J. Fletcher Williams, pg. 380-381, North Star Publishing 1881, talked a little about Alexander’s experiences.
“Alexander A. Barclay was born in Hartford, Connecticut, 1843. Came to Minnesota with his brother at the age of twelve years and settled in Scott county. In 1861, he enlisted in Company C, First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry and at the expiration of the ninety day’s term, re-enlisted in Company C, Fourth Minnesota, serving in the army of the Tennessee through the war; participated in the leading battles of that army, among which were the siege at Vicksburg, Atlanta, and on the “March to the Sea.” His command took part in the grand review at Washington in June 1865, and was finally mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, in July of that year. Mr. Barclay returned to Scott County, and in 1872, removed to his present home in Eureka township.”
Unfortunately I do not have a picture of my great great Uncle and I tried to find something to represent his journey and participation in this review.
Wikipedia has an article about the Grand Review. It was the parade that took place in Washington D.C. at the end of the Civil War. This article suggests other sources that have more photographs of this event. I was told that it would be very difficult to find photographs because they didn’t have the expertise at the time to take pictures of moving objects. Perhaps I should have kept digging. The Library of Congress might be another possibility. There is a great photograph of the soldiers on their horses riding down the street at this article and other articles with photos: