Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One Step [Backwards] at a Time

Grandpa Canty's last known whereabouts was in Clyo, Georgia.  His WWI Draft Registration Card said he was a salesman.  But before that, Grandpa was a soldier.  How do I know that?  I go back to 1913 - 5 years earlier.  The U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 is full of information.  When you go on Ancestry, you will only see the basics unless you click to see the original document.  Here is where it gets interesting.  This is basically a list of who joined the U.S. Army, when they joined, who signed them up, where they were originally from and then a spot called "Remarks."  Now "Remarks" is in abbreviated form, but I've done my best to transcribe.  In 1913 Grandpa Canty was on his second enlistment with the U.S. Army.  He had reinlisted back at Ft. Slocum, N.Y.; however, he was discharged early in South Carolina.  Here is what the "Remarks" say:
"Dis., May 25, 1913 at Ft. Moultrie, S.C. in S.A.(?) 75, Eastern Dept., May 14/13, Lot., Very Good, h.&f."
I don't know what some of this means, but I do see that when he left the Army, it was on  May 25, 1913 and after that he made his way during the next 5 years to living back in Georgia. [By the way, if anyone reading this has any helpful hints about what "Lot." or "h.&f." mean, please share.]

So I'll take another step backwards to end up in the New London, Connecticut area.  The city of romance...

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