Massachusetts Archives


Adjutant General’s Office: Bounty elective rolls

Part of: Massachusetts Adjutant General's Office

Bounty elective rolls, 1864-1865.

5 volumes; Copies: 2 partial microfilm reels
Call no.: PS1/435X

Scope and Content: The adjutant general of the Commonwealth, as executive administrator of the state’s Military Establishment, has been responsible for maintaining and reporting data concerning militia strength.  During the Civil War these activities were intensified, particularly as they related to fulfillment of municipal recruitment quotas and determinations of entitlement to state aid and bounties.  Consisting of descriptive rolls of recruits arranged by bounty number, this series established the basis on which individuals recruits received their bounty payments, pursuant to St 1863, c 218 and 254 and St 1864, c 130.
Arrangement: In two subseries: (1) Elective rolls of recruits (2) Elective rolls of recruits from southern states; arranged within each subseries by bounty number
Notes: Although the adjutant general had responsibility for militia pay records before, during, and after the Civil War, including this series, from Dec. 1864 (pursuant to General Order 51) such records were in the specific custody of the paymaster general until that office lapsed in 1866. Reel GSU 500: v. 1 (through 2585).  Reel GSU 501: v. 1 (from 2585)-v.5
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