James M. Youmans Union Army Veterans Register
Dates: 1865?-1924
Accession Number: 990302E
Donor: Unknown
Description: One file folder in a document case

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection consists of 3 small booklets (4" x 6.5") compiled by James M. Youmans, a veteran of the Civil War. The booklets were originally intended to serve as "Workmens Time Books" but Youmans adapted them to use for recording information about Union Army veterans of the Civil War. Youmans provided no rationale or explanation for the creation of these lists except to indicate on the first few pages of Book 1 that these were the "Names of Soldiers Dead and Living." Since several of the entries are for individuals who were killed in the Civil War, it seems more likely that these books represent Youmans' attempt to serve as an historian of the conflict than anything else such as use as a membership list for Civil War veteran organizations.

For each veteran, including himself, Youmans listed information in the following order: the military company and regiment in which they served; the state where they enlisted; their date of death; their place of death; and the name of the battle (in cases when the individual was killed in action). Many of the soldiers survived into the 1910s and as late as the 1920s. The soldiers in the book served in regiments from the following states and commonwealths: Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

James M. Youmans was born circa 1843 and lived in Clinton, Indiana. He was mustered into the Union Army on December 10, 1863. He served in Company C, 123rd Regiment Indiana Volunteers and was mustered out on August 25, 1865 with the rank of Sergeant. He died in Clinton on April 11, 1928 at the age of 85. His obituary is included in the inventory folder for this collection.

Document Case





Folder 1

Booklet 1: Surnames A-H




Booklet 2: Surnames H-S




Booklet 3: Surnames T-Y