Category Archives: Civil War Pensions

An Undistinguished Civil War Regiment Deconstructed

When first looking at the history of Rev. McNair’s 31st New Jersey Regiment, one notices that they are only remarkable in that their nine months of military life passed without a major battle or an interesting story to tell. Even … Continue reading

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It’s Here! Anthony Mattson’s (Alias William Thompson) Widows and Dependents Pension File

I have been researching the four Mattson brother’s who served in the Civil War for almost 5 years.  They have gradually given up their secrets, but Anthony has been the most illusive. I wasn’t even sure what his name was … Continue reading

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Jesse C. Mattson 1838-1864

Jesse Mattson’s Effects: One great coat, one canteen, one rubber blanket, one pencil, one blouse, one pair of boots, one pair of stockings, one pair of trousers, one shirt, one haversack, one pocket book, $3.40 and one gold ring. This … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Missing Mattson Brother – Part II

First let me say the Chester County Archives are full of incredible records and the archivist and all the staff were extremely helpful.  I spent a day and a half there and felt that I was able to cull the … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Missing Mattson Brother – Part I

It all started a few years ago when I received the Civil War pension file for John Conway Mattson (my 3rd great grandfather).  In the file, I discovered a letter from his second wife Rebecca Oberland Mattson documenting her husband’s … Continue reading

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No Happy Ending

Well, I had hoped to find a positive resolution to John C. Mattson and his widow Rebecca’s pension requests. Sadly, from the very beginning of the the quest with the initial pension application in 1892, till the very end with … Continue reading

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John Mattson’s 1st Pension Rejection

After the shock of Rebecca’s letter from 1902 (May 29th blog), I was compelled to go to the back of the pension file to see how it all started with John C. Mattson’s first request. His original pension application is … Continue reading

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