World Archives Project: RI, NJ, CT - Returns from US Military Posts, 1800-1916

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These Returns from Military Posts were prepared by the Commanding Officer of each military post as required by Army regulations. They are a personnel report prepared as often as monthly for the soldiers assigned to each post. They cover the period from 1800 - 1916. Most are handwritten reports based on or drawn to match printed reports. Basically, these reports were designed to show units that were stationed at a particular post and their strength, the names and duties of the officers, the number of officers present and absent, a listing of official communications received and a record of events.

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Post Returns

Post Returns

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Most post returns are handwritten based on or drawn to match printed reports. Basically, these reports were designed to show units that were stationed at a particular post, the names and duties of the officers, the number of officers present or absent, a listing of official communications received and a record of events. Please key the names of the personnel present on these reports.

Month of Return

Enter the month for the Return Period from the top of the return. If you can't find this date at the top of the image, you may enter the date the return was submitted.
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Year of Return

Enter the year of the return period for the report from the top of the form. If you cannot find the year at the top of the form, you may use the year the return was submitted elsewhere on the form.
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Commander's Given Name

Enter the Given Name of the Post Commander using the names in the drop down list to assist. If no given name is present leave this field blank. While usually at the top of the form, you may need to look over the entire form to determine the Officer in Charge.
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Commander's Surname

Key the Post Commander's Surname using the names in the drop-down list to assist. Usually you can find the Commander's Surname at the top of the form. If not given at the top of the report you may need to look over the entire report.
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Given Name

Key the first name and any middle names or initials for the soldiers assigned to the post and any other names of people you see, whether of soldiers, civilians, or unknown types. The personnel assigned portion of the report is listed in the body of the report. There may be two columns, one for Commissioned Officers, and one for Non-Commissioned Officers or Enlisted.
Also check the other sections containing Remarks, Record of Events, Communications Received, Purport, etc., for names and key any found there. Key all the names, top to bottom, found in the left-most column, then move to the right and key from top to bottom. Then look still farther to the right, and key any other names, again going from top to bottom. The last name keyed will often be the Post Commander in the lower right corner of many returns.
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Surname

Enter the surname here as it appears on the image, using the drop-down list to help you. The personnel assigned portion of the report is listed in the body of the report. There may be two columns, one of Commissioned Officers, and one for Non-Commissioned Officers or Enlisted.
Also check the other sections containing Remarks, Record of Events, Communications Received, Purport, etc., for names and key any found there. Key all the names, top to bottom, in the left-most column, then move to the right and key from top to bottom. Then look still farther to the right, and key any other names, again going from top to bottom. The last name keyed will often be the Post Commander in the lower right corner of many returns.
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