World Archives Project: U.S., Returns of Killed and Wounded in Battles, 1790-1848

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About this project This collection contains a handwritten book compilation of those who were killed or wounded of American troops during battles that occurred between the years 1790 and 1848.

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This collection contains a handwritten book compilation of those who were killed or wounded of American troops during battles that occurred between the years 1790 and 1848.

From these images we are keying the names of all those who were either killed or wounded in battle. Occasionally names of commanding officers, or others in charge who were not wounded or killed will appear on the image. These names should not be keyed. Names will typically appear in columns. If multiple columns appear, key all names in the first column before moving on to the next column. If multiple sections appear on a page (one for each battle), key all the information for the first section before moving onto the next section.

For those who were killed we are also keying a death date and death place when they appear. Often times you will need to read the information to determine the death date and death place. If the death place is not explicitly stated (such as in a death place column), key the location of the battle they were engaged in if present. The death date and death place fields should be left empty for wounded soldiers. In the Killed or Wounded field, please key whether the individual is listed as killed or wounded in the battle.



Project-specific sample images and form field help:
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Cover page, Section header, etc.
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Choose the "Returns" form type if the image contains names that need to be keyed.

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Rank

Key the rank as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. Do not expand the rank.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you.

Death Day

Key the death day from the death date. You will need to read the image to determine the date of death. Do not key death dates for wounded soldiers. If no death date appears for those killed, key the year of the battle into the death year field if present on the image.

Death Month

Key the death month from the death date in its three-letter abbreviation using the dictionary provided to assist you.You will need to read the image to determine the date of death. Do not key death dates for wounded soldiers. If no death date appears for those killed, key the year of the battle into the death year field if present on the image.

Death Year

Key the death year from the death date. You will need to read the image to determine the date of death. Do not key death dates for wounded soldiers. If no death date appears for those killed, key the year of the battle into the death year field if present on the image.

Death Place

Key the death place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided to assist you. If the death place is not explicitly stated (such as in a death place column), key the location of the battle they were engaged in if present in the header information of the battle. Separate geographical locations with a comma, such as "Boston, Massachusetts". If the location is entered as "near Salem" only key "Salem." Do not key a death place for wounded soldiers.

Killed or Wounded

Key either "Killed" or "Wounded" into this field, depending on whether the individual was killed or wounded during the battle. Individuals that were killed in battle will appear on the Killed list and those that were wounded will appear on the Wounded list. Use the term "Killed" for all individuals for whom death information is present; this includes all line of duty deaths, regardless of their actual cause, enemies, and civilians.

Keying Samples

Cover page, Section header, etc.

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Use the “Cover page, Section header, etc” type for images that don’t contain any data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide some type of context for the image set. For instance, historical notes, affidavits, and so forth.

Additional Image Samples

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Use the “Image with no data” type for images that don’t contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only the blank background or an image with a microfilm target on it.

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