Aaaannnd it's time to get back into the swing of things! The holidays (and all the crazy that comes with the holiday season) are over, and the archives is slipping back into normality as the CCHA schedule settles for the 2020 season.
Today's blog post is brought to you by John Munroe, a Private in Company F of the United States First Regiment of Dragoons.
Little is known of John's background. What we do know can be gleaned from his official discharge letter, pictured below:
He was impressed into the United States Army as a minor, against his will, and without the permission of his parents. There is no mention of a "controlling impediment," so likely he did not desert. We can also fairly safely assume he reached his majority, 21 years of age, before 1853, when "General Orders 23" was announced, making him no younger than 24 years old.
His papers no not mention service in any particular war, but being he was in Company F, there is a possiblity (again, we don't know his age) he served in the Mexican-American war (1846-1848). After the war, Company F was stationed in New Mexico, and it is possible, and indeed probable, he served there for a time.
Stay tuned to see if we can discover any more information about Pvt. John Munroe in the future!
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.