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Re: 20th Kansas Volunteers
Posted by John on Wednesday, 4 July 2018, at 11:25 a.m., in response to 20th Kansas Volunteers, posted by Dave Vanderpool on Wednesday, 4 July 2018, at 10:07 a.m.
The Springfield Research Service database lists a number of serial numbers from the 20th Kansas. I sorted these by company and found the following. Note that records (in the from of Company and Regimental Records, usually the Order Books (which were used to record what gear was issued to each man so they could be charged for it if not returned) were only found for the following companies. Company strength was normally around 100 men. Obviously rifles were not issued in consecutive number sequence.
Company A has numbers ranging from 77303 to 394236 Company C has numbers from 77533 to 236126 Company E has numbers from 11806 to 336711 Company F has numbers from 77191 to 236424 Company L has numbers from 78203 to 433253 Company M has numbers from 81133 to 213937 NCS & Band had numbers from 77481 to 235963
From the serial numbers, it can be seen that these would have included what collectors call the Model 1873, 1877, 1879 and 1884.
One frequent visitor here had relatives who served in the 20th Kansas, and I know one other person interested in this unit.
I have a rifle documented to PVT Crawford Blair who served in Company F. He was not a model soldier, being courts-martialed six times for relatively minor offenses during the 18 months the 20th served. That included about 9 months in the Philippines where they saw a lot of action, and 29 days aboard a troop ship getting there, and 37 days getting home.
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