Lots of wonderful, magical things have been found in pension files. I'm not speaking solely of information. For example, there is the needle work sampler found in the Revolutionary War pension file of Chester Goodale.
I recently read of another item, decidedly on the strange side. Just recently someone came across a piece of clothing that a corpse wore for three years before the piece was removed and placed in the file!
I kid you not.
It's a story with intrigue, tragedy, a disinterred corpse, larceny, mystery, fraud, a lethal gunshot to the head, a potter's grave, war, and a gingham apron.
Who says genealogy can't be compelling?
Learn the whole story at "Civil War Conservation Corps Reaches a Significant Milestone." For more information about samplers in the National Archives, click here.