Monday, November 18, 2013

Military Monday: Louis Henry Wolfe's Service Record

Among the papers left behind by my maternal great-grandfather, Louis Henry Wolfe (1872-1929), was the picture at right (which I now believe was him around 1898, when he joined the Army), and some military documents.  One of them is pictured below.

Part of the document - perhaps as much as a third - appears to be missing, but there is quite a bit of information on that which remains.  I'll transcribe it below, with the handwritten parts in a different color.

On one side of the document, it reads:


To all whom it may concern

Know Ye, That Louis H. Wolfe, a Private of Company "I" of the Sixth Regiment of Infantry, who was enlisted on the Seventh day of January one thousand nine hundred and one to serve 3 years is hereby Honorably Discharged from the Army of the United States by reason of expiration of term of service.

The said Louis H. Wolfe was born in Monnongahela [sic, it should be Monongahela] in the state of Pa. and when enlisted was 24 7/12 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, Fair complexion, Blue eyes, Lt. Bro[wn] hair, and by occupation a bricklayer.

Given under my hand at Fort Leavenworth Kansas...

...and at this point, the paper is torn.

On the reverse, it says:


Continuous Service at date of discharge: 3 years -- months -- days
Previous Service: Company "C" 6th Infy [Infantry] Discharged Jany [January] 20, 1899
Non commissioned officer: No
Marksmanship: 3rd class season 1903
Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expeditions:  Expedition in Island of Cebu, P.I. [Philippine Islands] from Sept. 19 to Nov. 5, 1901.  Expedition Island of Bohol, P.I. from Nov. 6 1901 to Dec. 19, 1901.
Wounds received in service:  None
Physical condition when discharged:  Good
Married or single: Single

...and again, the paper is torn.  All of the information here corresponds with a handwritten Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, available on National Archives microfilm and at

Note that my great-grandfather had been previously enlisted in the Army and discharged in January 1899.  More on that in another post.

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