Union Volunteer Enlistment Documents for Erastus Varner
Two nearly identical volunteer enlistment documents exist for Erastus Varner. Images of both are included and a transcript is given of the second.
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STATE OF Indiana, TOWN OF Greensburg
I, Erastus Varner, born in ___ in the State of Carolina, aged Eighteen years, and by occupation a Laborer, DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this Twenty First day of January, 1865, to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of One YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority:
Sworn and subscribed to, at Greensburg} [signature] Erastus Varner
I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier.
I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer Erastus Varner previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service. This soldier has Dark Grey eyes, Dark hair, Dark complexion, is Five feet Five 1/2 inches high.
H B Hill
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Mustered into the service of the United States, for one years or during the war, from date of enlistment, in Company ___
DECLARATION OF RECRUIT.
I, Erastus Varner, desiring to VOLUNTEER as a Soldier in the Army of the United States, for the term of One YEARS, Do Declare, That I am Eighteen years and ___ months of age; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentnece of a court martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment; and I know of no impediment to my serving honestly and faithfully as a soldier for one year.
GIVEN at Greensburg Indiana
Witness: H B Hill
16th Regt Ind Vols
__ enlistment; last served in Company ( )
Resides in Jackson Township
CONSENT IN CASE OF MINOR.