United States military posts returns
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United States military posts returns

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: United States. National Archives and Records Administration.
Title: United States military posts returns
Dates: 1824-1850
Extent: 0.02 cubic feet (1 microfilm box)
Identification: MS 5900

Biographical/Historical Note

Post returns served to report unit strength in total numbers of men present, absent, sick, or on extra or daily duty, and to give a specific accounting of officers and enlisted men by name.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm film copy of the National Archives and Records Administration's microfilm no. 617, "Returns from U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916," roll 1125, which contains returns for Savannah, Georgia, January 1824-December 1850. Post returns from the early 1800s consist of monthly returns of many military posts, camps, and stations. Returns generally show the units that were stationed at a particular post and their strength, the names and duties of the officers, the number of officers present and absent, a list of official communications received, and a record of events. The returns are arranged by arm of service, then numerically by regiment, then chronologically by date of return.

There are no returns for the following dates: April-June 1824; December 1826-October 1827; February-May 1828; June-October 1829; May-November 1830; May-October 1831; February 1836-June 1842; October 1842-September 1848; August 1849-January 1850.

These returns were microfilmed by the National Archives and Records Administration in 1965.

Index Terms

Military records.
Savannah (Ga.)
United States. National Archives and Records Administration.

Location of Originals

Original returns in the National Archives.

Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], United States military posts returns, MS 5900, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Published Descriptions

National Archives and Records Administration. Returns from U.S. military posts, 1800-1916. Washington, D.C.: NARA, 1968.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1X-5900-01. United States military posts returns, 1824-1850