Descriptive and Historical Register of Enlisted Soldiers of the Army

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Descriptive and Historical Register of Enlisted Soldiers of the Army

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Register of Enlistments


Second Seminole War, 1835-1842


The Descriptive and Historical Register of Enlisted Soldiers of the Army is a record of all the individuals who enlisted in the United States Army between 1798-1914. The register includes information about the individual’s age at time of enlistment, birthplace, occupation, physical description, rank, and date and cause of discharge. This page of the Register of Enlistments has an entry for James Gaffney.

James Gaffney was born in Navan, Ireland, in 1814, and immigrated to the United States sometimes prior to 1837. He worked as a laborer before he enlisted in the United States Army in June 1837. He joined G Company in the 6th Infantry Regiment, which was sent to Florida to participate in the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). Gaffney died during the Battle of Okeechobee, on December 25, 1837. He is memorialized at St. Augustine National Cemetery in Florida.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for K-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


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Digital reproduction of original United States Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914.




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Klements, Elizabeth
Stoddard, James

Source Repository

National Archives' Record Group 94, Record of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780s-1917.

External Reference

Byrne, Charles. “The Sixth Regiment of Infantry,” U.S. Army Center of Military History, accessed January 16, 2020,;
“Saint Augustine National Cemetery.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, accessed January 17, 2020,;
“U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914.” Database,, accessed 6 August 2019.


United States Army, “Descriptive and Historical Register of Enlisted Soldiers of the Army,” RICHES, accessed May 23, 2024,