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Mr. Trevor K. Plante

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Chief of Reference

Local Address:  Washington , United States
National Archives

Employment History

  • Specialist In Civil War Records
    National Archives
  • Military Archivist
    National Archives
  • Specialist In Civil War Records
  • Archivist
    Research Center

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Abraham Lincoln Institute: Board of Directors, 8 Aug 2015 [cached]
Trevor K. Plante
Trevor K. Plante
Trevor Plante is Acting Chief of Reference at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century military records.
There, the Union army's leaders ..., 8 June 2007 [cached]
There, the Union army's leaders Trevor Plante, a specialist in Civil War records at the National Archives, stands with the original handwritten note by President Abraham Lincoln, dated July 7, 1863, addressed to Maj.
At a news conference, archivist Trevor Plante said he was looking for
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Trevor Plante is a military archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, and specializes in 19th and early 20th century military records. Armed with names and a few dates, I met up with Trevor at the National Archives, where he gave me some tips for navigating through the volumes of records housed there. Decades after the conflict, the War Department had compiled service records for Civil War volunteers on both sides. Enlistment records, muster rolls, even clothing requi­sitions were included, and the National Archives had them all. Or at least all that survived the war. Any time a soldier showed up in a record, Trevor said, War Department clerks had filled out a card with that information and put it in his compiled service record folder.
Through partnerships between the National Archives and organizations like and, many of these records have been digitized, and they're searchable on computers in the archives' research rooms. You can also see the original file. Simply fill out a short form and submit it to the archives staff, who will pull the file for you during the next scheduled "pull time. Trevor pointed me to a computer and turned me loose.
I soon discovered that despite what other researchers had claimed, my George H. Baker was apparently not a member of the 9th West Virginia Infantry; the one in the records was about 18 when he enlisted, and my relative would have been considerably older. The soldier Baker was also from a different region, although he enlisted in Cabell County.
Trevor cautioned me, however, that being absent without leave didn't carry quite the stigma for most Civil War soldiers as it does today. Most of them were volunteers, he noted, and when their time was up-or in winter, when there was little activity-they assumed they were free to go.
Trevor Plante, a specialist ..., 7 June 2007 [cached]
Trevor Plante, a specialist in Civil War records at the National Archives, discovered the message in the National Archives files while looking for some materials in response to a reference request.In commenting on the discovery, Plante said that "this message was one of the
Special Programs Highlight National Archives Records in February 2009, 1 Feb 2009 [cached]
Room G-24, Research Center (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue) Archivist Trevor Plante will discuss Lincoln records held at the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area.
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