Who would describe themself as a deserter?
I see what you're saying though.
I didn't think to check to see if he fought for the US side, I suppose I assumed the records would be in his file I got from the library, but I could be mistaken?
I do know he remained North - Indiana and Missouri - until after the war was over.
I have one more question: the records I got from the library microfilm are cards that say his name showed up on such and such record....Can I send off somewhere and get copies of the original document itself?