Where can I find a full roster and history for the US Army's 38th Volunteer Infantry, Company L, Philippine-American war veterans?
The article Philippine–American War on Geni explains why researching soldiers in this particular war is so difficult, particularly in the later units.
"At the time that the Spanish American War ended, only the 1st through the 10th U.S. Volunteer Infantry regiments existed. His regiment, the 38th U.S. Volunteer Infantry, was formed later for service in the Philippines.
The Spanish American War lasted from April to December 10, 1898, when the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the war. On February 4, 1899, war broke out betwen the U.S. and its former defacto ally, the Filipinos. This conflict lasted into 1902, but fighting actually continued until 1913 in some areas.
A pension fund was created for the Spanish American War, but not for the Philippine American War or the Chinese Relief Expedition ("Boxer Rebellion"). As a result, to allow men to receive pensions, the government lumped veterans of all three conflicts together, calling them Spanish American War Veterans....though they may have joined the military 15 years after the war ended or fought in China! This designation will appear on all government documents, including government-issued gravestones. From the unit designation, however, we can tell where and when he fought (Philippines, probably 1899 to 1902). He is not, unless he served in a different regiment earlier, an actual Spanish American War Veteran."
My granduncle mustered into 'L' Company of the 38th Volunteer Infantry during September of 1899. Prior to service, he resided in Michigan, and his enlistment records indicate Cascade County, Montana, where he spent most of his life.
His military records, headstone, and headstone application all indicate this same information (with the exception of being exactly 1-month off on his muster-in date) for his service, but I cannot find a history page, roster, etc. for his infantry division or 'L' Company.