I was never notified of your reply!Just crusing sites tonight and found it.
I had a terrible time getting military records for McDonald. Tried a researcher in D.C. and he found nothing at National Archives. Mind you I talking a MOH recipent!
I took a chance and sent for records at NA.They sent letter back saying they could not find anything either but if I was agreeable, they would hire a professional genealogist to locate them at additional expense. I said to go for it.It was VERY expensive but I received about a ream of paper with letters written by McDonald describing his exploits on the frontier and letters written by Col. Miles A. Nelson and other superior officers recommending his MOH, along with recommendations for other officers and a lot more.McDonald's letters alone were worth the price. Historians did not pay much attention to these Indian fighters until after the Civil War when Miles and others went to join them. After reading letters, I studied what it was like on the frontier in 1800s and believe me, it wasn't for sissies.