Barbara - I had a nice long logical, I thought, note written about GOs and then thought of so many exceptions that I erased it. However I think this much is true. They are yearly Orders by individual units, (Regiments, Battalions, Divisions, Corps, etc) that most of the time present various awards. They are numbered from the first one written in that yr. though the last one the last day of the yr. So the #s are repeated each yr. They were #ed conscutively and any missing order had to be accounted for. And yes there could be many GOs of the same #. The unit is essential if you are searching. The Orders then I think were distributed to each of the men that Order applied to. Many men could be on the same Order and different awards could be presented on the same Order So if nothing happened to the Order the man who received the award should have had a copy for his own. Here the problem was keeping them if they wished to in the circumstances they were in. Another sad thing happened is that many were just thrown away. Some soldiers I know of never did receive theirs because of some mix up when they were discharged. Most Orders were written for living men.An individual Order could contain the names of both living and dead men. If that was the case the death was always noted.
Since the GOs are from different regiments I think it not worth while askingfor the Order. And I have no idea what Order # you should ask for. Remember you are dealing with millions of men. Mary