Collection: US Military Records

Indian Wars

  Indian Wars, Conflicts and Disturbances 1614 – 1893 Indian War Medals of Honor (hosted at United States Army) Pequot Indian War French and Indian War Seminole Wars 1817 1835-1842 1855-1858 Creek Wars 1811 1814 1836 Black Hawk War, 1832 Black Hawk War, Utah, 1856 – 1857  ...

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Civil War Records

The American Civil War (1861-–1865), also known as the War Between the States (among other names), was a civil war in the United States of America. Eleven Southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America, also known as “the Confederacy.” Led by Jefferson Davis, the Confederacy fought against the United States (the Union), which was supported by all the free states (where slavery had been abolished) and by five slave states that became known as the border states. Hostilities began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces attacked a U.S....

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Civil War Microfilm at the National Archives

Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government. (M258. 123 rolls. 16mm. DP.) This microfilm publication reproduces the compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in military organizations raised directly or otherwise formed by the Confederate government and therefore not identified with any one state. Two or three of these organizations seem to have been originally considered units of the Confederate Regular Army. Several others were raised among residents of Indian Territory; one was made up of foreigners recruited among Union prisoners of war. Preceding the jacket-envelopes for the individual soldiers in each organizational unit, there are usually empty envelopes on which the officers of the unit are listed. Jacket-envelopes contain cards showing the exact captions of muster-in and muster-out rolls that were copied and the certifications of the mustering officers verifying the accuracy of the rolls. Record-of-events cards indicate the activities in which any part of the unit had been engaged. Because of the irregular way in which most of these units were organized, there are relatively few caption cards. Record-of-events cards are more numerous, but they sometimes do not contain any account of happenings because no such notation was made in the original records. The compiled service records reproduced in this microfilmed publication are indexed on M818. Roll Description 1 1st Confederate Cavalry A--C 2 D--H 3 I--N...

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General Index of Pension Files, 1861-1934

The National Archives have microfilm publication of a general index to pension files. The pension applications to which this index applies relate chiefly to Army, Navy, and Marine Corps service performed between 1861 and 1916. Most of the records relate to Civil War service; some relate to earlier service by Civil War veterans; others relate to service in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, and the Regular Establishment. There are no Federal pension records for service in Confederate forces. Each card in the general index gives a veteran’s name, rank, unit, and term of service; names of dependent(s); the filing date; the application number; the certificate number; and the state from which the claim was filed. The darker cards relate to naval service. Where to find the Records: You can search microfilm T-288 at the research facilities listed below. Alabama Birmingham Public Library, Tutwiler Collection of Southern History and Literature, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203. California NARA-Pacific Region (San Francisco), 1000 Commodore Dr., San Bruno, CA 94066-2350. District of Columbia National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20408-0001. Illinois NARA-Great Lakes Region (Chicago), 7358 South Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629-5898. Indiana Allen County Public Library, Historical Genealogy Department, 900 Webster, P.O. Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270. Indiana State Library, Genealogy Division, 140 North Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Massachusetts NARA-Northeast...

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How to Request Veterans Records

The following article will explain how to request veterans records from the National Personnel Records Center. National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is one of the National Archives and Records Administration’s largest operations. They are a central repository of personnel-related records, both military and civil service. They  provide service to Government agencies, military veterans, former civilian Federal employees, family members, as well as researchers and historians. Copies of most military and medical records on file at NPRC (MPR), including the DD Form 214, Report of Separation (or equivalent), can be made available upon request.  Veterans and next-of-kin of deceased veterans have the same rights to full access to the record.  Next-of-kin are the unremarried widow or widower, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran. Authorized third party requesters, e.g., lawyers, doctors, historians, etc., may submit requests for information from individual records with the veteran’s (or next of kin’s) signed and dated authorization.  All authorizations should specify exactly what the veteran (or next-of-kin) is allowing to be released to a third party. How to Prepare Requests for Information from Official Military Personnel Files Federal law requires that all requests for records and information be submitted in writing.  Each request must be signed (in cursive) and dated (within the last year).  FOR THIS REASON, NO REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE INTERNET. Requests must contain enough information to...

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National Cemetery Locations

On July 17, 1862, Congress enacted legislation that authorized the President to purchase “cemetery grounds” to be used as national cemeteries “for soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country.” Fourteen cemeteries were established that first year, including one in the sleepy Maryland town of Sharpsburg where 4,476 Union soldiers were laid to rest after the one day of terrible slaughter that was the Battle of Antietam. (By way of comparison, approximately 3,000 Americans, British and Canadians died on June 6, 1944, in the invasion of Normandy). More than 3 million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict—from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War—are honored by burial in VA’s national cemeteries. Approximately 17,000 acres of land from Hawaii to Maine, and from Alaska to Puerto Rico are devoted to the memorialization of those who served this nation. More than 300 recipients of the Medal of Honor are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. Today, there are 141 national cemeteries in all. VA, through its National Cemetery Administration, administers 125 of them. Two national Cemeteries—Arlington and Soldiers Home—are still administered by the Army. Fourteen national cemeteries are maintained by the Department of the Interior. Alaska Fort Richardson National Cemetery Sitka National Cemetery Arizona National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona Prescott National Cemetery Arkansas Fayetteville National Cemetery Fort Smith National Cemetery Little Rock National Cemetery California Fort Rosecrans...

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Dunmore’s War Rosters

The “Dunmore’s War Rosters” is the chief and by far the most reliable source from which to obtain rosters of the companies engaged in the battle of Point Pleasant, and we print there-from all of those which participated in that struggle. In addition to these, this work contains rolls or lists of men engaged in defending the frontier in 1774.

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