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Research in Military Records: Civil War

Research in Military Records: Civil War  – http://www.archives.gov/research/military/civil-war/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How can I locate Civil War soliders buried in Mexico?
  • How can I locate records of Union Courts-Martial?
  • How can I locate records for Confederate medical officers and other personnel?


A page linking to articles and canned catalog searches of Civil War related records at the National Archives. Mostly finding aids. Examining the records will require an in-person visit to a National Archives office. Some of the resources include:

  • Civil War Records, broad overview of the records, where to find them, and more.
  • Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers from Pennsylvania (August Sungrist through Isaac Sweeney)
  • Confederate Medical Personnel, an article in Prologue magazine

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