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Union[edit | edit source]

  • Civil War Soldiers Index is the index of soldiers who served in the Civil War, 1861-1865 culled from 6.3 million soldier records in the General Index Cards to the Compiled Military Service Records in the National Archives. Each record provides the full name, regiment, whether Union or Confederate, the company, the soldier's rank, sometimes alternate names, the NARA publication and roll numbers.
  • Civil War Pension Index Cards Each card gives the soldier's name, unit, the application number, the certificate number and the state from which the soldier served. In some cases, the soldier's rank, terms of service, date of death and place of death are given. The index cards refer to pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917, though mostly for Civil War veterans.
  • United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War is not indexed, but has images of schedules enumerating Union veterans and widows of veterans of the Civil War for the states of Kentucky through Wyoming. Except for some miscellaneous returns, data for the states of Alabama through Kansas do not exist. Some returns include U.S. Naval Vessels and Navy Yards.
  • Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904 has images of a name index to correspondence of the Records and Pension Office. Much of this correspondence concerns military service and pension related issues. This collection is missing surname ranges “Dunf-Durd” (roll 107), “Hern-Hia” (roll 163), and “Shee-Shep” (roll 310).
  • Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891 has registers of men who enlisted in the United States Navy from January 6, 1855 to August 8, 1891. The registers include name of naval rendezvous, name of sailor, date and term of enlistment, rating, previous naval service, place of birth, age, occupation and personal description.
  • Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910 has an index of approximately 20,000 approved pension application files of widows and other dependents of US Navy veterans who served between 1861 and 1910.

Confederate[edit | edit source]

  • Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications has images of Confederate pension files and applications for admission to the Confederate soldiers' home acquired from the Missouri Department of Records and Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. The applications are arranged in alphabetical order on 27 reels of 35mm microfilm. The pensions are for Confederate veterans who were living in Missouri, although they may have enlisted from another state. The Confederate Soldiers’ Home in Higginsville, Missouri, was open for infirm and dependent former Confederate soldiers and sailors, their wives, widows, and orphans.

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