Engineer Regiment of the West, Missouri Volunteers (Union)
Brief History[edit | edit source]
Bissell's Missouri Engineer Regiment of the West was organized and mustered in by companies from July 10, 1861 through October 31, 1861. It served in various places. The regiment was consolidated with the 25th Missouri Infantry to form the 1st Regiment, Missouri Engineers February 17, 1864.
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System stated that "Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer contains no history for this unit. 
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Company A - organized at St. Louis
Company B - organized at Paris, Edgar County, Illinois
Company C - organized at Prairie City, McDonough County, Illinois
Company D - organized at St. Louis St. Louis County, Missouri
Company E - organized at Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan
Company F - organized at Dubuque County, Iowa
Company G - organized at Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
Company H - organized at Paris, Edgar County, Illinois
Company I - organized in Iowa
Company K - organized at Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa
The information about the companies and their counties is from MOLLUS, Bissell's MO Engineer Regiment of the West, (accessed 9 January 2012). Source of Data: "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, V.III" by Frederick H. Dyer, c1908, p.1320.
Other Sources[edit | edit source]
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Missouri in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Missouri in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Missouri, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.