Research: Military: Civil
Origin of the Civil War Soldiers Database
In 1893 the State Legislature appropriated $25,000 to transcribe and
publish the military service records of New York State Volunteers who
served during the Civil War.
- The abstracts were compiled from original military service records
held by the Adjutant General's Office and the United States War Department
- This task was undertaken in 1893 and completed in 1906.
- They were published, 1893-1905, as supplements to the annual reports
issued by the Adjutant General's Office for those years.
- The transcriptions do not contain all of the information that is frequently provided in the original muster roll abstracts (e.g. physical description,
- The original muster roll abstracts are now in the custody of the New
York State Archives.
- Microfilm of all of the volumes pertaining to volunteers, sharpshooters,
and colored troops is available for either purchase
During the early part of the 20th century, the New York State Adjutant
General's Office produced the seventeen-volume name index to the abstracts.
The Civil War Soldiers Database
- The vast majority of names populating the Civil War Soldiers Database
were obtained from the seventeen-volume unpublished name index produced
by the New York State Adjutant General's Office
- State Archives staff added to the database the names of the men who
served in the United States Colored Troops from the original Civil War
Muster Roll Abstracts
- Evolving the index into a database has added the capacity to search
by unit as well as by name.
- In November 2002, a web accessible version of the Civil War Soldiers
Database was made available to the public