Research: Military: Civil War Database

Other Indexes for New Yorkers Who Served During The Civil War

Wilt, Richard A. New York Soldiers in the Civil War: A Roster of Military Officers and Soldiers Who Served in New York Regiments in the Civil War as listed in the Annual Reports of the Adjutant General of the State of New York.

  • A two volume alphabetical name index to the names of individuals published in the 43 volumes issued by the Adjutant General's Office between 1893 and 1906.
  • The index provides the name of the soldier, unit, and page and volume number in which his service record is contained.
  • Since this index is based on the published reports it does not contain the names of those men who served in the three United States Colored Troops regiments that New York furnished.

Broadfoot Publishing Company, compiler. Index to Compiled Military Service Records.

  • The 5-volume index pertaining to New Yorkers is based on the microfilmed index to the Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR) maintained by the National Archives.
  • Provides name, rank, regiment, and company.
  • The National Archives has a working copy of the microfilmed index to the CMSR available for public use in its microfilm reading room. Also, some regional archives, large libraries, and state archives have full sets, or their state's portion, of the approximately 1,300 reels of film. The New York State Library maintains that portion of the index pertaining to New Yorkers who served in the Civil War.

Historical Data Systems, Inc. of Duxbury, Massachusetts. American Civil War Research Data Base.

  • This is a subscription database that contains a number of useful functions, one of which being a name index to soldiers who served in the United States Volunteers during the war.
  • The index pertaining to New Yorkers is based on the 43 volumes published by the New York State Adjutant General's Office between 1893 and 1906.
  • The database also contains an abstract of the information contained in these volumes for each soldier.
  • If a photograph of the soldier is contained in the database, the image will also be displayed as part of his service record.

National Park Service. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS).

  • Data primarily derived from the Compiled Military Service Records maintained by the National Archives.
  • The CWSS database currently contains approximately 5 million soldier names from over thirty states and territories. The section for New York State has been completed.
  • Provides the following information: name, regiment, side (Union or Confederate), company, rank when mustered in, rank when mustered out, and alternative spellings (if known).
  • When finished, the database will contain:
    • basic summary military service information for every Union and Confederate soldier
    • basic summary military service information on men who served in the Union and Confederate naval service and the approximately 18,000 African Americans who served in the United States Navy.
    • histories of the regiments in both the Union and Confederate Armies
    • links to descriptions of 384 significant battles of the war
    • other historical information.
    • information about soldiers, sailors, regiments, and battles, prisoner of war records and cemetery records.

How do these indexes relate to one another?

  • There is a tremendous amount of overlap between the various indexes; the vast majority of names overlap.
  • Each index, however, contains names not found in the other indexes.
  • Researchers may want to consult one or more of the indexes when researching soldiers who served from New York State.

What makes New York State Civil War Soldier Index different?

  • It contains many alternate spellings of soldiers' names.
  • It lists men who served in more than one unit during their Civil War careers.
  • The database contains over 500,000 individual records for the roughly 360,000 men who served in the volunteer and colored regiments.

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