The information included in this time period is similar to the service records of soldiers in the colonial wars and Revolutionary War and have been indexed and microfilmed by the National Archives. If a personal search of the microfilmed indexes at the National Archives or Family History Libraries is not possible, you can request a search at the National Archives using NATF form 80.
These records are indexed by state and by military unit for those organized within a specific state. Use NATF form 80 to request Civil War service records for the Union Army. Civil War soldier draft records, 1863-1865, will provide rank and unit.
Civil War Soldier Draft Records, 1863-1965, are only available at the National Archives as are the Confederate Service Records. An online database available is the Civil War Soldiers System Database: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/. It was begun on April 28, 1993, and is a joint project of the National Archives, the National Park Service, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Society of Utah. It provides a database which identifies every solder who fought in the Civil War. Each entry indicates whether the solder was Union or Confederate, his regiment and his rank and indicates where he is buried. You will find Civil War regimental rosters, Regimental chronicles, officer profiles, Civil War soldier photographs and Civil War battle synopses. As of Oct 6, 1999, they had 2,320,000 of approximately 4,000,000 soldiers listed or 58% completed.
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