Civil War Quick Tip – Researching Regular Army Civil War Ancestors

FBGenCircleLogo1Whenever I write about researching your Civil War ancestor I’m referring to the volunteer soldier. The guy who answered the call of his president and mustered in with his state’s militia, like the Mississippi or Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

Yet there were regular U.S. Army soldiers who fought during the Civil War and they also left a paper trail regarding their military service. Regular army soldiers’ records are archived differently than the volunteer soldier but still available for research.

Some places to start your research on your Regular Army Civil War Ancestor:

1. National Parks Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System at

2. United States, Registers of Enlistments in the U. S. Army, 1798 – 1914

3. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914

4. United States – Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files

5. Returns from Military Posts –

6. For a copy of your Regular Army veteran’s Pension File – National Archives

I hope these links help! Good Luck as you continue researching your Civil War ancestor.




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