Many researchers send for pension files and military records from the Archives and when the files arrive, we examine and extract the pertinent facts from the records and then we file them away. We sometimes assume that we have received all that is available because what else could there be?
Could the states that formed its units have additional records that we are unaware of? The office that was responsible for the record keeping of these units, the creator of valuable records was the state Adjutant General. In some states this office is referred to as the Office of Military Affairs and it was responsible for military forces for their state. The records from this office are one of the largest and most complete groups of Civil War-era records on the state government level.
At the LDS Web Site
You can search for Civil War, Civil War Registers and Indexes
In Conclusion- The records found at the state Adjutants General’s office can be very helpful in searching for genealogical information. These records are easier to find with the proliferation of catalogs, finding aids, and online resources.
NOTE: If a link listed below is outdated, changed or needs a correction, please submit any changes or updates to Flora at firstname.lastname@example.org
American Civil War Research Database: www.civilwardata.com
American Civil War Home Page:
United States Civil War Center:
The Valley of the Shadow:
Ohio in the Civil War:
Union Army-National Archives:
How to Order Military Records:
Resources for the Civil War abound on the Internet. The researcher will find tons of historical information, regimental records and histories as well as indexes, web site societies, chat rooms, and mailing lists on the Civil War. There are many useful and numerous tutorials and how-to articles that will aid you in locating records regarding your own Civil War ancestors.
…but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather then let it perish, and the war came.
Abraham Lincoln, 4 March 1865
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