Arkansas Military Records

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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

  • 1917-1969 Arkansas, Military Discharge Records, ca.1917 - ca.1969 at FamilySearch - How to use this collection, index
  • 1775-1783 United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783 at FamilySearch; images — How to Use this Collection
  • 1798-1914 U.S., Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914 at FamilySearch; index and images — How to Use this Collection
  • 1815-1926 United States Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926 at FamilySearch; index — How to Use this Collection
  • 1861-1934 U.S., General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection
  • 1866-1938 U.S., National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 at FamilySeqarch; index and images — How to Use this Collection
  • 1887-1942 U.S., Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942 at FamilySearch; index — How to Use this Collection
  • 1889-1904 U.S., Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904 at FamilySearch; index — How to Use this Collection
  • 1907-1933 U.S., Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 at FamilySearch; index and images — How to Use this Collection

  • Indian Wars, dates vary
  • 1892-1926 U.S., Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926 at FamilySearch; index — How to Use this Collection .

  • War of 1812, 1812-1815
  • 1812-1815 U.S., War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815 at FamilySearch; index — How to Use this Collection

  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
    Civil War, 1861-1865
    Spanish-American War, 1898
    World War I, 1917-1918
    World War II, 1941-1945
    Korean War, 1950-1953
    Vietnam War, 1964-1972

    Military records identify millions of young men who served in the military or who were eligible for service. Military records can give birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, spouse and children names, localities of residence throughout the life of the family.

    Evidence that an ancestor actually served may be found in family traditions, census records, naturalization records, biographies, cemetery records, and records of veterans’ organizations.

    For each war listed below, additional federal sources are listed in United States Military Records. It contains search strategies and information to guide you to the best records for your objective.

    Online Resources[edit | edit source]


    Revolutionary War

    Civil War

    • Confederate and Union Arkansas Service Records—search by name at FamilySearch.


    World War I

    World War II

    Forts[edit | edit source]

    Battle of Fort Hindman

    See also:

    • Fort wiki(Arkansas) - lists of United States forts

    Revolutionary War (1775-1783)[edit | edit source]

    Some veterans of the Revolutionary War ventured out into Arkansas.

    The 1835 Pension Roll

    On June 5, 1834, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of War to submit a statement showing the names of pensioners who were on the pension rolls or had previously been on the pension rolls. For more information on the 1835 Pension Roll see Revolutionary War Pension Records. The 1835 Pension Roll, which includes Revolutionary War pensioners and heirs of War of 1812 casualties, is available online:

    War of 1812 (1812-1815)[edit | edit source]

    The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada. Arkansas was part of the Missouri Territory during the war. Since it did not became its own territory until 1819, all War of 1812 records for that area were kept by the Missouri Territory.

    After the war, veterans started moving to the Missouri and Arkansas Territories because of bounty land.

    There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see United States in the War of 1812.

    Land Records[edit | edit source]

    • Ayers, Linda. Arkansas. Some Military Land Grants For Soldiers of the War of 1812. (Free). The USGenWeb Archives War of 1812 Project - Pensions, Rosters and Land Grants. Search by name under the county. (Accessed 11 May 2012).
    • Bounty land in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri was issued to soldiers who served in the War of 1812. Copies of the bounty land warrants are on 15 films at the Family History Library. The names of Arkansas patentees are indexed in "War of 1812, military bounty land warrants, 1815-1858" (NARA M848) FHL films 983163-77 (Worldcat). The records provide the name of the soldier and his rank, unit, date of warrant, and the date the land was located.
    • Christensen, Katheren, compiler. Arkansas Military Bounty Grants, War of 1812. Hot Springs, Arkansas: Arkansas Ancestors, 1971. (FHL book 976.7 R2c) (Worldcat) - Has a list of 6,600 grantees, arranged by county name; Contains the name of the veteran, date, and warrant number.

    Explanation of the Major War of 1812 Record Types[edit | edit source]

    • Pearson, Thomas A., comp. Genealogical Records of the War of 1812: an Introduction and Selected Bibliography of Materials in the Collection of St. Louis Public Library. (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Public Library, July 2004).

    Mexican War (1846-1848)[edit | edit source]

    The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

    • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
    • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.

    Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

    Civil War (1861-1865)[edit | edit source]

    Online Records

    • Confederate and Union Arkansas Service Records—search by name at FamilySearch.

    See also:

    Elkhorn Tavern in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Civil War Battlefield, 7-8 March 1862

    Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

    Spanish-American War (1898)[edit | edit source]

    The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.


    Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

    World War I (1917-1918)[edit | edit source]

    World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.

    United States. Selective Service System. Arkansas, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. FHL film with 1522740 (first of 71 films). These cards have been digitized and are searchable online.

    United States World War I Draft Records provides additional information.

    World War II (1941-1945)[edit | edit source]

    Draft Registrations

    Fourth Registration

    • On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.
    • United States Selective Service System. Arkansas Selective Service System Registration Cards [World War II]: Fourth Registration. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2001-2002). FHL film 2139687 (first of 75 films)

    FamilySearch Catalog

    Relocation Records

    World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

    Korean War (1950–1953)[edit | edit source]

    The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

    Vietnam War (1964–1972)[edit | edit source]

    The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.