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Compiled service records of soldiers who served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War; compiled index

Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
English
Washington, D.C. : National Archives & Records Administration, 1972
1154 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
National Archives microfilm publications; M0881

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United States Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records are available online, click here.

Microfilm of original records in The National Archives, Washington, D.C.

The service records consist of a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit or special corps in which he served. The jacket-envelope contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls; payrolls; rank rolls; inspection, provision, and clothing returns; receipts for pay and bounty; accounts for subsistence, pay, rations, clothing, and ordnance; abstracts of muster and pay rolls; and correspondence. Abstracts were also made from 24 of the numbered record books in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, Volumes 1-11, 13 1/2, 136 l/2, 139, 142, 143, 145, 147, 1/2, 170-173, 175 and 176. There are cross-references for soldiers' names that appeared in the records under more than one spelling.--Introd.

The compiled service records are arranged under the designation "Continental Troops" or a State name, thereunder by organization, and thereunder alphabetically by soldier's surname. The military organizations designated "Continental Troops" were generally State units adopted by the Continental Congress in the first years of the Revolutionary War or units raised in more than one State. Regular units of the Continental Army that were raised in only one State are generally listed with that State's military organizations.--Introd.

"Military organizations with a number or name designation are arranged at the end of the series to which they belong. Thus, the Regiment Extraordinary (Maryland) is placed at the end of the alphabetical series of Maryland regiments. Miscellaneous smaller organizations, such as the Field Artillery Company (New Hampshire), are arranged at the end of the alphabetical series of companies for New Hampshire."- -Introd.

"Soldiers' names that are incomplete due to the mutilation or deterioration of the original records are arranged at the end of the compiled service records for their units. Soldiers, employees, or other personnel of the American Army with only a first name in the original records are listed by that name in the compiled service records."--Introd.

The library has an index (on microfilm) to these compiled service records of soldiers who served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War. This index is listed at the end of this record.

This microfilm publication reproduces the compiled service records of soldiers who served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War. The American forces included many types of military organizations: some created by the Continental Congresses; others by the States, towns, and counties. Regular units, authorized by the Continental Congress, formed the Continental Army, but this Army frequently was supplemented by units of militia and volunteers from the States, towns, and counties. The compiled service records reproduced here contain records for the soldiers of the Continental Army and for the militia, volunteers, and others who served with them. The larger entity is referred to in these records as the "American Army."--Introd.

Compiled service records for soldiers whose names are incomplete due to the mutilation or deterioration of the original records are arranged at the end of the other compiled service records for their units. Records for soldiers and employees listed by first name only in the original records are filed under that name. There are cross-references for names that appear in the records under more than one spelling.--Introd.

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