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Compiled records showing service of military units in volunteer Union organizations

Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
English
Washington, D.C. : National Archives & Records Administration, 1964
225 microfilm reels ; 16 mm.
National Archives microfilm publications; M0594

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Microfilm of original records located in the National Archives in Washington, District of Columbia.

This microfilm publication reproduces "the compiled records that give the military service histories of units in volunteer Union organizations. The compiled records are card abstracts containing information relating to the stations, movements, or activities of each unit or a part of it, and frequently to its organization or composition, strength and losses, and disbandment. Sometimes the names of commanding officers, the dates the unit was called into service and mustered out, the terms of service, and similiar information are included. Most of the compiled records reproduced on this microcopy are arranged alphabetically by state or territory. The remainder are for units that were not limited to any one state or territory; among them are the U.S. Colored troops, U.S. Volunteers, and U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps. The records are futher arranged by organizational breakdown under each unit. Most of the compiled records for each organizational unit are in jacket-envelopes bearing the title 'Record of Events' and giving the name of the unit. Many of the cards contain abstracts of the record-of-events information as found in original muster rolls and returns. Also included are some cards showing the exact captions of the muster-in and muster-out rolls that were copied and the certifications by the mustering officers verifying the accuaracy of the rolls. The jacket-envelopes for a few units contain no documents but do contain references to other units with which these units were merged. In some instances the references concern transfers of documents. Preceding the jacket-envelopes for the organization units there sometimes are envelopes containing general notation cards giving information relating to the units. Some of the notations are statements of determination made by the War Department concerning the service of the units; others contain information that was found in original records other than muster rolls and returns." -- Introd.

"There are some card abstracts made from returns that are not in jacket-envelopes... The National Archives has collected all the unjacketed abstracts that could be found for each unit and has filed them immediately after the jacket-envelopes containing related abstracts for the unit. A card labeled 'Additional Card Abstracts of Records' has been placed at the beginning of each set of unjacketed abstracts to distinguish them from the ones that are in jacket-envelopes"--Introd.

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