12th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry

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Brief History

The 12th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry organized at Wheeling, Ohio County and Marshall County, West Virginia, August 30, 1862. It had duty near Richmond until June 1865 and mustered out June 16, 1865.[1]

For additional information about this regiment, see the Civil War Archive.

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,712 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'West Virginia in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • West Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for West Virginia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Hewitt, William. History of the Twelfth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry : the part it took in the war of the rebellion, 1861-1865. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1992), FHL fiche 6084139 .

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).