Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Louisiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M396. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana. 50 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 300398
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes Union services records of soldiers who served in organizations from Louisiana from 1861 to 1865.

The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:

  • Muster rolls
  • Returns
  • Rosters
  • Payrolls
  • Appointment books
  • Hospital registers
  • Union prison registers and rolls
  • Parole rolls
  • Inspection reports

For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M396. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com).

Service records were kept for each soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier. This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index to these records contains the following:

  • Jacket name
  • Soldier’s full name
  • Year
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Military unit served in
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  • A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
  • A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
  • The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The dates of service

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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What Do I Do Next?

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State Of Louisiana." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M396. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1963.
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