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Union Unit Histories[edit | edit source]

Many state volunteer regiments had published histories. The histories have biographical data on officers and unit rosters of members, and they often provide clues to the town or county where the soldiers were living when they enlisted.

The following sources contain organizational unit names and brief service histories of Union Army regiments:

The Family History Library has a large collection of regimental histories. To find specific microfilm numbers look in the Author/Title search of the FamilySearch Catalog on microfiche under the name of the author.


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  • Civil War Unit Histories: Regimental Histories and Personal Narratives

The library is in the process of acquiring Civil War Unit Histories: Regimental Histories and Personal Narratives on microfiche from University Publications of America. This collection will include the state adjutant general’s office reports and the unit histories and personal narratives published from 1861 to 1920 that are listed in Charles E. Dornbusch’s previously mentioned Military Bibliography of the Civil War .

The collection is divided into five parts: the Union is covered in parts 2–5; Part 2, New England; Part 3, Mid-Atlantic; Part 4, Midwest and West; Part 5, higher and independent commands and naval forces. A published inventory for each part is available in:

Lester, Robert E., project editor, and Blair D. Hydrick, compiler. A Guide to the Microfiche Edition of Civil War Unit Histories: Regimental Histories and Personal Narratives. Bethesda, Maryland: University of America, 1993. (FHL book 973 M2cwu; Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.)

  • Unit histories often chronicle troop movement by railway. The Tennessee State Library and Archives includes in their online digital map collection Appletons' Railway map of the United States and the Canadas, circa 1864.

For additional information see General Reference Sources.