Wyoming in the Civil War

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Washington Territory, Dakota Territory, and Nebraska Territories in 1861
Idaho Territory, 1863

Introduction[edit | edit source]

The area that is present day Wyoming was not directly affected by the Civil War. Battles were notfought in its borders nor soldiers provided.

Wyoming Military Units[edit | edit source]

No known military units were raised specifically from Wyoming as it did not become a state until 1890.. However men from the territories that became Wyoming fought in other units during the Civil War.

Records[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library and the National Archives have an index to some soldiers from Nebraska Territory (Family History Library films 821905-6).

1890 Census Veterans Schedules

A special census was taken in 1890 of Union veterans of the Civil War, the "Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War" (NARA M123) (Family History Library film 338276). The records are also available online. For more information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see Union Census Records.

An index (Worldcat) to the special schedules for Wyoming has also been published.

Compiled Service Records

The Compiled Service Records ($) (Fold3.com) of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the Nebraska and Dakota Territories are available online. In the future, these records will be made available at no charge through the National Archives website. The service records are also available at no charge at National Archives research rooms. The compiled service records consist of an envelope containing card abstracts taken from muster rolls, returns, pay vouchers, and other records. Service records may provide rank, unit, date of enlistment, length of service, age, place of birth, and date of death. For more information see Union Service Records.

Civil War Pension Index Cards

An Index to Pension Applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on FamilySearch. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. The majority of the records are of Civil War veterans, but the collection also includes records for veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Indian Wars, and World War I. For more information see Union Pension Records.

Wyoming State Archives

The Wyoming State Archives has a "List of Veterans from the Civil War buried in Cheyenne" on microfilm in its Historical Collections Department.

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)[edit | edit source]

Grand Army of the Republic founded in 1866 - 1956, was the largest veteran’s organization in the country after the Civil War. It was a fraternal organization members were veterans of the Union Army, US Navy, Marines and Revenue Cutler Service who served in the American Civil War. The group supported voting rights for black veterans, and lobbied the U.S. Congress to establish veterans' pensions. In 1890 the membership was 490,000. In 1888 there were ------ posts and ------ members in the state of Wyoming

GAR Posts in the State of Wyoming

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War[edit | edit source]

With the death of the last member of the Grand Army of the Republic the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was formed.

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