Arizona in the Civil War

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Arizona and New Mexico Territories 1863

Introduction

During the Civil War, the New Mexico Territory included the present day states of New Mexico, Arizona, and the southern tip of Nevada.  In 1861, Federal troops went east, which left white civilians unprotected from Indian attacks.[1]

The southern part of the New Mexico Territory, which was the Gadsen Purchase, sided with the Confederacy, while the northern section sided with the Union.[1]  The Confederacy declared Arizona a territory on 1 August 1861 at the start of the war. Arizona supplied 3 Confederate military units. But the Confederacy soon lost control of the Arizona and New Mexico territories. Arizona became a US territory on 24 February 1863 during the war.

The Wikipedia article, New Mexico in the American Civil War, has more information about Arizona's activities during the war.(As of 22 July 2011, Wikipedia combined information about Arizona in the Civil War with New Mexico.)

Confederate Arizona Military Units

Union Arizona Military Units

Records and Resources

Arizona soldiers served in both the Union and Confederate armies. The compiled military service records (Family History Library film 536241) and indexes (Family History Library film 821837) for the Confederacy are available at the Family History Library and the National Archives. You may also find the union soldiers listed in the New Mexico Territory Civil War Records (Family History Library films 471538-83) and index (Family History Library films 821883-6).

Confederate Records

Service Records

Compiled Service Records - The Compiled Service Records ($) (Fold3.com) of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the Territory of Arizona are available online. In the future, these records will be made available at no charge through the National Archives web site. 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 Confederate Service Records.

Union Records

Service Records

Compiled Service Records - The Compiled Service Records ($) (Fold3.com) of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the Territory of New Mexico (included present day Arizona at the beginning of the war) are available online. In the future, these records will be made available at no charge through the National Archives web site. 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.

The compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the Territory of Arizona have not been microfilmed and are only available from the National Archives. For more information on service records see Union Service Records.

Pension Records

Civil War Pension Index Cards

  • An index to the pensioners is on film at the Family History Library. (beginning with Family History Library film 540757)
  • 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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia contributors, New Mexico Territory in the American Civil War (accessed 21 July 2011]