Georgia Military Records

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Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal archives. The U.S. Military Records article provides more information on federal records. Additional military records are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History. The following sources are also very helpful.

Forts

For a list of Cherokee Removal Forts go to ngeorgia.com

Miscellaneous Wars

Lists of soldiers who served in Georgia military units include:

  • Georgia Secretary of State. Georgia Military Records, 1779-1842. Nine Volumes. [N.p.], 1940. FHL films 007031-35 Includes muster and pay lists.
  • Georgia Adjutant Generals Office. Military Records, 1782-1899. Six Volumes. [N.p.], 1957? FHL films 159015-17
    Includes payrolls, muster rolls, and lists of commissioned officers.
  • Clark, Murtie June. Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1983. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975 M29c
  • Georgia Executive Department. Military Commissions in the State Militia, 1798-1860. FHL films 158997-014
  • "Register of the Georgia Society Colonial Dames of America" published 1904 (Google Books) - lists women who are members of the society and a description of the ancestors service.

Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

There are several published volumes of service records, bounty land certificates, and muster rolls. These include:

The 1835 Pension Roll

On June 5, 1834, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of War to submit a statement showing the names of pensioners who were on the pension rolls or had previously been on the pension rolls. For more information on the 1835 Pension Roll see Revolutionary War Pension Records. The 1835 Pension Roll of Georgia, which includes Revolutionary War pensioners and heirs of War of 1812 casualties is available online:

Helpful but undocumented lists are:

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.

See the Wiki article, Georgia in the War of 1812, for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Georgia.

There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see United States in the War of 1812.

Mexican War (1846-1848)

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • United States. Adjutant General’s Office. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served during the Mexican War in Organizations from the State of Tennessee. Washington D.C.: National Archives, 1965. FHL films 882797-882811. This includes regimental returns, a record of events during the war, and company muster rolls.
  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)

Creek War (1813-1814)

A card index of Indian War soldiers is:

  • Alabama. Department of Archives and History. Indian War Service, 1812–1814. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. FHL film 1462786 item 3.}} This includes alphabetically arranged, typed cards for the Indian wars of 1813–1814 and the War of 1812. The films include each soldier’s name, age, residence, rank, and date enrolled and the date and amount of his pension payments (usually for the years of 1833–1834). Includes records of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina soldiers, as well as Indian names.

Cherokee Disturbance and Removal (1836-1839)

  • "Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the Cherokee Disturbances and Removal in Organizations From the State of Georgia" (NARA M907). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL film 1205402. The Cherokees were removed to the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma. The compiled military service records have not been microfilmed.
The above collection is also available online:

Civil War (1861-1865)

Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, September 19 and 20, 1863

See Georgia in the Civil War for information about Georgia Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Georgia regiments involved in the Civil War. The regimental articles often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching the families of the soldiers.

For information about African American troops, see United States Colored Troops in the Civil War to learn about the regiments and units that served from South Carolina.

Online Databases

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Spanish-American War (1898)

Carlton J. Thaxton, et. al., A Roster of Spanish American Soldiers from Georgia (Americus, Georgia: Thaxton Company, 1984; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975.8 M2th

World War I (1917-1918)

World War II (1941-1945)

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Georgia, Word War ll Draft Registration Cards (FamilySerach Historical Records)

World Wars I and II

  • The Family History Library has many military discharge papers on microfilm dating from 1917 to 1960. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog:
GEORGIA, [COUNTY] - MILITARY RECORDS.
  • Photographs and service records of men who served in World War I are in Bert E. Boss, The Georgia State Memorial Book (N.p.: 1921; Family History Library microfilm 175271).

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