Michigan in the Civil War

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Civil War Monument in Detroit, Michigan, 1888


Michigan raised more than 90,000 men for the Union. The Michigan regiments included 34 infantry regiments, 11 cavalry regiments, one sharpshooter regiment, one engineer regiment, many smaller independent units, and about 600 men in the Union Navy, [1]

"14,753 Michigan soldiers died in service, roughly 1 of every 6 who served. 4,448 of these deaths were combat deaths while the majority, over 9000, were from disease..."[1]

Michigan Military Units

Most units were numbered, however, some were named. See the table below for lists of the regiments, battalions, batteries, and other units.

The information in the lists of Michigan Military Units comes from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors web site. That web site also can be searched by the name of a soldier.

Michigan Units by Number or by Name
Union Units
A to Z

Michigan Units by Type of Unit
Union Units
Unassign- ed Units
Colored Troops

Records and Resources

Most of the service and pension files have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives. Footnote.com is currently digitizing these records (11 March 2011).


  • Civil War Pension Index Cards - A free Internet index to pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on FamilySearch Record Search. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. Other wars, of that time period, may be included.

Service Records

  • Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861–1865. 46 vols. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1905. (Family History Library book 977.4 M2r; on 4 films.) Brief service records of Michigan soldiers. For an index of names listed in these volumes use:
-Alphabetical General Index to Public Library Sets of 85,271 Names of Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Individual Records. Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Secretary of State, 1915. (Family History Library book 977.4 M2a; film 915948.)
  • Michigan. Adjutant General's Office. Records of Michigan Volunteers Mustered into the Service of the United States, 1861–1866. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. (On 7 Family History Library films.) Includes index. Lists name, rank, enlistment date and place, and residence. The records are also at the Michigan State Archives.
  • Michigan. Adjutant General's Office. Michigan Volunteers Descriptive Rolls, 1861–1866; Index to Michigan Volunteers, 1861–1865. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972. (On 16 Family History Library films.) Indexes are on films 915346–47. 50 volumes listing name, rank, enlistment date and place, physical description, and service record. Lists death date and place for some individuals.


  • Robertson, John. Michigan in the War, Revised. Lansing, Michigan: W.S. George, 1882. (Family History Library book 977.4 M25a; film 1015816 item 1, and 982366 item 3; 1880 edition on film 1294017.) Alphabetical lists show officer's residence, enlistment date, regiment, promotions, and date mustered out.

Grand Army of the Republic Veterans Organization

  • Grand Army of the Republic. Department of Michigan. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973, 1991. (On 90 Family History Library films.) Indexed. 50 volumes. Union veterans organization records show name, age, birth state, residence, occupation, service dates, and discharge cause.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Michigan in the American Civil War, a Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_in_the_American_Civil_War (viewed 22 February 2011).