Nevada in the Civil War

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Fort Churchill Ruins


Approximately 1,200 Nevada men were organized into two Union battalions.  The troops protected the central overland route and settlements on the frontier from the Indians.[1]  Some Nevada men also went east and joined Union units there.

The Wikipedia article, Nevada in the American Civil War, has additional information about Nevada and its citizens during the Civil War.

Military Units

  • 1st Battalion, Nevada Infantry (Union)
    Organized at Fort Churchill, California, December 24, 1863.
    Ordered to Camp Independence, California, and duty there until muster out. Battalion mustered out December 23, 1865.


  • Index to Compiled Service Recordsof Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Nevada. An index to service records of Union army volunteers is on Family History Library film 821939. The library also has the index to the pension applications. The service and pension records are available at the National Archives.
  • 1890 Census. A special census was taken in 1890 of Union veterans of the Civil War and their widows (Family History Library film 338198; index in book 979.3 X22jv 1890).
  • Civil War Pension Index Cards - Free index to pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. Other wars between 1861 and 1917 may be included.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, Nevada in the American Civil War, (accessed 27 May 2011]