Revolutionary War Service Records

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Most of the records of the American Army from the Revolutionary War era that were in the custody of the War Department were destroyed by fire in 1800 or in 1814. The War Department's Collection of Revolutionary War Records was begun in 1873 by means of purchase, gifts, or transfers from other agencies. The compilation of military service records was begun in 1894, under the direction of the War Department's Record and Pension Office. Information about individual soldiers was meticulously copied onto cards as a means of consolidating information about individuals, as well as preserving the original source documents, including muster rolls, pay rolls, returns, and other records.

The "Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War" is available on microfilm at the National Archives or online at, ($) a subscription Internet site also available at selected libraries.

The following service records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library:

  • General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers, Sailors, and Members of Army Staff Departments. National Archives Microfilm Publication M860. (Family History Library films 88284–98.) Alphabetical index including soldiers, sailors, members of Army staff departments, and civilian employees of the Army and Navy, such as teamsters, carpenters, laundresses, and cooks. For each soldier or civilian, the index lists the name, rank, unit, and profession or office.
  • White, Virgil D. Index to Revolutionary War Service Records. Four Volumes. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing Company, 1995. (Family History Library book 973 M22wv.) This is a transcription from film M860 listed above. Entries include name, unit, and rank.
  • Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War. National Archives Microfilm Publication M881. (On 1,096 Family History Library films beginning with 1485281.) Contains the service records of soldiers in the Continental Army and other units that fought with them.


State "Military Records" Wiki articles describe published rosters of Revolutionary War soldiers from each colony. The following are additional books listing officers and others:

United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)