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Major General Ambrose Burnside of Rhode Island


Rhode Island furnished 25,236 soldiers to the Union Army.[1]  The men were organized into about 10 infantry regiments, 4 cavalry units, and 6 artillery units (including one Colored Troop).

The Wikipedia article, Rhode Island in the American Civil War, has additional information.

Rhode Island Military Units

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

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

Rhode Island Military Units by Number or Type of Unit
Union Units
1st-20th and A-Z
Colored Troops
Unassign- ed Units

Records and Resources

Indexes to service (Family History Library films 821940-46) and pension records of Union army soldiers are on film at the Family History Library. The service and pension records are available only at the National Archives.

  • A published roster of soldiers is in Rhode Island Adjutant General, Annual Report of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations For the Year 1865, 1866, Revised, Two Volumes. (Providence: E. L. Freeman, 1893-95); Family History Library book 974.5 M2ri; film 982363; fiche 6046949; 1866 ed. on film 908721. This includes each soldier's residence, his date of enlistment, his dates of muster-in and muster-out, and regimental sketches.
  • Civil War Pension Index Cards - 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.

Other Sources

Civil War Battle summaries- Summaries of battles that were fought in the Civil War in alphabetical order

Civil War Index - Primary Source Material on the Soldiers and the Battles

Civil War Links - Soldiers & Generals, and Unit Indexes

Civil War Reenacting Unites - Union Companies


Rhode Island Civil War Regiments at genealogybooklinks.com. This site has links to many books on line.

Geocities.ws - Roster of all Union Civil War Officers of Rhode Island.

Genealogy.com GenForum

Sila's Reenacting links



375th Essays Providence and Civil WarProvidence and Civil War by Frank J. Williams, the chair of the Rhode Island Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission.

Community College of Rhode Island - CCRI professors share history of the Civil War, April 25, 2011

The Civil War Zouave Database

The Civil War Archives Regimental History Research Room

Union Army Regimental History Index

Browns in the Civil War Lists people with the surname of Brown who served in the Civil War from Rhode Island.
The Civil War Omnibus

Tewksburys in the Civil War - Lists people with the surname of Tewksbury who served in the Civil War

Memoirs of Rhode Island Officers who were engaged in the service of their country during the Great Rebellion of the South.- by John Russell Bartlett, the Secretary of State of the State of Rhode Island available on Google Books.com

Official Army register for September 1869 - by United States. Adjutant-General's Office. available on Google Books.com


  1. Wikipedia.org, Rhode Island in the American Civil War, (accessed 17 March 2011)