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Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1768-1921
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What Is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of two National Archives microfilm publications. First, the Register of Confederate soldiers, sailors and citizens who died in federal prisons and military hospitals in the North, 1861-1865, which is NARA Microfilm M918,1 roll. The register of Confederate dead is arranged by place of death then alphabetically by name. A table of contents will be found at the beginning of the volume. The second microfilm publication is burial registers for military posts, camps, and stations, 1768-1921, NARA Microfilm M2014, 1 roll. It consists of two volumes of burials, most occurring between 1860 and 1890. Check the descriptive pamphlet for the arrangement of the post, camps, and stations.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These records may contain the following:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Company
  • Regiment or vessel
  • Date of death
  • Remarks (may include cause of death)
  • Number and location of grave

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier.
  • The approximate death date of the soldier.
  • The place where the soldier died.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select NARA Publication
  2. Select Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the name, rank and regiment to help locate other military records.
  • Use the name, age and state of regiment to search earlier federal census records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Make a list of others with same surname as your ancestor. If the surname is uncommon, they may be relatives.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There may be an index at the beginning or end of each volume. Genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of other cemeteries and localities.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:
A citation will be available on the Collection Details page when the collection is published.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
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