Civil War Research at the Newberry Library


Groene, Bertram Hawthorne. Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor. Winston Salem, N.C.: Blair, c1973. Call #: oCD3047.G76 1973 (2nd floor open shelf).

Neagles, James C. Confederate Research Sources: A Guide to Archive Collections. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1986. Call #: oCD3047.N42 (2nd floor open shelf)

U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources, Colonial America to the Present. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1994. Call #: oZ1249.M5N43 (2nd floor open shelf).

Schweitzer, George. Civil War Genealogy: A Basic Research Guide for Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors. Knoxville: Schweitzer, c1980. Call #: oZ1242.S35 (2nd floor open shelf).

 General Research Sources

Amann, William. Personnel of the Civil War. New York: Yoseloff, 1961. Call #: oE494.A5 1961 (2nd floor open shelf) Matches official unit designations with local designations or "nicknames."

Confederate Veteran. Call #: oE482.C74 (2nd floor open shelf). Veterans' magazine published 1893-1932, containing much memoir and biography. Very thorough three volume index shelved with this set.

Dornbusch, Charles E. Military Bibliography of the Civil War. New York: N.Y. Public Library, 1961-1972. Supplement (Volume IV) Dayton, Ohio: Morningside, 1987. Call #: oZ1242.D6 (2nd floor open shelf).

Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. [Reprint] Des Moines, Iowa: Dyer, c1908. Call #: oE491.D99 1978 (2nd floor open shelf). Among other functions, this work provides histories of all Federal units.

Hewett, Janet B. (editor). The Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865. Wilmington, N.C.: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1995-. Call #: oE548.R67 (2nd floor open shelf). Ongoing series.

Mills, Gary B. Southern Loyalists in the Civil War: The Southern Claims Commission. A Composite Directory of Case Files Created by the U.S. Commissioner of Claims, 1871-1880 . . . . Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994. Call #: oE480.5.M55 (2nd floor open shelf).

Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies. New York: Facts on File, 1992-. Call #: oE546.S58 (2nd floor open shelf). Series nearing completion. Provides brief unit histories, hence a companion of sorts to Dyer (above).

United States. Adjutant General. Official Army Register of the Volunteer Force of the United States Army for the Years 1861,'62,'63,'64,'65. Washington: Adjutant General, 1861-1865. Call #: Govt. W3.12. Lists officers only. Indexing in each volume

United States. Quartermaster's Department. Roll of Honor: Names of Soldiers Who Died in Defense of the American Union, Interred in the National Cemeteries. (Reprint) Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994. Call #: oE181.R65 (2nd floor open shelf). Originally published 1869-1871. 27 volumes in 10 plus index volume.

United States. War Dept. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies in the War of the Rebellion. Washington: G.P.O., 1880-1900. 128 volumes. Call #: oE464.U6 1880 (2nd floor open shelf). Index volume.

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Washington: G.P.O., 1897-1927. Call #: Govt. N16.6. 31 volumes. Index volume

State Sources


Alabama 1907 Census of Confederate Soldiers. Cullman, Alabama: Gregath, 1982-1983. Call #: oF325.C85. Consult computer catalog for county availability.

Brewer, Willis. Alabama, Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men from 1540 to 1872. Montgomery, Alabama: Barret & Brown [printer], 1872. Call #: F873.11. Histories of Alabama Civil War regiments and batteries with officer listings pp. 589-705.


Allen, Desmond Walls (compiler). Arkansas' Damned Yankees: An Index to Union Soldiers in Arkansas Regiments. [Conway, Arkansas: D.W. Allen?], c1987. Call #: foF410.A44.

Arkansas Union Soldiers Pension Application Index. Conway, Arkansas: Rapid Rabbit [printer], c1987. Call #: foF410.A46.

Index to Arkansas Confederate Soldiers. Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1990. 3 volumes. Call #: Local History oE553.3 A44 1990.

Arkansas. Adjutant General. Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas. Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1867. Call #: U1881.04. Also: Microfiche 3405. Federal regiment roster listings only. USCT regiments not included.

Ingmire. Frances T. Arkansas Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications. St. Louis: Ingmire, 1985. Call #: Local History oF410.I53 1985.

McLane, Bobbie J. and Glazner, Capitola. Arkansas 1911 Census of Confederate Veterans. Call #: foF410.M23 (2nd floor open shelf).

Wright, Marcus Joseph. Arkansas in the War 1861-1865. Batesville, Arkansas: Independence County Historical Society, 1963. Call #: F861.04. Does not include rosters, although names of some casualties in Federal units included, together with names of officers. Listings for officers in Confederate infantry and navy.


California. Adjutant General. Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867, Revised and Compiled by Brig.-Gen. Richard H. Orton. Sacramento: State Office, 1890. Call #: F8349.02. Also: Microfiche 3399.

Parker, J. Carlyle. A Personal Name Index to Orton's "Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867. Detroit: Gale, 1978. Call #: oE497.3.C162 P37.


Colorado Territory Civil War Volunteer Records. A Comprehensive Index to the Twelve Volumes of Military Clothing Books Found in the Colorado State Archives. Littleton, Colorado: Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society, 1994. Call #: foE498.3 C65 1994.


Connecticut. Adjutant General. Catalog of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations. Hartford, Connecticut: Adjutant General, 1869. Call #: F8349.O46. Also: Microfiche 3403.


Hartman, David W. and David Coles. Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederate and Union Soldiers 1861-1865. Wilmington, N.C.: Broadfoot, 1995. Call #: oE502.3.H3 (2nd floor open shelf).

Robertson, Frederick L. Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian, Civil and Spanish American Wars. [Live Oak: Democrat Book and Job Print, 1909?] Call #: Ayer oE558.3 F63 1983 (Special Collections).

White, Virgil. Register of Florida CSA Pension Applications. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing Co., 1989. Call #: oE548 W47 1989 (2nd floor open shelf).


Georgia. State Division of Confederate Pensions and Records. Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865. Hapeville, Ga.: Longina & Porter, 1959-1964. Call #: oE559.A5 1959 (2nd floor open shelf). Index by Juanita S. Brightwell, same call number.


Cook County GAR Post Listings. Call #: Microfilm 429.

Illinois. Adjutant General. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. Springfield, Illinois: Rokker, 1886. Call #: oE505.2.I129a (2nd floor open shelf). Also: Microfiche 3402.

Illinois Military Units in the Civil War. Springfield, Illinois: Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois, 1962. Call #: foUA173.A31962 (2nd floor open shelf).

Illinois. Veterans' Commission. Honor Roll. 1956. Call #: oE181.I34 1956. Multivolume set of Illinois veteran grave registrations organized by county (though some counties missing) and then alphabetically by cemetery. Veteran's military unit provided if known.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Illinois. Call #: Microfilm 547. (Specify surname on call slip when requesting this item.)

Tubbs, William B. "A Bibliography of Illinois Civil War Regimental Sources in the Illinois State Historical Library. Part I, Published and Printed Sources." Illinois Historical Journal 87:3 (Autumn 1994). Call #: F896.444.

"A Bibliography of Illinois Civil War Regimental Sources in the Illinois State Historical Library. Part II, Manuscripts." Illinois Historical Journal 87:4 (Winter 1994). Call #: F896.444.


Indiana. Adjutant General. Report. Indianapolis: Adjutant General, 1865-1869. Call #: oE506.2.I393 1865 (2nd floor open shelf). Also: Microfiche 3409.

Trapp, Glenda K. Index to the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. Evansville, Indiana: Trapp, 1986-. Call #: oE506.2.I393 1865 Index (2nd floor open shelf). Indexes to Volumes I and IV of the Report only at this writing.


Alexander, William L. (Iowa Adjutant General). List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Living in Iowa. Des Moines, Iowa: Geo. E. Roberts (state printer), 1886. Call #: oE494.I64 1886 (2nd floor open shelf).

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Iowa, Call #: Microfilm 1031. Indicate surname(s) on call slip.

Iowa. Adjutant General. Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa, January 11, 1864, to January 1, 1865. Des Moines: F.W. Palmer, state printer, 1865. Call #: Dawes U1912.44

Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines: E.H. English state printer, 1908-1911. Call #: oE507.3.R67 1908 (2nd floor open shelf).

Records of Camp Dodge at Des Moines, Iowa. Call #: Microfilm 1140. A lengthy index of enlistments giving regiment and company, although not apparently to the Roster and Record (above). It can act as an index, though, based on unit designation.


Kansas. Adjutant General. Report. [Reprint] Topeka, Kansas: Hudson, 1896. Call #: oE508.2.Ki6 1896 (2nd floor open shelf).


Kentucky. Adjutant General. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky. Frankfort, Kentucky: Harney [printer], 1867. Call #: oE509.2.K37 1866 (2nd floor open shelf). Also: Microfiche 3411. Federal regiment and battery rosters only.

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky. Confederate Kentucky Volunteers War 1861-65. [Reprint] Utica, Kentucky: Cook & McDowell, 1980. Added index. Call #: oE564.3.K45 1980 (2nd floor open shelf).

Simpson, Alicia. Kentucky Confederate Veteran and Widows Pension Index. Hartford, Ky.: Cook & McDowell, 1979. Call #: foUB374.K4S56.


Bergeron, Arthur W. (Jr.). Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units 1861-1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989. Call #: oE565.4.B32 1989 (2nd floor open shelf).

Booth, Andrew B. Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands. [Reprint] Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1984. Call #: oE565.3.B66 1984 (2nd floor open shelf).

Dilts, Bryan Lee. 1890 Louisiana Census Index of Civil War Veterans or Their Widows. Salt Lake City, Utah: Index Publishing, 1984. Call #: Microfiche 551.


Maine. Adjutant General. Annual Report. Augusta, Maine: Stevens & Sayward [printers], 1862-67. Call #: U1841.54. Also: Microfiche 3413. Volume containing rosters supplemented by roster index volume.

Whitman, William Edward. Maine in the War for the Union. Lewiston: Nelson Dingley, Jr., 1865. Call #: F8349.34. Regimental histories.


Hartzler, Daniel D. Marylanders in the Confederacy. Silver Spring, Maryland: Family Line, 1986. Call #: oE566.3.H37 1986 (2nd floor open shelf). Alphabetical listing.

Wilmer, L. Allison. History and Roster of Maryland [Federal] Volunteers, War of 1861-5. [Reprint] Silver Spring, Maryland: Family Line, 1987. Call #: oE 512.3.W55 1987 (2nd floor open shelf). Indexed.


Massachusetts. Adjutant General. Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War. Brookline, Mass.: Adjutant General, 1931-1935. Call #: oE513.M37 1931 (2nd floor open shelf). Also: Microfiche 3412. Index volume included.


Alphabetical General Index to Public Library Sets of 85,271 Names of Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Individual Records. [Reprint] Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Secretary of State, 1915. Call #: oE514.3.A46 (2nd floor open shelf).

Michigan. Adjutant General. Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War. Call #: oE514.3.M62 1900 (2nd floor open shelf). Also: Microfiche 3414. 46 volumes, generally one volume of rosters per regiment. Indexed by title immediately above.

United States Civil War Soldiers Living in Michigan in 1894. St. Johns, Michigan: Genealogists of Clinton County Historical Society, 1988. Call #: oE494.U6 1988 (2nd floor open shelf).


Minnesota. Adjutant General. Annual Report of the Adjutant General, of the State of Minnesota, for the Year Ending December 1, 1866, and of the Military Forces of the State from 1861 to 1865. Saint Paul: Pioneer Printing, 1866. Call #: F8349.4928.

Minnesota. Civil and Indian Wars Commissioners. Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861-1865. St. Paul: Pioneer Press [printer], 1890-93. Call #: F911.578.

Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesotans in the Civil and Indian Wars: An Index to the Rosters in "Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861-1865" Compiled as a W.P.A. Project for the Minnesota Historical Society. Call #: Microfilm 477.


Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi, Pt. 5 (Military History of Mississippi 1803-1898). [Reprint] Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1978. Call #: oF341.M58 1978. Unit histories and officer listings.

Rietti, John C. Military Annals of Mississippi. [Reprint] Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1976. Call #: oE568.R53 1976. Added index. Incomplete listings of officers and enlisted men.

Wiltshire, Betty Crouch. Mississippi Confederate Grave Registrations. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1991. 2 volumes. Call #: oE516.3 W56 1991.

Mississippi Confederate Pension Applications. Carrollton, Miss.: Pioneer Publishing Co., 1994. 3 volumes. Call #: oF340.W5417 1994.


Missouri. Adjutant General. Report (1863, 1864, 1865 in three volumes). Jefferson City: 1864-1866. Call #: Dawes U1884.58.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri. Call #: Microfilm 1032. Indicate surname(s) on call slip.


Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the Territory of Nebraska. Call #: Microfilm 1182.

Nebraska. Adjutant General. Roster of Nebraska Volunteers 1861 to 1869. Hastings, Neb.: Wigton & Evans (printer), 1888. Call #: F8349.49595. Also: Microfiche 3418.


Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of Nevada for 1865. Carson City, Nevada: Adjutant General's Office, 1866. Call #: Microfiche 3420.


New Hampshire. Adjutant General. Revised register of New Hampshire Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Rebellion. Concord, N.H.: Adjutant General, 1895. Call #: oE520.3.N55 1895 (2nd floor open shelf). Also: Microfiche 3419.


New Jersey. Adjutant General. Records of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Trenton, N.J.: John L. Murphy [printer]. 1876-1878. Call #: F8349.4979.


New York. Adjutant General. A Record of the Commissioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates of the Regiments Which Were Organized in the State of New York . . . . Albany: 1864-1868. Call #: fF8349.5

Registers of the [New York Regiments] in the War of the Rebellion. Albany, N.Y.: J.B. Lyon, 1894-1906. 40 volumes. Call #: Microfiche 2247. Annotated rosters for New York regiments and batteries. Consult computer catalog for volume contents.

Phisterer, Frederick. New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865. 3rd edition. Albany: J.B. Lyon [printer], 1912. Call #: F851.691. Includes index volume.


Clark, Walter (editor). Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-'65. [Reprint] Wendell, N.C.: Broadfoot, 1982. Call #: oE573.4.C59 1982. Regimental histories and officer listings only.

Manarin, Louis H. and Jordan, Weymouth T. (Jr.). North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: A Roster. Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1966-. Call #: oE573.3.M3 (2nd floor open shelf). Series still in progress. Indexing in each volume.

Moore, John W. Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States. Raleigh: John W. Moore, state printer, 1882. Call #: F8619.6.


Ohio Roster Commission. Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion. Call #: oE525.3.O38 188 (2nd floor open shelf). Newberry set lacking two final volumes (11 & 12). Complete set available on microform (call #: Microfiche 3415). Microfilm index produced by Ohio Historical Society is also available (call #: Microfilm 1167).

Petty, Gerald M. Index of the Ohio Squirrel Hunters Roster. Columbus, Ohio: Petty, 1984. Call #: oE525.3 (2nd floor open shelf). The "squirrel hunters" were an emergency militia levy in September 1862.


Bates, Samuel P. History of Pennsylvania Volunteers. [Reprint] Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilm International, 1982. Call #: oE527.B32 (2nd floor open shelf). Primarily rosters. Accompanied by 4 volume index (Wilmington, N.C.: Broadfoot, 1994).


Rhode Island. Adjutant General. Report. Providence: Adjutant General, 1866. Call #: oE528.2.R47 1865 (2nd floor open shelf).


Military Records. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1981? Call #: Microfiche 567. Microfiche of an assortment of Confederate records (mainly manuscript), including some rosters and other name lists. A difficult source to utilize.

Salley, A.S. (Jr.) South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service. Columbia, S.C.: R.L. Bryan, 1913. Call #: F 8619.66. Only 1st through 4th S.C. Infantry regiments. Newberry copy (two volumes in four) is apparently incomplete, as a third volume was apparently published as well.


Dyer, Gustavus W. and Moore, John Trotwood. The Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1985. Call #: oE579.T46 1985 (2nd floor open shelf).

Sistler, Samuel. Index to Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications. Nashville, Tennessee: Byron SIstler & Associates, c1995. Call #: oF435.S62 (2nd floor open shelf).

Tennessee. Adjutant General. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Tennessee, of the Military Forces of the State, from 1861 to 1866. Nashville: S.C. Mercer [printer], 1866. Call #: U1882.86. Also Microfiche 3433. Only Federal troops covered. Roster listings carry more detail than Tennesseans in the Civil War (below).

Tennesseans in the Civil War. Nashville: Civil War Commission, 1965. Call #: oE579.4.T45 1964 (2nd floor open shelf). Covers both Confederate and Federal regiments and troops. Alphabetical listings.

Wiefering, Edna. Tennessee Confederate Widows and their Families: Abstracts of 11,190 Confederate Widows' Applications. Cleveland, Tennessee: Cleveland Public Library, 1992. Call #: oF435W35 1992 (2nd floor open shelf).


Texas. Comptroller's Office. Confederate Pension Applications, Approved. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975. Call #: Microfilm 758.

White, Virgil D. Index to Texas CSA Pension Files. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing Co., 1989. Call #: oE548.W48 1989 (2nd floor open shelf).


Vermont. Adjutant General. Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteer and Lists of Vermonters Who Served in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66. Montpelier, Vt.: Press of the Watchman Publishing Co., 1892. Call #:F843.936. Index.


Virginia Regimental History Series. Ongoing series with one volume per regiment or battery. Each volume has its own call number; however, all located on 2nd floor open shelf following Wallace (below). Annotated rosters in every volume.

Wallace, Lee A. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865. Revised 2nd edition. Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard [printer], 1986. Call #: oE581.W35 (2nd floor open shelf).


Lang, Theodore F. Loyal West Virginia from 1861 to 1865. Baltimore: Deutsch, 1895. Call #: F864.48. Also: Microfiche 3435. Regimental histories and officer listings only.

West Virginia. Adjutant General. Annual Reports for 1864 and 1865. Call #: U1864.96. The researcher should consult both volumes.


Wisconsin. Adjutant General. Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion 1861-1865. Madison: Democrat Print Co., 1886. Call #: oE537.3.W57 1986 (2nd floor open shelf). Newberry's set was previously in private hands and has extensive annotations, some referring to compiled genealogies for families of individual soldiers. Short newspaper clippings also attached.


Busey, John W. These Honored Dead: The Union Casualties at Gettysburg. Highstown, N.J.: 1988. Call #: oE475.53.B98 1988.

Confederate P.O.W.'s: Soldiers & Sailors Who Died in Federal Prisons & Military Hospitals in the North. Call #: oE548.I55 1984 (2nd floor open shelf).

Index to Compiled Service Records for United States Colored Troops. Call #: Microfilm 713. (Specify soldier's surname on call slip.)

Krick, Robert K. The Gettysburg Death Roster: The Confederate Dead at Gettysburg. Dayton, Ohio: Morningside, 1981. Call #: foE494.K74.

Nine, William G. and Wilson, Roger G. The Appomattox Paroles April 9-15, 1865. Call #: oE548.N56 1989 (2nd floor open shelf).

A Supplemental Note

Unfortunately there has never been one standard library catalog subject heading for Civil War unit histories. Consequently, there are at least three subject heading patterns to check at the Newberry in the search for Civil War unit histories. The best route to go would in most cases be to check the Dornbusch bibliography (don't forget the supplement volume!) and then make an author search in the Newberry catalog based on that citation. Even so, the thorough researcher will probably wish to check the relevant subject headings in the online catalog. Here are some of the patterns which should be covered:

United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Regimental Histories [or Personal Narratives]

United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Regimental Histories - [unit name] (e.g., "United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Alabama Infantry - 21st")

[Name of state] - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Regimental Histories

United States. Army - [unit designation] (e.g., "United States. Army - Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 10th (1861-1865)")