Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2016     Views: 35

We only have the Confederate service records for the state of Virginia. To find those, first look in the microfilm indexes on the first floor in call number E581.4 C65 Index. These are in the drawers at the end of the service records for Virginia, which are in E581.4 C65 (look in the indexes prior to looking in the service records). Call number E581.4 C65 Index Microfilm Index to compiled service records of Confederate soldiers

Step one: Once you find your soldier (or sailor), the index will give you the unit that he served with. For example, for David McColgan, the index shows Co. H, 28 Virginia Infantry.

Step two:Look up the unit in this book:
TITLE: Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the State of Virginia : [guide].
PUBLISHER Washington : National Archives and Records CALL NO E581.4 C65 Guide

LOCATIONS:
1. REF ROOM/READY REF
2. NEWMAN/MICROFORMS
3. NEWMAN/MICROFORMS
4. SPEC/CIVIL WAR Non-Circ.

The guide will show the microfilm roll number followed by the military unit, then the alphabetical list of the soldiers by surname. For example, for David McColgan, find Twenty-eighth Infantry, 744 Mc-Mi.

Step three: Go to the actual service records which are arranged by unit and then by surname. For, David McColgan, pull out reel 744.
Call number E581.4 C65 Microfilm
TITLE: Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers ...

In addition to the actual service records, we have a number of books on the various Virginia units in the 2nd floor in the call number range E581.5 to E581.8.

We have microfilm indexes to Confederate servicement but no actual records for the following states:

  • Alabama E551.4 U52 1962
  • Arkansas E553.4 U52 1962
  • Florida E558.4 U52 1955
  • Georgia E559.4 U52 1955
  • Kentucky E564.4 U52 1962
  • Maryland E566.4 U52 1962
  • Missouri E569.4 U52 1962
  • Mississippi E568.4 U52 1956
  • North Carolina E573.4 U52 1956
  • South Carolina E577.4 U5 1962
  • Tennessee E579.4 U52 1962
  • Texas E580.4 U5 1955
  • Virginia E581.4 C65 (We do not have records for Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri.)

We also have a book in Special Collections for the Union soldiers:

CALL NO E494 H4 1997
AUTHOR Hewett, Janet.
TITLE The roster of Union soldiers, 1861 to 1865 PUBLISHER Wilmington, NC : Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1997-2000.
LOCATION . SPEC/CIVIL WAR Non-Circ. 33 volumes

[Added by ARK in July 2009]

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