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Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S., Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data:

Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, compiled 1861–1865. ARC ID: 656639. Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's–1917. Record Group 94. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

About U.S., Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865

This database contains registers listing volunteer Union soldiers who died during the Civil War. (Volunteers were typically recruited for a specific conflict, while “Regulars” were professional soldiers who served in the standing army.) Registers were compiled by the Adjutant General’s Office and list soldiers from the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin

There are also separate registers of colored troops. Records are grouped by state of enlistment and then alphabetically by first letter of the surname; names within each letter group are listed chronologically. The registers list

  • name
  • rank
  • company
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • cause of death
  • remarks (these often name the attending surgeon)

These records include soldiers killed in the Sultana disaster.

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