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Military Records

Indiana military information is available in regimental histories, county histories & genealogical periodicals.  These provide information such as: name, rank, regiment, battles, enlistment date, if killed or wounded.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, the Official Records are compiled in 127 volumes, plus a General Index and accompanying Atlas, all of which are available in full text online through Cornell University. Editor Robert N. Scott divided the OR into four major topical areas:
  • Series I focuses on military operations. These include the battle reports for both Union and Confederate armies, arranged chronologically by campaign and theater of operation. Union reports are followed by Confederate accounts. The intent is to provide a complete history of the event in the same volume.

  • Series II includes Union and Confederate correspondence, orders, reports, and returns relating to Prisoners of War, as well as political prisoners.

  • Series III includes "miscellaneous" Union correspondence, orders, and reports pertaining to the organization and logistics of the Union war effort. Series III also includes calls for troops, correspondence between National and State authorities, and correspondence between Union and Confederate authorities.

  • Series IV includes "miscellaneous" correspondence, orders, and reports of the Confederacy. Also found in Series IV are the General and Special Orders of the Confederate States Army, as well as correspondence relating to conscription and blockage running.

A word of caution must be made here about the value and limitations of the Official Records. The accounts contained in the Official Record were not edited for accuracy, and due to space considerations, only excerpts of reports were often included. Researchers should thus verify the information found in these reports with other source material to gain as complete a picture of events as possible.

Also consult:
Indiana Source Book: Genealogical material from the Hoosier genealogist
Central Indiana Room 929.3 I