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Union Military Records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.  These military records are a valuable source of information about an individual’s military service, family, and medical history.  These records can also be used to study military and social history.

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There are a number of military records that should be considered when searching your Civil War soldier or sailor.  The best place to start is with the veteran’s military service record. Follow the appropriate links to learn more about accessing and researching these collections.

Military Personnel Records

Veteran Reserve Corps
Galvanized Yankees
Regular Army
Marine Corps

Other Military Records

Carded Medical Records
Court-Martial Records
Pension Files
Prisoner of War Records
Regimental Records

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