Civil War Records FAQ
- You will need the name of the soldier along with the Company
and Regiment he served to order the military record or pension records.
- Union and Confederate Military Records
should be ordered from Washington. You can order the NATF 80 Form needed to order
I suggest you order extras.
- When requesting the records, make a note at the top of the form, asking for ALL records.
- Give them as much information as possible. Too much information is better than too
little. Remember, any information you give them is going to help them locate the
records you need.
- Some soldiers have records filed under different spellings of their name. If the
soldier has records listed under different spellings, I have included those in the
indexes. Be sure to put all spellings on the form.
- Some soldiers fought in more than one regiment or company. You must include all of
them. They will only send records on the regiment and company you ask for. I
ended up ordering twice for one of my ancestors (paid the fee twice!) because I didn't
- Union Pension Records should be ordered
from Washington in the same way on the same form but will have to be a seperate request.
You can not order the Military Record and Pension Record on one form.
- Confederate Pension Records cannot be ordered from Washington. These pensions were filed from
the state where the soldier resided at the time they applied for the pension.
Therefore these records are filed at the state level and can often be ordered from the
State Archives or State Libraries. Finding these records requires a little more
effort. Your ancestor will have filed an application from the state where they
resided when the pensions were enacted, not necesssarily the state where they served.
The years when Confederate pensions were allowed vary from state to state. For help on this subject,
check this link. This will take you to another
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