National and Federal Research Resources
If you know the state with which the soldier served, you should contact the appropriate state office for more detailed information. Check with the individual offices about inquiry procedures and fees.
Include as much information as possible about the soldier or sailor:
The more information that you include, the better chance the archives will have of providing additional information.
National Park Service
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Library of Congress
US Civil War Center
Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center
Historic Naval Ships Association
U.S. Naval Academy
Naval War College Museum
Did You Know?
Inside the Andersonville prison was a vibrant free market economy. Prisoner George Fechtner recounted that, “there were a number of barber shops there where men could get shaved, their hair cut and whiskers dyed, and some of them carried on the doctoring business. They would buy their dyeing articles to work with, their soap and other things, from new arrivals.” Other prisoners operated stores, sold firewood, and repaired clothes and shoes.