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?
Around 30,000 Americans were kept as prisoners of war in and around New York City during the Revolutionary War. Most of these prisoners were held in warehouses, churches, and on ships in nearby harbors. An estimated 18,000 (60%) died as prisoners from 1775 to 1783. Of those, over 10,000 are thought to have perished on prison ships, most notably the Whitby and the Jersey.