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:

Full name; Home county; Enlistment date; Home town/city; Enlistment place; Age; Unit; Place of burial, etc.

The more information that you include, the better chance the archives will have of providing additional information.


National Archives
Reference Services Branch, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20408

Telephone: 202-501-5390


United States & Confederate Regulars:

Civil War Records:

Confederate Pension Records: confederate/pension.html

National Park Service
ABPP, 1849 C Street, NW, NC330, Washington, DC 20240

Telephone; 202-343-1210


Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Textual Reference Branch (NWDT1), National Archives & Records Administration, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408


Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540

Telephone: 202-707-5000


US Civil War Center
Louisiana State University, Raphael Semmes Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Telephone: 225-578-3151


Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center
Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060

Telephone: 202-433-3224


Historic Naval Ships Association
c/o The U.S. Naval Academy Museum, 118 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21402-5034

Telephone: 410-293-2108


U.S. Naval Academy
Nimitz Library, 589 McNair Road, Annapolis, MD 21402-5029

Telephone: 410-293-6945


U.S.S. Constellation
Pier 1, 301 East Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202-3134

Telephone: 410-539-1797


Naval War College Museum
Naval War College, 686 Cushing Rd., Newport, RI 02841-1207



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