After the Civil War, the Adjutant General’s office created combined rosters for every military unit that served from Minnesota, as well as lists of men who served as officers in the regular army. There are also rosters of Minnesota men who signed up for the U. S. Colored Troops, or served in those units as white officers. The series also includes information on men who were drafted or acted as substitutes for drafted men. All of these rosters were eventually published.
Compiled Rosters of Minnesota Civil War Regiments
Two separate sets of compilations (ca. 1865 and ca. 1915) of service information on individuals who served in Minnesota regiments during the Civil War. The 1915 compilation also contains registers of Minnesota draftees and substitutes, enrollees in the U.S. Engineers, enrollees in the U.S. Colored Troops, and militia units who served in the 1862-1865 Dakota Conflict. The entries give name, rank, age, nativity, date and place enrolled and mustered, residence, and remarks (usually on service transfer or termination).
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid
Minnesota Civil War Veteran Card File
A former MNHS librarian, Wally Toensing, created an extensive card file of every Civil War veteran who lived in Minnesota. This file usually includes State, Regiment and Company and sometimes references the Adjutant Generals Pension books by volume and page number. Some cards also include death dates and membership in G.A.R. encampments; some cards also include a code that refers to a citation in Warren Upham's Minnesota Biographies. Consult the reference cards at the beginning of the file or a reference librarian for more information.
MNHS Call Number: Located in the Weyerhaeuser Reading Room
1890 Veterans' Census: Minnesota
In 1890 the federal census also included an enumeration of Union veterans and widows of Union veterans.
MNHS Call Number: CENSUS 1890 Veterans
List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883
Also known as Ex. doc. / 47th Cong., 2d sess., Senate ; no. 84, this federal publication is a register of Civil War veterans receiving pensions and the cause for which they were pensioned.
MNHS Call Number: Reading Room E494 .U55 1883
Post Records, Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Minnesota
In addition to minute books and other organizational records, these records include biographical and military service information submitted by members.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid.
National Archives, U.S. National Archives & Records Adminstration
More detailed service records were kept by the U. S. Army and are available through the National Archives. NARA also has quite detailed records for Pension Applications by Civil War veterans.
Civil War Soliders and Sailors Database, National Park Service
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time.
Gale Family Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library
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345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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