Searching the Civil War Service Database

When doing a surname search it is best to search by last name only. Remember that any given name can have multiple spellings. The search results will put the names in alphabetical order by first name. When searching for a naval ship, search under the company name. A naval squadron can be searched under regiment. When searching for a slave that participated in the war, search by entering the term “slave” into the surname field.”

The Alabama Civil War Service Database “was created from an 8 x 5 card file maintained by the Alabama Department of Archives and History from the early 1900s until 1982. As staff came across information related to Alabama individuals during the American Civil War, a card was created. Information on individuals exempted from military service, or who served in the militia or home guard, is included. Soldiers from other states that have some connection to Alabama are also included. If new information was discovered from another source, another card was created. Multiple cards for an individual often exist. Sources include muster rolls, governors’ correspondence, veterans’ censuses, manuscript collections, newspapers, and pension records.”


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