Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 is a free collection at FamilySearch of around 31,000 Union service records of soldiers who served in the First Regiment of Alabama Cavalry.

“The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:

  • Muster rolls

  • Returns

  • Rosters

  • Payrolls

  • Appointment books

  • Hospital registers

  • Union prison registers and rolls

  • Parole rolls

  • Inspection reports

 

For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm.”

 

These collections are all free to search. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.

 

What Can I Learn from Military Records?

 

The index may contain:

  • Jacket name
  • Soldier’s full name
  • Year
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Military unit served in
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

 
And usually include the following:

  • A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
  • A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
  • The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier

 

 

How Can Military Records Help Me Find Other Records?

 

With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records
  • Use the information to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for a Civil War pension record for the individual

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