Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records, 1861-1867 is a free collection at FamilySearch with an index and images of Vermont military records, US Civil War sketches/stories, burials, and certificates of appointment and commendation.

 

The records include thousands of young men who were eligible for military service in Vermont during the US Civil War years.

 

This collection currently includes only enrolled militia records from the following counties: Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Rutland. Also included are burial records and personal war sketches for the town of Cambridge, Lamoille County.

 

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What’s included in this collection?

 

The records are in good condition and are composed of the following groups of records:

  • Registers – Arranged by town, then grouped in rough alphabetical order by first letter of the last name
  • Personal War Sketches – Authored by the company historian and usually indexed
  • Record of burials
  • Certificates of appointment and commendation

The images in this collection are from the following offices:

  • Waltham, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Woodford, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Glastonbury, Vermont Unorganized Town Supervisor
  • Tinmouth, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Winhall, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Richmond, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Bolton, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Hinesburg, Vermont Town Clerk/Treasurer
  • Westmore, Vermont Town Clerk/Treasurer
  • Huntington, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Charlotte, Vermont Town Clerk/Treasurer
  • Essex, Vermont Town Clerk/Treasurer
  • Belvidere, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Waterville, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Cambridge, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Johnson, Vermont Town Clerk/Treasurer
  • Richford, Vermont Town Clerk
  • Fairfax, Vermont Town Clerk

On an annual basis, per the Act of 1844, listers in each town were to enroll every male liable to enrollment, between the ages of 18 and 45, who were not members of uniformed companies (for the time period of these records every male between 18 and 45 was to be listed). Duplicate copies of the enrollments were to be given to the town clerk who in turn would send one of the copies to the adjutant and inspector general. The records identify thousands of men from the state of Vermont who served in the military or who were eligible for service during the time period 1861-1867.

This collection contains militia records for the years 1861 through 1867.

The record was created to provide a list of those men in the state of Vermont who were eligible to serve in the military.

 

 

What Can I Learn from Military Records?

 

Vermont military registers may include:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Remarks. This section may contain any of the following:
    • Injuries, illnesses, disabilities and nature of disability
    • Death or burial date
    • Exemptions and nature of the exemption
    • Substitutes furnished and commutations paid
    • Change of residence and often name of new residence
    • Enrollment and discharge dates along with length of service
    • Service in US military
    • Color or Race
    • Salary paid
    • Military unit served in

Personal War Sketches

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Mustering in date and place
  • Discharge date and place
  • Details of service such as companies served in; battles fought in; injuries sustained
  • Captures and confinements in prison
  • Rank and offices held
  • Pensions, bounties, and payments received
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Names of close relatives and/or friends
  • Photographs
  • Date war sketch was made
  • Author of sketch

Burials

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Company
  • Arm of service
  • Death date
  • Burial place
  • Remarks

Certificates

  • Name
  • Post number
  • Reason for certificate
  • Date

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