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Bibliography of Military Records on Microfilm
REVOLUTIONARY WAR, 1775-1783

General Index to Revolutionary War Service Records. 58 reels. National Archives M860. TSLA Mf. #1027. Index to compiled service records of American Army soldiers. Also includes some sailors, members of army staff departments, and others. Arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Gives unit, sometimes rank, profession or office.

Compiled Service Records, Revolutionary War. 1096 reels. National Archives M881. TSLA Mf. #1423. Compiled service records of American Army soldiers. Also includes regular soldiers of the Continental Army, the militia volunteers, and others. Arranged by state, then unit, then alphabetically by soldiers' surname (officers first, then enlisted men). Entries consist of jacket/envelope containing card abstracts from original records in National Archives RG 93. See also: Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army, April, 1775 to December, 1783. Heitman, 1893. Reprint, 1982. (E255.H48)



MILITIA/FRONTIER RECORDS

Service Records of Volunteers, Territory South of the River Ohio, 1784-1812. 7 reels. National Archives M905, #26-#32. TSLA Mf. #877. Service records are arranged by unit then alphabetically by soldier's surname. Entries consist of jacket/envelope containing card abstracts from original muster rolls, payrolls, receipt rolls, etc. See also: American Militia in the Frontier Wars, 1790-1796. Clark, 1990. (CS68.C42)



WAR OF 1812, 1812-1815

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. 234 reels. National Archives M602. TSLA Mf. #976. Index to service records is arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Includes rank and unit. See also: Published rosters of soldiers from various states.

War of 1812 Index to Pension Applications, 1871-1878. 102 reels. National Archives M313. TSLA Mf. #938. Applications are arranged alphabetically by veteran's surname. Includes pension claim or file number, name of widow, marriage date, date of death, and other identifying information. See also: Index to War of 1812 Pension Files. White, 1989. (E 359.4.W44)

Officers and Soldiers, War of 1812, Tennessee. 7 reels. Adj. Generals Records, State of Tennessee. Mf. #1460. Arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Includes rank, enlistment date, regiment, company, branch of service, and discharge date.



INDIAN WARS, 1818 and 1836

Index to Compiled Service Records of the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Cherokee Disturbances and Removal in Organizations from Tennessee and the Field and Staff Officers of the Army of the Cherokee Nation. 2 reels. National Archives M908. TSLA Mf. #865. Index is arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Also includes rank and unit. Related print material: The Cherokee Wars. Hays, 1987. (F 208.H39) and card file in Archives Reading Room.

Index, Tennesseans in the Seminole War (Florida War), 1818 and 1836. 1 reel. TSLA Mf.#867. Index is arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Also includes rank, date and place of enlistment, company, regiment, brigade, and place of residence. See also: Index to Volunteer Soldiers in Indian Wars and Disturbances, 1815-1858. White, 1994. Card file in Archives Reading Room.

Military Records, 1813-1836. 1 reel. TSLA Mf. #RG 158. Muster rolls and payrolls for Creek War 1813-15 and Seminole Wars 1818 and 1836. Arranged by captain's name. See also: Card file in Archives Reading Room.

Officers of the Cherokee War, 1836-1846, Muster Rolls and Index to Tennesseans, Cherokee Removal, 1836. 2 reels. TSLA Mf. #866. Index cards show name, enlistment, rank, company, regiment, and brigade. See also: card file in Archives Reading Room.



MEXICAN WAR, 1846-1848

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War. 41 reels. National Archives M616. Index is arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Also includes company, unit, and rank.

Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War in Organizations from the State of Tennessee. 15 reels. National Archives M638. Generally service records cover date and place mustered in and enrolled, muster roll details, and muster out date. Organized by unit and company then arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. See also: 1837 Tennessee Volunteers : Muster Rolls for Various Counties. Douthat, 1993, (UA462.D68) and card file in Archives Reading Room.



CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865

Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers from Tennessee. 48 reels. National Archives. Index is arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Also includes unit, company, and rank. See also: Tennesseans in the Civil War. Civil War Centennial Commission, 1965.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers from Tennessee. 16 reels. National Archives. Index is arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Also includes unit, company, and rank. See also: Tennesseans in the Civil War. Civil War Centennial Commission, 1965.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served with U.S. Colored Troops. 98 reels. National Archives M589. TSLA Mf. #1454. Index is arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Also includes unit, company, and rank.

Consolidated Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers. 535 reels. National Archives M253. Index covers all states in which Confederate troops were organized. Arranged alphabetically by soldiers' surname. Also includes company, unit, and rank. See also: "Civil War Rosters" handout in Archives Reading Room.

Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from Tennessee. 359 reels. National Archives. Generally service records cover date and place mustered in and enrolled, muster roll details, and the muster out date. Organized by unit and arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname.

Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers of Tennessee. 220 reels. National Archives M395. Generally service records cover date and place mustered in and enrolled, muster roll details, and the muster out date. Organized by unit and arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname.

Civil War Collection, 1861-65. 20 reels. TSLA Mf. #824. Particularly strong in Confederate materials, this manuscript collection contains letters, diaries, scrap- books, clippings, etc. collected by TSLA. Register provides description and a partial name index.

Tennessee Confederate Soldiers & Widows Pension Applications. 173 reels, TSLA microfilm. Soldiers (113 reels), widows (60 reels), and "colored soldiers" (2 reels) accepted and rejected pension applications. Arranged by application number. Includes personal history and supporting papers attesting to the veteran's character and military service. See also: Index to Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications. Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1964. (E 548.T2)

Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers from Kentucky . 515 reels. National Archives M397. Generally service records cover date and place mustered in and enrolled, muster roll details, and the muster out date. Organized by unit and arranged alphabetically by soldier's name. Reels 498-515 are personal papers which may include enlistment records and casualty sheets. Organized alphabetically by solder's name.



SPANISH AMERICAN WAR, 1898

Spanish American War, 1898. Adjutant General Records, State of Tennessee. TSLA Mf. #RG 216, reels 21-23. Index is arranged by regiment. Information includes name, rank, organization, residence, date and place mustered in, and date and place discharged. See also: Service Records of Those Serving with the First, Second, Third and Fourth Tenn. Regiments ... from April 25, 1898 - Nov. 23, 1899.



WORLD WAR I, 1914-1918

World War I, Draft Registration Cards, Tennessee, 1917-1918. 81 reels. National Archives M1509. TSLA Mf. #1438. Arranged alphabetically by county then by registrant. Includes address, age, date of birth, occupation, employer, nearest relative, and physical description.

World War I, Gold Star Records. 7 reels. TSLA Mf. #RG 53. Index of soldiers who died of wounds or diseases. Arranged alphabetically by soldier's surname. Includes date of birth, occupation, parents, branch of service, date and place of death, and some pictures, letters, diaries, and news clippings.

World War I Veterans and Ex-Servicemen's Records, 1919-20. 10 reels. TSLA Mf. #RG 36. Records of Tennessee individuals who served in the armed forces during the war. Arranged by county. Includes statistical information, name, serial number, race, service overseas, place and date of enlistment, place and date of birth, organizations to which attached and date served in each, and type of discharge.



WORLD WAR II, 1941-1945

Armed Forces Absentee Ballots, 1944-1962. Secretary of State, State of Tennessee. TSLA RG #125. Arranged alphabetically by county. Includes name, rank, serial number, service address, and home address.



OTHERS

Commission Books, 1796-1903. State of Tennessee. 7 reels. TSLA. Contains militia and civil commissions. See also: Records of Commission of Officers in the Tennessee Militia, 1796-1815. Moore, 1977.

Tennessee National Guard Name Index File, 1818-1916. Adjutant Generals Records, State of Tennessee. TSLA Mf. #RG 216. Records are divided into four series: Seminole War, 1818, Seminole War, 183, United States Army officers from Tennessee, 1861-1866, and Tennessee National Guard, 1887-1916 (A-M only). Arranged alphabetically within each series. Includes name, rank, enlistment date and place, company, regiment, brigade, and place of residence.

Compiled by Ann Alley & Julia Rather

 

Updated November 19, 2008

 

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