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Introduction

Connecticut provided 53,721 men to the Union army, organized into 1 regiment of cavalry, 2 regiments of heavy artillery, 3 batteries of light artillery, and 30 regiments of infantry.  This number does not include the men from Connecticut who served in the regiments of other States.[1] 

For more information see, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Connecticut in the American Civil War, (accessed 25 Feb 2011).

Connecticut Military Units

Most units were numbered, however, some were named. See the table below for lists of the regiments, battalions, and batteries.

The information in the lists of Connecticut Military Units comes from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors web site. This web site can also be searched by the name of a soldier.

Connecticut Military Units by Number or Type of Unit
Union Units
By Unit Number
Infantry
Cavalry
Artillery
Colored Troops

Service Records

  • United States, Adjutant General's Office, Index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Connecticut, (Washington [District of Columbia]: National Archives.  Central Plains Region, 1964).   Microfilm of original recods in the National Archives, Washington, District of Columbia.  Family History Library 821909-25.
  • The service and pension records have not been microfilmed and are only at the National Archives.
  • Compiled by the General Assembly under the direction of the Adutant-General, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion (Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1889); Photcopy of original, includes index.  Family History Library  book 974.6 M2c). Item 2 on film 982124 is a supplement.   A database for this record can be found at ancestry.com.  To find other libraries having this book, see worldcat.org.

Muster Rolls

  • Compiled by authority of the General Assembly under the direction of the Adutant-General, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion (Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1889; Photocopy of original, includes index.  Family History Library Book 974.6 M2c or Film 982124.  Item 2 on film 982124 is a supplement.
  • Connecticut. Adjutant General's Office, Catalogue of Connecticut volunteer organizations, with additional enlistments and casualties to July 1, 1864.  Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood and Company, 1864.  Compiled form records and published by order of the legislature.  Online Book at Internet Archive or Google books.  Family History Library FHL fiche 6086886 (9 fiche) or FHL US/CAN Book 974.6 M2a  .
  • Connecticut, Adjutant General, C.M. Ingersoll,Catalogue of Connecticut volunteer organizations : (infantry, cavalry, and artillery,) in the service of the United States, 1861-1865, with additional enlistments, casualties, &c., &c., and brief summaries, showing the operations and service of the several regiments and batteries, Hartford: Brown & Cross, 1869,  Includes index.  Online Book, Internet Archive or FHL US/CAN Fiche 6082887 10 fiche) or FHL US/CAN Film 1033670 Item 1.
  • Civil War Rosters -  This is a directory of Civil War Rosters/Muster Rolls that have been found on the internet.  It is a work in progress.  Hosted by GeoCities.
  • United States.  War Department.  Record and Pension Office, Compiled records showing service of military units in volunteer Union organizations.  Washington, DC: The National Archives, 1964.  FHL US/CAN Films 1488457-1488460. The compiled records are card abstracts containing information relating to the stations, movements, or activities of each unit or a part of it, and frequently to its organization or composition, strength and losses, and disbandment. Sometimes the names of commanding officers, the dates the unit was called into service and mustered out, the terms of service, and similar information are included.
  • United States, Adjutant General's Office, Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Connecticut, Washington DC: National Archives. Central Plains Region, 1964. FHL US/CAN Film 821909. (17 films)
  • Adjutant General's Office, Official army register of the volunteer force of the United States army for the years 1861, '62, '63, '64, '65.  Part One (New England States), Published by order of the Secretary of War, in compliance with the joint resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives, 1865.  Part One lists State Troops from Connecticut.  Online Book, Internet Archive.
  • Compiled by authority of the General Assembly under the direction of the Adjutant-General, Record of service of Connecticut men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford, Conn. Press of The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company. 1889.  Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteers, includes index - Online book at Family History Archives.  Database available at ancestry.com.

Pensions

  • Civil War Pension Index Cards - A free Internet index to pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on FamilySearch Record Search. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. Other wars, of that time period, may be included.
  • Noble Pension Database - Connecticut State Library - The collection includes correspondence and official papers that document their work with veterans of the Civil War and Spanish American War.
  • United States.  Veterans Administration,Organization index to pension files of veterans who served between 1861 and 1917,  Washington, DC: The National Archives, 1949.  "The information provided here is virtually the same as that in the General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, T288. Unlike the alphabetical General Index, however, this index groups the applicants according to the units in which they served. The cards are arranged alphabetically by state, thereunder by arm of service (infantry, cavalry, artillery), thereunder numerically by regiment, and there- under alphabetically by veteran's surname"--Military Service Records, p. 263 FHL US/CAN Film 1725501-1725509.  (Connecticut records are on 9 films.)
  • United States. Veterans Administration.  General index to pension files, 1861-1934  Washington, D.C.: Veterans Administration, Publications Service, 1953.  Microfilm of original records.  Some retakes may be found at the beginning of some microfilms.   FHL US/CAN 540757.  On 544 films beginning with 540757.

The actual service and pension records are available only at the National Archives. To order a copy of the original records, use NATF Form 80, which is available from the National Archives, at the nearest federal office building or online.

Military Cemeteries and Memorials

  • Enfield War Graves - Photographic documentation of the Civil War graves in Enfield, Connecticut and more.
  • Hale Collection, includes many records from the Civil War era, including vital records (newspaper notices and cemetery inscriptions) with surname index to cemetery inscriptions referring to places and newspapers; index to death notices from newspapers (not included above); index, marriages by newspapers; general index to marriage notices arranged alphabetically; cemeteries by localities; newspapers. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1949-1950, 360 rolls, beginning with FHL film #3076 (Surname index, Death and Inscriptions AA – ALB).  - Salt Lake City Family History Library

Other Sources

Internet Sites

Books

  • Blaikie Hines, Civil War:volunteer sons of Connecticut, Thomaston, Maine: American Patriot Press, c2002. FHL US/CAN Book 974.6 M2h.  "Notes:"p. 630-637.  Includes index.
  • Manuscript/with Film, Connecticut men in War of Rebellion, corrected, amended or additional records, Typescript (photocopy). FHL US/CAN Book 974.6 M2c supp. Also on FHL US/CAN Film 982124 Item 2.  Includes "Connecticut men in the Spanish War, Philippine Insurrection and China Relief Expedition, April 1898 to July 1904; corrected, amended or additional records" p. 37-41.
  • Sherman Lee Pompey, Genealogical records on Connecticut in the Civil War, Albany, Oregon: S.L. Pompey, c1984. FHL US/CAN Book 974.6 M2ps. Also on FHL US/CAN Fiche 6089035.
  • William Augustus Croffut and John M. Morris, The military and civil history of Connecticut during the war of 1861-65: comprising a detailed account of the various regiments and batteries, through march, encampment, bivouac, and battle, also instances of distinguished personal gallantry, and biographical sketches of many heroic soldiers, together with a record of the patriotic action of citizens at home, and of the liberal support furnished by the state in its executive and legislative departments (1868), Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1991.  Online book at Internet Archives. Also available at FHL US/CAN Fiche 6082896. 10 fiche or Publications:  Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994 FHL US/CAN Film 1698072, Item 2.   Includes index.
  • Connecticut.  State Comptroller of Accounts, Record of returns from towns and payment to the Civil War, v. 1-2, 1861-1866, Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988.  FHL US/CAN Film 1533593, microfilm of original records at the Connecticut State Archives, Hartford. CT. Includes index arranged alphabetically by name of town. Contains name of each soldier, name of wife, names and ages of children, regiment and company, rank, date of muster, term of enlistment, changes in service, and payments made.
  • B.B. Champlin, Reunions of Connecticut regiments for 1896 (including also reunion of 26th Regiment for 1895), Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1991.  FHL US/CAN Fiche 6082880. Includes historical information of the following Connecticut (Union) regiments: 5th-7th, 9th-11th, 14th-16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th-27th and Connecticut Cavalry.
  • Janet B. Hewett, Supplement to the Official records of the Union and Confederate armies, Wilmington, North Carolina: Boradfoot Pub. Co., c1994-2001.  FHL US/CAN Book 973 M29u ser. 1 supp. pt. 2 v. 4  Record of Events - Connecticut troops (Union, 1st-8th Regiments) -- v. 4. (serial no. 16) Connecticut troops (Union, 9th-28th Regiments).

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 27 January 2011).

 

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