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==== Forts  ====
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*Fort Assiniboine--1879-1911 Established to prevent Sitting Bull and the Souix warriors from returning from Canada.
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Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives and its regional centers, and state archives. See [[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]] for more information about federal records. For Montana the following sources are helpful:  
*Fort Abraham Lincoln -- in North Dakota
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*Fort Belknap
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*Fort Benton -- Textual records of this fort, 1869-1881, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort Connor
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*Fort Custer -- Textual records of this fort, 1877-1898, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort Ellis -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1886, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort Fetterman -- in Wyoming
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*Fort William Henry Harrison-- 1895-1913
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*Fort Keough -- Textual records of this fort, 1876-1908, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort Logan -- Textual records of this fort, 1870-1880, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort Maginnis -- Textual records of this fort, 1880-1890, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort Menard
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*Fort Missoula -- Textual records of this fort, 1877-1939, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort Peck
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*Camp Poplar River -- Textual records of this fort, 1880-1893, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort Raymond
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*Fort Shaw -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1891, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*Fort C. F. Smith--1866-1868; originally named Fort Ransom
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*Manuel's Fort
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*Fort Union
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*Fort Smith
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*Fort Stevenson -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1883, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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'''References'''
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=== Forts and Camps  ===
  
''Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890''. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana C. 2003. [[/en/index.php?title=Special:BookSources&isbn=0878424687|ISBN 0-87842-468-7]]  
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*[http://www.havremt.com/attractions/fort_assinniboine.htm '''Fort Assiniboine'''] --1879-1911 Established to prevent Sitting Bull and the Souix warriors from returning from Canada.
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*[http://www.fortlincoln.com/ '''Fort Abraham Lincoln'''] -- in North Dakota.
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*[http://www.ftbelknap-nsn.gov/grosvent.htm '''Fort Belknap''']
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*[http://www.fortbenton.com/fbrestore/history.htm '''Fort Benton'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1869-1881, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Reno_(Wyoming) '''Fort Connor'''] (also known as Old Fort Reno)
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*[http://www.legendsofamerica.com/mt-forts3.html '''Fort Custer'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1877-1898, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Ellis '''Fort Ellis'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1886, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://www.philkearny.vcn.com/fortfetterman.htm '''Fort Fetterman'''] -- in Wyoming
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_William_Henry_Harrison '''Fort William Henry Harrison'''] -- 1895-1913.  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Keogh '''Fort Keogh'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1876-1908, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://usforting.com/2010/05/22/fort-harrison-fort-logan-montana/ '''Fort Logan'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1870-1880, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://www.ultimatemontana.com/sectionpages/Section9/history/fortmaginnis.html '''Fort Maginnis'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1880-1890, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Missoula '''Fort Missoula'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1877-1939, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://www.fortpeckdam.com/historypages/?p=18 '''Fort Peck''']
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Poplar_River '''Camp Poplar River'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1880-1893, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://lewis-clark.org/content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=2970 '''Fort Raymond''']  -- Built by Manuel Lisa and called Manuel's Fort.
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*[http://russell.visitmt.com/communities/FortShaw.htm '''Fort Shaw'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1891, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_C._F._Smith_(Fort_Smith,_Montana) '''Fort C. F. Smith'''] --1866-1868; originally named Fort Ransom.
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*[http://lewisandclark.mt.gov/sites.asp?IDNumber=1 '''Fort Union''']  
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*[http://www.fortsmithmontana.com/history.html '''Fort Smith''']
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Stevenson '''Fort Stevenson'''] -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1883, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under "Records of Posts, 1820-1940" (Record Group 393.7).
  
Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives and its regional centers, and state archives. The United States Research Outline provides more information about the federal records. For Montana the following sources are helpful.
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===== References  =====
  
=== Civil War  ===
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''Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890''. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana C. 2003. ISBN 0-87842-468-7
  
A special census was taken in 1890 of Union veterans of the Civil War. Copies of the returns for Montana residents are at the Family History Library (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 338194]). A published index is also available.
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=== Mexican War (1846-1848)  ===
  
'''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 [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1471019 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.  
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The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided. <br>
  
=== Indian Wars  ===
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*''Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926''. (NARA T317). {{FHL|0537000|item|disp=FHL films 0537000–13}} Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:<br>
  
Historical sketches of army posts are available at the Family History Library (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=95509&disp=Records+of+the+United+States+army+comman%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1025168]) and the National Archives and its regional centers. You can also find historical sketches in local histories. The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of the service and pension indexes for the many Indian conflicts. The actual records are available only at the National Archives.  
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:*{{RecordSearch|1979390|United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])<br>
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*Robarts, William Hugh. ''Mexican War Veterans&nbsp;: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848…'' Washington, D.C.&nbsp;: Brentano’s, 1887. {{FHL|1854496|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2rwh}} Digital version available at [http://archive.org/details/mexicanwarvetera00roba Internet Archive].<br>
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Click on these links to learn more about the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War]] and about [[US Mexican War Pension Records|Mexican War pension records]].
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=== Civil War (1861 to 1865)  ===
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<br>[[Image:Washington Dakota Territories 1861.idx.png|thumb|right|230px]] See [[Montana in the Civil War|Montana in the Civil War]] for information about Montana Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Montana regiments involved in the Civil War.
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<br>The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.
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The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors&nbsp;System] allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor. <br><br>
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=== Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)  ===
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Historical sketches of army posts are available at the Family History Library ({{FHL|95509|title-id|disp= FHL film 1025168}}) and the National Archives and its regional centers. You can also find historical sketches in local histories. The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of the service and pension indexes for the many Indian conflicts. The actual records are available only at the National Archives.  
  
 
Published sources about the soldiers who died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn are available. Military histories of the officers and enlisted men are in:  
 
Published sources about the soldiers who died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn are available. Military histories of the officers and enlisted men are in:  
  
*Carroll, John M., and Byron Price. ''Roll Call on the Little Big Horn, 28 June 1876''. Fort Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1974. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=287731&disp=Roll+call+on+the+Little+Big+Horn%2C+28+J%20%20&columns=*,0,0 973 M25hc].)
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*Carroll, John M., and Byron Price. ''Roll Call on the Little Big Horn, 28 June 1876''. Fort Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1974. {{FHL|287731|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 M25hc}}.  
*Hammer, Kenneth. ''Men with Custer: Biographies of the 7th Cavalry, 25 June, 1''876. Fort Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1972. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=287740&disp=Men+with+Custer%20%20&columns=*,0,0 973 M25hk].) Online at: http://www.questia.com/library/book/men-with-custer-biographies-of-the-7th-cavalry-june-25-1876-by-ronald-h-nichols.jsp ($)
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*Hammer, Kenneth. ''Men with Custer: Biographies of the 7th Cavalry, 25 June, 1''876. Fort Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1972. {{FHL|287740|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 M25hk}}. Digital version at [http://www.questia.com/library/book/men-with-custer-biographies-of-the-7th-cavalry-june-25-1876-by-ronald-h-nichols.jsp Questia]($).
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=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br>  ===
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The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.
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'''Indexes'''
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*{{RecordSearch|1919699|United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} (NARA T288). (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. The index covers veterans of the Civil War, '''Spanish‑American War,''' Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion (1900 to 1901), and the regular Army, Navy, and Marine forces. ([[United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
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*{{RecordSearch|1919583|United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the War with Spain (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
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Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].
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=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
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World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.
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*United States. Selective Service System. Montana. ''World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. {{FHL|746985|title-id|disp=FHL film 1684099 (first of 37)}}. Also available at:
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:*{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} (FamilySearch) - free
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See [[United States World War I Draft Records|WWI Draft Records]] for more information.
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The [http://mhs.mt.gov/ Montana Historical Society]&nbsp;Archives has some records created by the Montana Department of Military Affairs, including original service records for the world wars. They also have enlistment records for the Montana National Guard from 1905 through about 1920.
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=== World War II (1941-1945)  ===
  
=== World War I (1917 to 1918)  ===
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On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.
  
The [http://www.his.state.mt.us/ Montana Historical Society]Archives has some records created by the Montana Department of Military Affairs, including original service records for the world wars. They also have enlistment records for the Montana National Guard from 1905 through about 1920.
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*{{RecordSearch|1339071|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)}} (FamilySearch) - free
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*{{RecordSearch|1861144|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942}} (images with partial index) (FamilySearch) - free
  
World War I draft registration cards for men age 18 to 45 may list address, birth date, birthplace, race, nationality, citizenship, and next of kin. Not all registrants served in the war. For registration cards for Montana, see:  
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:Also available at:<br>
  
*United States. Selective Service System. Montana. ''World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. (On Family History Library films beginning with film number [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=746985&disp=Montana%2C+World+War+I+Selective+Service%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1684099].)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://www.fold3.com/title_765/wwii_old_mans_draft_registration_cards Fold3] ($).
  
To find an individual's draft card, it helps to know his name and residence at the time of registration. The cards are arranged alphabetically by county, within the county by draft board, and then alphabetically by surname within each draft board.  
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[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II United States Military Records]] provides additional information.
  
Most counties had only one board; large cities had several. A map showing the boundaries of individual draft boards is available for most large cities. Finding an ancestor's street address in a city directory will help you in using the draft board map. There is an alphabetical list of cities that are on the map. For a copy of this map see:
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=== Korean War (1950–1953)  ===
  
*United States. Selective Service System. ''List of World War One Draft Board Maps''. Washington, DC: National Archives. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=641275&disp=List+of+World+War+One+draft+board+maps%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1498803].) These maps cover the years 1917 to 1918.
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The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the [[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War ]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.  
  
WWI draft cards are online at [http://www.ancestry.com/ www.ancestry.com] ($)  
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=== Vietnam War (1964–1972) ===
  
== Web sites  ==
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The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the [[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
  
http://www.rootsweb.com/~mtgenweb/military.html
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== Websites  ==
  
See the Supplemental Information section of the [[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]] for additional information.<br>
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*Rootsweb at http://www.rootsweb.com/~mtgenweb/military.html
  
== References  ==
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See the Supplemental Information section of the [[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]] for additional information.<br>
  
''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/Rg/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=Montana.ASP Montana Research Outline]''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.&nbsp;
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Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives and its regional centers, and state archives. See United States Military Records for more information about federal records. For Montana the following sources are helpful:

Forts and Camps

References

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana C. 2003. ISBN 0-87842-468-7

Mexican War (1846-1848)

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Civil War (1861 to 1865)


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See Montana in the Civil War for information about Montana Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Montana regiments involved in the Civil War.


The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)

Historical sketches of army posts are available at the Family History Library (FHL film 1025168) and the National Archives and its regional centers. You can also find historical sketches in local histories. The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of the service and pension indexes for the many Indian conflicts. The actual records are available only at the National Archives.

Published sources about the soldiers who died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn are available. Military histories of the officers and enlisted men are in:

  • Carroll, John M., and Byron Price. Roll Call on the Little Big Horn, 28 June 1876. Fort Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1974. FHL book 973 M25hc.
  • Hammer, Kenneth. Men with Custer: Biographies of the 7th Cavalry, 25 June, 1876. Fort Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1972. FHL book 973 M25hk. Digital version at Questia($).

Spanish-American War (1898)

The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.

Indexes

Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

World War I (1917-1918)

World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.

  • United States. Selective Service System. Montana. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. FHL film 1684099 (first of 37). Also available at:

See WWI Draft Records for more information.

The Montana Historical Society Archives has some records created by the Montana Department of Military Affairs, including original service records for the world wars. They also have enlistment records for the Montana National Guard from 1905 through about 1920.

World War II (1941-1945)

On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.

Also available at:

World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

Korean War (1950–1953)

The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Vietnam War (1964–1972)

The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Websites

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