Military Directories & Guides


Illinois State Archives

Website for the Illinois State Archives in Springfield, Illinois. Includes a searchable index of all Illinois Union Civil War soldiers. Lists the name, regiment, company, and residence at time of enlistment. Includes information from Muster Roll records for Illinois Civil War soldiers including personal details recorded at time of enlistment.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System

Website of the Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System, National Park Service. Includes a searchable index of all known Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers.  Also includes information about regiment movements, cemeteries, battles, maps, etc.

National Archives Civil War Records

Website includes information about the Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR) held by the National Archives, Washington, DC. Also lists information on how to order these records.

Surname Index of County Histories & Biographical Directories

Website through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library for surname searches.  Provides citations to biographical sketches in Illinois counties through biographical directories, county histories, and encyclopedias.

Illinois in the Civil War

Website through the U.S. GenWeb project providing comprehensive Civil War records in Illinois.  Searches are available by counties, regiments, and cemetery records.  Other information includes how regiments were formed, photographs, and the Adjutant General’s Reports.

Illinois Civil War 150th Anniversary

Website commemorating the Sesuiqcentennial of the American Civil War in Illinois.  Provides a detailed month by month timeline of Civil War events relating to Illinois, including links to historical events for further research.  Additional information includes various articles on Civil War figures.

National Archives Veterans' Service Records

Website explaining how to obtain military records and pension files.  Both pre-WWI and post WWI are available.  Links and directions provided.

Printed Sources

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois 

1861-1866. Volumes 1-8.  Available in hardback in the ALPL Reading Room. 
Call number:  F896.5/A235ro3 

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947  

The GAR was a patriotic society composed solely of Civil War soldiers who served in the Union.  An alphabetically-arranged list of veterans who belonged to an Illinois GAR post is found in this book by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks.  Lists the month, day and year of the veteran’s death.  Available in the ALPL Reading Room.  
Call number: F834.1/I29/N87

A Bibliography of Published and Printed Illinois Civil War Regimental Sources in the Collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Compiled by William B. Tubbs, Sept. 2005.  Lists the Illinois Civil War published and manuscript collections held by the ALPL, arranged chronologically by the number of the Illinois regiment.  Published titles may include regimental histories, reunion pamphlets, etc. Manuscript titles may include original diaries and letters, correspondence, etc.
Available in the ALPL Reading Room.

Alphabetical Index to Places of Internment of Deceased Union Soldiers in the Various States and Territories, as specified in the Rolls of Honor, Nos. I-XIII

Eleven books and accompanying Index to the Roll of Honor, compiled by Martha and William Reamy, 1995.  Lists the burial locations of Union soldiers who died during the Civil War, and whom were buried in National cemeteries.  Includes men who died in battle or from disease.  Lists the cemetery name and location, grave number, soldier’s name, rank, regiment, company and death date.
Located in the ALPL Reading Room.
Call number: F8346/N277/U58r/1865/(1994) and F8346/N277/U58r/Index

Honor Roll, State of Illinois

Published in 1956 by the Illinois Veterans’ Commission.  Includes the names, burial places, and other related information concerning all members of the Armed Forces of the United States buried in the State of Illinois ... prior to July 1, 1955. Consists of a pamphlet for each county of the State, arranged alphabetically.  ALPL has most, but not all, volumes for Illinois counties. 
Inquire at the ALPL Reading Room, Reference Desk.
Call number:  UB83.4/I298h/Oversize

Additional Sources

Surname Index

An in-house, card file index to biographical sketches found in Illinois county histories held by the ALPL.  This card file index, as well as the Illinois county histories to which it refers, is located in the ALPL Reading Room.  Many Illinois county histories include biographical information about Illinois Civil War soldiers. The Illinois county histories are arranged alphabetically by county name in the ALPL Reading Room.

Pension Record Index

Civil War Pension Records are held by the National Archives.  A searchable index to these records is available online, in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL, in-house only).  Please inquire about “Ancestry Library Edition” under the heading “Civil War Pension Index”.