Introduction to the Data Extraction System
Before using the extraction system, select either the USCT sample or the Union Army sample. Additional information on the samples’ characteristics is available from the tabs above. Both samples have the same types of records available.
Please use the following guidelines in choosing the data you need:
- Military, medical, and pension records are intended for data users who may be interested in soldiers’ information from enlistment through the Civil War, and for those who had pensions (72%), these records also provide information on the recruits’ post-war pension history.
- For those specifically interested in medical records, wartime medical records can be found in the military, medical, and pension records. Post-war medical records for about 52% of the UA sample are contained in the surgeon’s certificates dataset. This dataset can be linked through the military medical records by the recruits' “REC ID” number.
- Other pre-war information is available from the 1850 and 1860 census record extracts, which have been linked to the individual Union Army recruits. Post-war information is available from the 1880, 1900, and 1910 census record extracts.*
*NOTE:About 3,000 white recruits and all the black recruits were also searched for in the 1870, 1920, and 1930 censuses. Data from these censuses are available from this site for those soldiers linked to those censuses.