Search the Civil War Roster Database
Using the Database
You can search the database by any combination of Name, Residence, Regiment Number and Type, Company, and Remarks. If you have noticed an error in the database or have any other questions or concerns about the database, please contact the Reference Archivist.
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Civil War Database Search Tips
When searching these fields, remember to try alternate spellings (e.g. Hanson and Hansen). If you find a name you believe is misspelled, please click here to learn about the procedure to request corrections.
This field contains the listed residence of the soldier at the time of enlistment. The accuracy of this field can vary—sometimes soldiers from small farms or rural villages listed the nearest post office or county seat.
Best used together with the Regiment Type, this field contains the number associated with Wisconsin’s Volunteer units. For Infantry regiments it will be a number between 1 and 53 (excluding 4), for Cavalry regiments a number between 1 and 4, for Light Artillery a number between 1 and 13, and for Heavy Artillery there is only 1.
Best used together with Regiment Number, the vast majority of men from Wisconsin served in one of four types: Infantry, Cavalry, Light Artillery, and Heavy Artillery. Other Types in which significantly smaller numbers of men served include Sharpshooters, Permanent Guard, Regular Army, and Hancock’s Corps. Please contact the Reference Archivist with any questions about these.
Each regiment consisted of between ten and twelve companies, which were each assigned a letter. Infantry regiments had Companies A through K (excluding J) while Cavalry and Heavy Artillery regiments had Companies A through M (excluding J). Light Artillery batteries did not have Companies. Company S refers to regimental officers in Field & Staff.
Contains comments about a soldier’s service that can include promotions, wounds, illnesses, time as a prisoner, and death. An example of an interesting use of this field would be searching for the term “killed” in combination with a city in the Residence field to produce a list of men from a community who were killed in action.