The four bound manuscript volumes (measuring 15” x 17”) contain descriptive rolls that record the status of soldiers serving in the following Missouri regiments of the Union Army as of 1863: Missouri Infantry Volunteers, Missouri Cavalry Volunteers, and Missouri Infantry and Cavalry Militia. Ledger headings include name; rank; age; physical description; marital status; occupation; place of birth and place of residence at time of enlistment; date of enlistment; when, where and by whom mustered into service; remarks concerning present status of individual, whether mustered out, killed or died, discharged (including for disability), or deserted; and notes concerning promotions or transfers.
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The soldiers in the regiments described in these rolls were among an estimated 160,000 men from Missouri who fought on the Union side during the United States Civil War (1861-65). Perhaps 40,000 others served under the secessionist Missouri State Guard and the Confederacy, but overlapping service occurred among the units on both sides, and an indeterminate number of Missourians actually served in both armies.
[Excerpted from Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: a political, social, and military history, ed. David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, 2000, vol. 3.]
Four bound volumes of descriptive rolls recording the status (as of 1863) of soldiers serving in the following Missouri regiments in the Union Army during the United States Civil War: Missouri Infantry Volunteers, Missouri Cavalry Volunteers, Missouri Infantry and Cavalry Militia.
The Missouri Cavalry and Infantry Descriptive Rolls, 1863, were a gift of John Wright, received June 28, 1965.
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Missouri Cavalry and Infantry Descriptive Rolls, 1863, MS 292, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University https://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/246 Accessed December 06, 2023.