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American Revolution | War of 1812 | Florida War | Civil War (Confederate) | Civil War (Union) | Spanish American War | World War I | Other Military-Related Records

National Archives Compiled Service Records

The Louisiana Division holds microfilm made by the National Archives of compiled service records or indexes thereto for Louisiana volunteer soldiers who served in conflicts from the War of 1812 to the Spanish American War.

A typical record gives the soldier's name, rank, military unit, and dates of entry into the service and separation by discharge, desertion, or death. It may also show the soldier's age, place of birth, and residence at the time of enlistment.


American Revolution

Churchill, Charles R. Louisiana Soldiers in the American Revolution [Galvez Expeditions, 1779-1781].
Records collected by Churchill from Spanish archives regarding Louisiana militia who served with Galvez in campaigns during the American Revolution. mf SAR1

De Ville, Winston, ed. Louisiana Soldiers in the American Revolution : Military Lists Based on the Charles Robert Churchill Collection, Papeles Procedentes de Cuba, General Archives of the Indies, Spain. Ville Platte, La.: Smith Books, 1991.
Lists extracted from the Churchill collection (above) with dates between December 24, 1776 and November 26, 1783 (the eligibility requirements stipulated by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution). Appendices include lists that do not adhere to DAR date requirements. GenR 929.3763 D47Ls

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War of 1812

National Archives. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served during the War of 1812 in Organizations from Louisiana. mf M229
See also Pierson, Marion John Bennett, comp. Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society, 1963.
This index to the compiled service records of the War of 1812 soldiers from Louisiana was put together from the original records before the M229 index above was microfilmed. LouR 976.3 P62

  This index is available at www.ancestry.com and at Ancestry Library Edition, accessible at all NOPL facilities.

General Society of the War of 1812. Register.
The Register Includes brief sketches of the members of the Society and their lines of descent. mf 929.3 R337
[Also available in bound volume GenR 929.3 G325r, with the Society’s Roster, 1989]

de Verges, Marie Cruzat. American Forces at Chalmette: Veterans and Decendants of Battle of New Orleans 1814-1815. Battle of New Orleans Anniversary Committee (Women’s Committee), 1966.
Lists the American soldiers present at the Battle of New Orleans, along with various military and genealogical information, including descendants. GenR 973.5239 D49a

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Florida (“Seminole”) War

National Archives. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served during the Florida [“Seminole”] War in Organizations from the State of Louisiana [1836]. mf M239

National Archives. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served during the War of 1837-1838 from the State of Louisiana. mf M241

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Civil War (Confederate)

Louisiana. Civil District Court (Orleans Parish). Enumeration of Ex-Confederate Soldiers and Widows of Deceased Soldiers, 1911.
Act #71 of the 1908 Louisiana Legislature provided for the enumeration of all ex-Confederate soldiers and the widows of deceased soldiers residing in each parish of the state. The enumeration was to include the name, age, state of enlistment, regiment and company in which served, kind and amount of property owned, occupation, and physical infirmity of each (though the act did not require it, the forms prepared for the enumeration by the State Auditor of Public Accounts also included a space for date of marriage, to be entered for all widows).

Volumes for Orleans Parish and eighteen other parishes are present in the Civil Courts Collection. There are nine books for Orleans and single volumes for Acadia, Ascension, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Morehouse, St. Bernard, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Vernon, Webster, and West Feliciana Parishes. mf VT840

  A transcription of these volumes is available online at neworleanspubliclibrary.org/inv/1911/1911census.htm.

National Archives. Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana. mf M378

See first Andrew Bradford Booth. Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 1920. 3 v. GenR 973.7 L88.

  Booth is available online at www.ancestry.com [subscription only] and at Ancestry Library Edition, accessible in all NOPL facilities.

National Archives. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana. mf M320

National Archives. Register of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Citizens Who Died in Federal Prisons and Military Hospitals in the North, 1861-1865.
The burial lists are generally arranged alphabetically by name of prison camp or other location where the deaths occurred. Entries on the individual burial lists are arranged alphabetically by name of deceased and generally give the name, rank, company, regiment, date of death, and number and location of grave for each individual interred. mf M918

  This index is available at www.ancestry.com and at Ancestry Library Edition, accessible at all NOPL facilities.

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Civil War (Union)

National Archives. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana. mf M387

National Archives. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana. mf M396

Roll of Honor. Names of Soldiers Who, in Defense of the American Union, Suffered Martyrdom in the Prison Pens Throughout the South.

Microfilm of lists compiled by the Quartermaster General’s Office of Union soldiers who died at Andersonville Prison and at other Confederate prisons in the South. mf 929.3 R754

National Archives. Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War. [Louisiana only]
The schedules include all or some of the following information: name of the veteran and/or widow; the veteran's rank, company, regiment or vessel, date of enlistment, date of discharge, and length of service in years, months, and days; post office and address of each person listed; disability incurred by the veteran; and remarks necessary to a complete statement of his term of service. mf 310 U585

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Spanish American War

National Archives. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served during the War with Spain [Spanish-American War] in Organizations from the State of Louisiana [1898]. mf M240

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World War I

National Archives. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. [Louisiana only]
Arranged geographically by the local draft board (i.e., by parish, city, or individual boards within larger cities). For each board, the individual cards are arranged alphabetically by name of registrant. The cards give name, date of birth, place of birth, physical description, citizenship, occupation, and signature of applicant. mf M1509

  The draft registration cards have been scanned and made available at www.ancestry.com (subscription only) and at Ancestry Library Edition, accessible in all NOPL facilities.

National Archives. Boundary Maps of Selected Cities and Counties of World War I Selective Service Draft Registration Boards, 1917-1918.
Maps showing the boundaries of draft board districts in various major cities (including New Orleans, which had 13 individual draft boards). These maps are useful in determining which local board a registrant would have gone to in order to register for the draft. mf M1860

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Other Military-Related Records

Muster Rolls, 10th Regiment, U.S. Colored Artillery (Heavy) in New Orleans, 1865-1866.
The rolls give the names of soldiers, their rank, and a variety of information regarding their enlistment and service. mf LN56

Louisiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Membership Applications. Ed. Dalton L. Woolverton.
The microfilm covers applications 1 – 2219 (Books 1-32) and gives the name of applicant and descendant, the descendant’s lineage, and a description of the descendant’s roll in “establishing American independence.” The individual books are indexed. A published index arranged by decendants’ and applicants’ names is also available under the same call number. mf 929.3 W916i

Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy. Register of Cadets, 1865-1904.
Register of the institution that became Louisiana State University. The register gives the name of cadet, date of matriculation, place of residence, name of guardian or parent, Post Office, place of birth, date of birth, age, height, and remarks (i.e., date of graduation, resignation, dismissal, etc.). mf LN47

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