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What you will find here

Information includes more than 360,000 men who served in New York State Volunteer and the United States Sharpshooter units and the state's three regiments of United States Colored Troops during the Civil War.

What you will not find here

The index does not contain names of men who served in the United States Army (regulars), United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, Veteran Reserve Corps, or New York State Militia (National Guard) units that were temporarily mustered into federal service during the Civil War.

Full Text

The full text search looks for words anywhere in the index. You can also use the following wildcards

The * wildcard is a substitute for 0 or more characers. Search results for Bell*will include any word beginning with the string 'Bell' for example Bell, Bellarosa and Bellinger.
The ? wildcard is a subsitute for a single character. Search results for Sm?thwill include Smith and Smyth. You can enter multiple ? symbols but must know the number of missing characters. For example, Sm? will return no results but Sm??? will return Smith, Smitt and Smyth.



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