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New York State Bureau of Records of the War of the Rebellion Abstracts of Muster Rolls for Men who Served in the United States Navy during the Civil War

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of abstracts describing the military service of New Yorkers who served in the United States Navy as officers or enlisted men (bulk of entries) during the Civil War. The abstracts contain: name, birthplace, from where appointed, date of appointment, rank, promotions, names of vessels on which served, and final disposition (resigned, retired, died, or dismissed). Some abstracts include: physical descriptions (eye and hair color, complexion, and height), as well as age, place of birth and occupation.
Creator:
Title:
Abstracts of muster rolls for men who served in the United States Navy during the Civil War
Quantity:
48 cubic feet (96 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1861-1865
Series Number:
B0803

Arrangement

Organized into three subseries: 1. Regular Navy Officers; 2. Volunteer Navy Officers; 3. Enlisted Men.

Alphabetical by name within each subseries.

Administrative History

Laws of 1887 (Chapters 51, 247) authorized the Adjutant General to "procure copies of all military records relating to New York volunteers in the war of the rebellion, not on file in his office, from the proper departments of the general government." In addition the Adjutant General was "to establish as part of his office a bureau of records of the war of the rebellion in which all records in his office relating to said war, and the records and relics of the bureau of military statistics shall be united and kept."

In his 1898 annual report to the Adjutant General, the chief of the Bureau of Records of the War of the Rebellion stated that "arrangements have been entered into to obtain from the United States Navy Department the records of the men who served in the United States Navy" during the Civil War. Nine years later the chief of the bureau reported that the service records of men who served in the Navy had been bound "and the old records...carefully filed and packed away for preservation."

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of printed abstracts describing the military service of New York men who served in the United States Navy during the Civil War. While the series contains records that document the service of officers and enlisted men, most abstracts are for enlisted men.

Subseries 1--U.S. Navy Regular Officers. 1 volume. This volume provides name, birthplace, from where appointed, date of appointment, rank, promotions, names of vessels on which served, and final disposition (resigned, retired, died, or dismissed). Occasionally copies of official reports or orders are included among the abstracts.

Subseries 2--U.S. Navy Volunteer Officers. 4 Volumes. These abstracts contain the same categories of information as the abstracts for the regular officers. The information contained under the heading "final disposition" is similar to that found for regular officers, except for the disposition of honorably discharged.

Subseries 3--U.S. Navy Enlisted Men. 91 volumes. These abstracts contain basically the same information as the above abstracts. These provide name, birthplace, to which place credited, date and place of enlistment, term rating (rank), names of vessels on which served, and final disposition (discharged, died, deserted, etc.). In addition to service information, many of these abstracts contain physical descriptions that provide: eye and hair color, complexion, and height; they may also state age, place of birth and occupation.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Custodial History

Collation date ca. 1887-1907.

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Detailed Description

Subseries 1: U.S. Navy Regular Officers

Dates:
1861-1865
Physical Description:
1 volume.

Scope and Content Note:

This volume provides name, birthplace, from where appointed, date of appointment, rank, promotions, names of vessels on which served, and final disposition (resigned, retired, died, or dismissed). Occasionally copies of official reports or orders are included among the abstracts.

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by name.

  

Contents Box
Regular Officers 1

Subseries 2: U.S. Navy Volunteer Officers

Dates:
1861-1865
Physical Description:
4 volumes.

Scope and Content Note:

These abstracts contain the same categories of information as the abstracts for the regular officers. The information contained under the heading "final disposition" is similar to that found for regular officers, except for the disposition of honorably discharged.

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by name.

  

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Volunteer Officers A-D 2
Volunteer Officers E-K 3
Volunteer Officers L-R 4
Volunteer Officers S-Z 5

Subseries 3: U.S. Navy Enlisted Men

Dates:
1861-1865
Physical Description:
91 volumes.

Scope and Content Note:

These abstracts contain basically the same information as the above abstracts. These provide name, birthplace, to which place credited, date and place of enlistment, term rating (rank), names of vessels on which served, and final disposition (discharged, died, deserted, etc.). In addition to service information, many of these abstracts contain physical descriptions that provide: eye and hair color, complexion, and height; they may also state age, place of birth and occupation.

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by name.

  

Contents Box
Enlisted Men A-AMC. 6
Enlisted Men A-And.-Ay. 7
Enlisted Men B-Bar. 8
Enlisted Men Bas.-Ben. 9
Enlisted Men Ber.-Bol. 10
Enlisted Men Bom.-Bea. 11
Enlisted Men Bre.-Brown, F. 12
Enlisted Men Brown, G-Brown, W. 13
Enlisted Men Browne-Burm. 14
Enlisted Men Burn.-By. 15
Enlisted Men Cab.-Cap. 16
Enlisted Men Car. 17
Enlisted Men Cas.-Cis. 18
Enlisted Men Cl.-Cof. 19
Enlisted Men Cog.-Conl. 20
Enlisted Men Conn.-Coop. 21
Enlisted Men Coot.-Cra. 22
Enlisted Men Cre.-Cunn. 23
Enlisted Men Cur.-Davie. 24
Enlisted Men Davin.-Dem. 25
Enlisted Men Den.-Dohe. 26
Enlisted Men Dohr.-Doug. 27
Enlisted Men Dohl.-Dvi. 28
Enlisted Men Duk-Ed. 29
Enlisted Men Ef.-Fai. 30
Enlisted Men Fal.-Fha. 31
Enlisted Men Fi.-Flem. 32
Enlisted Men Fles.-Fow. 33
Enlisted Men Fox-Gai. 34
Enlisted Men Gal.-Geo. 35
Enlisted Men Ger.-Goi. 36
Enlisted Men Gol.-Gra. 37
Enlisted Men Gre.-Gy. 38
Enlisted Men Ha.-Hanl. 39
Enlisted Men Hann.-Har. 40
Enlisted Men Harv.-Heim. 41
Enlisted Men Hein.-Hig. 42
Enlisted Men Hil.-Holtz. 43
Enlisted Men Hom.-Hum. 44
Enlisted Men Hun.-Jam. 45
Enlisted Men Jan.-Johnson, P. 46
Enlisted Men Johnson, R.-Jon. 47
Enlisted Men Jor.-Keilu. 48
Enlisted Men Kelley-Kenne. 49
Enlisted Men Kenni.-Ki. 50
Enlisted Men Kl.-Lap. 51
Enlisted Men Lar.-Len. 52
Enlisted Men Leo.-Loc. 53
Enlisted Men Log.-Ly. 54
Enlisted Men Ma.-Mal. 55
Enlisted Men Man.-Mas. 56
Enlisted Men Mat.-McCak. 57
Enlisted Men McCart.-McCu. 58
Enlisted Men McDa.-McGi. 59
Enlisted Men McGl.-McKen. 60
Enlisted Men McKeo.-McNe. 61
Enlisted Men McNi.-Miller, E. 62
Enlisted Men Miller, F.-Monr. 63
Enlisted Men Mons.-Morris. 64
Enlisted Men Morrise.-Mun. 65
Enlisted Men Mur.-Murr. 66
Enlisted Men Murt.-Ne. 67
Enlisted Men Ni.-O'Brien. 68
Enlisted Men O'Brien., -Mi. -O'M. 69
Enlisted Men O'N.-Parkh. 70
Enlisted Men Parki.-Peterson, H. 71
Enlisted Men Peterson, J.-Pov. 72
Enlisted Men Pow.-Quin. 73
Enlisted Men Quir.-Reig. 74
Enlisted Men Reil.-Rin. 75
Enlisted Men Riv.-Rod. 76
Enlisted Men Rodm.-Russ. 77
Enlisted Men Rust.-Sa. 78
Enlisted Men Sca.-Se. 79
Enlisted Men Sh.-Shm. 80
Enlisted Men Sho.-Smil. 81
Enlisted Men Smith, A.-Smith, John. 82
Enlisted Men Smith, John-Smy. 83
Enlisted Men Sn.-Stephens. 84
Enlisted Men Stephenson-Sullivan, Je. 85
Enlisted Men Sullivan, Jo.-Ta. 86
Enlisted Men Te.-Thom. 87
Enlisted Men Thor.-Trum. 88
Enlisted Men Trun.-V. 89
Enlisted Men W.-Wais. 90
Enlisted Men Wak.-Web. 91
Enlisted Men Wec.-White, Job. 92
Enlisted Men White, John-Williams, I. 93
Enlisted Men Williams, J.-Wilm. 94
Enlisted Men Wils.-Wit. 95
Enlisted Men Wo.-Z. 96