INDIANAPOLIS - Historians, researchers and others interested in Indiana's Civil War history can now search for specific individuals who served during the conflict through the new Indiana Civil War Soldiers Database available at http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org/. The database contains over 213,000 individual records compiled by volunteers and staff from the Indiana State Archives and the Friends of the Indiana State Archives.
Compilation of the Indiana Civil War Soldiers Database began in 1913 when the Indiana General Assembly appropriated $4,700 for a comprehensive index detailing the service of Indiana Civil War soldiers. The Indiana Digital Archives has now published the information online. Each record contains information about a soldier's age, muster in and out dates and location, company, regiment, and any additional available notes. These notes may include ranks, transfers, desertion information, punishment, mortality status and cavalry or battery unit.
"The Civil War Soldiers Database adds a tremendous new resource to the Indiana Digital Archives, providing historical resources never before available to Hoosiers and the world," said Jim Corridan, State Archivist and Director of the Indiana Commission on Public Records. "The Indiana Digital Archives simplifies the process of searching the State Archives' holdings by enabling researchers to instantly access records from their own home, saving them time and money."
The Civil War Soldiers Database, like all records in the Indiana Digital Archives, has several search features designed to enhance the customer's experience. The People Search feature allows patrons to enter a surname and search through over 2 million records in 20 different collections in just seconds. More targeted research can be performed by choosing one of several variables and data limiters available through the "Detailed Search" option.
Patrons may still request the standard Civil War packet, which includes a photocopy of the original index card, a copy of the regimental history, and a company roster. Please contact the Archives staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering information.
For information on other Civil War collections available at the Indiana State Archives, please visit http://www.in.gov/icpr/2521.htm