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Selected Military Records Available at OHS

Primary Source Materials

Government Records (Archives of State, County, etc.)

Adjutant General of Ohio Records, State Archives
Not indexed. Records series contain a variety of source materials such as ledgers, muster rolls, telegrams, and correspondence. Most concern the Civil War, but there are also series relating to the Ohio National Guard, the Spanish American War, and World War I.

Census, Special Veteran's (1890)
Census of surviving Union veterans of the Civil War or their widows, listing service information, any service-connected disability, and current address. Index available for these counties only: Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton.
Microfilm roll# GR603-619

Graves Registration File
Includes most veterans buried in Ohio, regardless of state of service, through 1967. May include date and place of birth and death, cause of death, and next of kin. Surnames are listed alphabetically.
Microfilm roll# GR3146-3252.

Military Rosters
Military rosters cover the Revolutionary War through World War I. Information contained is limited to unit, rank, age, length of service, and brief comments regarding service. Civil War rosters contain a list of battles in which individual regiments participated. The rosters are indexed, or are in alphabetical order by surname. Search the full text of the Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812.

Muster In and Muster Out Rolls
Not indexed. Civil War and Spanish-American War, arranged by regiment.


The Civil War Collection
This manuscript collection consists of 46 individual collections available on 26 rolls of microfilm. The bulk of the material dates from 1861 to 1865, and recounts the experiences of both Union and Confederate soldiers. An inventory is available.
Call# MIC0017.

Columbus World War II Round Table
"Despite the numerous archival sources of primary information about World War II, it is evident that the "common folk" who fought in that war are grossly under-represented. The objective of the Columbus World War II Round Table is to have participants, enlisted personnel and junior officers, develop first-person accounts about some specific combat action from World War II." Copies of over 90 accounts, organized by theater, are held at OHS.

General Manuscript Collections
The manuscript catalog contains numerous entries for primary material on Ohio regiments and individual soldiers. These collections include such items as letters, journals, and diaries. Inventories are available for the larger collections.


Photographs of Ohio Battle Flags
481 photographs of regimental colors, national colors, and guidons from the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II.
Call# P0001.

Secondary Sources


List of Officers of the Army of the United States from 1770 to 1900, William H. Powell (New York, 1900).
Compiled from official records and includes a list of Union army, and state militia officers commissioned in 1861-1865.

The Military History of Ohio, H. H. Hardesty (New York, 1886-87).
An overview of the participation of Ohio units in the Indian Wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. Each volume contains general information on the Civil War regiments from that county, along with histories of the county's G.A.R. and ladies' auxiliary posts.

Volumes were published for the following counties:
Allen, Ashland, Clark, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Darke, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Geauga, Hardin, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Marion, Medina, Miami, Morgan, Morrow, Ross, Stark, Summit, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, Wyandot.

Ohio in the War, Whitelaw Reid (New York, 1868).
Volume 2 contains a brief history (1 to 6 pages) of each Ohio military unit in the Civil War. Regiments are listed in numerical order by type of military unit.

Published Regimental Histories
May be found in the printed materials catalog under the subject headings:


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