Do you have any additional information on the individual you are seeking. Name, DOB, place of birth or where they may have lived.
Elliot: I have about 30 soldiers from Worthington Massachusetts that I am researching for a book. I can get you the information on each of them if that would help.
Service records for soldiers who fought for a Massachusetts regiment have been digitized and are available on Fold3.com. It is a subscription service but you can get free access from many major libraries, LDS Family History centers, or NARA facilities. You can also get a free trial subscription for a limited time.
Pensions records can also contain a wealth of information about the soldier's service and family. A few have been digitized, a few are at NARA in St. Louis, but most must be obtained from NARA in D.C. (once it reopens after COVID). You can order such records directly from NARA for a fee or from some independent researchers who frequently charge less: https://www.archives.gov/research/hire-help/topics.html?topic=military
Many of the records for the 54th Massachusetts and other U.S. Colored Troops have also been digitized.
If you give more information about the specific soldiers, we can give a more specific answer.
Dear Mr. Johnson,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Records concerning soldiers that served during the American Civil War may be in one of multiple record series.
Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) for enlisted soldiers and officers of volunteer units are documented in the record series Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94). The CMSRs for the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry (Colored), 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (Colored), and the 55th Massachusetts Infantry (Colored) have been digitized and are available online through the Catalog. The CMSRs for members of the other Massachusetts Volunteer units have not been digitized and are not available online.
This CMSRs are indexed by the series Indexes to the Carded Records of Soldiers Who Served in Volunteer Organizations During the Civil War in Record Group 94. Many of the index cards have been digitized and are available online through the Catalog.
Enlisted soldiers of the Regular Army are documented in the Enlistment Papers, 1798 - October 31, 1912 in Record Group 94. This series has not been digitized and is not available online.
Information about Regular Army enlisted soldiers also may be located in the Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798 - 1914 (M233) Record Group 94. M233 has been digitized and is available on Fold3 as Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; on Ancestry as U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; and on FamilySearch as United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914. There may be a fee for using Ancestry and Fold3. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
The record series Letters Received, 1863 - 1917 (documenting 1850 - 1917) in Record Group 94 includes letters, reports, and papers relating to the military service of officers of the Regular Army, officers of Volunteers in the Staff Corps commissioned by the President, and officers commissioned by brevet appointment in the Regular Army and Volunteer organizations. Portions of these series have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.
There also are various record series that relate to specific categories such as casualties and prisoners of war. Additionally, some unit records sometimes contain information about individuals as well as documenting the activities of the unit as a whole.
For information about the non-digitized portions of all of the records listed above, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com.
Some Civil War veterans or their survivors applied for pension files after the war. The majority of Civil War pension files in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1). There are also 3 record series (XC files) in Record Group 15 at the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) that include claims files relating to Civil War Veterans. These records were transferred to the National Archives in 1952 and 1955 from the VA. Please email both RDT1 at firstname.lastname@example.org and RL-SL at email@example.com with full details about the individuals you are researching.
Many of the Civil War Pension files are indexed by the General Index to Civil War and Later Pension Files, ca. 1949 - ca. 1949 in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15). This series has been digitized by our partners and is available as a name searchable database through FamilySearch and Ancestry. If you locate a pension index card for the individual you are researching, please attach a copy of it when you submit your email regarding a pension file to the RDT1 and RL-SL.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time. The CWSS is a cooperative effort between the National Park Service and several public and private partners whose goal is to increase Americans' understanding of this decisive era in American history by making information about it widely accessible.
For members of Union volunteer units raised by Massachusetts, there may be additional information in the custody of the Massachusetts Archives Division.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!