Missouri Military Ancestors

From 1812 to World War One (1919) the Missouri Digital Heritage has now in digital format soldiers’ records covering that time frame. That is about 1.5 million pages for soldiers in domestic and foreign wars. There are individual service cares, muster rolls, special orders and reports.

This covers more than 576,000 Missourians (when a territory and later a state) who served in the military from territorial times through World War I. It includes entries for twelve wars and military engagements in which Missouri soldiers took part. These range from well-known wars, such as the War of 1812, the Mexican War, Seminole Wars, the Spanish-American War, and World War I, to the battles that were peculiarly Missourian, including the Heatherly War of 1836, the Mormon War of 1838, and the Iowa (Honey) War of 1839. The bulk of the service cards, over 380,000 of them, record the fractured history of Missouri during the bloodiest of all American wars – the Civil War. What a treasure if you ever had ancestors serving for Missouri.

You can search using a name or a specific military unit. Service cards are rich in info of names, location, race, date of enlistment, birth rank and any injuries.

Use the search box to place a name and narrowing to which conflict they serviced does help in the search. Use the information link where each war or conflict is explained.

If a match is found click on ‘show details’ to see transcribed details. The view the actual scanned document (usually hand-written) click on ‘view document’.

These men from Missouri could have been assigned in all types of locations. With the Seminole War, they would have been in Florida.

Remember someone could have serviced with a Missouri military unit and never grew up or lived in Missouri, they just joined that specific unit.

Photos: Handwritten listing of Co. E during Spanish-American War; and 1838 the Mormon War.

Related FamilyTree.com Blogs:

Missouri Genealogy

Missouri Penitentiary

The Three M’s

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