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Military Records

 

General Sources of Information

 

Alabamians at War - ADAH Public Information Subject Files

The collection contains records which document the participation of Alabamians in the following wars: the Revolutionary War; the War of 1812 and 1st Creek War; the 2nd Creek War; the Texas War for Independence; the Mexican War; the Spanish-American War; World War I; World War II; the Korean War; and the Vietnam War. The information was compiled by ADAH staff from clippings, brochures, reference correspondence, photocopies and typescripts of original documents, and various printed materials in the ADAH collections. Most of the information is about people and events associated with the various wars.

 

Compiled information on the Civil War is found in a separate file - Civil War and Reconstruction - ADAH Public Information Subject Files.

 

Books and Private manuscript materials are described in ADAHCAT. Search the catalog to locate specific materials in the department’s collections. Use the general search terms suggested below or other specific names of people, places, or events. ADAHCAT also describes state and local government records held by the department, though some of the most significant military collections are listed and linked below.

 

Some photographs and documents have been scanned and are available in the ADAH Digital Collections. Browse by topic within each collection or search for particular people or places.

 

American Revolution

 

Thomas McAdory Owen's Revolutionary War Soldiers in Alabama

Alabamians at War -- ADAH Public Information Subject files

Books and manuscript material -- ADAHCAT. Search using "American Revolution" as a phrase.

 

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War of 1812 & 1st Creek War

 

Alabamians at War -- ADAH Public Information Subject files

Alabama Militia Service Cards -- Microfilm in Research Room

Mississippi Territory Militia General Military Information, 1806-1813

Mississippi Territory Militia correspondence

Books and private manuscript material in ADAHCAT. Search using "War of 1812" or "Creek War 1813" as a phrase.

Digital Collections – War of 1812
Digital Collections – Creek War 1813-1814

 

 

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2nd Creek War, 1835-1836

 

Alabamians at War -- ADAH Public Information Subject files

Alabama Militia Service Cards - Microfilm in Research Room
Governor Clement Comer Clay, Militia files

Governor Arthur Bagby, Militia files

Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using “Creek War 1836” as a phrase.

Digital Collections

 

 

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Texas War for Independence, 1835-1836

 

Alabamians at War - ADAH Public Information Subject Files

Alabama Militia Service Card - Microfilm in Research Room
Governor Benjamin Fitzpatrick, Militia files
Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using “Texas Revolution” as a phrase.

 

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Mexican War, 1846-1848

Alabamians at War - ADAH Public Information Subject Files
Alabama Mexican War Volunteers Service Cards - Microfilm in Research Room
Governor Joshua L. Martin, Militia files
Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using “War with Mexico” as a phrase.

Digitized Textual Materials

 

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Civil War, 1861-1865

Civil War and Reconstruction - ADAH Public Information Subject Files
Alabama Civil War Service Cards File - Microfilm in Research Room
Confederate Regimental History Files
Muster Rolls of Alabama Civil War Units, 1861-1940

Muster Rolls for Alabama militia and home guards, 1858-1975
Index Cards to the Confederate Marines, 1861-1865 -- Available in Civil War Soldiers database
Alabama Governors’ Records - ADAHCAT
    Governor Andrew B. Moore - 1857-1861
    Governor John Gill Shorter - 1861-1863
    Governor Thomas Hill Watts -1863-1865

Loyalty Oaths (closed due to condition. Appointment required for viewing.)
1867 Voter Registration lists
Confederate Pension Applications, 1880-1940 -- Microfilm in Research Room
1907 Census of Confederate Soldiers in Alabama -- Microfilm in Research Room
1921 Census of Confederate Soldiers in Alabama -- Microfilm in Research Room
State Auditor, Confederate Pensioners’ Records - 1865-1939

Newspapers, 1861-1865
Civil War Flag Collection

Confederate officers photograph albums

National Archives Compiled Service Records Index -- Microfilm in Research Room
National Archives Compiled Service Records - 1st Alabama Cavalry Union-- Microfilm in Research Room
Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using “Civil War” as a phrase.

Digitized photographs

Digitized textual material

Willis Brewer’s Brief Historical Sketches of Military Organizations Raised in Alabama During the Civil War

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Spanish-American War, 1898

 

Alabamians at War - ADAH Public Information Subject Files
Alabama Military Service Cards - Microfilm in Research Room
Governor Joseph Forney Johnston, Administrative files
Alabama Adjutant General’s Office, Administrative files, 1881-1953
Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using “Spanish American War” as a phrase.

Digital collections

 

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World War I

Alabamians at War - ADAH Public Information Subject Files
Alabama Military Service Cards - Microfilm in Research Room
World War I Gold Star Files database
Alabama World War I Draft Registration Records - Microfilm in Research Room & available on
Ancestry.com
Thomas McAdory Owen, “Deaths from Alabama in the World War,” History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography (I:458-474)
Governor Charles Henderson, Administrative files
Alabama Adjutant General’s Office, Administrative files, 1881-1953
Alabama Council of Defense, Administrative files, 1917-1919

Digitized photographs

Digitized textual materials
Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using “World War 1914" as a phrase.

 

Related link:
Remember: Alabama war casualties

 

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World War II

Alabamians at War - ADAH Public Information Subject Files
U.S. War Department World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing: State of Alabama (June 1946) - Research Room -- now available on Ancestry.com
Surname Clipping Files - Microfilm in Research Room
Governor Frank Dixon, Administrative files
Governor Chauncey Sparks, Administrative files

Alabama Secretary of State, Military Absentee Ballots, 1940-1946

Alabama State Council of Defense, Administrative files

Digitized photographs

Digitized textual materials

Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using “World War 1939" as a phrase.

 

Related link:
Remember: Alabama war casualties

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Korean War, 1950-1953

Alabamians At War - ADAH Public Information Subject Files
James B. Sellers, “Alabama’s Losses in the Korean Conflict,” The Alabama Review, (July & October 1960): 210-35, 258-79 - Research Room
Surname Clipping Files - Microfilm in Research Room
Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using “Korean War” as a phrase.

Digital collections

 

Related link:
Remember: Alabama war casualties

 

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Vietnam War, 1959-1975

Alabamians At War - ADAH Public Information Subject Files
U. S. Department of Defense, List of Casualties Incurred by U. S. Military Personnel in Connection with the Conflict in Vietnam: Alabama (1 January 1961-30 September 1975) - Research Room
Surname Clipping Files - Microfilm in Research Room
Books and private manuscript material - ADAHCAT. Search using the word “Vietnam.”

Digital collections

 

Related link:
Remember: Alabama war casualties

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DD214's

U.S. Military Discharge records -- DD214's. The ADAH has military discharge records (DD214) from the Selective Service Office for the years 1939- May 1975. These records are restricted to the veteran or direct next-of-kin and can be obtained by contacting the research room at 334-242-4435. For Discharge records after May 1975 contact the National Personnel Records Center.

 

National Personnel Records Center

9700 Page Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63132

314-801-0800

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records