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New York State Archives Resources

The Archives houses a wealth of historical documents, records and images related to the Civil war. Below are a number of resources we have made available to the public online.

Civil War Document Showcase:
Document Showcase is a regular feature that highlights a topic from State history using records from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical sketch, and links to educational activities for classroom use. Click on the thumbnail images below to view the documents more closely.

New York State Civil War Soldier Database:
This database includes information on more than 360,000 men who served in New York State Volunteer and the United States Sharpshooter units and the state's three regiments of United States Colored Troops during the Civil War.

Civil War Service Abstracts
This research tip provides a brief description of abstracts of muster rolls of New York State Volunteer Units that served during the Civil War (series 13775). Muster roll abstracts are available on microfilm in the State Archives' Research Room and online to New York residents through Ancestry.com

Images: Military Collections - Civil War, 1861-1865:
This digital collection of images includes instructional lantern slides depicting officers, politicians, and scenes relating to the Civil War, and several telegrams between President Abraham Lincoln and Governor Edwin D. Morgan of New York, some relating to troop movements during the war.

Other Resources on New Yorkers Who Served During the Civil War:
This resource provides links to State Archives' and National Archives' series and tools that will assist researchers who are looking for information about New Yorkers who served during the Civil War.