Field Hospital, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps
near Brandy Station, VA., March 1864; Library of Congress
By now genealogists and family researchers probably already know there were two classifications of Civil War veterans: 1) regular army 2) volunteer. We also know 2 out of 3 deaths were caused by disease vs. war wounds from the battlefield. These numbers often discourage researchers from seeking their veteran’s medical records. But much can be learned from carded medical files and field records of hospitals.
What is Available?
- Carded Medical Records for Volunteer and Regular Army and Navy Personnel. Record Group (RG) 94.12.3. Best source is the NARA website.
- Indexes to Field Records of Hospitals, compiled 1821 – 1912. Record Group (RG) 94.12.5
- Records Relating to Medical PersonnelWas your ancestor an officer or physician during the Civil War, to include nurses and matrons? Be sure to review the textural records of 94.12.4
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