Search the Regimental Listings
- Use the pull-down navigational menu at the top of the alphabetical roster page to view the regiment and company of each potential match. Regiments are listed numerically in the original order of the book: Cavalry, Light Artillery, Heavy Artillery, Infantry, and Special Regiments.
- Names of soldiers in this Regimental Listing may be spelled slightly differently than in the
- Use the information in the Residence, Date (of enlistment) and Remarks columns to eliminate unlikely matches.
- For any remaining match(es), note the following information, necessary to
complete the online request form. Please record any text found in the Remarks column, in the Notes field of the online form. Categories marked with an * asterisk are
* Soldier First/Middle Name:
* Soldier Last Name:
* Regiment and Company:
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Note: If you are interested in obtaining copies of the more detailed records the Roster is based upon, click the "Order Wisconsin Civil War Service Records" link at the top or bottom of this page.
Research Tips for the Online Roster
How to Conduct a Complete Search of the Roster
- Check all of the variant spellings of the soldier's name;
- Check the Errata page for changes made after the book was published;
- Check the handwritten additions located on the first two pages of Alphabetical Index volume.
List of Common Abbreviations Used in the Roster
If you do not know what the abbreviations mean on
the page you are viewing, check the list
of common abbreviations used in Civil War Rosters.
Some Regiments were reorganized and companies were
changed or new companies created. Information about
reorganized Regiments is located on the first page of
the Regiment as a footnote. For example, see the 16th
Errors in the Roster
You may discover errors or inconsistencies in the
Civil War records you see here. They occur because the
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers on the Society's Web site
appear exactly as they were published in 1886 and 1914.
Those original volumes were based upon handwritten
records created during the Civil War itself. Errors in
spellings of names and inconsistencies for dates of
service inevitably appear because of clerical errors in
the original documents, the difficulty of reading
written records that were created in haste, and errors
in transcription when the publication was compiled.
Errors and inconsistencies appear in all such
records--passenger lists, the U.S. census, and so forth.
If you do not find the person you seek under one
spelling of a name, please check alternate spellings or
even under names that sound alike but are not spelled
We regret that we do not have the ability to change
the documents to correct any errors and inconsistencies
that you may spot.
Order a Wisconsin Civil War Service Record
If you've found your Wisconsin Civil War soldier, order a copy of his Wisconsin Civil War Service Record from the from the Wisconsin Genealogical Research Service.
How to Find More Information About Wisconsin's
Civil War Soldiers
The Society's Library and Archives have extensive Civil
War resources available for research. These resources
are not online but can be accessed by visiting the
Library and/or Archives at the Society headquarters in
Madison. For information on collections and services,
visit the Library and Archives
Reference Web sites. You may also call the Society's Reference Desk at 608-264-6535