This page seeks to help family historians who are researching their ancestors' involvement in the U.S. Civil War (also known as the War of the Rebellion).
Civil War-related Census Information
NY was one of only a handful of states that recorded Civil War information in their own census returns. NY had a census in between the federal census for a number of years, so 1865 is a perfect place to start your search for NY Civil War veterans. It's especially useful for putting veterans with their families, and for separating two men with the same name. It's also a great resource for tracking down naval service, which is usually more difficult to find. See Sections III & IV about every 4 pages throughout the returns. Detailed information often includes where and when someone was injured (shot in hip at Spotsylvania, for example).
Other states that asked about Civil War service in their non-federal census returns include: Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. If you're searching for veterans who may have lived in one of those states, be sure to check the state census records.
The following American Civil War unit histories and research guides (listed by state) are linked below.
Prisons, Paroles & Prisoner Exchanges