"The Basics" Full Civil War Pension File and Compiled Service Records
The two most commonly requested records for Civil War soldiers are the full pension file and the compiled service records.
These are typically the two best files to get. The pensions usually tell information about his service in the war, his life after the war, and details about his family. They are usually between 50-100 pages long.
The compiled service records will tell if a soldier was transferred, promoted, deserted, killed, taken prisoner, etc. If his enlistment papers still exist, they’d be in this file as well.
Details & Terms
You will receive full color images of the records, delivered electronically.
Please allow for 4-6 weeks at the most for delivery, but in many cases it will be shorter than that.
These are only available for Union soldiers.
Please be sure you submit the correct details. We're not responsible if you order the wrong soldier. If you have a Civil War ancestor, but you're not sure what's available to order, click here and we can help you start the process.
Please input as much information as you know about your soldier, below OR upload a copy of the pension index card, if you have it, when ordering. These are searchable on Ancestry.com's Civil War Pension Index. (Please submit the soldier's name, even if you're submitting a pension index card.)