Military Records

On this page you will find an extensive listing of American military records found online for personal, genealogy and professional researchers; this list includes much free and searchable data. Because the military, being the archetype of bureaucratic organizations, has kept detailed records, these records are an invaluable source of information about servicemen and women and the families they may have left behind. Aside from the additional information to family stories, consider what these records represent in the history of the world.

  • Indian Wars 1614-1893
    The Indian Wars were a series of conflicts that occurred between Native American tribes and European colonizers in North America. These wars lasted for over two centuries and involved various battles and negotiations that were fought over land, resources, and political power.
  • Pequot Indian War, 1634-1638
    The Pequot Indian War was a conflict between the Pequot tribe and English colonists in Connecticut. The war began after the Pequot tribe attacked a trading post and escalated into a larger conflict that resulted in the massacre of hundreds of Native Americans and the enslavement of others.
  • King Philip’s War Records, 1675-1676
    King Philip’s War was a conflict between Native American tribes and English colonists in New England. The war was fought over land and resources and resulted in the death of thousands of Native Americans and colonists, as well as the forced migration of Native American tribes.
  • King William’s War, 1689-1697
    King William’s War was a conflict between English colonists and French settlers in North America. The war was fought over territory and resources and resulted in a significant loss of life and property damage on both sides.
  • Seminole Indian Wars, 1717-1835-1842-1855-1858
    The Seminole Indian Wars were a series of conflicts between Native American tribes in Florida and the United States government. The wars were fought over land and political power and resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans.
  • French and Indian War, 1754-1763
    The French and Indian War was a conflict between British and French forces in North America. The war was fought over territory and resources and resulted in significant territorial changes, including the transfer of French territories in Canada to British control.
  • Dunmore’s War, 1774
    Dunmore’s War was a conflict between Virginia settlers and Native American tribes in the Ohio Valley. The war was fought over land and resources and resulted in the defeat of the Native American tribes.
  • Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
    The Revolutionary War was fought between American colonies and British forces over political and economic independence. The war resulted in the formation of the United States of America and a significant shift in global power.
  • Creek Indian Wars, 1811-1814-1842
    The Creek Indian Wars were a series of conflicts between Native American tribes in the southeastern United States and the United States government. The wars were fought over land and resources and resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans.
  • War of 1812, 1812-1814
    The War of 1812 was a conflict between the United States and Great Britain over economic and territorial disputes. The war resulted in a significant loss of life and property damage on both sides.
  • Blackhawk War, 1832
    The Blackhawk War was a conflict between Native American tribes in Illinois and Wisconsin and the United States government. The war was fought over land and resources and resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans.
  • Republic of Texas, 1835-1846
    Republic of Texas war was a conflict between the Republic of Texas and Mexico over political and economic independence. The war resulted in the annexation of Texas by the United States.
  • US Mexican War, 1846-1848
    The US Mexican War was a conflict between the United States and Mexico over political and territorial disputes. The war resulted in significant territorial changes, including the acquisition of California and other western territories by the United States.
  • Sioux Indian Wars, 1854 – 1890
    The Sioux Indian Wars were a series of conflicts between Native American tribes in the Great Plains region and the United States government. The wars were fought over land and resources and resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans.
  • Civil War Records, 1861-1865
    The Civil War was fought between the northern and southern states of the United States over political and economic differences, including the issue of slavery. The war resulted in the reunification of the United States and significant social and political changes.
  • Spanish American War, 1898-1902
    The Spanish American War was a conflict between the United States and Spain over political and territorial disputes in the Caribbean and Pacific. The war resulted in the defeat of the Spanish and the acquisition of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines by the United States.
  • World War I, 1914-1919
    World War I was a global conflict that began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and resulted in the deaths of millions of people. The war involved multiple world powers and resulted in significant social, political, and economic changes, including the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires and the formation of the League of Nations.
  • World War II, 1935-1945 (US entered 1941)
    World War II was a global conflict that began with the invasion of Poland by Germany and resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of people. The war involved multiple world powers and resulted in significant social, political, and economic changes, including the formation of the United Nations, the establishment of the United States and the Soviet Union as superpowers, and the devastation of much of Europe and Asia.
  • Korean Conflict, 1950-1953
    The Korean Conflict was a war between North Korea (supported by the Soviet Union and China) and South Korea (supported by the United States and other allies) that began after North Korea invaded South Korea. The war resulted in a ceasefire and the establishment of a demilitarized zone between the two countries, but no formal peace treaty has been signed to this day.
  • Vietnam War Casualty List, 1961-1969
    The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (supported by the Soviet Union and China) and South Vietnam (supported by the United States and other allies) that began as a civil war and escalated into a larger conflict. The war resulted in significant loss of life and property damage and ended with the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the unification of North and South Vietnam.
  • Military Cemeteries

Recent Military Records

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Biography of Honorable Daniel Buck

Daniel Buck came to Norwich in 1784 or ’85, and opened the first lawyer’s office in town, on the hill near the old center meeting house, then just being completed and there continued to live and transact business for twenty-five years, or until he removed to Chelsea in 1809. Norwich then contained probably about one thousand inhabitants, but no village, there being at that time not over three or four dwellings where Norwich village now stands. But little is known of Mr. Buck previous to his coming to Norwich. He was born at Hebron, Conn., November 9, 1753, and was…

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Gen. Anthony Wayne’s Campaign

In April 1792, General Anthony Wayne was appointed by the general government to take command of the Northwestern Army. On the 5th of the following November a hundred men from Kentucky, under Adair as captain, made a raid across the Ohio River into the Indians country, but the indefatigable Little Turtle and his band of heroes met him and, in a severe fight: defeated him, with heavy loss, and drove him back to his own. In the spring of 1793, during the arrangements that were being made for Wayne’s campaign, Congress sent commissioners to the Northwest Indians to negotiate a…

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The Meeting in 1811 of Tecumseh and Apushamatahah

The meeting in 1811, of Tecumseh, the mighty Shawnee, with Apushamatahah, the intrepid Choctaw. I will here give a true narrative of an incident in the life of the great and noble Choctaw chief, Apushamatahah, as related by Colonel John Pitchlynn, a white man of sterling integrity, and who acted for many years as interpreter to the Choctaws for the United States Government, and who was an eye-witness to the thrilling scene, a similar one, never before nor afterwards befell the lot of a white man to witness, except that of Sam Dale, the great scout of General Andrew Jackson,…

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Indian Captivity Narratives

This collection contains entire narratives of Indian captivity; that is to say, we have provided the reader the originals without the slightest abridgement. Some of these captivities provide little in way of customs and manners, except to display examples of the clandestine warfare Native Americans used to accomplish their means. In almost every case, there was a tug of war going on between principle government powers, French, American, British, and Spanish, and these powers used the natural prowess of the Indians to assist them in causing warfare upon American and Canadian settlers. There were definitely thousands of captivities, likely tens…
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Narrative of the Captivity of Sergeant Lent Munson – Indian Captivities

Narrative of the captivity and escape of Sergeant Lent Munson, who fell into the hands of the Western Indians at the time of Lieut. Lowry’s defeat. As Lieut. Lowry and Ensign Boyd, with about one hundred men, were escorting two hundred and fifty pack horses with provisions from fort St. Clair to General Wayne’s camp, (six miles in advance of Fort Jefferson,) they were furiously assailed by about half their number of concealed Indians, and totally defeated. They had encamped four miles on their journey on the night of the 16th of October, 1793, and were sufficiently warned during the…

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Narrative of the Escape of W. B. Thompson – Indian Captivities

John W. B. Thompson’s story of “captivity” is really a captive story about being attacked by Seminole Indians at the Cape Florida Lighthouse he manned with what appears to be his slave. Written by him to let his friends know that he was alive, though crippled, the letter to the editor of the Charleston (S. C.) Courier details the frightful event of 23 July 1836. The Seminole Indians who attacked him likely pillaged the premise for supplies as they were taking their families into the marsh around Cape Florida where they were attempting to hide from the forced migration of…
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News from New England – King Phillip’s War

Being a true and last account of the present Bloody Wars carried on betwixt the infidels, natives, and the English Christians, and converted Indians of New England, declaring the many dreadful battles fought betwixt them: As also the many towns and villages burnt by the merciless heathens. And also the true number of all the Christians slain since the beginning of that War, As it was sent over by a factor of New England to a merchant in London. Licensed Aug. 1. Roger L’Estrange. London. Printed for J. Corners, at the sign of the Black Raven in Duck-Lane, 1676. ((The…

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History of the Indian Wars

Our relations with the aboriginal inhabitants of this continent form a distinct and very important, and interesting portion of the history of this Republic. It is unfortunately, for the most part, a history of bloody wars, in which the border settlers have suffered all the horrors of savage aggression, and, in which portions of our colonial settlements have sometimes been completely cut off and destroyed. Other portions of this thrilling history, evince the courage, daring, and patience of the settlers, in a very favorable point of view, and exhibit them as triumphing over every difficulty, and finally obtaining a firm…
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The Tribes West of the Mississippi – Indian Wars

By treaties concluded by the agents of the United State government at different periods, nearly all of the Indian tribes have been induced to remove west of the Mississippi. Those who remain in the haunts of their fathers are chiefly converts to Christianity, and in a half civilized state. Many of the tribes have dwindled into insignificance, yet the few who remain are proud to maintain their distinctive appellation, and support the independence of their old clan. The most powerful and numerous tribes in the northwest are the Sioux, or Dacotahs, the Blackfeet, Crows, and Pawnees. A few of the…

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American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy

Among the well known educational institutions in our land during the early part of the past century, was the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, the forerunner of Norwich University, founded by the late Capt. Alden Partridge in 1819, in Norwich, his native town. The corner-stone of the Academy building ((This building was constructed of brick, was four stories high and forty-seven by one hundred feet on the ground, and was situated just south of the present high school building, and near the east end of the now vacant lot opposite the residence of Mrs. William E. Lewis.)) was placed…

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