Kansas in the Civil War

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United States Gotoarrow.png U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png U.S. Civil War, 1861 to 1865 Gotoarrow.png Kansas Military Gotoarrow.png Kansas in the Civil War

Battle of Lawrence, Kansas, August 21, 1863, also known as the Lawrence Massacre and Quantrill's Raid

Introduction[edit | edit source]

From about 1854 and 1858, fighting between pro-slavery and anti-slavery groups had caused the state to be known as 'bleeding Kansas'.[1]  Finally on January 29, 1861,  Kansas was admitted as a free state.  20,097 Kansas men joined the Union forces, more than had been requested.[2]

Kansas Military Units[edit | edit source]

Most units were numbered, however, some were named. See the table below for lists of the regiments, battalions, batteries, and other units.

The information in the lists of Kansas Military Units comes from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors web site. That web site also can be searched by the name of a soldier.

Kansas Units by Number or by Name
Union Units

Kansas Units by Type of Unit
Union Units

Records[edit | edit source]

Soldier Information[edit | edit source]

An index to the Kansas Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, is on the Kansas Historical Society website (free search). The index gives name, regiment, company, and place of residence with occasional notes. This index is mostly about volunteer regiments.  It does NOT include all Kansans who served in the Civil War; in particular, the index does not include the Kansas State Militia.

The Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, lists the names of all troops who served in the Kansas volunteer regiments during the Civil War. It also includes each soldier's rank, the place and date of enlistment, his discharge date, and notes about promotions, prisoner of war status, and other events. If a soldier died on active duty, the place, date, and cause of death are listed.

See Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas, Vol. 1. - 1861-1865 and Vol. 1 Reprint. A film copy is also available through interlibrary loan from the Kansas Historical Society [microfilm reel LM 977].

Officers from Kansas[edit | edit source]

For a list of officers commissioned by the President see here.

For a list of officers from Kansas commissioned in Regiments not belonging to the State see here.

Civil War Pension Index Cards[edit | edit source]

An Index to Pension Applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on FamilySearch. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. The majority of the records are of Civil War veterans, but the collection also includes records for veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Indian Wars, and World War I. For more information see Union Pension Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, Bleeding Kansas, (accessed 26 July 2011).
  2. Wikipedia contributors. Kansas in the American Civil War, (accessed 26 July 2011).