American military heritage in New Hampshire started with the organization of the colonial militia beginning in the 17th century primarily to battle to prevent assaults from native inhabitants. The applications and importance of New Hampshire military records in genealogical research for ancestors who have been veterans are obvious but New Hampshire military records can also be crucial to researchers whose primary ancestors were not soldiers in any war. Due to the amount of genealogical information and facts contained in quite a few New Hampshire military pension documents they ought to never be disregarded during the research process.
Often, New Hampshire men enrolled in the military along with their neighbors and did so near their homes. So, military lists can provide a lot of information about the migration patterns of certain groups or individuals. There are three published collections that contain the complete service records for all New Hampshire resides from colonial times until the End of the Civil War. Researchers should also consult the Civil War enlistment paper records on microfiche at the New Hampshire Records and Archives. Copies of those records can also be found at the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Any New Hampshire residents who received pensions, no matter where they resided, are listed in a 71-volume collection of abstracts and indexes at the New Hampshire Historical Society. The New England Historic Genealogical Society has a microfilmed copy of those volumes and an index to them on file. Microfilmed copies can also be found at the New England Branch of the National Archives, which is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. However, he originals can be found at the National Archives in Washington D.C.
New Hampshire in the Colonial War
Colonial War Website Links
New Hampshire in the Revolutionary War
Revolutionary War Website Links
- Research in the Revolutionary War 1775-1783 (uswars.net)
- Organized military New Hampshire units in the Revolutionary War (uswars.net)
- Revolutionary War links from fold3.com with original data from the National Archives:
- New Hampshire Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818-1864 These slips serve as an index to final and last payments to over 65,000 veterans of the Revolutionary War and some later wars.
- New Hampshire Revolutionary War Pensions Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.
- New Hampshire Revolutionary War Prize Cases – Captured Vessels Prize cases heard on appeal from Colonial and state courts by the Continental Congress and the Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture.
- New Hampshire Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783 Muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns, and other miscellaneous personnel, pay, and supply records of American Army units, 1775-83.
- New Hampshire Revolutionary War Service Records Compiled service records of soldiers who served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783.
- Revolutionary War links from http://search.ancestry.com:
- Inhabitants of New Hampshire, 1776 – In 1776, at the outset of the American Revolution, the New Hampshire Committee of Safety directed that all males over the age of twenty-one sign the Association Test–a kind of loyalty oath to the Patriot cause. In effect this resulted in a unique census of the adult male population inasmuch as the names of both signers and non-signers were recorded, and it is the most comprehensive list of New Hampshire residents available before the Census of 1790. Previously available in two separate, unindexed booklets, the present publication has placed all the names–well over 9,000–in one alphabetical sequence to enable the researcher to find a person and his town of residence at a glance.
- New Hampshire Pensioners, 1835
- Death Seem’d to Stare: The New Hampshire and Rhode Island Regiments at Valley Forge
- Revolutionary pension declarations, Strafford County, 1820-1832 : comprising sketches of soldiers of the Revolution
- Loyalists and Their Times, Vol. 2
- New Hampshire Revolutionary War Books (amazon.com)
New Hampshire in the War of 1812
War of 1812 Website Links
New Hampshire in the Civil War
Civil War Website Links
- Research in the Civil War 1861-1865
- Civil War links from fold3.com with original data from the National Archives:
- New Hampshire Civil War Infantry Regiments and Units
- New Hampshire Civil War Cavalry Regiments and Units
- New Hampshire Civil War Artillery Regiments and Units
- Civil War links from ancestry.com:
- U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 – This database contains an index to compiled service records (CSRs) for soldiers who served with units in the Confederate army. Most of the men whose names appear in this index served with units from 15 different states or territories; others were soldiers raised directly by the Confederate government, generals and staff officers, and other enlisted men not associated with a regiment. Compiled service records are files of cards that abstract original military records relating to an individual soldier. A typical CSR will include an envelope that lists a soldier’s name, rank, unit, and card numbers, followed by cards with details extracted from muster rolls, rosters, hospital rolls, Union prison records, payrolls, and other records, with a new card being created each time a soldier’s name appeared on a new document. The CSRs may also include original documents pertaining to the soldier. The CSRs do not constitute an exhaustive list of all men who served in the Confederate army.
- U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865
- Revised register of the soldiers and sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866
- A history of the Eleventh New Hampshire Regiment, Volunteer Infantry in the Rebellion War, 1861-1865
- A history of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, in the American Civil War, 1861-1865
- A history of the Second Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, in the War of the Rebellion
- History of the Eighteenth New Hampshire Volunteers, 1864-5
- Complete roster of the Eighth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers
- New Hampshire Civil War Books (amazon.com)
New Hampshire Modern Wars
War Website Links