This database contains alphabetical card indexes to compiled service records of Volunteer soldiers who:
- Belonged to units from Alabama and served during the Cherokee disturbances and removal, 1836-1839
- Belonged to units from Georgia and served during the Cherokee disturbances and removal, 1836-1839
- Belonged to units from North Carolina and served during the Cherokee disturbances and removal, 1836-1839
- Belonged to units from Tennessee or the Volunteer Field and Staff of the Army of the Cherokee Nation and served during the Cherokee disturbances and removal, 1836-1839
- Served in various Indian wars or participated in the quelling or solving of Indian disturbances or problems, 1815-1858
The “Cherokee disturbances and removal” are often referred to in these records as the Cherokee war.
About the Index Cards:
Each index card provides the following information:
- Name of the soldier
- His rank
- Unit in which served
- Name of the war or disturbance in which served (if not in one of the state specific indexes)
There are cross-reference cards for soldiers’ names that appear in the records under more than one spelling.
How to Search This Database:
To locate an individual in this database, use the image browse table below. Begin by selecting a record set. From there the images are broken down into alphabetical surname ranges. Since the cards are arranged alphabetically according to surname, it is fairly easy to navigate through the images to get to a particular surname.
Trouble Finding Someone in the Index?
The supposedly correct name of a volunteer soldier who served during an Indian war or disturbance may not appear in the index for several reasons.
- 1. He may have served in the Regular Army or in a different Volunteer unit
2. He may have served under a different name or used a different spelling of his name
3. A proper record of his service may not have been made; or, if made, it may have been lost or destroyed in the confusion that often attended the initial mobilization, subsequent military operations, and disbandment of troops
4. The references to the soldier in the original records may have been so vague that it was not practicable to determine his correct name or the unit in which he served.
About Compiled Service Records:
The compiled service records to which these indexes apply consist of a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with soldier’s name and the name of the war or disturbance, and containing (1) card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls and pay vouchers, and (2) the originals, if any, of papers relating solely to the particular soldier.
Where to Go From Here:
Reproductions of specific compiled service records corresponding to entries in an index may be obtained from the National Archives (NARA) for a fee. Requests for such reproductions should give the State, regiment or battalion, and company for each soldier exactly as shown in the index.
*The above information was taken from the Descriptive Pamphlets of the five National Archives (NARA) microfilm series included in this database.