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25 May 2015

Served From a Nearby State

Many men who served in the United States Civil War did not enlist in the state where they resided. For a variety of reasons a man may have enlisted in a unit from a neighboring state. Usually it was to help the state where he enlisted meet it's quota.

But don't dismiss a potential reference to your soldier ancestor simply because he's from the "wrong" state.


  1. Also, there were a large number of Canadian men who crossed the border to serve with both the Union and Confederate armies. I have read figures of between 33,000-55,000 Canadians served with the Union and 10,000 with the Confederacy. My children have two Canadian ancestors, one in my family and one in their father's family, who served with the Union.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Miriam. Did either of them receive a pension?