"The Basics" Full Civil War Pension File and Compiled Service Records
The two most commonly requested records for Civil War soldiers are the full pension file and the compiled service records.
These are typically the two best files to get. The pensions usually tell information about his service in the war, his life after the war, and details about his family. They are usually between 50-100 pages long.
The compiled service records will tell if a soldier was transferred, promoted, deserted, killed, taken prisoner, etc. If his enlistment papers still exist, they’d be in this file as well.
Details & Terms
You will receive full color images of the records, delivered electronically via DropBox.
Please allow eight weeks for delivery, but in many cases it will be shorter than that.
These are only available for Union soldiers.
Please be sure you submit the correct details. We're not responsible if you order the wrong soldier. If you have a Civil War ancestor, but you're not sure what's available to order, click here and we can help you start the process.
Pension files larger than 250 pages may be subject to an additional charge
Please input the pension file numbers (from the pension index card) OR upload a copy of the pension index card when ordering. These are searchable on Ancestry.com's Civil War Pension Index.
Note: Please do not order a pension file unless you know for sure that there is a pension on file. Not every soldier received a pension. If you're not sure if there is a pension file available, contact us first and we'll help you find out. Thanks!