Step Three: Official Records of the Union & Confederate Armies


The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of
the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

United States War Department
Harrisburg, Pa.: National Historical Society
Rr 973.74
U58w 1985


The War of the Rebellion series contains well over 60 books, highlighting unit actions, encampent and movements as well as an extensive collection of correspondence between officers. The books do not give detailed accounts of soldiers, but instead offers a view into the type of service your ancestor took part in. The particular books used in this step are supplemental books that contain the regiments of each state. The non-supplemental books contain the war correspondence of officers.

Note: State and regiments are listed on the spine of the book.

When looking for information on Otis, we have to remember that we want information pertaining to the time he was with the 76th NY Inf. Co. B.


Mostly marches, fatigue and garrison duties, etc.

Specific Example: Feb. 6, 1864 - It [the regiment] marched to Raccoon Ford on the evening of that day. Five officers and 125 men were detailed from the regiment as part of a storming party, which advanced to Raccoon Town and burned it.

I also thought to check the events of May 5th, when Otis was said to have been captured:

May 5, 1864 - In the morning marched two miles and engaged the enemy (it was here that the greater part of companies B, F & K were captured).

The book also lists stations and encampment locations for each company within the regiment:

September - October 1863 - Bristoe (Station)
November 1863 - April 1864 - Culpeper, Va.