Idaho Military Records

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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Two military collections on file at the Idaho State Historical Society are of interest to the researcher. The first, “Soldier’s Home” (AR 19) records, are applications for admission to the Idaho Soldier’s Home from 1894 to 1983. Information contained in these applications includes record number, date of admission, name, age, nativity, company, regiment, rank, time served, pension, disabilities, county, occupation, social condition, and literacy. These applications are indexed.

The second collection is entitled “The Adjutant General—State of Idaho: Collection of Official Correspondence, Records, and Documents, 1877–1927” (AR 11). This collection is composed of the following: requests to Governor Brayman for arms and ammunition from worried Idahoans during the Indian Wars of 1877/78, requests for discharge and/or pension benefits from said wars, the actual discharges for at least some Idaho volunteers from the Nez Perce and Bannock Wars, some muster rolls of the Idaho Volunteer Regiments, and other miscellaneous material. Material in this collection also includes various aspects of the draft during World War I and company rosters for the Idaho National Guard units who served during the Mexican Border campaign of 1916.

The Idaho GenWeb Project has transcriptions of all WWI Draft Registrations (1917–18). These are indexed by county.

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