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Civil War Records
Available Through the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

        The Wisconsin Veterans Museum offers an excellent source of information for civil war records.  In addition to indexes and primary documents, the museum has amassed a Civil War database of over 91,000 names.

        The Zimmerman/Zimmermann entries for the database are now up and running. Listings for the pension indexes (1885, 1895 & 1905) will be available within the next few weeks. These records will include Zimmerman/Zimmermann veterans living in Wisconsin during the pension census years, and will include the name of the state in which they served during the war. Check back in a few weeks, or let me know and I will notify you when either of the databases is operational.

Zimmerman and Zimmermann
Entries in the
Wisconsin Civil War Database

Zimmerman and Zimmermann
Civil War Entries in the 1895 Census

Transcribed by Debie Blindauer

More to Follow

        Archives Manager, Richard W. Harrison, was very helpful in supplying the database information as well as pension index information for Zimmerman and Zimmermann. In addition, Mr. Harrison had suggestions regarding general research for civil war records in Wisconsin. This page is a reflection of the information he shared, and I have quoted liberally from his response to my query.  If you have other surnames you would like to search, or if you have a veteran and would like to commemorate their service with a certificate, you will find specific information below.

Requesting a name search of the database

Ordering a souvenir Civil War Certificate of Service.

        Other sources of information on Wisconsin Civil War veterans may be available at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin which has the official State of Wisconsin muster rolls. To request information about the muster rolls, please contact them at: 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706. (The muster rolls are not on-line.) The muster rolls can contain age given at enlistment, place of birth (probably not more than a country or a state), occupation, a brief physical description and a few military remarks. You can also view their web site through the Links page on the Wisconsin Veterans Museum web site.

        You may find more about the Civil War veterans you are researching in the military and pension files at the National Archives in Washington, DC. If you are interested in family history, the pension files are often filled with a wealth of that. To determine if there is a pension file on the name you are researching, you may first want to check the pension record index microfilm (M599). The index can be ordered through the LDS Family History Centers or through inter-library loan from the National Archives. If you find there is a file on record, you then want to request copies of NATF Form 80, at: General Reference Branch (NNRG-P), National Archives and Records Administration, 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408.

        Be sure to order a sufficient amount of these forms as you will need a separate one for each veteran for each file you are requesting. Forms can be ordered by email using this address: Use FORMS as a subject, indicate the form number, the quantity needed and your postal mailing address. You will receive a response immediately, which is automatically generated whenever the word "form" or "forms" is detected in the message.

To verify that a Wisconsin Civil War veteran is on the database, contact the REFERENCE DESK.

To assist with verification of a Wisconsin Civil War veteran from the over 91,000 names in the database, many of them horribly misspelled, please furnish as much information as you can:

  • Full name including middle name or initial
  • Alternative spellings of the name
  • Wisconsin regiment and company
  • Residence at time of enlistment and Wisconsin residence if living in 1885, 1895 or 1905 (Wisconsin Vets Census years).
  • Include the veteran's name in the body of the correspondence since only a limited amount of spaces from the subject line will print as received.
In lieu of Email requests, you may mail your query to:

Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Reference Desk
30 West Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703

       Due to the volume of queries received, please allow at least two weeks for a reply, sometimes even longer. Please do not make duplicate requests to WVM Main and Reference Desk, as they all come to the Reference Center desk.

       The WVM does not charge for checking the database for a veterans name. However, as with most research facilities, donations are welcome and well appreciated. If after receiving copies of the veteran's information you would like to make a contribution, please mail the donation to the address listed above. Send your contribution "Attention: Mr. Richard W. Harrison/Research Center". Mr. Harrison has set up an independent Research Center fund where the donations can be used to purchase additional reference materials.

Ordering a souvenir Civil War Certificate of Service

        If the Wisconsin Civil War veteran you are researching is in the database, you may order a souvenir certificate by calling the gift shop manager at 608-267-1799, or by written request to: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Gift Shop Manager, 30 W. Mifflin St., P.O. Box 7843, Madison, WI 53707-7843. Be sure to include name, company and regiment served with, and dates of service if known. If you know where the veteran enlisted, that too could help us locate the correct veteran. The certificate, which is printed on parchment paper and is suitable for framing, shows the veterans name, unit served with, enlistment location and dates served. It also contains a list of battles this veterans may have participated in and a brief regimental history of his unit. With the above information requested, send a check or money order for $8.70 (Wisconsin residents) or $8.25 (non-residents) to the WVM. For each additional certificate, Wisconsin residents should add $6.59 and non-residents $6.25.

        To assist in your research of Wisconsin Civil War veterans, the WVM gift shop sells a book that entitled, RESEARCHING YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS IN WISCONSIN, by Dennis R. Moore, Bivouac Publications, Manitowoc, WI, 1994. The cost of this book is $15.99 plus sales tax if applicable and $3.00 for S&H.


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Special thanks to Richard. W. Harrison for all of his assistance.
It is through his help that this page is possible.

28th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

Kent Peterson has assembled a wealth of information about the 28th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. The site includes muster rolls, veteran's biographies, stories from the field, regimental reunion photos, and other data relating to the 28th.

This site is part of Peterson's Genealogy Wisconsin , (formerly known as Genealogy Trading Post). Peterson's web site includes a variety of links to other Wisconsin and/or Civil War sites. It is well worth the visit!