Today’s entry on Hoofbeats and Cold Steel led me to pore through William F. Fox’s Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, which in turn led me to a chapter on muster rolls, which led me to think about how to acquire them for the Regular cavalry regiments during the war.

An email and a couple of phone calls from a very helpful lady at the national Archives later, I learned the following:
1. Muster rolls for all six Regular cavalry regiments are contained in the Archives and are available.
2. They are only available on microfilm, as once records are put on microfilm they’re no longer available for paper copies. Once you have the roll, you can take it to the local public or college library to make hardcopies.
3. There are separate rolls on each regiment by date. In order to cover the entire Civil War, the 1st and 6th US Cavalry are each on one roll, while the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th US Cavalry’s records are on two rolls per regiment (8 total).
4. Price per roll is $65 each.
5. The rolls aren’t scheduled for digitization any time soon.

Hmm, this could take a while and be a pretty expensive venture….