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=== Online Resources ===
*[ Massachusetts Military Company History, Vol. 4], index
*{{RecordSearch|1880762|U.S., Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914}} Index and images.
*{{RecordSearch|1881492|Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845}}, iages only.
*{{RecordSearch|1979425|U.S., Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926}} Index Only.
*{{RecordSearch|2303027|Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837-1965}}, images only.
*{{RecordSearch|1916230|U.S., National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938}} Partial index and images.
*{{RecordSearch|1979426|U.S., Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942}} Index only.
*{{RecordSearch|1834308|U.S., Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904}} Index only.
*{{RecordSearch|1832324|U.S., Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933}} Index and images.<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Indian Wars, dates vary'''''</span></center>
*{{RecordSearch|1979427|U.S., Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926}} Index only.
*[ Men and Officers who served in King Philips War]
*[ King Philips War]<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Revolutionary War, 1774-1783'''''</span></center>
*{{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} — images
*{{RecordSearch|2548057|Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783}} — images
*[,%20Massachusetts%20Loyalists,%201765-1790&full=true Divided Hearts, Massachusetts Loyalists, 1765-1790], index
*[ Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Images Online)] ($)
*[ Regiments and armories of Massachusetts: an historical narration of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, Vols. 1-2] ($)
*{{RecordSearch|1417475|U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, 1800-1900}} Index (free) and images ($)
*[ U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783] ($)
*{{RecordSearch|1849623|U.S., Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783}} Index (free) and images ($)
*{{RecordSearch|2068326|U.S., Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783}} Images only.
*{{RecordSearch|1881492|Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845}}
*{{RecordSearch|2069831|U.S., Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872}} Images only.<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''War of 1812, 1812-1815'''''</span></center>
*[ Records of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia] ($)
*{{RecordSearch|1916219|U.S., War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815}} Index only.
*[ U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815] ($)<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Mexican War, 1846-1848'''''</span></center>
*{{RecordSearch|1987567|U.S., Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848}} Index only.
*{{RecordSearch|1979390|U.S., Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926}} Index only.<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Civil War, 1861-1865'''''</span></center>
*[ Massachusetts Civil War Soldiers Service Records]
*{{RecordSearch|1922519|U.S., Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files}} Index (free) and images, 1861-1934 ($); INCOMPLETE
*{{RecordSearch|1471019|U.S., Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917}} Index (free) and images ($)
*{{RecordSearch|1916234|U.S., Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865}} Images only.
*{{RecordSearch|1877095|United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} — index and images
*[ Massachusetts Army and Navy, 1861-1865] ($)
*[ Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the War of 1861-1865] ($)
*[ Massachusetts soldiers, sailors, and marines in the Civil War], index
*[ U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865]($)
*[ Record of the Massachusetts volunteers, 1861-1865] ($)
*[ Annual report of the Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1863-1865], ($), index/images
*[ U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records for Massachusetts, 1863-1865] ($)
*{{RecordSearch|1979426|U.S., Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942}} Index only.<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Spanish-American War, 1898'''''</span></center>
*[ Massachusetts Spanish American War Records] ($)<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''World War I, 1917-1918'''''</span></center>
*{{RecordSearch|1979426|U.S., Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942}} Index only.
*[ U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards for Massachusetts, 1917-1918] ($)<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''World War II, 1941-1945'''''</span></center>
*{{RecordSearch|2028680|U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946}} Index only.
*[ U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards for Massachusetts, 1942] ($)
*[ World War II Casualties (Army and Air Force)] Free
*{{RecordSearch|2127320|United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945}} — index<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Korean War, 1950-1953'''''</span></center>
*[ Massachusetts Resident's Casualties in the Korean War], index
*[ U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Korean War for Massachusetts]<br><br>
<center><span style="color: #cc9999">'''''Vietnam War, 1964-1972'''''</span></center>
*[ Massachusetts Residents' Casualties in the Vietnam War], index
*[ The Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Massachusetts]
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[[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]] provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.
=== Forts ===
*[ Fort Adams] 1798-
*Fort Tombeckbe
=== Colonial Wars (1620–1763) ===
Numerous records of [[Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763|colonial wars]] have been published. The Family History Library has copies of most of them, including:
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=== Revolutionary War (1775-1783) ===
A man born between 1730 and 1765 who lived in Massachusetts is probably listed in some form of military record. If he supported the rebellion, he may be mentioned in records as a rebel, patriot, or Whig. Those who opposed the rebellion were Loyalists or Tories. For detailed records of the [[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War]], see:
*[ Honor Roll of Massachusetts Patriots Heretofore Unknown...] (
=== War of 1812 (1812-1815) ===
The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.<br>
There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see [[United States in the War of 1812|United States in the War of 1812]]''. ''For international aspects of the war, see&nbsp;[[War of 1812, 1812 to 1815|War of 1812]].
=== Mexican War (1846-1848) ===
The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided. <br>
Click on these links to learn more about the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War]] and about [[US Mexican War Pension Records|Mexican War pension records]]. <br>
=== Civil War (1861–1865) ===
[[Image:{{Clara_Barton.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Clara Barton, The Angel of the Battlefield, nurse during the American Civil War}}]] See [[Massachusetts in the Civil War|Massachusetts in the Civil War]] for information about Massachusetts Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Massachusetts regiments involved in the Civil War. The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching the families of the soldiers.
The [ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a&nbsp;soldier was your ancestor.
=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br> ===
The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.
Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].
=== World War I (1917-1918) ===
World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.
*''Casualties from Massachusetts in World War I, 1918, Enlistments, Enrollments, Medical Examinations, Detachments.'' {{FHL|1544205|film|disp=FHL film 1544205 (first of 15 films)}}.
=== World War II (1941-1945) ===
On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.
[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II United States Military Records]] provides additional information.
=== Korean War (1950–1953) ===
The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the [[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War ]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the [[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
=== Web Sites ===
*You can search several military databases at [ Footnote]&nbsp; ($)
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