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Union Army Recruits in Black Regiments in the United States, 1862-1865: [Instructional Materials]

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Oberly, James W. (University of Wisconsin-Eau-Claire.)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • University of Wisconsin. Office of Professional and Instructional Development
Free Keywords
African Americans; American Civil War; armed forces; demographic characteristics; enlistment (military); ex-slaves; instructional materials; instructional modules; military records; military service; nineteenth century; physical characteristics; race; Union Army
  • Abstract

    These instructional materials were prepared for use with UNION ARMY RECRUITS IN BLACK REGIMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1862-1865 (ICPSR 9426), compiled by Jacob Metzer and Robert A. Margo. The data file and accompanying documentation are provided to assist educators in instructing students about the demographic, military, and medical history of African-American men who volunteered for service in the Union Army during the American Civil War. An instructor's handout has also been included. This handout contains the following sections, among others: (1) General goals for student analysis of quantitative datasets, (2) Specific goals in studying this dataset, (3) Suggested appropriate courses for use of the dataset, (4) Tips for using the dataset, and (5) Related secondary source readings. This data collection was designed to examine the characteristics of free Blacks and ex-slaves mustered into the Union Army between 1862 and the end of the Civil War. In addition to variables on personal characteristics (such as skin, eye, and hair color, height, age, birthplace, and occupation before enlistment), the data also contain Army-related variables (such as regiment and company number, rank, enlistment date and place, changes in rank, and date and cause of end of service).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1862 / 1865
    Time period: 1862--1865
  • Collection date: 1977
Geographic Coverage
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All Black regiments in the Union Army.
Judgmental sample of eight Black infantry regiments in the Union Army. The sample represents slightly under 5 percent of all Black troops and has wide regional coverage within the Southern states.
Collection Mode
  • This collection was archived by ICPSR to promote the use of social science data in undergraduate and graduate education through the sharing of faculty-submitted ICPSR data-based instructional materials developed for use in the classroom.

    These materials were designed for use with AGRICULTURAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC RECORDS FOR RURAL HOUSEHOLDS IN THE NORTH, 1860 (ICPSR 9426).

    The data are provided as an SPSS portable file, which was created from the ASCII data available from ICPSR 9426.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3466 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03466.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Oberly, James W. (2004): Union Army Recruits in Black Regiments in the United States, 1862-1865: [Instructional Materials]. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.