Skip to main content

Delaware County Civil War records

Identifier: MSS-280

Scope and Contents

This collection includes bounty applications and audit certificates, regiment muster certificates, recruit lists, service records, financial records, veterans' enrollment forms, and other materials from Delaware County, Indiana ranging from 1861 to 1906 regarding the history of the Civil War in Delaware County, and, more specifically, the administration of bounties, enlistment of men, and enrollment of veterans during and after the war.


  • 1861-1906

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Historical Note

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, the Union army found itself in need of recruits to wage a long-term war. Many counties, including Delaware County, offered bounties as an incentive to boost enlistment in the army. Many soldiers from Delaware County traveled to Richmond or Indianapolis to enlist in one of the Hoosier regiments. The Union soldiers from Delaware County fought in numerous battles across the country including Gettysburg, Antietam, and Second Bull Run. Following the war, Delaware County created and maintained records of the county's Civil War veterans using veterans' enrollment forms in 1886 and 1890.


3.6 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Bounty applications and audit certificates, 1872-1877

Subseries 1.1: Bounty applications, 1872-1877

Subseries 1.2: Bounty audit certificates, 1872

Series 2: Regiment muster certificates, recruits lists, and other materials, 1861-1864

Series 3: Delaware County Civil War service records, financial records, and other materials, 1861-1906

Series 4: Veterans' Enrollment forms, 1886, 1890

Subseries 4.1: Veterans' Enrollment forms, 1886

Subseries 4.2: Veterans' Enrollment forms, 1890

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of Delaware County Civil War records are available electronically in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2008 Apr. by A. Frohberg. Finding aid revised 2011 Mar. by B. Hahn. EAD finding aid created 2012/06/26 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/10/04 by Bethany Fiechter.

Delaware County Civil War records
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA