This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).
Principal Investigator(s): Fogel, Robert W., et al., University of Chicago. Center for Population Economics
This data collection constitutes a portion of the historical data collected by the project "Early Indicators of Later Work Levels, Disease, and Death." With the goal of constructing datasets suitable for longitudinal analyses of factors affecting the aging process, the project collects military, medical, and socioeconomic data on a sample of white males mustered into the Union Army during the Civil War. The surgeons' certificates contain information from examining physicians to determine eligibility for pension benefits. Also included are questions regarding the age, occupation, residence, and military experience of the veterans. These data can be linked to AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: MILITARY, PENSION, AND MEDICAL RECORDS, 1820-1940 (ICPSR 6837) and AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS, 1850, 1860, 1900, 1910 (ICPSR 6836) using the variable "recidnum."
Series: Civil War Veterans Series
One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.
These data are freely available.
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Fogel, Robert W., et al. Aging of Veterans of the Union Army: Surgeons' Certificates, 1860-1940. ICPSR02877-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02877.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02877.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health (NIH-PO1-AG10120)
- National Science Foundation (NSF-SBR-9114981)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: aging, American Civil War, causes of death, census data, demographic characteristics, disease, health status, labor force, medical records, midlife, military pensions, military recruitment, military service, mortality rates, nineteenth century, nutrition, socioeconomic status, twentieth century, Union Army, veterans
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Union Army recruits in white volunteer infantry regiments. Commissioned officers, Black recruits, and other branches of the military were excluded from the universe.
Data Types: medical records data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) This collection contains 81,877 cases that are split into nine files. Users should refer to the Supplemental Documentation for information on merging these files. (2) There are multiple observations per individual. An individual observation can be identified by the unique combination of the variables "recidnum" and "examnum."
Sample: A one-stage cluster sample of Union Army companies was randomly selected from the "Regimental Books" housed at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
surgeons' certificates from Civil War pension records stored at the National Archives in Washington, DC
Original ICPSR Release: 2000-06-21
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