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Union Army Recruits in Black Regiments in the United States, 1862-1865: [Instructional Materials] (ICPSR 3466)

Published: Feb 27, 2004

Principal Investigator(s):
James W. Oberly, University of Wisconsin-Eau-Claire.

Version V1

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).

Oberly, James W. Union Army Recruits in Black Regiments in the United States, 1862-1865: [Instructional Materials]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004-02-27.

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University of Wisconsin. Office of Professional and Instructional Development

SIMI instructional modules are to be used at ICPSR member institutions only. They may not be redistributed without the express written permission of ICPSR.

1862 -- 1865



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

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.

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.

All Black regiments in the Union Army.

Union Army Regimental Records

administrative records data




  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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