Union Army Recruits in Black Regiments in the United States, 1862-1865 (ICPSR 9426)

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Jacob Metzer; Robert A. Margo


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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.

Metzer, Jacob, and Margo, Robert A. Union Army Recruits in Black Regiments in the United States, 1862-1865. [distributor], 2007-07-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09426.v1

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National Science Foundation (GS-27262 and SOC 776-002)
1862 -- 1865
  1. 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.

  2. Instructional materials for use with these data may be found at UNIO N ARMY RECRUITS IN BLACK REGIMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1862-1865 [INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS] (ICPSR 3466).

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



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Metzer, Jacob, and Robert A. Margo. UNION ARMY RECRUITS IN BLACK REGIMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1862-1865. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, Workshop in Economic History [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-24. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09426.v1

2007-07-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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