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Military Records: Mexican-American War

The admission of Texas to statehood led to contributing sparks that set off the conflict. There was a great desire by President Polk at the time of the conflict to continue expansion of the United States. Mexico had claims to what is now California, Nevada, Utah and parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. There were about 116,000 individuals who served in this war.

  • Descendants of Mexican War Veterans.  We are the descendants of both regular and volunteer officers, enlisted men, and civilian employees of the United States government. Since 1989, more than 500 individuals, scattered across the United States, Canada and Mexico, have been issued a membership certificate. Currently, about a fifth of this number are active in the society.
     
  • Mexican War Soldiers.  Library of Virginia's list of Virginia soldiers in Mexican War..
     
  • Missouri State Archives' Soldiers Database.  The Missouri State Archives holds nearly 1½ million pages that document the service of Missourians in domestic and foreign wars between 1812 and World War I. These military records primarily consist of individual service cards, but the extensive collection also includes muster rolls, special orders, reports, and more. The Soldiers Database is a comprehensive database abstracted from the individual service cards and listing more than 576,000 Missourians who served in the military from territorial times through World War I. It includes entries for twelve wars and military engagements in which Missouri soldiers took part. These range from well-known wars, such as the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I, to the battles that were peculiarly Missourian, including the Heatherly War of 1836, the Mormon War of 1838, and the Iowa (Honey) War of 1839. The bulk of the service cards, over 380,000 of them, record the fractured history of Missouri during the bloodiest of all American wars - the Civil War.
     
  • National Archives and Records Administration. NARA has a 41 role series called Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War. There is also a 14 roll index to Mexican War Pension Files 1887-1926. Land Bounty Records are also available to review as land bounties were awarded in the amount of 160 acres for service during the war. The land was often not taken by the veteran, but rights to the land were sold or Treasury scripts were given to the veteran in lieu of the land with a value of $100.
     
  • Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935