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Enlisted Indian Scouts

Registers of Enlistment and Carded Medical Records

U.S. Army records can provide information on both enlisted Indian scouts and Regular Army soldiers. Register of Enlistments and Carded Medical Records were records created about many individuals that served in the U.S. Army regardless of nationality.

Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914

The Registers of Enlistment include a scout’s name, birthplace, age, physical description, and term of service. Other information may include the date and place of a scout’s discharge, his rank at the time, and if he died in service. Multiple enlistment pages may be found if a person enlisted multiple times.

Prior to digitization, these records were accessible via microfilm publication, M233, Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914. Microfilm rolls 70 and 71, covering 1866 to 1914, exclusively pertain to enlisted Indian scouts. These records are available online at Ancestry.com (database titled U.S. Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914), FamilySearch.org (database titled United States Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914) and at Fold3.com (database titled Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914).

Visit the National Archives Catalog for the full archival records description and contact information: National Archives Identifier 575272.

Carded Medical Records for the Regular Army

These records describe Indian scouts who were admitted to hospitals for treatment during their service. A new card was created each time a hospital treated a scout. Cards usually include the following information:

  • Name
  • Rank/Organization
  • Age
  • Race
  • Birthplace
  • Date entered service
  • Cause and date of admission
  • Hospital
  • Disposition of case

Knowing the scout's name and the general time period in which he served will enable a more successful search of these records.

These records have not yet been digitized. Visit the National Archives Catalog for the full archival records description and contact information: National Archives Identifiers 655638 and 655639.

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