Finding Your Delaware County (NY) Civil War Soldier
State and National Resources
For Union army soldiers, there are three major records in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) that provide information on military service: (1) compiled military service record (CMSR); (2) pension application file; and (3) Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer Union Organizations. Further information on Civil War records at the National Archives is available at http://www.archives.gov/research/military/civil-war/
The most important record series at the New York State Archives is the Civil War Muster roll abstracts of New York State Volunteers, 1861-1865. There is an index at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_mi_civilwar_dbintro.shtml
Other resources available at the State Archives are listed at: http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_mi_civilwar_resources.shtml
A printed resource of Civil War records at the New York State Archives is available: Holzer, Harold, editor. The Union Preserved : A Guide to Civil War Records in the New York State Archives. NY : New York State Partnership Trust, 1999. [A copy is available in DCHA's reference collection]
The New York State Military Museum has an excellent resource about researching Civil War Soldiers and Regiments, available at http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/research/civilResearch.htm
A roster of Civil War soldiers and regimental histories can be viewed at http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/civil_index.htm
Newspapers during the Civil War
Delaware County Newspapers published during the Civil War include the Bloomville Mirror, Delaware Courier (Deposit), Delaware Gazette (Delhi), Delaware Republican (Delhi), Deposit Union Democrat, Franklin Visitor, and the Utilitarian (Margaretville). Availability varies widely - check the New York State Newspapers project for information on what specific issues are available: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/nysnp/
The Bloomville Mirror, plus many other New York newspapers, can be searched at http://fultonhistory.com/ This site contains over 15,000,000 pages of upstate New York State newspapers.
The Delaware County NY Genealogy and History site has extensive information that volunteers have contributed over the past 15 years on Delaware County history and genealogy. Included is extensive information people have collected concerning the civil war. Go to: http://www.dcnyhistory.org/military.html for various rosters, photos, letters and diaries.
Civil War Resources at DCHA