Photo of a Pratt Library Cathedral St window. December, 1944
As Memorial Day approaches we take time to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. In the Maryland Department at Pratt we are often asked for information about Maryland ancestors who fought for our country. Military rosters of persons from Maryland actually date back to before there was a United States!
Our collection holds rosters beginning with the French and Indian War in the 1750s through World War II. (Lists of those from our state who fought the more recent actions are usually found online.) Rosters from the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish-American War are all included as well as the World Wars. And one exception: through the generosity of a Pratt Library patron we hold binders with the records of Operation Remember, which contains data and photos of the more than 1000 Marylanders who gave their lives in Vietnam.
WWII Civil Defense
pamphlet used to
educate Baltimore citizens
One of the most interesting resources in the Department is the combined service records of Marylanders who fought in the Civil War-both in the North and the South. These microfilm records show the actual documents that belonged to soldiers. This might include an enlistment record, pay slips, prison records and hospital or medical records. They’re a great supplement to just knowing your ancestor was involved—it brings them to life!
Of course there are many books about Marylanders in the various wars. The major battles, the politics, the military campaigns involving Maryland regiments—and books about those who stayed behind to keep things going at home.
Why not take some time this Memorial Day to remember our veterans and departed military from Maryland? Contact the Maryland Department and we’ll be there to guide you through the resources.