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Darkoath11 Sep 2011 11:04 p.m. PST

Does anyone know if the Official Records will have a reprint due to the 150th aniversary?

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2011 1:13 a.m. PST

I rather doubt it, as there are still sets of the reprint Morningside did many years ago available. Besides they're also avaiable online, so a reprint would be not only be expensive to do, but would most likely not be very profitable.

artaxerxes Inactive Member12 Sep 2011 1:58 a.m. PST

They were available on CD-Rom a few years ago as well.

floating white bear Inactive Member12 Sep 2011 3:28 a.m. PST

Check ebay for CD copies, I got mine for about six bucks. Rob.

Ken Portner Inactive Member12 Sep 2011 3:43 a.m. PST

Where are they available online?

sharps54 Inactive Member12 Sep 2011 4:13 a.m. PST


Stafford, VA

FireZouave Inactive Member12 Sep 2011 4:53 a.m. PST

I got my on a cd. It's great, because it's so easy to do a search for information!

d effinger12 Sep 2011 5:16 a.m. PST


Which version do you have? I have heard they were very bad for doing searches and have held back from buying them. I have about half of the printed OR books but a good searchable one would be REALLY easier to use.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2011 8:43 a.m. PST

As mentioned above,I don't see a reprint being at all profitable.

FireZouave Inactive Member12 Sep 2011 8:58 a.m. PST

My copy is from Eastern Digital Resources out of Clearwater, SC. The link they have listed is

The Official Records of the American Civil War
All 128 volumes including the index. It's in Adobe Acrobat and a free copy of Acrobat Reader is included if you don't already have it!

You have to be very exact in your searches and use the terminology they were originally written in. I did a search on knapsacks and everything came up where knapsacks were mentioned in a report.

vojvoda Inactive Member12 Sep 2011 9:29 a.m. PST

Be careful of the CDs as windows versions change all the time. They are free to download on line.
James Mattes

d effinger12 Sep 2011 4:36 p.m. PST


Thanks for the head's up. I will check it out.


John Michael Priest15 Sep 2011 12:25 p.m. PST

Guild Press has them on CD.

jpipes Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2011 6:33 a.m. PST

I recently picked up a complete set of the OR for $200. USD It's not likely to happen again, but if you are searching deals can be had. The problem in that case isn't the cost, it's where to shelve all 124 of those volumes!!

That said I can say without question that having access to the original volumes to do research with is critical for me. I find that using online and digital versions of the OR are cumbersome, tiring, and unproductive for all but the most pin-point research.

Something else not many people know is that there is a set of supplmental volumes to the OR have been published recently. I forget how many volumes it contains but there are a lot. I seem to recall at least another 60+ volumes. This is something that is not available digitially.

artaxerxes Inactive Member20 Sep 2011 3:31 a.m. PST

Agree about the clumsiness of e-sources – hate them with a passion.

Didn't know about the supplementaries – can you provide some decent publication/citation details please.

jpipes Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2011 12:52 p.m. PST

Sure, here you go! I highly doubt I'll find one of these sets for the steal I got the original set for, so I'll reference these at my local library for now! :)

Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 100 volumes, published by Broadfoot Publishing Company and now complete. All the information left out of the original Official Records: reports "not located," not sent in by the Confederates, not sent in by the Union, correspondence, itineraries of the units, records of events. Arranged like the Official Records – chronologically with entries by subject, etc.

Publishers blurb:

Broadfoot Publishing has undertaken the task of providing researchers with a valuable tool with the printing of a supplement to the 128 volume Official Records. To be published in 100 volumes, the series is organized into four parts. The first twelve volumes provide reports "left out" of the original OR 's. Combing libraries, museums, archives and newspapers, the editors have uncovered reports listed as "Not Located," not sent in, late, or sent in late, for both the Union and Confederate armies.

The second portion of the publication will be a Record of Events and Itineraries, organized by state. These volumes will cover individual regiments using official day-by-day records including movements, troop dispositions, supply receipts, organization, field and staff members, etc. The information contained in these sixty volumes, until now, has only been available on microfilm at the National Archives. The final volumes will include Correspondence, and Records of the Secret Service.

The series is chronologically arranged like the Official Records and is printed and bound to match the most recent printing of the complete set. Each of the four segments is also indexed.

Broadfoot Publishing is to be commended for its continued effort to update and publish Civil War history. The Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies uncovers an enormous amount of new material and will be extremely useful to the student and researcher .

Available via Amazon or via the publisher for about $5,000. USD I'd recommend checking the set out via your local library, or better yet just get the 5 volume index and research what you need to reference before actually going to the library!

artaxerxes Inactive Member21 Sep 2011 5:22 p.m. PST

Thank you. My university library has a complete set of the OR (the only one in Australia); I'll get them to order the supplementary set as well.

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