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Study Report

Study Number: FE-003-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1861

Subject Area: Conflict, Violence and Wars

Bibliographic Citation: Union army recruits in the white regiments in the United States, 1861-1865.  [machine-readable data file] / Fogel, Robert W.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9425

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy or machine-readable codebook.

Abstract: This data collection was designed to analyze the relationship between height, morbidity, and mortality among individuals recruited into the Union Army. Information about each recruit includes date, place, and term of enlistment, place of birth, military ID number, random number assigned to each company, occupation before enlistment, age at enlistment, and height. Population figures for 1850 to 1860 by race, sex, and country of birth also are included by county and town of both recruit's birth and enlistment places. In addition, the latitude and longitude of the population centroids of each civil division were also computed.

SOURCE: Regimental Description Books of the Union Army, and POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1860, Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1864.

UNIVERSE: All recruits mustered into the Union Army.

SAMPLE: One-stage cluster sampling of white companies in the Union Army. Clusters were companies, with each company having an equal probability of being included.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: administrative records data, and aggregate data


TIME PERIOD: 1861-1865


FUNDING AGENCY: (1) University of Chicago. Graduate School of Business. The Center for Population Economics, (2) Walgreen Foundation, and (3) Exxon Foundation.


Fogel, Robert W. ''Nutrition and the Decline in Mortality since 1700: Some Preliminary Findings.'' In Stanley L. Engerman and Robert E. Gallman (eds), LONG-TERM FACTORS IN AMERICAN ECONOMIC GROWTH. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1986. Fogel, Robert W. WITHOUT CONSENT OR CONTRACT: THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICAN SLAVERY. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1990. Margo, Robert A., and Richard Steckel. ''The Heights of Northern Whites during the Antebellum Period.'' JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY 43 (1983), 167-174.

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