Are there original Mexican War Records

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I was recently asked if the original Mexican War Records still existed.  So, I decided to do some digging.

The Mexican-American War was a conflict between Mexico and the United States from 1846 to 1848.

Many many served in the Mexican-American War

Many young men went to fight for the United States.  Twelve years later, many of those young men would again take up arms in the American Civil War.

There is a general index to volunteers in the Mexican War {available on Ancestry.com} and copies from the actual service records can be ordered online from the National Archives.

Service records for those living in Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  You can also check with your local genealogical library to inquire if they have these records or can obtain a copy.

Copies of actual Mexican War Service Records can also be found on Fold3 {a subscription site}.

Military Records prior to 1917 can be found at the Textual Archives Services Division of the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

But, back to the original question.  Do the actual records still exists?

I’ve not found a definitive answer.  If they do, they are at the National Archives in Washington.  To inquire further, I would contact them for more information.

Did you have ancestors in the Mexican War?