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(1) YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTOR
National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System When you type in a name you can, conceivably get the soldier’s company and regiment, the unit history and the roster, which is in alphabetical order.
Ancestry.com Type in the name and area, it will take you to the Search Result page.
Levi McCormick’s Civil War Pension Index card.
If you can’t find your ancestor at the CWSS or www.ancestry.com and if you don’t know if your ancestor was even in the Civil War or you don’t know his regiment, (which is necessary to know when you apply for his pension papers) you might also want to visit a library or historical society in your area and see if they have the following books:
The books are available for sale at the following site, as is a CD Rom version.
Civil War Reference Books from Broadfoot Publishing
The Roster of Union Soldiers; 1861 – 1865; Edited by Janet B. Hewett; Published by Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, North Carolina. This set is now complete. There are 33 Volumes…… 3,000,000+ names 1. Maine & New Hampshire 2. Vermont & Massachusetts (Aaron, Otis F. – Grutter, Christian) 3. Massachusetts (Guared, Thomas – Zydoe, Albert) 4. Missouri (A-P) 5. Missouri (P-Z); Kansas; Arkansas; Louisiana; North Carolina; Texas; Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Mississippi 6. Michigan 7. New Jersey & Delaware [HSD has this book] 8. New York (Aab, George – Culyler, James) 9. New York (Cumber, John – Hemtson, Robinson A.) 10. New York (Hen, Baker – McKuman, James) 11. New York (McLachlon, Archibald – Scoville, Winslow L.) 12. New York (Scrace, Samuel – Zyraggen, Joseph) 13. Ohio (A-F) 14. Ohio (F-M) 15. Ohio (M-S) 16. Ohio (S-Z) 17. Pennsylvania (Aaler, Martin – Fory, John) 18. Pennsylvania (Fosbemier, Levi – Mazy, Joseph) 19. Pennsylvania (McAalccher, Levi – Smythes, Samuel A.) 20. Rhode Island – Connecticut 21. US Colored Troops (Aanderson, Henry – Jente, Peter) 22. U.S. Colored Troups (Joost, John J.H. – Zumwalt, Levi) Other states completed are: Maryland; District of Columbia; West Virginia; Virginia; Illinois; Indiana; Minnesota; Iowa; Kentucky; Tennessee; Wisconsin; Arizona; California; Colorado; Dakota: Nebraska; Nevada: New Mexico: Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Regular Army (enlisted and officers). I just don’t have the volume numbers for them.
The Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865 Edited by Janet B. Hewett Published by Broadfoot Publishing Co. Wilmington NC 1995 There are 16 Volumes of these rosters all assembled in Surname Alphabetical order listing their Regiment & Company
National Archives and Records Administration Civil War Records
Access Genealogy – U.S. Military resources for the Civil War. There is a very good Guide explaining the process for requesting pension records
The following four sites are probably the most used sites when it comes to Civil War Research.
Civil War Index Page
NOTE: Two good books you might like to read:
“Eye of the Storm”
From diaries, scrapbooks and sketchbooks of Robert Knox Sneden
“A Diary from Dixie”
by Mary Chestnut
Cyndi’s list, probably known as the bible of internet surfing.
The U.S. Civil War Center
The American Civil War Homepage This is probably one of the most complete of all the Civil War sites on the internet
(3) REGIMENTAL HISTORIES AND ROSTERS
Civil War Rosters – All states Not ALL rosters are available
Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Union Regimental Histories
Union Regimental Histories Here you see separate link for General Information, Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry.
Confederate Regimental Histories
Access Genealogy – U. S. Military resources for the Civil War
Once you know your ancestors Regiment number, you might want to check and see if there are any pictures of any of the men in his unit.
Selected Civil War Photographs Home Page From the Library of Congress
MHI Photograph Database You type in a name or regiment, etc. and it will search the photos and list what is available. You can then order them from MHI: US Army Military History Institute 22 Ashburn Drive, Carlisle Barracks Carlisle, PA 17013-5008 Tel: 717-245-3611
US Army Military History Institute
Email: MHI-SC@carlisle-emh2.army.mil (Special Collections) MHI-AR@carlisle-emh2.army.mil (Archives Collection) MHI-HR@carlisle-emh2.army.mil (Historical Reference)
Behind the Stonewall 360 degree Panoramic Images from Civil War Battlegrounds (Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Manassas, Antietam and Harper’s Ferry with more coming) This website is like taking an armchair tour of the battlefields.
(5) CIVIL WAR HISTORY
The Civil War This has links to a Timeline, Battles, Places, music, documents, etc.
American Civil War History Guide… The History Beat This page is just loaded with links to all kinds of information
The History Place – U. S. Civil War 1861 – 1865 A brief day by day (not everyday) synopsis of the events during the above years.
ILTweb: History Civil War Home Page – History through artifacts
NOTE: A couple of good books for the history of the war:
“The Civil War: A Narrative”
A three (3) volume set by Shelby Foote Fort Sumter to Perryville Fredericksburg to Meridan Red River to Appomattox
“The American Heritage New History of the Civil War”
Narrative by Bruce Catton Edited by James M. McPherson
Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection – American Civil War
Valley of the Shadow Project: Civil War Battle Maps Collection
Civil War Maps Collection Searches may be made by keyword or graphic location.
Civil War Maps & Charts by State With options to view the image or to download it
Map of State Battle Locations American Civil War
Civil War Battle Summaries by State
Civil War Battle Summaries by Campaign
The 10 Costliest Battles of the War (Based on total casualties – Killed, wounded, missing and captured)
U.S. Civil War Center Cemetery Listings Each of the cemeteries listed has a searchable database
Cemetery Records Onlline – Cemeteries & Genealogy This site lists each state and the National Cemeteries and War Veterans Burials
Civil War Burials in Montgomery County Pennsylvania This is an ambitious and ongoing project. It is continually being updated
Civil War Prison Camps
NOTE: One of the most comprehensive Civil War Prison books that I’m aware of:
“Portals to Hell”
by Lonnie Speer
(10) MAILING LIST SERVICES
These are free. By subscribing to a list, you receive emails from others who share a common interest. These are good places to get answers to your questions whether it be a question about researching a person, a battle or even the meaning of a word in some of the records.
Wars/Military Mailing lists This site is maintained by John Fuller and Christine Gaunt and lists basically the same Military Mail lists as the site below plus one from ‘listserv.Indiana’ but this site gives a short description of each list with links to subscribe or unsubscribe right there on the main page.
Rootsweb’s Military Genealogy Mailing Lists
(11) DELAWARE CIVIL WAR LINKS
Fort Delaware Society
Fort Delaware State Park Lists Programs and Events and tells about Ft. Delaware and the Civil War
NOTE: A Good book about Ft. Delaware
by Bruce Mowday and Dale Fetzer.
Delaware in the Civil War Sponsored by the A. T. A. Torbert Camp
Friends of the African Union Church Cemetery This lists the USCT drafted and/or buried in Delaware
Delaware Civil War Society Home Page
Confederate Pension Records research information
Jews in the Civil War
Civil War Rosters – Irish
United States Colored Troops in the Civil War
Civil War Links
The Civil War Home Page – Main Page
The Golden Gate Genealogy Forum Military Resources At this site you will find some stories written about the Civil War, an archives of the American Civil War History newsletter, The Weekly Fireside plus some other things that are AOL exclusive.
Organizations, Civil War Roundtables and Descendants Organizations
Medal of Honor Citations This site lists ALL the Medal of Honor winners from all the wars not just the Civil War.
NOTE: A good “quick reference” book.
“The Civil War Dictionary”
by Mark M. Boatner
(13) LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Google – a terrific search engine, just type in what you want and multiple links will appear
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