Civil War

  • Andersonville Prison- Civil War

    Oct 21

    This prison is one that nearly everyone has heard of, where so many Union soldiers died. Measuring a time span of 14 months (Feb. 1864-May 1865) in Camp Sumter (actual name of the prison) located near Andersonville, Georgia, some 13,000 (28%) of the 45,000 Union soldiers confined there died. Their deaths were due to ignorance of nutrition an...

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  • Civil War Union Colored Troops 1863-1865

    Aug 31

    The free to use the database from FamilySearch.org can assist in finding any information on an ancestor of yours who was part of the USCT. Also, USCT service records are available free on the National Archives’ website. There were about 178,000 free blacks and freedmen who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civ...

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  • ID Civil War Photos

    Jul 9

    You might be one of the fortunate family history researchers who has a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I'm saying a photo of them in uniform either just before they entered, during service or immediately after discharge. You might have photos of that ancestor years later, but it is just not the same as...

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  • Facial Recognition of Civil War Military

    Dec 7

    You might have a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War taken years after they served in the 1860s. Wouldn't it be great to locate a photo of that ancestor in his uniform? It does cross-referencing to serve up a slate of possible matches and names. You need to try 'Civil War Photo Sleuth' whose purpose is to rediscover the l...

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  • Civil War Diary

    Nov 5

    It is fascinating to read the pages written by a soldier in the field during the American Civil War (1861-1865), what were the hardships the had to endure. There are many of such diaries to survive over 150 years. However, you don't always hear of dairies from those on the home front, those women and their children and older citizens – what was t...

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  • African-Americans Serving in Civil War

    Sep 25

    The USCT was made up of better than 178,000 freed African-Americans who were willing served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War. Of that figure, during the war, about 2,751 USCT soldiers lost their lives in combat. More than 68,000 more died during military service from disease and other causes.  They were not in the...

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  • Confederate Deaths at Camp Douglas

    Aug 1

    Many people recall their history of the terrible conditions for Union prisoners at Andersonville Prison in Georgia during the American Civil War. For those who had ancestors on the Confederate side, there can be a different version of what happened to their relatives taken as prisoners. One such prison was Camp Douglas, 80 acres in size, on the so...

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  • Interesting Family Stories

    Mar 5

    In Frederick, MD, there is an interesting local historical character known as Barbara Fritchie who during the American Civil War, 1862, defied the Confederate soldiers as they marched into Frederick warning them not to touch the US flag that hung from her roof. She was a Unionist, in 1863 a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier stated Fritchie said to a...

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  • Additional New Databases – Indiana

    Mar 3

    Again the Indiana Genealogical Society is making digital additional records to be online, this time info on Civil War soldiers and 8 Indiana counties. All of them are free to use. The Civil War data is from GAR - Grand Army of the Republic (Northern veterans) covering encampments meetings, officers and those members who had died at a specific date...

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  • Georgia Confederates after Civil War

    Feb 3

    Following the American Civil War, U. S. military officials were sent to the former Confederate states to get oath of allegiance from the males who had supported the Confederacy. These Registration Oath Books created can provide some valuable information if you had an ancestor who took the oath of allegiance. The registers typically contain each vo...

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