Civil War

  • Civil War Writings – Letters Home

    Apr 5

      Most people will find at least one ancestor on their tree who served in some form during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Since people are fascinated with this time frame in American history, many archives and records have been saved over the decades. A good online resource is Civil War Archives.com. This site has Union and Confederate ...

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  • Your Female Ancestor May have Fought in the Civil War

    Mar 25

    It has been said that America's Civil War was fought “brother against brother”. This is true, for the most part. What many don't realize is that some of the soldiers were women. They had to pass themselves off as men in order to enlist. One of your female ancestors may have been among them. The Smithsonian has an interesting article titled ...

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  • Boys in Blue of Illinois

    Mar 5

    During the American Civil War (1861-1865), the 'Boys in Blue' were the Federal Union army soldiers. Those in the Southern Confederacy were considered the 'Boys in Gray'. Both due to the color of the uniform. If you had an ancestor who served from the many Illinois (Union) Army regiments, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library has s...

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  • Civil War Medical Records

    Jan 19

    During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, the governments issued uniforms both Confederate and Union sides which included socks, undershorts and drawers (underwear). However, those items didn't get cleaned that often, especially the underclothes, so a major source of germs. Men many times requested additional underclothes be sent by their famil...

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  • Soldiers – Civil War Graves

    Oct 21

    The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) now has created its National Grave Registration Database Project. It is a searchable database available online and is free for everyone to use. Individuals can also submit information on Civil War ancestors. They didn't need to die during the war, so long as a veteran of the Civil War - Union or C...

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  • PA Soldiers in the Civil War

    Jun 29

    During the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War there is so much data online to assist the family history researcher. If you had ancestors who lived or served with any of the Pennsylvania units, the online site "Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War" might be able to provide some answers in your search. It contains the state's infantry...

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  • Women of the 1850s and ’60s

    Jun 17

    'An Era When Women Could Not Vote, Hold Bank Accounts Or Take A Direct Role In Business' Fashions mark the decades and era throughout history. Hard work and dressing the correct socially accepted way was the life for women in America or other locations. It is interesting during this 150th anniversary of the American Civil War that you reflec...

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  • Slang Words Used during the American Civil War

    May 29

    Words and phrases have changed over the decades. The way someone expressed themselves could have been acceptable and understood a hundred years ago and not understood today. People change and so does the language. Online is a listing "Civil War Slang" with meanings of some words and phrases, compiled by G. M. Atwater, that date back to the mid-180...

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  • Memorial Day

    May 26

    This Monday, May 29th is the official holiday titled 'Memorial Day' with banks, schools, and the post office closed. But it is not the true original Memorial Day of Saturday, May 30th. It is a Federal holiday to take time to remember the military personnel (men and women) who died in the service of the nation. Its beginnings are after the American...

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  • Museum of the Confederacy

    May 21

    There is a huge amount of links and web sites devoted to the soldiers of the US Federal Union during the American Civil War (1861-1865); especially with the 150th anniversary. Locating information and particularly photos of the Confederacy can be harder. Online is a site titled: The Museum of the Confederacy, with a variety of collections and arch...

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