With the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we have seen commemorations of various battles on the nightly news or even attended events locally. Remembering the bloody battle at Antietam or the widely known battle at Gettysburg piques our interest in life during that time. The continuing programs and events which pay tribute to those men who served may have prompted you to wonder whether your ancestor had a part in one of the most significant events in our country’s history. If your ancestors lived in this country during the mid-19th century, the answer to this is more than likely a resounding – Yes!
Nearly 3 million men from both the north and south fought in the war. It’s been widely accepted that between 600,000 to 660,000 men from both sides died between 1861 and 1865, but new research puts the number higher – maybe as high as 750,000 men who perished during those four years. All these men left their homes, families and all that they knew to fight for their beliefs. With such a large percentage of the population participating in the Civil War, it’s more than likely one, if not several, of your ancestors fought.
The In-Brief Guide to Researching your Civil War Ancestors contains Where to Start, History of Regiments, Civil War Pensions, Compiled Military Service Records, Courthouse Records, Civil War Draft Registrations, Special Enumerations, Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.