American Civil War


Coming in the Side Door for Amazing Ancestor Finds 1

A few years back I was wandering a small local cemetery. It’s the final resting place for a number of my ancestors. Looking at family headstones I noticed the lone grave of a Civil War soldier, James R. Van Meter. His marker was engraved with an eagle and the inscription “Rest Soldier Thy Warfare is Ore”. His surname was one […]


Being Drafted But Not With The NFL

By 1863 the Civil War was heading into its third year. The overwhelming enthusiasm of young northern men to volunteer had wained considerably. The glory of war faded when soldiers came home disease stricken, missing limbs or not at all. The prospect of a quick, easy victory had vanished and so had the large number of volunteers enlisting to fight […]


Some Confederate Prisoners “Swallowed the Dog” 1

  In the latter part of the Civil War, after the prisoner exchange system broke down, Confederate POWs were given a couple options. The first was to be shipped off to one of the Union prisons up north. There they’d live in squalid, miserable conditions for the rest of the war, hopefully avoiding death. Or the prisoners could “swallow the […]


It’s All In How You Say It: Civil War Slang 2

An exciting find for any researcher is coming across a letter or diary written by an ancestor. Reading those words opens our twenty-first century eyes to life during that time. Or maybe the find wasn’t written by our relatives at all but by someone whose life and circumstances were so close to our ancestor’s that their writing could reflect our […]


What Do You Know! My First Civil War Veteran! 2

I’ve had a MyHeritage membership off and on for the past two years and earlier this summer the website revealed my previously unknown Union veteran ancestor!  I was perusing my record matches and saw there was a newspaper article that popped up.  What could it be? It turns out it was a clue which revealed  my 3xGreat Grandfather, John Senn was […]