Civil War Research


Courthouse Records and Your Civil War Soldier: What Can You Find?   Recently updated !

  You’ve been researching your Civil War ancestor’s service for a while now. You’ve searched the Federal censuses, NARA pension records, Compiled Military Service Records, regimental histories and more. You’ve been a captive to your laptop as you’ve documented your veteran’s actions. Let’s change it up a bit. We’ll get up, get out and get going. Its time for some […]


Have You Hit This Point Yet 1

ou’ve set aside time to research your Civil War ancestor. You’ve checked loads of records. You’ve found his company and regiment. You know his enlistment dates and the battles he fought. You’ve put together a nifty timeline but there’s one large gapping hole. You have no idea where he’s buried. So what do you do? How do you go about […]


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 […]


Oh, Give Me a Home, Where the Old Soldiers Roam

By 1865, the Civil War raged on into an unprecedented fourth year. The United States soon found itself faced with yet another dilemma previously unknown to the country. There were a growing number of disabled veterans who were finding it difficult to care for themselves. With a lack of healthcare and the inability of family members to nurse these type […]