No matter where you are in your Civil War research I have a great website for you to check out. The Civil War Trust (CWT) at www.civilwar.org is a fantastic place to learn about almost everything pertaining to the Civil War.
A search on this site will turn up descriptions, maps, and videos of major battles and so much more. I recently wanted to do a look-up on Andersonville prison. I typed that into the search box in the upper right corner and got four pages of various info on Andersonville. This wasn’t a web search. These were articles from their site alone. CWT is packed with that much info!
There are biographies of the well known and little known figures of the Civil War, there’s an incredible array of documents available to read, such as official Union and Confederate correspondence, the Secession Acts of the Thirteen Confederate States to Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.
There are even apps for your smart phone for most major battlefields!
The information here is amazing! It’s easy to read and understand. You won’t feel like you’re in a dust bowl of flat, boring facts.
The main goal of the Civil War Trust is to save and preserve our country’s Civil War battlefields as well as teach about them. They are continually raising money for their efforts. Taken from the website:
Our Mission: The Civil War Trust is America’s largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war’s history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it.
They do indeed fulfill their goal of educating the public on Civil War’s facts both great and small.
The best part is that you do not have to become a member to search the site. The information there is available to everyone free of charge. You can sign up to receive their newsletter again free of charge or you can become a member as well as donate but that is entirely up to you.**
I suggest you take a moment or better yet an hour or two to investigate the Civil War Trust. You will learn a great deal and I’m sure gain better insight into the service of your Civil War ancestor.
Good Luck in your research!