The goal of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is to educate and preserve the history of the men and women who have served our nation. Their collections cover all conflicts that the U.S. Army participated in. So if you’re stopping by to see what they have regarding the Civil War you can also check out files on your other veteran army ancestors who might have been in WWII or Vietnam.
Once you’ve looked around the home page click the top button on the right-side of the page – Search USAHEC Collections. The next page gives you three options. Research Catalog, Reference Bibliographies/Finding Aids/Collection Inventories and finally Digitized Materials. Many of their titles are on site which would require a road trip to south-central Pennsylvania but I found a couple of books written about my Civil War ancestor’s regiment. The book, Well Satisfied With My Position: the Civil War Journal of Spencer Bonsall is still in print and I’ll be tracking that one down.
Here’s a little tip, as you dig into the files looking for references to your ancestor’s unit. I typed in, 81st Pennsylvania, which didn’t turn up anything. I eventually found, Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 81st – brought up the list of resources I was hoping for. So you may try to list the regiment you’re looking for in that manner.
Finally be sure to take a look at the photographs. You’ll get lost in their gigantic collections.
Happy searching and if you find anything exciting let me know!