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Why Research Your Civil War ancestor?

Because your Civil War ancestor’s story is a part of our country’s history. Yet more than that it’s a part of your story. To know your Civil War ancestor, his life and military service, is to know a part of you.

Ancestors In A Nation Divided will guide you through the steps of researching your Civil War ancestor. From the beginning if you only have a name – to an in-depth search of his military and post-war life this book will guide you through the process.

Packed with the resources you need to research you’ll be able to:

° Begin even if you don’t know where to start
° Understand Compiled Military Service Records and Pension Files
° Find your Civil War ancestor in little known and under-used censuses
° Take a look at Provost Marshall Records
° Learn about Confederate Military History and the Official Records
° Take a look at long forgotten resources like the Old Soldiers Home, GAR and UVC membership
° And so much more!

Whether your ancestor fought for the Union or the Confederacy, Ancestors In A Nation Divided will help you open the doors to his military service. You’ll learn about the battles he fought, camp life, injuries he may have sustained and more. Your research will put you alongside your ancestor in his Civil War journey. You’ll learn about his experiences and in knowing what he lived through you’ll be able to appreciate his service all the more. The Civil War changed this country’s path, it shaped our nation into what we know today and your ancestor had a hand in that. Ancestors In A Nation Divided will help you start learning about your Civil War ancestor today.

It’s the August issue of Going In-Depth!

Going In-Depth is a free, digital genealogy magazine presented by The In-Depth Genealogist. In each monthly issue, you’ll find guest articles, regular columns, and free resources such as Ask Ephraim and MIAA to help you along your family history journey. As with all IDG products, they strive to create a resource for every genealogist, no matter the age, stage, or focus of your research.

My article this month is “The Very Best: Sites for Researching Your Confederate Civil War Veterans and Ancestors” Click the magazine photo to start reading excellent genealogy research ideas for free!



If you’re interested in researching your Civil War ancestor’s story check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – Kindle. Also in paperback. Great research help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865Last Saturday I started a series of posts on Civil War heritage groups. Our first group was the Sons of Confederate Veterans. If you missed it you can read about them here.

This week we’ll talk about the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865. I’ve been a member for almost 15 years.

The aim of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865  (DUVCW) is to preserve Civil War Heritage while honoring our Civil War ancestors. We do this through education and participating in events that commemorate the memory of our ancestors who served.

Membership is open to all women who are a direct descendant of honorably discharged soldiers and sailorsDaughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865 who served in the Union Army, Navy or Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service during 1861-1865, and those who died or were killed while serving in the armed services of the Union between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865, and who are at least eight years old.

Eligibility is through lineal descent only. Applicants do need to furnish a complete war record of their ancestor and proof of descent.

Local groups are known as “tents” to recognize our veteran ancestors who “tented up” at the end of the day and each tent is named after a prominent Union Civil War era woman. I belong to ‘Lizabeth A Turner Tent #23.

The goal of today’s tents is to preserve, honor and remember the service of our Civil War ancestors and promote patriotism whenever possible.

The tents in a state belong to that state’s Department. So my Lizabeth A Turner tent belongs to the Ohio Dept. Ohio has eleven tents. There’s a yearly convention for each Dept. and a national convention held yearly as well.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865My tent has about 6 meetings a year and we’re involved in a variety of events. We participate in our city’s Memorial Day parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony, we host a Food Drive for our local Veterans Pantry, we have a yearly display at our public library, we attend Flag Day and Veterans Day services, not to mention the various Civil War related events we’ve attended during the sesquicentennial and so on. In fact there’s a campfire at my house next week!

I’ve loved my time as a member of the DUVCW so much that I’ve been president of my local tent (click for website) and president of our state organization (click for website) as well. If you can join I really recommend it. Meetings are a fun time with like-minded women.

Check out the national website. If you’re interested contact someone in your area or me. I’ll answer your questions or help in any way possible. If you don’t preserve the history of your Civil War ancestor who will?

My Evening with the Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War

Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War

Our guide Patty with the Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War tour

Two weeks ago I was in Gettysburg attending the national convention of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865. It was a fun five days filled with convention happenings, battlefield trips and I even snuck in a little bit of genealogy research.

One of the highlights of the entire trip was a tour our little group took. We decided against a ghost tour. (I’ve been on two ghost tours in Gettysburg and never saw a ghost. Darn!) So we took the tour “The Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War”

Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War

This building still has the visible damage it received during the battle in 1863

Let me tell you it was excellent! Our guide Patty was in period dress and took us to see several homes of heroic local women who courageously worked amid the devastation of their town. As widows, teens or with their husbands gone off to war, these women aided both Union and Confederate wounded. They nursed hundreds of soldiers left behind in field hospitals and locations around the area. They buried the dead and worked to rebuild their damaged homes and businesses.

Some of the women highlighted in the tour are:

Lydia Liester – sold horse bones to put her farm back in pre-war condition

Josephine Miller – called the “Bravest Woman in Gettysburg”

Cornelia Hancock – youngest Union Civil War nurse

Lydia Hamilton Smith – collected food and clothing donations for field hospitals and donated her life savings

Liz Butler – Black woman captured by the Confederate Army

Elizabeth Thorn – wife of keeper of Evergreen Cemetery who buried 105 soldiers

Sallie Pickett – wife of Confederate General George Pickett

Jennie Wade – only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg

Georgia McClellan – sister of Jennie Wade who worked as a Union nurse in Washington, D.C. to name just a few.

Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War

Our group listening to guide Patty. We’re across the street from Jenny Wade’s home.

Let me tell you my little group enjoyed our tour immensely. Our guide was well prepared and spoke knowledgeably on each of her subjects. We were happy with every aspect of our tour. If you are ever in Gettysburg I highly recommend you check it out.

Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War
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65 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325

In fact because we were so interested in the women discussed during the tour our guide Patty emailed me the list of names of the women and a list of reading material. Many of these books are wriiten by the women about their post battle experiences. With Patty’s permission here is that list.


South After Gettysburg, Letters of Cornelia Hancock 1863-1865
by Cornelia Hancock

At Gettysburg or What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle
by Mrs. Matilda (Tillie Pierce) Alleman

The Diary of a Lady of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: From June 15 to July 15, 1863
by Pennsylvania Lady of Gettysburg (1863) Sarah Broadhead

The Ties of the Past The Gettysburg Diary of Salome (Sallie) Myers Stewart 1854-1922
by Sarah Sites Thomas

The Shrivers Story
by Nancie W. Gudmestad

They Fought Like Demons Women Soldiers in the Civil War
by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook

Women at Gettysburg 1863
By Eileen F. Conklin

Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War

Our final stop during the Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War tour

Segregation in Death Gettysburg Lincoln Cemetery
by Betty Dorsey Myers available by mail order
Lincoln Cemetery Project Foundation
408 Long Lane
Gettysburg, PA 17325 send $18.00 ($15 for book and $3 shipping)

Thank you Patty for your friendliness, an awesome tour and the chance to continue learning about the Women of Gettysburg.

Sons Of Confederate Veterans

SCVToday we welcome guest author John L. Hasha. John is a member of the Sons Of Confederate Veterans and is going to tell us a bit about the group.

“The Sons of Confederate Veterans was founded on July 1, 1896 in Richmond, VA as heir to the original organization, the United Confederate Veterans. Membership is opened to men with either direct or collateral family ties to veterans who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. Kinship must be documented genealogically. The minimum age for membership is 12 but there is no minimum age for Cadet membership.

The purpose of the SCV is to honor those who served, promote knowledge, and cultivate the ties of friendship that should exist among descendants of Confederate soldiers.

As of 2013, the SCV had 27,000+ members. The headquarters of the SCV is in Columbia, TN in a mansion called “Elm Springs” built in 1837.

The chapters of the SCV are called “camps”. Each camp is managed by required officers: Camp Commander (president); Lt. Commander (vice-present); Adjutant (treasurer); and Chaplin.

The camps are grouped into Divisions which are grouped into Departments. A Division may be subdivided into Brigades for administrative purposes.

Some Divisions have a ladies auxiliary called the “Order of the Confederate Rose” where Southern lineage is not required for membership.

The SCV also has a youth camp for boys and girls held annually called the “Sam Davis Youth Camp”.

The services of the SCV are: legal defense for Heritage violations; educating the public on Confederate history, genealogical research website hosting for camps; and leadership training.

Currently, the SCV is conducting fundraising to build a Confederate museum at Elm Springs.

An annual convention is held every July in a Southern city. The SCV has a bimonthly magazine called the “Confederate Veteran” that has been published since 1893.”

Sons of Confederate Veterans CA Division

Sons of Confederate Veterans CA Division

John L. Hasha
Camp Genealogist
James Iredell Wadell
Camp 1770
Orange County, CA

If you’d like further information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans check their website

The website for John’s camp is On the camp website there will be links to the other CA camps and the CA Division newsletter and other links.

Thanks John for giving us some background information on the Sons of Confederate Veterans past and present!