Civil War Quick Tip – Researching Regular Army Civil War Ancestors

FBGenCircleLogo1Whenever I write about researching your Civil War ancestor I’m referring to the volunteer soldier. The guy who answered the call of his president and mustered in with his state’s militia, like the Mississippi or Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

Yet there were regular U.S. Army soldiers who fought during the Civil War and they also left a paper trail regarding their military service. Regular army soldiers’ records are archived differently than the volunteer soldier but still available for research.

Some places to start your research on your Regular Army Civil War Ancestor:

1. National Parks Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System at http://www.itd.nps.gov/

2. United States, Registers of Enlistments in the U. S. Army, 1798 – 1914
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1880762

3. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914
http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1198

4. United States – Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1922519

5. Returns from Military Posts – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1571

6. For a copy of your Regular Army veteran’s Pension File – National Archives http://www.archives.gov/research/military/genealogy.html

I hope these links help! Good Luck as you continue researching your Civil War ancestor.

 

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Civil War Quick Tip – Why do some Civil War battles have two names?

FBGenCircleLogo1Did you know that Union Civil War soldiers referred to previous battles fought by the river, creek or water close to the site? Antietam (Creek) or Pittsburg Landing are a couple examples you may recognize. It was thought that since many Union soldiers came from urban areas and were so taken by the beauty of the south’s geography they talked about battles mentioning the local natural landmarks.

On the other hand, more Confederate soldiers were from rural areas and were captivated by the cities they marched through and the various structures they contained. So southern soldiers referred to previous battles fought by the closest town, city or building. Such as Sharpsburg (MD) or Shiloh (TN).

Perhaps you refer to a Civil War battle place in the same manner, according to which side your ancestor fought. Either way now you know why Manassas is also known as Bull Run or Murfreesboro is aka Stones River.

Good Luck as you continue researching your Civil War ancestor.

 

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Great gift idea! Are you or a family member researching your Civil War ancestor? Check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – available in Kindle and also in paperback. Great research help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.

Email me:

cindy at genealogycircle dot com if you’d like to order a signed copy. Thanks!

Also I’d love for you to sign up for my monthly tipsCivil War Research Tips here. I’ll share pointers and info to help in researching your Civil War ancestor. Please take a moment to sign up and thanks so much!

Civil War Quick Tip – Union Draft Registration Records

FBGenCircleLogo1Did you know the first military draft enacted in this country was during the Civil War? As the months turned into years it was clear the war would not be ending anytime soon. Add to that the drop off in Union enlistments presented President Lincoln with a big problem.

By mid-1863 the president instituted the very first draft. All men from 20 to 45 years old were eligible to be drafted. There were two classes of men:

Class I included men 20 to 35 years old and all unmarried men 36 to 45 years old.
Class II were married men 36 to 45 years old.

Men who fit the above categories had to go to their local Provost Marshal’s office to sign up.

Today known as the Civil War Draft Registration Records they can be researched at Ancestry. A thorough explanation of the records can be found at FamilySearch.

Consider these records as an “off year” census to use in documenting where your northern male ancestors were living during the Civil War. Not only will you get their place of residence, also their age, marital status, occupation and if he had already served there may be a notation about that.

Good Luck as you continue researching your Civil War ancestor.

 

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

Also I’d love for you to sign up for my monthly tipsCivil War Research Tips here. I’ll share pointers and info to help in researching your Civil War ancestor. Please take a moment to sign up and thanks so much!

Civil War Quick Tip – Center for Civil War Photography

FBGenCircleLogo1Have you been to the website for the Center for Civil War Photography? It’s an excellent site devoted to Civil War photography, of course.

If you’re like me you just can’t get enough of photos taken during the war. This site will certainly help you out with that. With many special exhibits, thousands of Gettysburg pics on their Flickr page and lots of info, anyone with an interest in the Civil War will benefit from browsing their site. http://www.civilwarphotography.org/

Be sure to sign up for their newsletter too! In the most recent issue there was a short blurb on Duke University’s recent announcement of the digitization of both of Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Books of the Civil War and George Barnard’s Photographic Views of Sherman’s Campaign. Great to look through as you think about your Civl War ancestors and imagine them in these settings.

 

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

Also I’d love for you to sign up for my monthly tipsCivil War Research Tips here. I’ll share pointers and info to help in researching your Civil War ancestor. Please take a moment to sign up and thanks so much!

Civil War Quick Tip

FBGenCircleLogo1Here is a database for researching the Applications for the Robert E. Lee Confederate Soldiers’ Home.

Be sure to click the links at the bottom of the page too for Robert E. Lee Confederate Soldiers’ Home Register of Residents, 1883 – 1939 and the About Robert E. Lee Confederate Soldiers’ Home Applications for Admission.

Exciting research possibility if you think your ancestor may have been a resident. Good luck! I hope you find some good stuff!

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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.

Also I’d love for you to sign up for my monthly tipsCivil War Research Tips here. I’ll share pointers and info to help in researching your Civil War ancestor. Please take a moment to sign up and thanks so much!