United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1

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<div style="float: right; width: 74%"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Civil_War_1861_to_1865,_Part_1|US Civil War]]''</center><br>  
 
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[[Image:Vicksburg h7655k.jpg|thumb|right|275px]] The American Civil War began on 12 April 1861 when troops in South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Also called the "War between the States" and the "War of Secession", the Civil War lasted until 1865. Approximately 3.5 million soldiers fought in the war resulting in almost 600,000 deaths.  
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[[Image:Vicksburg h7655k.jpg|thumb|right|275px|Vicksburg h7655k.jpg]] The American Civil War began on 12 April 1861 when troops in South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Also called the "War between the States" and the "War of Secession", the Civil War lasted until 1865. Approximately 3.5 million soldiers fought in the war resulting in almost 600,000 deaths.  
  
 
== Best Sources  ==
 
== Best Sources  ==
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== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
  
*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.  
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*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  
*[http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/warweb.html The American Civil War Homepage] has links to many sites with information about the Civil War.  
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*[http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/warweb.html The American Civil War Homepage] has links to many sites with information about the Civil War.
  
*[http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/ LSU United States Civil War Center] at the Louisiana State University focuses on Civil War records and research. LSU has many Civil War related books and manuscripts. It's [http://www.civilwarhome.com/indexcivilwarinfo.htm Index of Civil War Information Available on the Internet] has links to many interesting web sites.  
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*[http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/ LSU United States Civil War Center] at the Louisiana State University focuses on Civil War records and research. LSU has many Civil War related books and manuscripts. It's [http://www.civilwarhome.com/indexcivilwarinfo.htm Index of Civil War Information Available on the Internet] has links to many interesting web sites.
  
*Hewett, Janet B. ''The Roster of Union soldiers, 1861-1865. '' (Wilmington, North Carolina&nbsp;: Broadfoot Pub. Co., c1997-2000) {{FHL|779026|item|disp=FHL 973 M29h v. 1 through v. 31}}
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*Hewett, Janet B. ''The Roster of Union soldiers, 1861-1865. '' (Wilmington, North Carolina&nbsp;: Broadfoot Pub. Co., c1997-2000) {{FHL|779026|item|disp=FHL 973 M29h v. 1 through v. 31}} and ''Supplement to the Official records of the Union and Confederate armies.'' (Wilmington, North Carolina&nbsp;: Broadfoot Pub. Co., c1994-2001) {{FHL|750468|item|disp=FHL 973 M29u ser. 1 supp. pt. 1 v. 1 through v. 12;}}
  
*New York Public Library, "[http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/rbk/soldiers/ USSC Civil War Soldiers Inquiry Database]" on the U.S. Sanitary Commission collection of records of over 9,000 sick, wounded, or missing Union servicemen to answer inquiries from their relatives.
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*New York Public Library, "[http://legacy.www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/rbk/soldiers/index.html USSC Civil War Soldiers Inquiry Database]" on the U.S. Sanitary Commission collection of records of over 9,000 sick, wounded, or missing Union servicemen to answer inquiries from their relatives.
  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at'''<br>  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at'''<br>  
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*[[United States Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Unifiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Unifiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[United States Civil War Pension Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Civil War Pension Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[United States, Civil War and Later Pension Files Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Civil War and Later Pension Files Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Utah, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Utah, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Utah, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Utah, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
 
*[[Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
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*African Americans, see [[United States Colored Troops in the Civil War|United States Colored Troops in the Civil War]]  
 
*African Americans, see [[United States Colored Troops in the Civil War|United States Colored Troops in the Civil War]]  
 
*[[American Indians in the Civil War|American Indians in the Civil War]]  
 
*[[American Indians in the Civil War|American Indians in the Civil War]]  
*[[Canadians_in_the_U.S._Civil_War|Canadians in the U.S. Civil War]]  
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*[[Canadians in the U.S. Civil War|Canadians in the U.S. Civil War]]  
 
*[http://www.kalmus.dk/civilwar/westzealanders1.htm Danes in the Civil War] A great article with stories of a few Danish men serving in the American Civil War.  
 
*[http://www.kalmus.dk/civilwar/westzealanders1.htm Danes in the Civil War] A great article with stories of a few Danish men serving in the American Civil War.  
 
*[[Hispanics in the Civil War|Hispanics in the Civil War]]  
 
*[[Hispanics in the Civil War|Hispanics in the Civil War]]  
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=== Major Sites with Digitized Records  ===
 
=== Major Sites with Digitized Records  ===
  
Many Civil War records have been digitized and indexed on various Internet sites. Check the lists showing many of the digitized records on [[American Civil War records on FamilySearch.org|FamilySearch]], [[American Civil War records on Ancestry.com|Ancestry]], and [[American Civil War records on Fold3.com|Fold3]].
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Many Civil War records have been digitized and indexed on various Internet sites. Check the lists showing many of the digitized records on [[American Civil War records on FamilySearch.org|FamilySearch]], [[American Civil War records on Ancestry.com|Ancestry]], and [[American Civil War records on Fold3.com|Fold3]].  
  
 
== Battles  ==
 
== Battles  ==

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The American Civil War began on 12 April 1861 when troops in South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Also called the "War between the States" and the "War of Secession", the Civil War lasted until 1865. Approximately 3.5 million soldiers fought in the war resulting in almost 600,000 deaths.

Best Sources

Getting Started with Civil War Research

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System of the National Park Service is a free Internet index of both Union and Confederate service records.

The database contains approximately 6.3 million names (some names are duplicated because of spelling variations and multiple enlistments) covering 3.5 million soldiers. The database tells whether the soldier was Union or Confederate and gives regiment and rank.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System index was compiled in cooperation with the National Archives, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Society of Utah. Numerous volunteers worked together to make a computerized index to Union and Confederate soldiers.

State Civil War Records

States in 1861

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Northern States (blue)


Southern States (red)
Seceded before
15 Apr 1861

Southern States (orange)
Seceded after
15 Apr 1861


Slave States which did not secede
(yellow)


States not yet formed or which were territories in 1861 (grey)


Research Tools

  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • New York Public Library, "USSC Civil War Soldiers Inquiry Database" on the U.S. Sanitary Commission collection of records of over 9,000 sick, wounded, or missing Union servicemen to answer inquiries from their relatives.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at

Ethnic Groups

Major Sites with Digitized Records

Many Civil War records have been digitized and indexed on various Internet sites. Check the lists showing many of the digitized records on FamilySearch, Ancestry, and Fold3.

Battles

For lists and descriptions of the various Civil War battles, click the following links: