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King Philip's War 1675
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Search for Military Ancestors in USA Military Records for Civil War Pension Files Search Civil War Recordsicon Find your Military Ancestors in Civil War Pensions Index; Confederate Soldiers for Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia; Southern Claims Commission; Confederate Papers & Confederate Amnesty Papers on Footnote.com
Over 2.8 million men (and a few hundred women) served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. This page will help you find the military service of individual Civil War soldiers.

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 Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Comprehensive research tool for searching the records of the soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War.
  What's available in NARA Civil War Records

New York Civil War Family Photo Album Wishing you knew what your ancestor looked like? Find a photograph of your Civil War Ancestor Search 1800s Ancestor Photo Albums on Lost Faces. There are over 2,500 original photos in this growing one-of-a-kind exclusive genealogy collection. Quality reproductions available.
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U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 Collection of military service records, containing more than 6 million names of servicemen Union and Confederate who fought in the U.S. Civil War.

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles A historic effort to compile and interlink all available records of soldiers who participated in the American Civil War.

American Civil War Soldiers An exceptional collection linking together an array of historical records and images, giving you context about your Civil War ancestors.

Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files Records of more than 2 million Union Army soldiers who filed for pensions after the Civil War.

U.S. Civil War POW Records Collection of more than 1.5 million names from the Union and Confederate prisoner of war records.

U.S. Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1861-1865 Records featuring details about 178,000 African-American troops who served the Union during the Civil War.

Alabama Civil War Muster Rolls Find ancestors who were part of Confederate military units formed in Alabama during the Civil War.

Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865 Card abstracts and documents about Confederate soldiers who served in military organizations formed by the Confederate Government.

Confederate Applications for Presidential Pardons, 1865-1867x Collection of 14,000 pardon applications featuring background information and service details for former Confederates soldiers.

U.S. Civil War Photos Almost 7,000 photographs depicting the Civil War Era.

FamilySearch has Civil War Pension Index Files 1861-1900

  What's Available in American Military Records includes records such as Civil War Pension Index Part I
Civil War Pension Index Part II
Civil War Pension Index Part III
Civil War Message Board Search
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  Confederate Disability Applications and Receipts - applications to the Board of Commissioners on Artificial Limbs from injured soldiers.
  Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows  - searchable database of pension applications and amended applications filed by resident Virginia Confederate veterans and their widows.
  Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows Electronic Card Index - index to pension applications and amended applications filed by resident Virginia Confederate veterans and their widows.
  Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers' Home Applications for Admission
 Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications of Soldiers and Widows The application lists the veteran's place of enlistment, unit, period of service, battles participated in, and whether he was wounded or captured, as well as place of birth, number and gender of children, and value of personal and real property

 Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database
 Schenectady Soldiers in the Civil War dozens of regiments and names, from the book Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century, by Austin A. Yates (1902)

Cemeteries & Burials of Civil War Soldiers

Michigan in the Civil War: Veterans Gravesites 1861 - 1866

Union Camps Holding Confederate Soldiers

Camp Ford
Fort Delaware
Castle Pinckney
Confederate Prisoners in Alton Prison
Ohio State Penitentiary
Old Capitol Prison
Camp Douglas
Camp Butler
Confederate Prisoners Elmira
Union Prisoners Elmira
Point Lookout
Fort Jefferson
Fort McHenry
Rock Island

Confederate Prisons Holding Union Soldiers

Danville Prison
Andersonville Prison (another site)
Richmond's Castle Thunder
Cahaba Prison

Obituaries of Veterans

 David J. Huffman Marshall Co. Kansas

Civil War Letters Home

Past Voices: Letters Home Letters from soldiers in the Civil War.

Baker, Neil. Sgt. in 50th N.C. Infantry. Letter to Sarah Jane, 1863
Graham, William to Winnie Blount, North Carolina 1863
Mason, John H., 52 NC Inf. to brother from camp in VA 1862
Bidwell, Lucius E. 14th CT Inf to his mother 7 Feb 1864
Carter, James in Pembroke Maine to his sister Annie (Mrs. Grenville Redding) September 13, 1864
Case, Lester in Tennessee to his sister Sarah (Mrs. Charles Davis) of OH May 16 1863
Curwin, Joseph 126th PA Inf in VA to sister Mary 10 Nov. 1862
Davis, Stanley Lt. Civil War Co. D. MI, from Camp Decatur, Alabama 1864
Figures, Henry S. 48th AL to his father 9 May1861
Maxwell, James. 127th IL, letter to his brother 1863
Overman, Oscar, 103rd IL Inf. From Steamer Rocket to Emma Wadsworth 1863
Miller, Johnson, Crpl 40th Reg. Iowa - collection of letters 1863

Parsons, Col. John E.
from Toledo, Ohio to B. Perry, Esq. September 13, 1880
Pease Collection. Letters from Corp. George Pease 75th NY Reg. 1862, 1863
Brooks, William, Co E, 161st NYVI, from Alexandria LA to his wife 1864
Peckham, George Franklin Collection C Co. Wisconsin Civil War Memoirs 1906, 1910
Eberlein Collection - 8 Civil War letters from the Eberlein brothers George and Ferdinand to their parents in 1863. Ferdinand was in Company C 5th Regt Minn, Volunteers. George fought for Wisconsin.
Stone, Arthur, Mass. Inf. Co 34 Collection of letters to his mother 1862 & 1863
J. D. Williams Sept 27th, 1864 Petersburg VA To Molsey M. Williams

Regimental Rosters and Muster Rolls

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Online Books & Journals

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (1894 - 1922)
The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1880 - 1901)

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Women in the Civil War : Warriors, Patriots, Nurses, and Spies (Perspectives on History) by Phyllis Raybin Emert (Editor)
Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor by Bertram Hawthorne Groene
In Search of Confederate Ancestors : The Guide (Journal of Confederate History, Vol 9) by J. H. Segars, John McGlone (Editor)

Money of the Civil War

 FRBSF Currency Exhibit - Civil War Confederate Currency, Fractional Currency, Demand Notes

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 CIVIL-WAR. A mailing list for the discussion of events during the American Civil War and genealogical matters related to the Civil War. Additional information can be found on the Civil-War List Homepage (http://www.public.usit.net/mruddy/). You must be a subscriber to post to the list. To subscribe send the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) as the only text in the body of a message to civil-war-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or civil-war-d-request@rootsweb.com (digest mode).
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 CIVIL-WAR-MINORITIES. A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding minorities and immigrants in the Civil War. You must be a subscriber to post to the list. To subscribe send the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) as the only text in the body of a message to civil-war-minorities-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or civil-war-minorities-d-request@rootsweb.com (digest mode).
 CIVIL-WAR-WOMEN. A mailing list for those who are researching women that served or assisted in the American Civil War. Additional information can be found on the ALHLibrary & Archives Canada W web page (http://www.usgennet.org/~alhnwars/acwroots/). You must be a subscriber to post to the list. To subscribe send the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) as the only text in the body of a message to civil-war-women-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or civil-war-women-d-request@rootsweb.com (digest mode).

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