Category Archives: Civil War

Free State of Jones: Neighbors, Associates or Family? Part I

I was in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City 9 years ago browsing through the county sections of each state my ancestors had lived. I know this isn’t the best way to do research, but even with more … Continue reading

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Deconstructing a Civil War Regiment Part III: Seeing the Forest and the Trees of History

It is important in interpreting your ancestor’s Civil War experience that you read a lot of history books. For some of you that will be great news, for others you are wondering just how many do I have to read??? … Continue reading

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Deconstructing a Civil War Regiment Part II: Photos from the Library of Congress

You have probably noticed that I often use photos from the Library of Congress to illustrate some aspect of my blog post. Their digital archives are vast and are usually available without copyright infringement problems. (Always check to see what … Continue reading

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An Undistinguished Civil War Regiment Deconstructed

When first looking at the history of Rev. McNair’s 31st New Jersey Regiment, one notices that they are only remarkable in that their nine months of military life passed without a major battle or an interesting story to tell. Even … Continue reading

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Chaplains in the Civil War

I have been researching the experience of Chaplains in the Civil War for my book on Rev. John McNair and have learned some interesting facts about what Chaplains experienced. There were 30 chaplains serving in the Army before the war … Continue reading

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Civil War Tax Lists on Ancestry.com

I have recently been working with the Civil War Federal Tax Lists on Ancestry.com and on the off-chance you haven’t used them, I thought a quick overview might be beneficial. I have been surprised by how many of my ancestors could … Continue reading

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Civil War Medical Staff and the Stories They Tell

I am working on a couple of projects that involve men and women who provided medical support in the Civil War.  To get a better understanding of what their involvement might have been like, I have been reading first hand accounts of surgeons, … Continue reading

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