Have any of you traced your family back to the Civil War?
My paternal grandfather did a lot of genealogical research and I was lucky enough to spend some time with him before he passed away 21 years ago. Regarding the Civil War, we had one ancestor that he told me about who died fighting for the North. His family was from Ohio. I intend to look more closely at the information I have and find out more. He traced our lineage back to the 17th Century and was intending to dedicate a lot more time to it. Unfortunately, he passed away less than a year after he retired, so it never happened. I guess the onus is on me now. I could just go on the ancestor.com thing and fill in as much info as I have (which is a lot). I just resent paying for it!
I have been researching my family history for many years and have family who served in the Civil War on both sides. Interestingly enough my great great grandfather lived in Tennessee and volunteered for the Union. I have family who served who lived in Mississippi on the southern side. My family have been in America since around 1710 on both my maternal and paternal lines. We have not been able to confirm when my father's line arrived in America but they were here just after the American Revolution. Researching the family history has been a joy of my life.
The first ancestor I found a record of who served in the Civil War was when I visited the battlefield at Gettysburg. I was reading the names on the Pennsylvania memorial and found his name engraved on one of the plaques. Later, while I was shopping, I found the address of a woman in Virginia who would search for records at the National Archives for a reasonable fee. I submitted the guys name and unit info and received copies of his service record. Since that time, I have also received copies of records for two more of my ancestors. There are many more I've been told were enlisted, but have to yet verify it by documentation.
by pgrundy 8 years ago
We watched Ken Burn's series on The Civil War this past weekend (all umpteen episodes---my partner is sick and it is winter in Michigan, so you know, we had time), and I was struck by the similarities between Lincoln's era and our era, and the similarities between Lincoln and Obama.Not all the...
by Wayne Brown 7 years ago
What aspect of the Civil War in the USA intrigues you as a reader?
by GH Price 5 years ago
Favorite US Civil War books?I've been pretty much inundated with Civil War facts since I was a kid as I grew up in Southern Virginia - the landscape is pretty much dotted with historical marker after historical marker. "Robert E Lee took a pee here in 1863," type things. As an aging...
by flacoinohio 5 years ago
Are you concerned about the possibility of Americans fighting a second Civil War?There are rumors that the United States Government is preparing for a civil war, the largest piece of proof that suggests this is that the government is stock piling vast amounts of small arms ammunition. Would...
by Mindy 7 years ago
Do you think we will suffer from a civil war in America because or the two parties differences?This is my biggest fear.. that we will implode. Our children deserve a future. Hate breeds war.
by sneakorocksolid 8 years ago
With the divide growing between left and right will it take violence to settle these issues? It was similar disagreements that caused the first and what was accomplished? Death and destruction and we all know thats better than compromising.
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