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Whether your ancestry goes back to the Civil War, or you have an interest in this great conflict that tore America apart, these pins link to U.S. government Civil War records & historical newspaper articles—including first-hand reports of battles, leaders, soldiers’ lives and stories of how it was during the war. See photos of the people of the Civil War, explore Civil War battle maps, find books about the war and discover how to trace your roots back to this tumultuous time in American history.
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Photo: Cherokee Chief Stand Watie. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Confederate Cherokees Starving as Civil War Ends.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/confederate-cherokees-starving-as-civil-war-ends.html

Confederate Cherokees Starving as Civil War Ends

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Illustration: Union soldier drawing in front of his tent, by C. W. Reed and Louis K. Harlow. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Union Soldier Describes Daily Life in Civil War Camp.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/union-soldier-describes-daily-life-in-civil-war-camp.html

Union Soldier Describes Daily Life in Civil War Camp

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Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters: 956 Confederate and Union Naval and Military Personnel, Contractors, Politicians, Officials, Steamboat Pilots and Others. By Myron J. Smith, Jr. McFarland (Jefferson, North Carolina), 2015. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Book Review: ‘Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters.’” https://blog.genealogybank.com/book-review-civil-war-biographies-from-the-western-waters.html

Book Review: ‘Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters’

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North Carolina Civil War Obituaries, Regiments 1 – 46. Compiler, Editor: E.B. Munson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “North Carolina Civil War Obituaries.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/north-carolina-civil-war-obituaries.html

North Carolina Civil War Obituaries

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Photo: Confederate flag flying over Fort Sumter, 15 April 1861. Credit: Alma A. Pelot; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Fort Sumter Surrenders, Ending the Civil War’s First Battle.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/fort-sumter-surrenders-ending-the-civil-wars-first-battle.html

Fort Sumter Surrenders, Ending the Civil War’s First Battle

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Painting: “Bombardment of Fort Sumter” by Currier & Ives. Credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Fort Sumter Attack Begins the Civil War.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/fort-sumter-attack-begins-the-civil-war.html

Fort Sumter Attack Begins the Civil War

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Photo: Confederate Pvt. Edwin Francis Jemison, 2nd Louisiana Infantry Regiment. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “A Confederate Soldier Writes Home.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/a-confederate-soldier-writes-home.html

A Confederate Soldier Writes Home

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Photo of a group of Union soldiers of Company G, 71st New York Volunteers, 1861. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Genealogy: Old Letters in Newspapers & Research Resources.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/civil-war-genealogy-old-letters-in-newspapers-research-resources.html

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Obituary for Civil War nurse Mary Maxwell, published in the Plain Dealer newspaper (Cleveland, Ohio), 13 January 1924. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Nurse Mary Maxwell Featured in OGSQ.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/civil-war-nurse-mary-maxwell-featured-in-ogsq.html

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Illustration of the 1863 Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, by Kurz & Allison, c. 1890. Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Newspaper Research: Personal Notices & Letters.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/civil-war-newspaper-research-personal-notices-letters.html

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Civil War Genealogy Records. Search Over 1 Billion Ancestry Records from 1690 ~ Today at GenealogyBank. Start Your 30 Day Trial Now: http://genealogybank.com/static/lp/2014/nov/civil-war.html?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=PC_1WARD_1civ_0508_26&matchtype=%7Bmatchtype%7D&keyword=%7Bkeyword%7D&s_referrer=pinterest&s_siteloc=cpc&s_trackval=PC_1WARD_1civ_0508_26&kbid=69919&pq=1&prebuy=no&intver=&CCPRODCODE=

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Hundreds of 1700s & 1800s Historical Newspapers Just Added to GenealogyBank! See the list: http://blog.genealogybank.com/list-of-450-historical-newspapers-just-added-to-genealogybank.html?utm_source=social&utm_medium=pinterest&utm_campaign=SM_1505_18&s_referrer=social&s_siteloc=pinterest&s_trackval=SM_1505_18&kbid=69919

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Photo of Fort Stedman, taken 31 December 1865, by Timothy H. O’Sullivan (ca. 1840-1882). Source: The Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “The ‘Confederate Column’ – a Times-Picayune Newspaper Feature.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/the-confederate-column-a-times-picayune-newspaper-feature.html

The ‘Confederate Column’ – a Times-Picayune Newspaper Feature

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Photo of Confederate Major General John B. Gordon. Source: Wikipedia. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “The ‘Confederate Column’ – a Times-Picayune Newspaper Feature.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/the-confederate-column-a-times-picayune-newspaper-feature.html

The ‘Confederate Column’ – a Times-Picayune Newspaper Feature

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Obituary for Alden Howell, last surviving Confederate officer who died in 1947 at the age of 106, published in the Greensboro Record newspaper (Greensboro, North Carolina), 21 March 1947. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Captain Alden Howell: Last Confederate Officer.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/captain-alden-howell-last-confederate-officer.html

Captain Alden Howell: Last Confederate Officer

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Photo of the Lincoln Address Memorial, designed by Louis Henrick, with bust of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, erected at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1912. Credit: CJC47; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/gettysburg-address-abraham-lincolns-monumental-speech.html

Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech

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Photo of President Abraham Lincoln, 8 November 1863, 11 days before delivering the Gettysburg Address. Credit: Alexander Gardner; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/gettysburg-address-abraham-lincolns-monumental-speech.html

Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech

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A photo of a $50 Missouri defense bond issued during the Civil War. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “William Richmond Family Bible: Horace Richmond (1852-1940).” http://blog.genealogybank.com/william-richmond-family-bible-horace-richmond-1852-1940.html

William Richmond Family Bible: Horace Richmond (1852-1940)

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Painting of the Civil War Battle of Five Forks, Virginia, showing a charge led by Union General Philip Sheridan. Credit: Kurz & Allison; Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Researching Old Military Records & War Stories in Newspapers.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-old-military-records-war-stories-in-newspapers.html

Researching Old Military Records & War Stories in Newspapers

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A newspaper article about the McLean House in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the place where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, published in the Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 22 February 1903. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/149th-anniversary-civil-war-ends-with-lees-surrender-to-grant.html

149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant

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A newspaper article about the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, published in the Boston Herald (Boston, Massachusetts), 10 April 1865. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/149th-anniversary-civil-war-ends-with-lees-surrender-to-grant.html

149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant

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A newspaper article about Perry G. Brock, a man alive in 1949 who met President Lincoln, published in the Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 24 November 1949. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “I Met Abraham Lincoln: True Stories in Historical Newspapers.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/i-met-abraham-lincoln-true-stories-in-historical-newspapers.html

I Met Abraham Lincoln: True Stories in Historical Newspapers

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A newspaper article about Samuel Seymour, a man alive in the 1950s who witnessed President Lincoln’s assassination, published in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 7 February 1954. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “I Met Abraham Lincoln: True Stories in Historical Newspapers.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/i-met-abraham-lincoln-true-stories-in-historical-newspapers.html

I Met Abraham Lincoln: True Stories in Historical Newspapers

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A photo of President Abraham Lincoln, 8 November 1863, by Alexander Gardner. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “I Met Abraham Lincoln: True Stories in Historical Newspapers.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/i-met-abraham-lincoln-true-stories-in-historical-newspapers.html

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A Civil War photo of two soldiers in Union uniforms. Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Genealogy: How to Find Union Soldier Uniform Clues.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/civil-war-genealogy-how-to-find-union-soldier-uniform-clues.html

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