· Fold3.com is an on-line data base that contains most of the civil war military
records that have been digitized.
· The National Archives "NARA" has digitized pension records for Union
soldiers but also maps, photographs and letters.
· Confederate pension records are mostly at the State level.
· Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor, by Bertram Hawthorne Groene, John P.
Blair publisher. Available on Amazon.
· The "OR" or Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and
"ORN" for the Navies, in the War of the Rebellion. These are part of the
U.S. Serial set containing 128 volumes for the army alone! They are
available at some libraries.
· Library of Congress also has "Confederate States of America
Records" collection. Go to website.
· "Civil War Books": A Critical Bibliography, by Allan Nevins, James I
Robertson, Jr. and Bell I Wiley.
· Military Bibliography of the Civil War, by Charles E. Bornburch (published
by the New York Library.
· Official Army Register of the Volunteer of the US Army for the years 1861,
1862, 1863, 18164, 1865, a work put together by the US Adjutant General's
Office. [Different from OR?]
· In Virginia, consult information on Confederate volunteers held by the
United Daughters of the Confederacy in Richmond. It is a gold mine of
information about confederate soldiers.
· Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg and the West Virginia
Department of Culture and History hold information on Union volunteers,
Charleston West VA. Information on Union volunteers is held by the West
VA Dept of Culture and History, Charleston.
· Source books for regimental histories and rosters: Virginial Regimental
Histories Series, edited by H. E. Howard (135 volumes); and a Guide to
Virginia Military Organizations by Lee A. Wallace.
· Information on colored regiments is less documented but there are
biographies and pictures mixed in with the white information. See: Library
of Congress (and African American Museum?
Note: MVGS is starting an African American special interest group led by Carol