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Civil War Records Blog

  • Belle Isle Prison Camp

    Union soldiers who were captured during battle were sent to various prison camps across the Confederate states. One of these prison camps, Belle Is...
  • Missing: One Medal of Honor

    Yet another interesting find at the National Archives! Allan Dougall was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Bentonville i...
  • Civil War Letters

    Another exciting find at the National Archives! I rarely have time to look at my own family’s records there, but I slipped in a couple of requests ...
  • He Got Bounty Land WHERE???

    He got bounty land WHERE??One thing that throws a lot of people off is when they see their War of 1812 ancestor getting bounty land in a part of th...
  • Dear Mr. President

    Sometimes the denied pensions contain the best information
  • Union Troops in Southern States

    Did you know that almost every state in the south had organized regiments in the Union Army in the Civil War?   While many southern residents fa...
  • Genealogical value of the US Colored Troops Pensions

    Genealogical research into the lives of African Americans before the Civil War can present a unique set of challenges. Many of those who were held...
  • Isn't it all online? Part 5-- War of 1812 pension files

    Isn’t it all online? Part 5-- War of 1812 pensions  A common misconception out there is that most of the military records from the National Archive...
  • Isn’t it all online? Part 4-- Carded Medical Records

    A common misconception out there is that most of the military records from the National Archives are online already. This is far from being accura...
  • Isn't it all online? Part 3-- War of 1812 Bounty Land Applications

    Isn’t it all online? Part 3– War of 1812 Bounty Land applications   The government allowed many veterans of wars before 1855 to be granted bount...
  • Isn't it all online? Part 2-- Civil War compiled military service records

    Isn’t it all online? Part 2– Civil War Compiled Military Service Records   A common misconception out there is that most of the Civil War record...
  • Isn’t it all online? Part 1-- Union Army Civil War pensions

    Isn’t it all online? Part 1-- Union Army Civil War pensions    A common misconception out there is that most of the Civil War records are onlin...