Civil War Regimental Histories

There are an amazing number of regimental histories and other publications about the Civil War. Both sides wanted to document their stories so we have access to an amazing historical collection – many of them in the public domain. Since most of these publications were written soon after the war by the people who served, we have an opportunity to see this moment in history up close and personal. And, many of these publication are now in the public domain so we can download a copy at no cost.

Here are a number of sources for finding these historical publications.

  • Internet Archive. This is an amazing archive covering a broad range of documents, audio, video and images – most of them public domain. Their search feature is quite impressive. (See The Internet Archive for more information.)
  • WorldCat. Looking for a card catalog for libraries around the world? WorldCat will show you which libraries have the book you want.
  • Genealogy Gophers. This amazing search engine lets you search for a person, place or event and the results not only find the publication, but also points you to the page and paragraph where it is discussed.
  • Project Gutenberg currently has a library of 56,000+ public domain books available for download as ebooks. You will find a number of civil war publications here.
  • The Digital Public Library of America is a directory pointing to collections found in America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions. Your searches will lead you to those institutions so you can download a digital copy at no charge.

 

Civil War Documents

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5 Sources for Civil War Unit Histories – Amy Johnson Crow

Broadening your researching into your Civil War ancestor beyond the pension records and service records can reveal new insight into the time he served. Unit histories can help you pinpoint where he was, what battles he fought in, what those battles were like, and other information that helps build context. Here are 5 sources for Civil War unit histories.

Details at 5 Sources for Civil War Unit Histories by Amy Johnson Crow.

Signal Corps in the Civil War

Both the Union and the Confederacy developed an army Signal Corps during the Civil War. The job of the Signal Corps in both the North and South was to quickly and accurately relay information and orders between the commanders of different units within the two forces (which was especially crucial during battles). The main way they did this was through the use of a flag system called wig-wag (not to be confused with semaphore), which was invented by Albert J. Meyer, an army surgeon, shortly before the war.

You’ll find records from both the Union and Confederate Signal Corps at Fold3. Check out the Fold3 HQ blog for details.