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A Guide to Civil War and Genealogy Research
A Guide to Civil War and Genealogy Research

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Alabama Civil War and Genealogy Research
Alabama contributed 120,000 men to the war. 25% died from wounds and disease. Additionally 204 battles occurred in the state.
Arizona Civil War and Genealogy Research
Arizona raised 1 Confederate and 1 Union unit. 9 battles occurred there.

Arkansas Civil War and Genealogy Research
120,000 men from Arkansas fought in the Civil War. The largest battle west of the Mississippi was fought at Pea Ridge.
California Civil War and Genealogy Research
Both governments wanted the gold and California had it. 49 battles were fought in California.
Colorado Civil War and Genealogy Research
Colorado became a territory just weeks before the war broke out at Ft. Sumter. 7,500 men joined up for the Union cause.
Connecticut Civil War and Genealogy Research
Connecticut was the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the center of the Abolitionist Movement. 11% of the men died.
The Dakotas Civil War and Genealogy Research
A study of the Dakotas shows the results of a Federal totalitarian Government gone amuck - broken promises to the Indians and failure to protect the white settlers.
Delaware Civil War and Genealogy Research
Delaware is most remembered for its prison - Fort Delaware. Delaware's loss was about 5% of the 12,000 +/- who served in the war.
District of Columbia Civil War and Genealogy ResearchThe parks which encircle Washington DC encompass the breastworks built largely with slave labor during the war.
Florida Civil War and Genealogy ResearchFlorida was the forgotten state of the Confederacy, but its supply of beef, salt, and oranges to feed the army proved critical at the end of the war.
Georgia Civil War and Genealogy ResearchWe still contemplate with a bit of angst even afer 150 years, the devastation done by the Yankee Army to the people and property of Georgia.
Illinois Civil War and Genealogy ResearchIlliois contributed over 250,000 men to the Union army - more than half its male population. 35,000 were killed and 25,000 died of disease.
Indian Civil War and Genealogy ResearchAlmost all of the Indian Nation tribes sided with the Confederacy. Much research needs to be done on these units.
Indiana Civil War and Genealogy ResearchMany Kentucky troops joined Indiana regiments. Overall 210,000 men served in the Union Army.

Iowa Civil War and Genealogy Research76,242 Iowa men served, 13,001 died of wounds or disease, of 20,000 total, and 8,500 were wounded.
Kansas Civil War and Genealogy ResearchOne could argue that the War actually began in "bleeding" Kansas ten years before Fort Sumter became the flashpoint in 1861.
Kentucky Civil War and Genealogy ResearchLincoln declared, "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky!" Both Lincoln and Davis were born in Kentucky.
Louisiana Civil War and Genealogy ResearchAlthough New Orleans fell early in the war, more than 500 battles and skirmishes occurred in Louisiana.

Maine Civil War and Genealogy ResearchMaine was a hot-bed and fomenter of the abolitionist movement. "Uncle Tom's Cabin", a fiction book stirred the pot.
Maryland Civil War and Genealogy ResearchOf the 50,000 confederate prisoners men held at Point Lookout, nearly 4,000 died.
Massachusetts Civil War and Genealogy Research Boston was the major slave trading port and most of the wealthy families of Massachusetts traced their wealth to the slave trade.
Michigan Civil War and Genealogy ResearchMore than 90,000 Michigan men, nearly 23%, served, and 14,375 died - most from disease.

Minnesota Civil War and Genealogy ResearchTwo battles were fought in Minnesota involving the Sioux Indians angered over mistreatment by the Federal government.
Mississippi Civil War and Genealogy ResearchWhen Vicksburg fell to Union troops on July 4, 1863, the Confederacy lost its last chance to control the Mississippi River.
Missouri Civil War and Genealogy ResearchMissouri was critical to the Union cause and the destruction of the state was immense. The Missouri records are almost non-existent.
Nebraska Civil War and Genealogy ResearchNebraska was still a territory, but anti-secession passions ran strong. The settlers there were left to face Indian hostilities alone.
Nevada Civil War and Genealogy ResearchA half dozen battles occurred in Nevada.
New Hampshire Civil War and Genealogy ResearchThe state contributed much of the cloth used for Union uniforms and some of the munitions. The federal shipyard in Portsmouth contributed warships.
New Jersey Civil War and Genealogy ResearchNew Jersey was a state split by the Civil War. Economically, it was tied to markets in the South; it was the last northern state to abolish slavery.
New Mexico Civil War and Genealogy ResearchMany people do not know that the Civil War was fought as far west as New Mexico, but in fact there was a vigourous campaign conducted here.
New York Civil War and Genealogy ResearchNew York is remembered for the draft riots, and know as the slave trading capital, but 455,000 men served in the Union Army from New York.
North Carolina Civil War and Genealogy ResearchMore than 125,000 men from North Carolina served in the Confederacy. Over half of them were wounded at least once and more than 40,000 died.
Ohio Civil War and Genealogy ResearchOhio played a key role in providing troops, military officers, and supplies to the Union army. It raised nearly 320,000 soldiers for the Union army,
Oregon Civil War and Genealogy ResearchWhen war came to the east, the U.S. Government decided to pull their troops from the Oregon forts, leaving the citizens without military protection.
Pennsylvania Civil War and Genealogy ResearchPennsylvania's industrial enterprise and natural resources were essential factors in the economic strength of the northern cause. The railroad system, iron and steel industry, and agricultural wealth were vital to the war effort.
Rhode Island Civil War and Genealogy ResearchRhode Island merchants controlled between 60 and 90 percent of the American slave trade.
South Carolina Civil War and Genealogy ResearchSouth Carolina was not just about Fort Sumter. Over 400 battles occurred there.
Tennessee Civil War and Genealogy ResearchTennessee's geographic location, along with strategic river and rail routes, productive farmlands, and industrial sites, made the state a crucial prize fought for by both armies.
Texas Civil War and Genealogy ResearchUnion forces failed to successfully occupy Texas despite invasion attempts from all directions. Over 90,000 Texans served in the Confederate Army.
Utah Civil War and Genealogy ResearchThe Utah Territory was far from the main operational theaters of war, but still played a role, drawing manpower away and providing administrative headaches for the Lincoln Administration.
Vermont Civil War and Genealogy ResearchVermonters suffered a total of 1,832 men killed or mortally wounded and another 3,362 died of disease, in prison or from other causes, for a total loss of 5,194 or 18% of it's force.
Virginia Civil War and Genealogy ResearchThe issue of peace or war is in the hands of the North. We only ask to be let alone, and to be allowed to consult our interest and our safety in peace.
Washington Civil War and Genealogy ResearchWhen the war came, Washington was still very much a new territory, but had political inclinations to join the Union. One regiment of Union soldiers was raised in Washington, numbering 1521 men.
West Virginia Civil War and Genealogy ResearchThe importance of protecting the B & O Railroad caused the U.S. Government to seize the western part of Virginia and form West Virginia, but many, if not most West Virginians fought for the Confederacy.
Wisconsin Civil War and Genealogy ResearchThe Wide Awakes represented the South's greatest fear, an oppressive force bent on marching down to their lands, liberating the slaves and pushing aside their way of life.
CSA Civil War and Genealogy ResearchConfederate units were paid by the Central government whereas most of the units were paid by their respective state.
U.S. Colored Troops Civil War and Genealogy ResearchSome 200,000 black soldiers serving in the Union Army and Navy. The regiments were officered by white men.
The Navy in the Civil WarLittle research has been done on the men and ships who made up the navy.