From the attack of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861 to the end of the four year Civil War, over 620,000 soldiers, died in combat. Some bodies remained on the battlefields, others made it home to the family to mourn the remains; and some heroic efforts became well known and still warrant a chapter in our history books.
|Incidents of the War, Library of Congress|
AARP online magazine has recently added a Genealogy channel. To unearth your Civil War ancestor's story, you may wish to begin with the following article: Researching Your Civil War Ancestry penned by Kathleen Brandt. If you are new to digging for Civil War ancestors, be sure to peruse the five (5) online resource links outlined to begin your search by determining your veteran's service history.