RESEARCHING CIVIL WAR SOLDIER ANCESTORS



I. WEBSITES OF INTEREST

1. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/
2. NARA- Civil War Records: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/military/civil-war/
3. Illinois Civil War Muster & Descriptive Rolls Database: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/datcivil.html
4. Ancestry.com- Civil War Service Records & General Index to Pension Files: http://www.ancestry.com/
5. Missouri State Archives Soldiers Records: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/soldiers/
6. Guide to Civil War Resources at the Missouri State Archives: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/civilwar/
7. Missouri GenWeb Project: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mogenweb/mo.htm
8. Illinois GenWeb Project: http://ilgenweb.net/
9. Nationwide Gravesite Locator: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/
10. Sons of Union Veterans National Graves Registration Database: http://www.suvcwdb.org/home/
11. University of Missouri Digital Library [search "text collections" for "Index to Death Rolls" (quotes not needed) ]: http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/
12. Dyer's Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: http://www.civilwararchive.com/regim.htm
13. Confederate Regimental History Links: http://www.tarleton.edu/~kjones/confeds.html
14. Comell University-Making of America- War of the Rebellion book set: http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/browse.monographs/waro.html
15. Worldcatorg: http://www.worldcat.org/>
16. Western Historical Manuscripts Collection- Columbia: http://whmc.umsystem.edu/
17. Illinois in the Civil War Message Board: http://history-sites.net/cgi-bin/bbs53x/ilcwmb/webbbs_config.pl
18. Cyndi's List: War for Southern Independence: http://www.cyndislist.com/cw.htm
19. Dakota State University-American Civil War Index: http://homepages.dsu.edu/jankej/civilwar/civilwar.htm
20. American Civil War Homepage: http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/
21. Wikipedia-The American Civil War: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War
22. Wikipedia-lllinois in the American Civil War: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois_in_the_American_Civil_War
23. Wikipedia-Missouri State Guard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_State_Guard
24. Wikipedia-Missouri State Militia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_State_Militia_(Union)
25. Library of Congress-American Memory-Selected Civil War Photographs: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/
26. U.S. Army Heritage Collection Online: http://www.ahco.army.mil/site/index.jsp


II. ESSENTIAL REFERENCE BOOKS

27. Barnes, Joseph K., Joseph Janvier Woodward, and George A. Otis, The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War, Wilmington, N.C., Broadfoot Pub. Co, 1990. [ALPL; SIU-C; SLPL]
28. Hewett, Janet, The Roster of Confederate Soldiers. 1861-1865, Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Pub. Co, 1995. [ALPL; SIU-C; SLCL; SLPL]
29. Hewett, Janet, The Roster of Union Soldiers. 1861-1865, Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Pub. Co, 1997. [ALPL; SIU-C; SLPL]
30. Hewett, Janet, Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Pub. Co, 1994. [ALPL; SIU-C; SLPL]
31. United States, Robert N. Scott, H. M. Lazelle, George B. Davis, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, Fred C. Ainsworth, John S. Moodey, and Calvin D. Cowles, The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Washington, Govt. Print. Off, 1880. [ALPL; SIU-E; SLPL]


III. CIVIL WAR SOLDIER & REGIMENTS RESEARCH: SOME BASIC REFERENCE BOOKS FOR SMALL PUBLIC LIBRARIES / CIVIL WAR BUFFS


32. Coggins, Jack, Arms and Equipment of the Civil War, NY, Bames & Noble, [1962] 1999. ISBN-0-7807-1387-1.
33. Graf, John F., Warman's Civil War Collectibles Identification & Price Guide, Cincinnatti, KP Books, 2005. ISBN-0896893642.
34. Geer, Walter, Campaigns of the Civil War, Old Saybrook, CT, Konecky, 1926. ISBN-1-56852-268-1.
35. Groene, Bertram Hawthorne, Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor, NY, Ballantine Bks, 1989. ISBN-0-3453-6192-X.
36. Katcher, Philip, The Civil War Source Book, NY, Checkmark Bks, 1998. ISBN-0-8160-3833-3.
37. Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference, NY, Simon & Schuster, 2002. ISBN-0-6848-6350-2. (out-of-print)
38. Lord, Francis A., Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia: Arms. Equipment, and Uniforms of the Union and Confederacy, Dover, 2004. ISBN-0-4864-3660-8.
39. McDonald, John, Great Battles of the Civil War, NY, MacMillan, 1988. ISBN-0-0203-4554-2. (out-of-print)
40. McManus, Stephen, Donald Thompson, and Thomas Churchill, Civil War Research Guide: a Guide for Researching Your Civil War Ancestor, Stackpole, 2003. ISBN-0-8117-2643-6.
41. McPherson, James M., Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: the Civil War Era, NY, Oxford University Press, 1988. ISBN-0-1951-5901-2, (out-of-print).
42. Military Service Records: a Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications, Washington, DC, National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1985. ISBN-0-911333-07-X.
43. Nosworthy, Brent, The Bloody Crucible of Courage: Fighting Methods and Combat Experience of the Civil War, NY, Basic Books, 2003. ISBN-0-7867-1147-7.
44. Nosworthy, Brent, Roll Call to Destiny: the Soldier's Eve View of the Civil War, NY, Basic Books, 2008. ISBN-0-7867-1747-5.
45. Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, NY, Bames & Noble, 2003. ISBN-0-7067-5044-0.
46. Phisterer, Frederick, Statistical Record of the Armies of the United States, Edison, NJ,
Castle Books, 2002. ISBN-0-7858-1585-6.
47. Pritchard, Russ A., Civil War Weapons and Equipment, Lyons Press, 2003. ISBN-158574493X.
48. Wilbur, C. Keith, Civil War Medicine. 1861-1865, Guilford, CT, Globe Pequot Press, 1998. ISBN-0-7627-0341-5.
49. Wiley, Bell Irvin, The Life of Billy Yank: the Common Soldier of the Union, Baton Rouge, LSU Press, 1979. ISBN-0-8071-0476-0.
50. Wiley, Bell Irvin, The Life of Johnny Reb: the Common Soldier of the Confederacy, Baton Rouge, LSU Press, 1979. ISBN-0-8071-0475-2.
51. Wooster, Robert, The Civil War Bookshelf: 50 Must-Read Books About the War Between the States, NY, Kensington Publishing Group, 2001. ISBN-0-8065-2188-0.

Tom Pearson, Reference Librarian
Special Collections Department
St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive Street
St.Louis.MO 63103
314-539-0381
tpearson@slpl.org