National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
When you type in a name you can, conceivably get the soldier's company and regiment, the unit history and the roster, which is in alphabetical order.

Type in the name and area, it will take you to the Search Result page.

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Levi McCormick's Civil War Pension Index card.

If you can't find your ancestor at the CWSS or and if you don't know if your ancestor was even in the Civil War or you don't know his regiment, (which is necessary to know when you apply for his pension papers) you might also want to visit a library or historical society in your area and see if they have the following books:

The books are available for sale at the following site, as is a CD Rom version.

Civil War Reference Books from Broadfoot Publishing

The Roster of Union Soldiers; 1861 - 1865;
Edited by Janet B. Hewett;
Published by Broadfoot Publishing Company,
Wilmington, North Carolina.
This set is now complete.
There are 33 Volumes...... 3,000,000+ names
1. Maine & New Hampshire
2. Vermont & Massachusetts (Aaron, Otis F. - Grutter, Christian)
3. Massachusetts (Guared, Thomas - Zydoe, Albert)
4. Missouri (A-P)
5. Missouri (P-Z); Kansas; Arkansas; Louisiana; North Carolina; Texas; Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Mississippi
6. Michigan
7. New Jersey & Delaware [HSD has this book]
8. New York (Aab, George - Culyler, James)
9. New York (Cumber, John - Hemtson, Robinson A.)
10. New York (Hen, Baker - McKuman, James)
11. New York (McLachlon, Archibald - Scoville, Winslow L.)
12. New York (Scrace, Samuel - Zyraggen, Joseph)
13. Ohio (A-F)
14. Ohio (F-M)
15. Ohio (M-S)
16. Ohio (S-Z)
17. Pennsylvania (Aaler, Martin - Fory, John)
18. Pennsylvania (Fosbemier, Levi - Mazy, Joseph)
19. Pennsylvania (McAalccher, Levi - Smythes, Samuel A.)
20. Rhode Island - Connecticut
21. US Colored Troops (Aanderson, Henry - Jente, Peter)
22. U.S. Colored Troups (Joost, John J.H. - Zumwalt, Levi)
Other states completed are: Maryland; District of Columbia; West Virginia; Virginia; Illinois; Indiana; Minnesota; Iowa; Kentucky; Tennessee; Wisconsin; Arizona; California; Colorado; Dakota: Nebraska; Nevada: New Mexico: Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Regular Army (enlisted and officers). I just don't have the volume numbers for them.

The Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865
Edited by Janet B. Hewett
Published by Broadfoot Publishing Co.
Wilmington NC 1995
There are 16 Volumes of these rosters all assembled in Surname Alphabetical order listing their Regiment & Company

National Archives and Records Administration
Civil War Records

Access Genealogy - U.S. Military resources for the Civil War.
There is a very good Guide explaining the process for requesting pension records


The following four sites are probably the most used sites when it comes to Civil War Research.

Civil War Index Page

NOTE: Two good books you might like to read:

"Eye of the Storm"
From diaries, scrapbooks and sketchbooks of Robert Knox Sneden

"A Diary from Dixie"
by Mary Chestnut

Cyndi's list, probably known as the bible of internet surfing.

The U.S. Civil War Center

The American Civil War Homepage
This is probably one of the most complete of all the Civil War sites on the internet


Civil War Rosters - All states
Not ALL rosters are available

Dyer's Compendium of the War of the Rebellion
Union Regimental Histories

Union Regimental Histories
Here you see separate link for General Information, Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry.

Confederate Regimental Histories

Access Genealogy - U. S. Military resources for the Civil War


Once you know your ancestors Regiment number, you might want to check and see if there are any pictures of any of the men in his unit.

Selected Civil War Photographs Home Page
From the Library of Congress

MHI Photograph Database
You type in a name or regiment, etc. and it will search the photos and list what is available.
You can then order them from MHI:
US Army Military History Institute
22 Ashburn Drive, Carlisle Barracks
Carlisle, PA 17013-5008
Tel: 717-245-3611
US Army Military History Institute

Email: (Special Collections) (Archives Collection) (Historical Reference)

Behind the Stonewall
360 degree Panoramic Images from Civil War Battlegrounds
(Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Manassas, Antietam and Harper's Ferry with more coming)
This website is like taking an armchair tour of the battlefields.


The Civil War
This has links to a Timeline, Battles, Places, music, documents, etc.

American Civil War History Guide… The History Beat
This page is just loaded with links to all kinds of information

The History Place - U. S. Civil War 1861 - 1865
A brief day by day (not everyday) synopsis of the events during the above years.

NOTE: A couple of good books for the history of the war:

"The Civil War: A Narrative"
A three (3) volume set by Shelby Foote
Fort Sumter to Perryville
Fredericksburg to Meridan
Red River to Appomattox

"The American Heritage New History of the Civil War"
Narrative by Bruce Catton
Edited by James M. McPherson

(6) MAPS

Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection - American Civil War

Valley of the Shadow Project: Civil War Battle Maps Collection

Civil War Maps Collection
Searches may be made by keyword or graphic location.

Map of State Battle Locations American Civil War


Civil War Battle Summaries by State

Civil War Battle Summaries by Campaign

The 10 Costliest Battles of the War
(Based on total casualties - Killed, wounded, missing and captured)


U.S. Civil War Center Cemetery Listings
Each of the cemeteries listed has a searchable database

Cemetery Records Onlline - Cemeteries & Genealogy
This site lists each state and the National Cemeteries and War Veterans Burials


Civil War Prisons

NOTE: One of the most comprehensive Civil War Prison books that I'm aware of:

"Portals to Hell"
by Lonnie Speer


These are free. By subscribing to a list, you receive emails from others who share a common interest. These are good places to get answers to your questions whether it be a question about researching a person, a battle or even the meaning of a word in some of the records.

Wars/Military Mailing lists
This site is maintained by John Fuller and Christine Gaunt and lists basically the same Military Mail lists as the site below plus one from 'listserv.Indiana' but this site gives a short description of each list with links to subscribe or unsubscribe right there on the main page.

Rootsweb's Military Genealogy Mailing Lists


Fort Delaware Society

Fort Delaware State Park Lists Programs and Events and tells about Ft. Delaware and the Civil War

Visit Fort Delaware - take the tour

NOTE: A Good book about Ft. Delaware

"Unlikely Allies"
by Bruce Mowday and Dale Fetzer.

Delaware in the Civil War

Friends of the African Union Church Cemetery
Delaware United States Colored Troops Enlisted, Drafted and/or Buried in Delaware


Confederate Pension Records research information

Jews in the Civil War

Civil War Rosters - Irish

United States Colored Troops in the Civil War

Civil War Links

The Civil War Home Page - Main Page

The Golden Gate Genealogy Forum Military Resources
At this site you will find some stories written about the Civil War, an archives of the American Civil War History newsletter, The Weekly Fireside plus some other things that are AOL exclusive.

Organizations, Civil War Roundtables and Descendants Organizations

Medal of Honor Citations
This site lists ALL the Medal of Honor winners from all the wars not just the Civil War. 

NOTE: A good "quick reference" book.

"The Civil War Dictionary"
by Mark M. Boatner


Google - a terrific search engine, just type in what you want and multiple links will appear

Jayne McCormick
November 1, 2001