Answer your Civil War Questions

Have you ever wanted to deepen your knowledge of the Civil War? The tips and tools in our research guide can help you broaden your understanding of your favorite topics, deepen your connection to your heritage, and bring the past alive. Check out our resources and tips to get started on finding out more... yourself!

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Find More Resources Online

Tip: Our Collection of Primary Sources has many of the documents you may seek! Remember that photos, maps, official reports, battlefield accounts, burial records, census records, roster of the dead, family trees, etc. are all keys to solving your mysteries.

Some of our favorite places to research are:

Libary of Congress

National Archives (with locations to research in person)

National Park Service’s free Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

Census records on (Free trials are available and major libraries have subscriptions)

American Civil War Research Database at

... and our comprehensive list of Civil War related websites »

More helpful references from the Civil War Trust:

Civil War Glossary

Civil War Facts

Civil War History Center

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