Enter the Life in Civil War America Sweepstakes

Enter the Life in Civil War America Sweepstakes

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, each week we're giving away Family Tree Magazine's Life in Civil War America book! Simply like Family Tree Magazine on Facebook and share on our page a Civil War ancestor story or a tidbit from our Life...

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, each week we’re giving away Family Tree Magazine‘s Life in Civil War America book! Simply like Family Tree Magazine on Facebook and share on our page a Civil War ancestor story or a tidbit from our Life in Civil War America webinar or Life in Civil War America book. You can also enter by posting a comment on any Genealogy Insider post about Life in Civil War America.

Each Friday in April, a winner will be chosen from that week’s comments and wall posts, and they will be notified by an announcement on Family Tree Magazine‘s Facebook page. The four winners will each win the Life in Civil War America book. Check our Facebook page and Genealogy Insider blog frequently for upcoming posts where we’ll comment on and/or answer the questions we receive about Life in Civil War America.

The sweepstakes starts April 6, and runs through April 29.

Need more details? Read the official rules here.

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  1. I really enjoyed the webinar today on life during the civil war. I would love to know how it effected my ancestors in northern Pa. when their men went to war. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. I have always had an interest in the Civil War. I went to the Andersonville site and read some of the journals/diaries left by some unfortunate enough to be imprisoned there. I am happy to see that Ancestry.com is releasing Civil War records to enable us to do genealogy work for ancestors serving in that war. Thanks for letting us know that. I would love to win this book to further my own knowledge of the war and the people in it. I sent for records of one man we thought was my husband’s ancestor but turned out he was not.

  3. I would love to win the book of the Civil War. I had a great grandfather who serve under General Sherman at the &quot;March from Altanta to the Sea&quot;. Would love to learn more.

    Phyllis Johnson

  4. My gg-grandfather had the distinction of serving in the 3rd Regiment Infantry Mississippi for the entire duration of the war. He was captured in Vicksburg, released and went on to become the asst. surgeon in his division. I have been able to find many of his records on footnote and have copies of his wife’s pension application with the State of Mississippi. My interest in the Civil War is even greater now as I find more information about him and other ancestral links to this &quot;War of Northern Aggression&quot;.

  5. Two things stood out for me in the Civil War webinar. 1) The obvious (once you think about it) admonition not to assume which side your ancestor might have fought for. 2) If Southern and a plantation owner your ancestor would have been excused from service; if Northern and wealthy they may have paid an alternate to serve in their place! Thanks for the webinar — it sounds like a very informative book!

  6. I found the webinar interesting, particularly that people in every state fought on both sides of the war, and that Cherokee Indians fought for the Confederacy because they had been betrayed in every treaty from Washington. It was something that I hadn’t thought of before, but it makes sense they would feel that way.

  7. I had a great uncle fight in the Civil War out of Wisconsin. They mainly served here in eastern Missouri. I have some of his letters written home (in Welsh) regarding their skirmishes and marches. I would love to learn more about their service by reading the book.

    Ellen Fox

  8. Several year ago, I was researching my uncle’s family and found out that his 2nd great-grandfather, Alexander Buchanan was killed in the Civil War at the battle of Kennesaw Mt, Georgia. He was a sgt in the 86th Illinois Infantry, Co K. Working with other family researchers, I was able to get copies of several letters that
    Alexander wrote home. Using Ancestry.com’s census information, I was able to locate many of the people mentioned in his letters. then I found a term paper written in 1945, that contained a transcript of over twenty letters that he wrote. It was amazing to read his letters. It took me back to the time it happened.

  9. I recently discovered an ancestor, Daniel Gleason, that I had been searching for a long time and found that he died because of wounds obtained during a Civil War battle and is buried in the National Cemetery in Nashville, TN. But I have also discovered that his younger brother Eli apparently lied about his age and enlisted. Eli went to war and was never seen by his family again. As far as I can gather, this is very new information, but Eli appears to have been around 14 or 15 and the enlistment papers stated he was 20. All of this information hasn’t been proven as fact yet, it is all in the theory stage right now.

  10. I found a relative who served from West Virginia. So far he is the only one I have found. I think there has to be others, nearly every family seemed to have someone and these folks were not rich enough to be plantation owners or buy a substitute.

  11. I recently found more information about my great-great grandfather, Dr. Oralndo Brown, of Conn., using the websites such as: findagrave.com; civilwarautographs.com; as well as using sites using Ancestry Library edition, and Heritage Quest ,the people search, on our library website. Anyways, Orlando M Brown was a Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. A physician, who offered his service to the Union Army and was appointed as Assistant Surgeon of the 18th Mass Volunteer Infantry. Then he was transferred to the 29th Mass. Vol. Inf.and served as it’s Chief Surgeon. When the US Congress authorized the raising of African-American infantry regiments, he left his role as doc and was commissioned Colonel and commander of the 24th US Colored Troops. Before his muster out of the Army he served as Assistant Commissioner of the Freedman’s Bureau in Vir.

  12. I just found out that a GGGrandfather Solomon Parsons was in the Battle of Lone Jack in Missouri. I can’t wait to research this. I am so excited. This is my first name to research in the Civil War. Yeah!