Civil War Toolkit

Civil War Toolkit

Books, Web sites and more

On the bookshelf

Any good bookstore will have dozens of books on the Civil War. Among those that expert Albert Hallenberg recommends:

? The American Heritage New History of the Civil War by Bruce Carton (Viking Books)

? The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote (3 volumes, Random House)

? How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War by Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones (University of Illinois Press)

? Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson (Ballantine Books)

? An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War by Charles P. Roland (University Press of Kentucky)

? America’s Civil War (The American History Series) by Brooks C. Simpson (Harlan Davidson)

? The Civil War, An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward (companion to the PBS-TV series, Knopf)

? Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor by Bertram Groene (John F. Blair Publications)

? Civil War Genealogy by George K. Schweitzer (Genealogical Sources)

? Trials and Triumphs: Women of the American Civil War by Marilyn Mayer Culpepper (Michigan State University Press) To get a feel for your ancestors’ lives during the Civil War, try Everyday Life During the Civil War by Michael J. Varhola (Writer’s Digest Books), available in bookstores or directly from <>. For insight into Civil War reenactors, read Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz (Random House); you’ll find an interview with Horwitz at <www.familytreemagazine. com/articles/civwarbuffs.html>.

In the library

Reference resources recommended by Albert Hallenberg of the History and Genealogy Department of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

? Who Was Who in the Civil War by Stewart Sifakis

? Biographical Dictionary of the Union: Northern Leaders of the Civil War by John T. Hubbell and James W. Geary

? Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy by Jon L Wakelyn

? Civil War Dictionary by Mark Mayo Boatner

? Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War by Patricia L Faust

? Civil War Day by Day: An Almanac, 1861-1865 by E.B. Long with Barbara Long

? Civil War Almanac by John S. Bowman

? Chronological Tracking of the American Civil Warper the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion by Ronald A. Mosocco

? A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer

? Compendium of the Confederate Armies by Stewart Sifakis

? Union Army, 1861-1865: Organization and Operations by Frank J. Welcher

? War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (128 volumes, plus 95-volume supplement and five-volume index)

? Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (30 volumes)

? Roll of Honor: Names of Soldiers Who Died in Defense of the American Union, Interred in the National Cemeteries from the US Quartermaster’s Department

? Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 by Janet B. Hewett

? Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 by Janet B. Hewett

? The Sable Arm: Negro Troops in the Union Army by Dudley Taylor Cornish

? Woman’s Work in the Civil War: A Record of Heroism, Patriotism and Patience by L.P. Brockett and Mary C. Vaughan

? The West Point Atlas of the Civil War from the US Military Academy

? The Atlas of the Civil War edited by James M. McPherson

? Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies from the US War Department

? Photographic History of the Civil War by Francis Trevelyan Miller

? The Civil War Times illustrated Photographic History of the Civil War edited by William C. Davis

Find it on the web

The Civil War is among the most popular subjects for Web sites; Cyndi’s List of genealogy-related sites links to more than 8oo about the Civil War <www.cyndislist. com/cw.htm>. Here are some of the other most useful starting points and indexes to the Civil War online:

? American Civil War Homepage


? US Civil War Center


?Washington College Civil War Index


?Civil War Archive


?Civil War Resources on the Internet


?Civil War Virtual Archive Web Ring


?USIGS Military Collection


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? 19th Century African-American History

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? The Confederate Network


? Civil War Rosters by State


?Civil War Diaries and Letters


?Civil War and other military mailing lists

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?National Civil War Association


?Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


?Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Civil War


?United Daughters of the Confederacy


From the October 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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