Currently, 3.5 million soldiers from 30 states are named in this searchable database. CWSS also includes histories of more than 4,000 Union and Confederate units, which are linked to the soldiers and the battles. Although all 5.4 million soldier names have been entered into the system, some are still being checked for accuracy. You can search for your soldier by surname, side (Union/ Confederate) or state.
US Army Military History Institute Photo Database
Wouldn’t you love to find a photo of your Civil War ancestor? The Military History Institute’s keyword-searchable database helps genealogists do just that. Once you’ve found a likely photo, e-mail the MHI and they will mail you a photocopy of the picture, along with instructions to order a print. If you don’t find an ancestor, search for photos of a regiment, place or a battle he may have been in.