Are you interested in the US Civil War?

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The US Civil War: War Between the States project is dedicated to those individuals who participated in this conflict in whatever capacity, whether a soldier, spy, or even those who supplied either side during the conflict. It is not necessary that you have an ancestor who fits this description. If you have an interest in this part of American history, you are more than welcome to participate. 

Just post a reply below and I will gladly add you to the project. Go to the project page (link below) and see what else you can do to become a member of our project!


asked Apr 8, 2017 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Paula J G2G6 Pilot (167,540 points)
edited Apr 8, 2017 by Terry Wright
I did not know that! Welcome!!
Thanks Paula! YES I am passionately interested in the War between the States!

And should you (or any Wikitreers) want to pursue "Whitman and the Civil War," the University of Iowa offers a great, free online course in the subject...should be coming around again in the near future...I highly recommend it!

Free, interactive dedicated students, online, absolutely wonderful professors give the lectures...did I mention that its free?
Thanks! That is wonderful to know. I will watch for it! I am quite interested!!
I’d like to earn the Civil War project badge so I can add categories to some of my profiles. Thank you!


you do not have to be a project member to add categories, stickers, bio, sources, etc to a profile
I am currently working on adding cemetery names in Lycoming County Pennsylvania and have a lot of military across the board so I wanted to join to ensure that I am adding the proper templates/ categories. I also saw that there are tons of new template names that need to be switched, I'd be happy to help fix with some guidance on the regiment parts (category specific). Once I have my ancestry account back up and running I will be able to get some research on unknown regiment placements as well.
varies slightly for each sticker.. instructions are on the sticker page.

for {{US Civil War}}

|regiment name=  is free text and shows up on the sticker display, list the units assigned to, can be more specific than a category is made for (company, battalion) or higher/parent (brigade, division, army), or multiple (1st Infantry; 147 Infantry)

|unit= is for the first unit served in, used to create/assign to a category, with ", United States Civil War" being added by the sticker.

Existing unit categories are listed in the various state categories, so for Illinois units, look in [[Category: Illinois, United States Civil War]]

Starting place for all wars to find existing unit categories start in [[Category: <country>, <war>]], if that does not show up, start in [[Country: <war>]], if sub structure does not exist a profile can be added there until that war is worked on
Christine, that's great! I've been building free space pages for African American Civil War soldiers by county; I've got Chester and Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, but not Lycoming yet. If I get one started for Lycoming, I'll reach out / invite you! :) Please feel free to do the same; I'm working on soldiers from the 54th Massachusetts regiment, many of whom enlisted from Pennsylvania.
Thanks for the tip. I spent the night looking and playing around to make sure I got it right on one of my pages.
Please add me to the U. S. Civil War Project. I have ancestors who served the Confederacy during this conflict.

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Welcome to all our new members!! Please request to be added to the Google Group as well as the Google Group for Military and War since this is a sub of that project. 

I am updating project pages. One problem we had with the Civil War Page is that it was too long (which results in a warning when you save). I have moved the Member Participation section to a separate space page. Please be sure to add your name and what you are working on or are interested in on this new space page:


answered Dec 9, 2017 by Paula J G2G6 Pilot (167,540 points)
Please add me to the groups. I can help out as time permits.
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Yes sign me up.  I had 4 soldiers, 2 from each side, one an Andersonville Survivor.  I have put a lot of time into Civil War Research.
answered Apr 8, 2017 by John Hogg G2G Crew (840 points)
Done! Welcome!
I, too, have an Andersonville survivor. No Confederates have fallen from the tree yet.
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Anything I can do to help just let me know, This was a turning point for our Nation and like many I had ancestors who fought on both sides.


answered Apr 8, 2017 by Cheryl Caudill G2G6 Mach 1 (12,950 points)
Thanks, Cheryl! You are always a tremendous help! I awarded you the badge!
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I am interested.  I just finished doing a freespace profile on 6 Hemrick brothers who all fought in the war.  []
answered Jun 12, 2017 by Lynn Hemrick G2G6 Mach 1 (13,190 points)
Great! I added the badge to your page!
I searched my data base and could not find any Hemrick in either Navy.
The six Hemrick brothers were infantry in the Civil War.  No Navy.
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Yes, please sign me up. My Gr Gr grandfather survived Gettysburg. Captain of Vt's 16th regiment Co B. Arms-72
answered Jun 12, 2017 by Robert Arms G2G2 (2,700 points)
You're already signed up and have the badge. See the project page for more details! Thanks!!
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Yes, please sign me up. I have no direct ancestors who fought on either said but one may have been a local provost marshal for the Confederacy and another was a contract assistant surgeon with the Army of Northern Virginia.  Also I wrote a portion of a history of Fairfax County, Virginia, (published in 1978) that included the Civil War.

answered Jun 13, 2017 by Patricia Hickin G2G6 Mach 5 (56,720 points)
Sorry you have waited 9 hours!! I had a hectic day at work and didn't notice your post at first. I apologize!! Welcome!!
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I would like to participate.  I have ancestors who fought for both sides in the civil war.  I have finished the biography for my 3rd great grandfather William Riley White (White-31596) who fought for the union in the NY 109th infantry.
answered Jun 13, 2017 by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Mach 1 (14,940 points)
I think I have added a badge for everyone who has asked so far in this post. If you get this message but don't have a badge, please post here and I will fix that!
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I have not added a resource page, but I have been adding short descriptions and resource links to some of the units and also connected them to engagement categories. I have only add one free space profile: , and was able to add a few related profiles, but have a lot more to do. I do not think I will ever be able to identify any of the deserters.

answered Jun 13, 2017 by James Applegate G2G6 Mach 5 (52,050 points)
That is extremely helpful!  I have added a little to some of the units but there are so many!!
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I'm already part of the project. Also, I'm the Coordinator for Massachusetts in the US History Project. Since I'm already working on some FSP's for Massachusetts, I'll add one for a resource page for the Civil War. I'll let you know when it's ready.

answered Jun 13, 2017 by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (140,710 points)
We have a space page for resources for each state by county. Don't know if that one is finished. You can connect to your history project if you would like and of course please add your page to the Civil War project! Thanks!!
There isn't a page listed for Massachusetts, so I'll go ahead and create one. I'll use the same format as the other states.

[[Space:Massachusetts Resource Page US Civil War: War Between the States]] is there, the link from it to [[Category: United States of America, United States Civil War]] had a typo so it did not show up on the page with all the other state resource pages...

i fixed the typo so you should see it now,
Keith, Found the page last night. Thanks for the fix. I found another "bad" category for the link to units. The title had changed and is now fixed. I'm getting ready to add some information.
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I would say sign me up, but I already am and working on the Arkansas side of it (on the back burner for a minute or two).  Any other Arkies out there who want to help?
answered Jun 13, 2017 by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 2 (29,930 points)
Cousin, you are always there helping me out!! Thanks for all of your hard work on Arkansas!!
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Please sign me up. I'm a member of UDC (application based on my 4th great-uncle, Robert Edward Lee) and have tons of Civil War soldiers in my tree.  I've also been working on the May/June Military Challenge and have sourced several profiles of Civil War soldiers and added the War Between the States template to them for that as part of the challenge. Thank you!
answered Jun 14, 2017 by anonymous G2G6 Mach 3 (30,360 points)
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Very Interested, I am the great great granddaughter of Conerly-6 Luke Ward Conerly who wrote about his experiences during the War, The Quitman Guards
answered Jun 14, 2017 by Michelle Ladner G2G6 Mach 1 (10,560 points)
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I'm always finding direct and indirect ancestors that fought in the Confederate Army and adding the biography template. Both branches of my family have been in the South since before the Revolution, so add me to the list, please!
answered Jun 14, 2017 by Debi Matlack G2G6 Mach 4 (41,090 points)
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Sign me up! I'd like to help. I have at least five ancestors who fought in the war.

- Zachary Smith
answered Jun 17, 2017 by Zachary Smith G2G6 Mach 1 (15,780 points)
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Seems like a number of Dutch-Americans were in the 127th NY Volunteers and the 1st Long Island.  Distance relative in the 17th was KIA at Port Hudson, LA.  I would like to assist.
answered Jun 19, 2017 by James Bogart G2G Crew (910 points)
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I have several civil war veterans - the one I've done the most with being Paul Popwell (Popwell-30), in Clinch's 4th Ga Cavalry, the Wayne Rangers under Wiggans.

I don't know if anyone's done any searching there, but there's a cemetery in Waynesville, Georgia devoted specifically to Confederate soldiers - all of which appear to be members of Clinch's Cavalry.
answered Jun 20, 2017 by Marlena Wallace G2G5 (5,020 points)
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If anyone has expressed interest but did not receive a badge, please let me know! Thanks!!
answered Jun 25, 2017 by Paula J G2G6 Pilot (167,540 points)
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Today in history, July 3rd 1863, the Vermont 16th regiment attached to the 1st Corp was instrumental in stopping Picket's charge,

answered Jul 3, 2017 by Robert Arms G2G2 (2,700 points)
Thanks! That's a nice profile!! I posted it to the Civil War and Military and War Google Groups. Thanks for sharing that with us today!
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Please sign me up for this. I believe I have several Confederate soldiers in my family, and am looking for Northern ones as well.
answered Jul 3, 2017 by Leigh Geschwill G2G2 (2,570 points)
Done! Welcome!
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I had several ancestors who fought for the Union.  I am interested in the US Civil War Project.
answered Jul 4, 2017 by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (306,440 points)
Welcome to all of you! Make sure you check out the project page, add the tag and sign up for the Google Group. Instructions for all of that are on the project page!

Paula when you click on the link to this line:

* Check out our US Military Categories maintenance categories for our project needs, then jump in and start helping!      The page says Pending.

When I click on the link for an example profile it just takes me to the WikiTree Family Tree Page but not to a specific profile. 

Please let me know if I am doing something wrong!
I did update with many Civil War sources profile for my Great Grandfather Gottfried Gebhardt
When I click on it I get the page right away. Do you have a Google account? Are you signed in? I don't think that makes a difference. Let me see if I can get your email and add you.
I can't do it from my phone. I asked someone else to. If they don't get you added I can do it tomorrow morning.
I have an account for other wikitree groups so yes I should have one.

my direct email is rlboz at sign att dot net  (think you can figure that out)

Not sure if I was doing something wrong or the link is just not linking....
I am not a manager of that group but have requested that the person who is add you.  We should allow a few days for the holiday but she is usually quick.
Thanks!  I appreciate it!
I apologize that I thought you meant the google group.  I see that you meant maintenance categories. I was not aware of that page. I'll check it out but I don't recall setting up maintenance categories for Civil War. Our lists of things to do are on the project page. Thanks!
Okay I see where you clicked that. Those boxes are being added (not by the project) and I had no idea there was one on our project page. I've seen them other places. They contain many mistakes. I'll fix it. To date, we don't have maintenance categories. Also, Military and War does not use the example profiles listed in these boxes. We use the ones from Military Showcase Profiels.

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