Project: US Civil War: War Between the States

Categories: Wars 1800-1899 | United States Projects | United States Military History | Military and War Project | United States Civil War

The US Civil War: War Between the States is part of the Military and War Project!

Welcome to the US Civil War Between the States Project!



Welcome to the US Civil War: War Between the States project. This 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.

Please review the project goals, and if you feel this is something that you would like to do, follow the steps under How to Join below.


While the Revolutionary War formed our nation, the Civil War tore it apart, resulting in the death of more than 620,000, with millions more injured. The mission of the U.S. Civil War Project is to honor those who fought in that horrendous conflict.

Project Goals

  • Identify profiles of individuals who participated in this conflict.
  • Add the project sticker to their profile along with any other appropriate sticker such as POW, KIA, etc.
  • State Resource Pages. Compile resources for individual states and counties to assist others in researching ancestors/events in those locations. View the lists on the resource page at State Template Page to see individual states.
  • Categorize profiles appropriately in regards to military unit, locations, battles, etc.
  • PPP (Project Protected Profiles): Request that your participant be PPP'd via a project leader or any WikiTree Leader. Please do a search of all profiles with the correct last name at birth to identify the lowest numbered (original profile) profile to be protected. NOTE: There may be other profiles of the same person but with different spellings of the last name. For further explanation, please see: Process for Merges G2G.

Task List

These are tasks that volunteers can do to help us! Check out the G2G post referring to the task, and ask questions or comment on what you're working on there.

Here are some tasks that you can perform for the Civil War Project!

  1. Make a space page with resources for a specific unit or battle.
  2. Help update the KIA, WIA, POW, etc. categories on Civil War profiles.
  3. Help structure the various military categories on WikiTree!
  4. Use [[Category:Unsourced Profiles]] to find profiles that need sources and add them.
  5. Review the profiles that are in the base, upper level categories of Union/Confederate, service branches, states, etc. and try to further identify where they should be placed, and remove/update categories and templates using current guidelines, i.e. remove duplicate category paths (state when unit known), add category to template with |unit instead of explicitly with [[Category:xxx]]

Sub Project Resource Pages

  • Recruit WikiTree members to "adopt" a state resource page, and basically act as a Project Coordinator for that state. The pages are found under People or pages for Union States and Confederate States
  • Link state resource pages to appropriate categories for example using Alabama the following categories should be added.
  • Identify and add resource links for research regarding the Civil War and genealogy that is related to each county. Some states have a central location, others have individual historical societies or unit resources.

How to Join

Are you interested in the US Civil War Project?us_civil_war.gif

You may also want to

  1. Add military_and_war to your followed tags
  2. Check out the main project page for all guidelines related to the project.
  3. Go to the appropriate resource page for your area of interest and if you are interested in assisting with it, let the page manager know. They can steer you in the right direction and offer assistance as well.
  4. Add your name and tell what you are working on or interested in on our US Civil War Progress Page

Communicating with the Project

There are several ways to communicate with the project members:

  • US_Civil_War tag on G2G. If you post a question in G2G regarding the project or a profile that is or should be part of the project, add the "tag" and all members who follow that tag will be notified via WikiTree's daily feed.
  • Contact members by clicking on the badge of any project member to bring up a current member list.

Project Account Profile

  • Wikitree ID: WikiTree-39 US Civil War Project Profile is the nonperson project profile that can serve as project manager for profiles under the US Civil War Project. Add this as PM for your profile by adding the email below and clicking add as manager:
  • Please do not add the project as manager unless it is needed. A good example of when it might be needed is if you have added a profile because it is important to the project but you don’t want to manage the profile because your watchlist is already large.

Project Box or Sticker?

Only add the project box if the profile is managed by the US Civil War project profile account. Otherwise add the sticker.

Project Box

Adding this Project Box based template to a profile identifies it as someone who played a key role in the war and displays links to both the project page showing more information/resources and to G2G filtering on subjects with the US Civil War tag.

It is NOT required when just adding categories for status (KIA, WIA, etc.) or the unit(s) assigned to, or, using the {{US Civil War}} sticker to highlight unit/service dates, which should also be documented elsewhere in the biography.

Copy and paste the following onto the profile for the individual who participated in the United States Civil War whose account needs project management:

{{US Civil War Project| side = USA}} for Federal and State forces fighting for the Union

{{US Civil War Project| side = CSA}} for Federal and State forces fighting for the Confederacy

The project box will look like this:

Union and Confederate Service Badges
... ... ... participated on the side of
the CSA during the US Civil War.
Join: US Civil War Project
Discuss: us_civil_war

This will appear above the biography. You cannot alter this to include unit information. You can add the sticker below the biography as well, which will allow you to enter dates, rank and unit.

Sticker that can be used in Biography

{{US Civil War
| enlisted = mmm dd, yyyy
| mustered = mmm dd, yyyy
| side = CSA or USA
| regiment flag = image file
| regiment name = regiment name
| unit = category to add profile to (United States Civil War automatically added)
| rank = use if not given on the persons profile}}

This is a display sticker and is used on the profile of a person who was in the war, placed below the ==Biography== line, it is not a project box.

Fill in the blanks with information unique to that person. If you don't have all of the information just leave the original generic info.

For an explanation of how to add data elements, See:

Many thanks to Terry Wright for providing this for us!!

For the regiment flag image, see: FLAGS for each participating state and some military units. Scroll down to the appropriate state, and copy the image name (anything after the equal = sign).

The result is something like this:

... ... ... ... served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: Jan 1863
Mustered out: Apr 1865
Side: CSA
Regiment(s): 13th South Carolina Infantry

Important note: For this sticker, the |unit= element lists the 1st/2nd part of the name, United States Civil War is automatically added by the code, so if you put in the United States Civil War in the Sticker with the unit (the full category name), the Sticker tries to add to a category with that in the name twice, which will show up on the profile in red.


Project Resource Pages

Image Resource Pages

Other Space Pages


Related Projects

The following projects and groups are likely to have some overlap with this one, so members of this project may be interested in them as well:

Related Category or Free-Space Pages

NOTE: Please glance through WikiTree Category Search to minimize duplication.

This page was last modified 09:04, 19 September 2018. This page has been accessed 20,716 times.