This year marks the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Battles and troop movements have always been a subject of fascination. Now, researchers looking for more personal information on specific soldiers can find suggestions for the types of records that will reveal details about the men who sacrificed to preserve the Union.
The current issue of the Archival Chronicle describes these records, from military rosters to pension and census information, and provides several examples of soldiers biographies compiled from this research.
The Gallery’s focus is on union veterans’ post-war social lives, particularly their fraternal organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, its auxiliary the Woman’s Relief Corps and the host of unit reunions held for decades following the conflict.