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U.S. Civil War 1860-1870

There have been comments that there is no Group for the Civil War. Well, there is now. Network with others to find your CW ancestor, ask for look-ups, relate stories about your CW ancestor

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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address opinion needed 3 Replies

Started by Jim Avery. Last reply by Jeanne Williams Sep 4, 2013.

Australia and the US Civil War

Started by Jim Avery May 8, 2013.

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Comment by Liz Richardson on March 19, 2014 at 9:27pm

Betty Colvin Williamson: According to his CMSR (available on, the March 1 - August 31, 1864 muster roll for the 8th Battalion Georgia Infantry indicated that John T. Alexander died on 01 June 1864 at Calhoun, GA. The previous muster roll (Jan-Feb 1864) indicated he was at the Hospital in Atlanta, GA, since 25 Feb 1864. And the muster roll before that (Nov-Dec 1863) indicated he was absent with a wound received at the Battle of Chicamauga. Not indicated in the CMSR is whether his death was a result of that wound or something later - there are no hospital record cards in this CMSR. There are, however, some other pretty interesting pieces of information in the CMSR, so if you don't already have this file, I highly encourage you to get it. There's also an interesting lack of documentation that anyone claimed his personal possessions or any pay due him. Also interesting - Co. B's muster roll dated 30 June 1863 indicates the company retreated from Jackson, Mississippi on 14 May 1863 and lost the company books that same day. It looks like the 8th GA Battalion was part of the Army of Tennessee; I haven't done much research on this army yet, but I did run across a notice the other day in the Alabama archives that indicated that the Army of Tennessee was notoriously poorly documented. Good luck!

Comment by Robert Olson on March 19, 2014 at 7:45pm

Hello Jim,

My 3rd great grandfather and two of his brothers were at Gettysburg (maybe a little on the Late side). They were with the Virginia 16th Cavalry under JEB Stuart. After Lee's withdrawal they ended up at Monacacy where the two brothers were captured and ended up at Elmira POW Camp. Both died at the camp. My ggg grandfather never knew what happened to them after capture, he just knew they didn't come back. I found them in Woodlawn National Cemetery a few years ago. Their names were John C. and Floyd McDonald. I have never been to Gettysburg but if you know what areas the Virgina 16th Cav were at during Gettysburg I would be grateful for any info. Family legend has it that the 16th was covering some of the flank areas during the withdrawal. My ggg grandfather got separated from his brothers at Monacacy and the boys were captured near Frederick, Md one day apart. Thank you for any info.

Comment by Betty Colvin Williamson on March 19, 2014 at 5:31pm

My Gggrrandfather was John Thomas Alexander.He fought with Georga 8th batt co.BHe supposedly died 6-1-1864 No proof. Lived in Sonora Ga. in 1860.Does anyone know where I could find info about him.Or where he might be buried He died in Calhoun,Ga.

Comment by Clara Joyce Schaeffer Miller on March 19, 2014 at 12:16pm

Jonathan Miller  was a Sergeant in Co. K 6th. regiment of PA .Cav.Vol. commanded by Captain Ellis - Line of duty Cold Harbor,Virginia in 1862.He was discharged October 17,1864 at Harpers Ferry,Virginia.

Joseph Miller  Corpl.  Co.K    Reg't  6  Vol.  PA Cav.  under Col. Rush  in Virginia.and Harpers Ferry,

Samuel Miller  1st. New York Vet.Cav. Co. G - 1 also Co.G. 23rd. Penna Militia.

served at Camp Loupe ,West Virginia. Chambersburg,PA

Giles B. Winder Private in Co.F 106th,PA Infantry ( Pension Papers ) Some of the writing is faded and hard to read.

Comment by Jim Avery on March 18, 2014 at 9:05pm

Clara - saw your post about having Civil War ancestors. Did they fight at Gettysburg? I can shoot some pictures of their monuments if so. What units were they in? Jayne McCormick who founded this group, passed away in early December. Lord I miss her.

Comment by Clara Joyce Schaeffer Miller on March 18, 2014 at 12:53pm

Hi I have Civil  War Ancesters  and  I have some of there Military records.

I would like to join your group.

Comment by Beverly Simpson on July 19, 2013 at 10:51am

Looking for any info on Albert Dunlap/Dunlop...He was a Confederate surgeon...I think he was from TN...after the war he ended up in Ft. Smith, AR and then on to Winslow, AR...he was born about 1829...if anyone can find me some info please send it to me at or post on here...thanks so much!

Comment by Edward Douglas Fitts on April 4, 2013 at 3:35pm

Family Tree magazine e news letter says that Fold3 is commenurating Confederate History month by allowing free viewing of their Confederate records during April 2013. please check this out for those who are looking for information.

Comment by Robert Olson on April 3, 2013 at 7:55am

Thank you Al and Liz for your posts,

The families I am researching in Missouri are McDonalds. They moved from Virginia in the 1850’s and by the start of the Civil War were operating several saw mills and had 160 acre farm south of Chillicothe. I suspect you are right about them likely being involved in unsanctioned activities for the south.  I think I need to do more research on General Slack because I suspect he unofficially recruited sympathizers for certain purposes or raids and did not officially induct them into the CSA military.

Since I know that my gg grandfather (Crocket McDonald) was captured at the battle of Lexington or Springfield, I like the idea of seeing if I can find out who captured him. I have been looking at the Missouri Provost Marshall records because they were basically the law of the land after Marshall Law was declared. They have good records and I actually discovered quite a bit. There is a good report about the McDonald family being robbed by a band of Union sympathizers. It lists everything that was taken down to my gg grandmother’s pocket pistol and my gg grandfather’s watch. On several occasions reports were made to the Provost Marshalls that the McDonalds were sheltering bushwhackers and hiding them in their corn fields, giving them guns, etc. But the brothers continued living on and working the farm so for some reason they were never arrested. That may have had something to do with them being a fairly prominent family in the area.

I do have some journal documents where my gg grandmother talks about raids from ‘Redlegs and Jayhawkers’ coming from Kansas. At one time she said she could see 11 farms burning from her front porch. Near the end of the war they had their farm burned as well.

With what I know so far, I believe these men may have been part of the Missouri Partisan Rangers or Bushwhackers, but their names do not show up in the well known groups like Quantrill’s Raiders.

I am brand new to this site and I noticed after my post that there is a small group that appears to be dealing with Missouri in the Civil War. I think I will try asking around there as well.

Thanks again and best regards.

Comment by Al Dawson on April 2, 2013 at 8:17pm

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