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How do I find my Confederate ancestors?

How do I find my Confederate ancestors?

The best place to research Confederate soldiers is at the various state archives and historical societies. These organizations keep state volunteer militia, regiments and Confederate pension records. Be sure to also visit local war museums and Confederate cemeteries.

Who was the youngest Confederate soldier?

David Bailey Freeman
David Bailey Freeman (born May 1, 1851) is often cited as the youngest Confederate soldier and he joined the 6th Georgia Cavalry at age 11.

Did I have relatives in the Civil War?

If you don’t know if any of your ancestors fought in the Civil War, take your list of family surnames and go online to the “Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System” of the National Park Service.

Who was the highest ranking Confederate general?

Although little-known today, Cooper was technically the highest-ranking general officer in the Confederate States Army throughout the American Civil War, even outranking Robert E. Lee. After the conflict, Cooper remained in Virginia as a farmer.

What color uniforms did the Confederate soldiers wear?

Because the United States (Union) regulation color was already dark blue, the Confederates chose gray. However, soldiers were often at a loss to determine which side of the war a soldier was on by his uniform. With a shortage of regulation uniforms in the Confederacy, many southern recruits just wore clothes from home.

What states were the Confederate soldiers from?

The Confederacy included the states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Jefferson Davis was their President.

What was the average Confederate soldier fighting for?

Furthering this national ideology that backed the Confederate soldiers McPherson claimed, “ most Confederate soldiers believed they were fighting for liberty and slavery, one and inseparable…for our [Confederate] liberty, against the tyrants of the North” (McPherson 1994, 51).

What state has the most Confederate soldiers?

Virginia sent more men to fight for the Confederacy than did any other state. Though Virginia soldiers served in all branches and participated in all theaters of war, a significant majority of them fought within the boundaries of their own state.

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