Broadening your researching into your Civil War ancestor beyond the pension records and service records can reveal new insight into the time he served. Unit histories can help you pinpoint where he was, what battles he fought in, what those battles were like, and other information that helps build context. Here are 5 sources for Civil War unit histories. Continue reading
When you think of Civil War generals from Ohio, the names Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan often come to mind. Roswell S. Ripley also was a general, yet he is rarely (if ever) mentioned in Ohio classrooms. Why? It’s probably because he was a general in the Confederate Army.
Ripley was born in Worthington, just north of Columbus, in 1823. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1843 and served in the Mexican-American War. He resigned his commission in 1853 while stationed in South Carolina.
In April 1861, his forces at Fort Moultrie fired artillery onto Fort Sumter, the first volleys of the Civil War.
He was appointed a brigadier general in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and was wounded in the throat at the battle of Antietam. He directed the improvement of defenses around Charleston as was later dubbed ‘Charleston’s Gallant Defender.’
He died 29 March 1887 in New York and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.
I am thrilled to be the featured speaker at the ACPL Genealogy Center’s Military Symposium this year. With the upcoming sesquicentennial of the Civil War, this year’s symposium will revolve around Civil War topics. I will present one of the lectures on Friday and all four on Saturday.
The symposium is sponsored by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Inc.
On Friday, October 8:
- 2:30-3:30: “Using Military Records for Genealogical Research” by Curt Witcher
- 4:00-5:00: “The Last Full Measure: Military Burials” (I have some cool examples that I’m very excited about!)
On Saturday, October 9:
- 9:30-10:30: “Researching Your Civil War Ancestor Online”
- 11:00-12:00: “State and Local Records for Civil War Research”
- 1:30-2:30: “After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans”
- 3:00-4:00: “For Benefit of the Soldier: Civil War Fraternal Organizations”
All of the sessions will be in meeting room A-B at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Cost is $25. Make checks payable to ACGSI and send to:
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
PO Box 12003
Fort Wayne, IN 46862
For more information, visit the Genealogy Center’s programs page or call (260) 421-1225. I look forward to seeing you there!
The Ohio Historical Society has just launched a new website to raise awareness of Ohio’s role in the Civil War: OhioCivilWar150.org. The site features:
- Digital collections, such as Ohio regimental battle flags
- A timeline of Civil War events
- News about upcoming events
- Discussion forum
- A section for teachers
I am looking forward to watching this site grow as we get closer to the sesquicentennial in 2011. (Is that really only a little more than a year away?!)