Why did Civil War soldiers use aliases?
Some common reasons for a soldier using an alias include: Bounty jumpers who enlisted more than once in order to get paid bounty more than once. They would typically use different names each time. Soldiers who changed their name later in life.
How can you tell if someone was in the Civil War?
Military Service Records: Paper copies of Civil War military service records can be requested by mail using an NATF Form 86 for each soldier (Volunteer Army or Regular Army). You can obtain the NATF Form 86 by providing your name and mailing address to www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html.
How do you find out if I had family in the Civil War?
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 last person to draw a Civil War pension?
Irene Triplett (January 9, 1930 – May 31, 2020) was the last recipient of an American Civil War pension. Her father had fought for both the Confederacy and later the Union in the Civil War.
Do I have Civil War ancestors?
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.
How do you find information on a Civil War soldier?
The full service records are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration. Click here for information about obtaining copies of those records, using the film number listed in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System record.