April was a big month in the American Civil War. Not only did the conflict begin in April 1861, but this year marks the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant, as well as Lincoln’s assassination, in April 1865. In commemoration of the Civil War and Confederate History Month, Fold3 invites you to explore all records in its Civil War Collection for free April 13th to 30th.
There are currently over 43 million records in the Civil War Collection, including everything from military records to personal accounts and historic writings.
Soldier records include (among others):
- Service records and index cards
- Pension index cards
- “Widows’ Pension” files
- Navy survivors certificates
- Army registers
- Final statements
- Rendezvous reports
Other record types include things like photographs, images of artifacts, and original war maps. Items such as the Lincoln Assassination Papers, Sultana Disaster documents, letters to the Adjutant General and Commission Branch, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, and the 1860 census are also contained in the Civil War Collection.
Confederate-specific records in the collection include documents like:
- Confederate service records and index cards
- Confederate amnesty papers
- Confederate casualty reports
- Confederate citizens files
- Confederate Navy subject files
- Southern Claims Commission documents
Join Fold3 in its commemoration of the Civil War and Confederate History Month, and discover information on famous participants as well as your own Civil War ancestors through documents, photos, and images that capture the experiences of those involved in America’s deadliest conflict. Get started searching the Civil War Collection here.