Creating The Ultimate Civil War Resource

Richard Dobbins has made it his mission to gather every single record of every single soldier into one huge, organized, searchable Internet database.

Family legend had it that your great-great-great-uncle Hiram Spooner, a Massachusetts farmer, died from wounds suffered at Cold Harbor, Virginia. How can you retrace his short life? You might pick through the Massachusetts state archives and slowly assemble a narrative from a patchwork of published induction rosters, military-service diaries, and death certificates, but your search might suffer from spotty record keeping. Some battle details, for instance, might be buried in federal archives.

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