I am looking forward to the 5-hour Epic Civil War: The Untold Story It is great to see a new documentary with a different point of view. This release will provide new insight on the role of the African-American solider in the Civil War. It also features battles that were not showcased in previous Civil War documentaries.
Military records are a great resource of information. I was able to find my 2nd great grandfather’s civil war pension records at the National Archives in Washington DC. It was over 118 pages long from 1862 until his death in 1917.
If any of your ancestors served in the military, you may have an advantage when searching for details about their lives. Like most things about the military, service records have been meticulously maintained for a long time and can be searched at the local, state, or federal level. Information based on a specific war, battle, draft records, or even peace-time rosters can be found.
Many people assume that a military record will only include the name and possibly birthday of enlisted members. You can find much more than that. Individual military records often include the names and addresses of immediate family members, age of enlistment, occupation at the time of enlistment, and birthplace. Additionally, you can find all the military information, such as unit, rank, and medical information, as well as muster rolls and pay vouchers. If you are lucky there will be copies of birth and marriage certificates, divorce decrees, school records, driver’s license, passport and insurance beneficiary information.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site is pleased to be partnering with 12 other National Parks and 26 other institutions throughout the nation as a venue for the preview screening of Episode Five of Great Divide Pictures public television series Civil War: The Untold Story. The screening is on Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center, 426 South Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois.
Episode Five will be introduced by Chris Wheeler, of Great Divide Pictures, who produced and directed the entire series. In addition, Lincoln Home National Historic Site Park Ranger David Wachtveitl will present “From the Home of the President: The Men of the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry,” a short program on the central Illinois unit that fought in many of the battles depicted in Civil War: The Untold Story.
Civil War: The Untold Story is a visually stunning and absorbing new 5-hour documentary series that breaks new ground by examining the war through the lens of the Western Theater – battles in the strategic lands between the Appalachians and Mississippi River. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) the series is set to premiere nationally on public television stations beginning in February 2014.
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