Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War and make a personal connection between your family and history at these Web sites:

A gifted prtrait photographer, Mathew Brady did not actually shoot many of the Civil War photographs attributed to him. More of a project manager, he spent most of his time supervising his corps of traveling photographers. (Library of Congress)

Pennsylvania in the U.S. Civil War
Find your ancestors who served in either the Union or Confederate armies and learn more about the pivotal role Pennsylvania played during the U.S. Civil War.

  • Bates History of the PA Volunteers Search for names or regiments in this definitive work about Pennsylvania in the U.S. Civil War.  Search by last name first, then given name enclosed in quotes: “blair, wilbur”
  • PA Civil War Veterans Card File Search individual names to view images of the data found on the original Civil War Muster Rolls and Related Records from the Pennsylvania State Archives.
  • Civil War PA Find transcriptions of pension information for Pennsylvania U.S. Civil War veterans in the USGenWeb Archives.
  • Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 View images of the original registers that document the Pennsylvania Volunteers who served during the U.S. Civil War. Arranged by regiment, rank, and then alphabetically by surname.
  • U.S. Civil War Battle Summaries by State – PA Find basic information about the battles at Gettysburg and Hanover with links to the National Park information. Maintained by The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP).
  • U.S. Civil War Archive – Union Regimental Index – Pennsylvania Research regimental history of the 383 Pennsylvania regiments in the U.S. Civil War.
  • Pennsylvania in the U.S. Civil War Discover a wealth of links that demonstrate how Pennsylvania played a key role in the U.S. Civil War.
  • Pennsylvania Historic Civil War Flags Learn the history of the flags and the hundreds of battlefield stories that are associated with them. Information compiled by the PA Capitol Preservation Committee.
  • Wilbur R. Blair served in the Pennsylvania Volunteers Company C. (Private Central PA collection)

    U.S. Civil War 150 events

  • PA Civil War 150 Find an event, plan a trip or conduct research on the official Pennsylvania website to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War.
  • Civil War Anniversary Events View upcoming events related to the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War sponsored by the Civil War Trust, a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of Civil War battlefields.
  • Civil War Discovery Trail Plan a trip using links to more than 600 historical sites in 32 states that inspire and teach the story of the U.S. Civil War and its enduring impact on the nation’s history.
  • Smithsonian Associates Civil War Studies Discover thought-provoking course, seminars, lectures, and battlefield tours conducted by outstanding scholars and study tour leaders. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates, the nation’s outstanding adult learning center for Civil War studies.
  • Civil War Traveler Find travel information for U.S. Civil War battlefields and sites in 30 states plus maps, events, reenactment schedules, podcasts, books, a travel-blog, and a free e-newsletter.
  • Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment Locate everything you need to plan your trip to the 2012 reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 6, 7 & 8.
  • Gettysburg Civil War 150 Plan your Gettysburg visit on the official website of the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. Includes places to visit and events as well as iPhone Apps for walking tours. A Family Finder locates names inscribed on markers throughout the battlefield.
  • PA Civil War 150 Events Calendar Identify activities and events throughout the state on the site sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Pennsylvania Heritage Society (PHS).
  • Susquehanna River Valley PA Civil War 150 Events Find reenactments and commemorative events throughout the Susquehanna River Valley on the official visitor’s site for our region.
  • Colonel James H. Childs (standing) with officers of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry at Westover Landing, VA, in August 1862. (

    U.S. Civil War General Information

  • American Civil War Page Visit this award-winning site maintained by the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Science to access useful sites about the U.S. Civil War.
  • Civil War Battle Summaries by State Read summaries of the 384 principal battles of the U.S. Civil War that occurred in 26 states.  Maintained by the U.S. National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program.
  • Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Benefits Find a soldier or browse by regiment in the pension applications for Union veterans.  Site allows for a quick look at a record.  Records also may be purchased.
  • Civil War Maps Search for U.S. Civil War maps by subject, place, title, or creator.  Includes maps from collections at the U.S. Library of Congress, the State Library of Virginia, and the Virginia Historical Society.
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System Learn basic facts about servicemen who served on either the Union or Confederate sides during the U.S. Civil War.  Search by name or browse by regiment on this site maintained by the U.S. National Parks Service.
  • Civil War Trust Select the “Education” tab to conduct research at the Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest organization devoted to the preservation of U.S. Civil War battlefields.  Includes special features for students and teachers.
  • Civil War Trust’s 150th anniversary page
  • Guide to Civil War Novels Look here for historical fiction about the U.S. Civil War period.  Search by period, settings, groups, individuals, and genres, including books for children.
  • Index of Civil War Information on the Internet Search in a wide variety of categories about the U.S. Civil War.  The site originally was published on the Louisiana State University’s U.S. Civil War Center website.
  • Intelligence in the Civil War Find information about spies and spying missions during the U.S. Civil War on the CIA’s website, which highlights how the North and the South gathered and used their information, the important missions, and the personalities involved.
  • Ken Burns on PBS – The Civil War Discover resources that were used to create the iconic documentary about the U.S. Civil War as well as interesting facts about the making of the film.
  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Grave Database Search for the gravesites of Union veterans by names, regiments, and cemetery locations.
  • Camp of the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry near Fort Burnham, VA, on Oct. 29, 1864. (

    U.S. Civil War Photos and Images

  • Brady Civil War Photographs Search or browse more than 5,600 photographs of Matthew Brady’s portraits, landscapes, and battle scenes from the U.S. Civil War.
  • Civil War Photo Gallery Search more than 1,200 U.S. Civil War images
  • Images at Civil War Search more than 1,000 U.S. Civil War images
  • Images of the Civil War from PBS Browse U.S. Civil War images by subject on the Ken Burns film page at
  • Library of Congress Civil War Faces Use Flickr to browse almost 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs donated to The U.S. Library of Congress by the Liljenquist family.
  • Library of Congress Selected Civil War Photographs Search by keyword or browse the subject index of U.S. Civil War photographs from the “American Memory” collection of The U.S. Library of Congress
  • Pictures of the Civil War Browse images from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration