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Saturday, July 18, 2009

UNITED STATES ROLL OF HONOR

Civil War buffs and Civil War ancestor seekers may wish to take a look at the subscription site FamilyRelatives.com-- they've just added the complete U.S. Roll of Honor to the long list of items available full-text on their site:

“One of the largest and most complete Rolls of Honor for the US Civil War has been released by Familyrelatives.com. It is the first time that all 27 volumes have been made available online: over 276,000 Roll of Honor records.

The "Names of the Soldiers Who Died in the Defence of the American Union - Interred in the National Cemeteries" were recorded by the Quartermaster General's Office in 1866. In each case the original place of interment, the soldiers' name, rank, company, regiment, date of death, section of cemetery and the number of the grave are all detailed.

The Roll reminds us that the Civil War was a bitter conflict and one of the bloodiest and costliest in terms of the toll it took on both sides with an estimated 620,000 military deaths, two thirds of which were caused by disease (as well as an undetermined number of civilian casualties).

The Union Army consisted of a large number of immigrants including many ethnic groups. A million soldiers were native born Americans of British ancestry; half a million were of German ancestry; 210,000 were African Americans, of whom half were freed men living in the north, while the remainder were slaves or had escaped slavery. A similar number were of Irish, Canadian, English, French, Dutch, or Scandinavian descent, as well as Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Polish, Native Americans, and other nationalities numbering 2.2 million who fought for the Union.

The collection includes the Final Disposition: four additional volumes listing the original places of burial from which some of the bodies of Deceased Union Soldiers and Prisoners of War have been removed and the various National Cemeteries in which they were finally reinterred.

This collection together with 650 million other historic records is available to search online to all members and visitors by way of an annual subscription of only US$50.00 or £30.00 at http://www.familyrelatives.com/.”

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