The Alabama Civil War Database search can be found on the Alabama Department of Archives and History website. The database now contains surnames listed alphabetically (A-Z) of individuals who served in the war, were exempt from military service, or who served in the militia or home guard. Soldiers from other states that have some connection to Alabama are also included.
The information was processed through data entry by volunteers and took nearly ten years to finish. Not every person who served in the Civil War from Alabama is listed due to certain documentation being lost, but it is still the best way to access this information from the comfort of your own home.
Due to multiple spellings on given names, it is best to search by last name only. Army units as well as naval squadrons can be searched under “Regimental Unit.”
For example, if you were searching for Jesse Harris and were unsure as to how to spell the first name, type “Harris” in the Last Name block and the search will return all of the men with the last name of Harris in the database. Of course, if his regiment is known, you can narrow the search by entering the number in the Regimental Unit block and “Harris” in the Last Name block.
There are currently over 226,000 individual entries and new information is added as it becomes available.
To search the Alabama Civil War Service Database, go to www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/search.cfm
Article by Melissa Parker
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