Nearly everyone is familiar with the famous names associated with the Civil War: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, etc. These men were certainly important, but they make up only a small percentage of the individuals who were involved in the conflict. Each man and woman who lived through the Civil War era had a story to tell. Some were mothers and fathers who hoped their children would return from the war; others were soldiers themselves who saw the horrors of the battlefield first-hand. It is only through studying the experiences of these individuals that we gain a more complete picture of this critical period of United States history.
This section provides biographical information on the men and women who are featured in the Civil War Era collection. Through this information, we hope that the reader will not only become more familiar with the individuals discussed, but also gain a greater knowledge of the context in which these people experienced the Civil War.