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The American Civil War Research Database

The American Civil War Research Database

The American Civil War Research Database® is the definitive online resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War, with indexed, searchable information on 4.3 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 16,000 photographs. It contains all of the more than 4,600 known regimental rosters, 3,461 regimental chronicles, and 1,010 officer profiles. Hundreds of individuals have contributed more than 100,000 hours to its creation.

In addition to 222 volumes of the rosters published by the state Adjutants Generals, there are the military records for every individual, the Official Records, pension index records, 1860 census records, GAR records, Roll of Honor records, Medal of Honor records, and regimental histories.

The American Civil War Research Database® includes a record for virtually every soldier in the war. There are descriptions of thousands of battles, with detailed multi-page battle orders and reports for significant battles such as Gettysburg, Shiloh, and Antietam.

Use the database to examine the military record for each soldier. Trace the war effort, using critical statistics including average age, method of entry into and exit out of the military, war engagements, and associated loss and prisoner statistics. Search the entire database by person, regiment, state, town, and battle. Go beyond the big picture to analyze the details of specific regiments—where they saw combat, their casualty statistics, and the effects of disease. Use census information to decipher the impact on a particular soldier’s home town. Cross-reference variables in new ways.

Analytical tools are a distinctive feature of The American Civil War Research Database®, letting you identify a large-scale trend and then focus down to the regiment or individual soldier. Dozens of charts and graphs give an immediate visual understanding of complex data. Users of the database can see, for example, a chart analyzing death by disease and then explore the Regimental Casualty Analysis and the Regimental Assignment charts for clues to the reasons.

Historical data systems

Historical Data Systems, Inc., a Massachusetts-based company whose focus is the American Civil War, created the database. Alexander Street is pleased to present the library version of The American Civil War Research Database®, available on the Web.

The American Civil War Research Database® is available on the Web through annual subscription, with prices scaled to materials budget.


Deserves a solid 10. . . Essential for American history collections in academic and middle- to large-sized public libraries and all American history research institutions.

Library Journal

Best Reference Database of 2008" Winner!

Library Journal