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loadingCivil War (1861-65)
Civil War, in U.S. history, conflict (1861-65) between the Northern states (the Union) and the Southern states that seceded from the Union and formed the Confederacy, a name commonly given to the Confederate States of America (1861-65), the government established by the Southern states of the United States after their secession from the Union. It is generally known in the South as the War between the States and is also called the War of the Rebellion (the official Union designation), the War of Secession, and the War for Southern Independence. The name Civil War, although much criticized as inexact, is most widely accepted. Learn how to research your Civil War ancestor, including the major sources for records of Union and Confederate soldiers who fought in the American Civil War, such as muster rolls, pension records, and compiled military service records. Plus, alternate sources for Civil War genealogy research, including Civil War cemeteries and lineage societies.
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