Thursday, June 10, 2010

Civil War Content Free at for the Month of June

I received the below press release in my email:

June 10, 2010 – Lindon, UT – Today announced that its U.S. Civil War Collection will be made free to the public through the month of June. has worked with the U.S. National Archives over the past three years to create the largest repository of Civil War documents on the web featuring over 30 million documents, photos and maps. 

“Our strong partnership with the National Archives has allowed us to build an extremely valuable resource for researchers, historians and genealogists,” explains Russell Wilding, CEO of  “Now more people than ever have access to records relating to one of the most prolific events in our history.”

The original documents found in this collection provide a different perspective on the “war between the states.”  Major events as well as accounts from individuals are brought to life on Visitors to will find:
  • Union and Confederate Soldier Service Records
  • Widow’s Pension Files
  • Emancipation Documents and Slave Records
  • Confederate Amnesty Papers and Citizens Files
  • Lincoln Assassination Investigation and Trial Papers
  • U.S. Civil War Photos and Maps
More than just a repository, incorporates community contributions and interactions to enhance these records. “When documents and member contributions come together, a more powerful side of history is revealed,” says Justin Schroepfer Director of Marketing at  “Our members have added comments, insights and information that significantly increase our understanding of these events and the people involved.”

On members can also create their own pages to highlight their discoveries and research.  Members have created Footnote Pages relating to the U.S. Civil War that cover topics such as:
  • Female Civil War Soldiers & Spies
  • Papers of Robert E. Lee
  • Union African Americans in the U.S. Civil War
  • Confederate Soldiers Graves
To see how is changing the way we view U.S. Civil War history, visit  

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About Footnote, Inc. is a subscription website that features original historical documents, providing visitors with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

The documents on my second great grandfather, Ebenezer Denyer's service during the Civil War are the first thing I found on Footnote back in 2008 when I initially explored the site.

The Civil War collection has grown since then, and it's definitely worth your time to take a look at it while it's free.

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