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Let's start with Texas...


There were three units from the Lone Star State, engaged at the Battle of Shiloh. The best sites I have uncovered, for beginning research on ancestors:


http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm     (For all Texas soldiers, but especially those from the 2nd Texas Infantry Regiment:  NPS Soldier and Sailor System. Input your ancestor's last name, along with his regiment number, and select <Show Results>  )



http://gen.1starnet.com/civilwar/9thmain.htm     (For 9th Texas Infantry,  Scroll down to roster. Website provided by Ron Brothers and Tim Bell.)



http://www.keathleywebs.com/terrysrangers/     (For 8th Texas Cavalry, aka 'Terry's Texas Rangers.'  Website provided by keathleywebs.com)







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For Tennessee, there are a number of good references:


Start with the NPS Soldier and Sailor site, input ancestor last name and regiment details:  http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm


The Military Annals of Tennessee are available online. Most regiments have comprehensive history information: regimental officers, and soldiers who died in Confederate service are recorded. Not a complete record, but worth a look:  http://archive.org/stream/cu31924032778700#page/n9/mode/2up


Through McNairy County website:  http://www.tngenweb.org/mcnairy/tngw.html   <select>  'Tennessee Special History Projects'  and on new 'Special Projects' page, scroll down to 'Tennessee Military History:  Tennesseans in the Civil War' <select>   Then follow the cues.


There is also a Hardin County website, but it is a work-in-progress, so contains little information, at the moment:  http://www.tngenweb.org/hardin/


Tennesseans in the Civil War (search only) is available through HathiTrust:  http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009536049     Although access is limited online, printed copies are available at many Tennessee libraries.


http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/military/civilwarindex.htm     (The Tennessee Secretary of State Civil War Records site.)




Tennessee Regiment websites    http://www.tennessee-scv.org/Camp1828/links/tennessee.htm   (List of CSA units)


Some regiment rosters have been researched by ancestors, and made available. Here is 22nd Tenn:   http://www.tngenes.net/index.php/military/confederate-rosters/291-22nd-murray-s-infantry-battalion     (From tngenes.net)



As I uncover better sources of information, I will post them here. [For individual regiment listings, see next post, below.]





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Continue Tennessee, with emphasis on regiment records to be found online.


Infantry regiment:


Updated June 3rd, 2015




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Missouri had a unit at Shiloh, as part of Breckenridge's Corps: Bowen's 1st Regiment of Missouri Infantry (CSA). There are a number of good resources for researching this organization:





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Mississippi... There is a story that claims all of the State Records generated during the Confederate Period were hidden away in a Masonic Lodge, and only came to light when it was thought safe to reveal their existence... thirty-nine years after the war ended. Those records now are stored in Jackson at the MDAH (Mississippi Department of Archives and History):  http://msarchivists.org/theprimarysource/psvol32no2/PS_Pitts.pdf


The MDAH also has the following site:  http://zed.mdah.state.ms.us/cgi-bin/koha/opac-main.pl   Unfortunately, most of their documents are only accessible through a visit to Jackson.


The Sons of the Confederacy have compiled detailed unit histories:  http://www.mississippiscv.org/gen_research.htm  Click on 'Research,' and follow the cues.


Otherwise, aside from familysearch.org and ancestry.com, the two best online sites for gathering information about Mississippi Civil War ancestors, are NPS Soldiers and Sailors: http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm  and Mississippi GenWeb:  http://www.msgw.org/


For Mississippi GenWeb, all genealogical information is organized by county. Upon entry to the site, the county of interest must be selected; at the new location, most records are collected under the heading, 'Military.'


For individual unit information, refer to the next post.






N.B.   Another resource worth a look (either at your local library, or personal copy from a book-seller): For Dixie Land I'll Take My Stand: a roster listing of all known Mississippi Confederate Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, by H. Grady Howell, Chickasaw Bayou Press, 1998. (In four volumes).  Link provides a sample of listings:  http://www.therainwatercollection.com/reference/ref883.pdf

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Mississippi regiments at the Battle of Shiloh.




Thomas Stanford's Battery   http://www.nps.gov/stri/learn/historyculture/upload/Roster_Sanford_Battery.pdf

Melancthon Smith's Battery    http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/155342.pdf

Bains 1st Mississippi Light Artillery (aka Vaiden's Battery)   http://www.mississippiscv.org/MS_Units/1st_mississippi_light_artillery.htm

Charles Swett's Battery   (aka Warren Light Artillery)    http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/warren_light_artillery1.htm

William Harper's (Jefferson) Battery    http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/jefferson_flying_artillery.htm

Edward Byrnes Kentucky and Mississippi  (Kentucky Horse Artillery)    http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/byrnes_btry.htm

Alfred Hudson's Battery  (aka Pettus Battery)   http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/pettus_flying_artillery.htm





1st Mississippi Cavalry (Col. Andrew Lindsay)  (Pinson's)  http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/1st_ms_cav(lp).htm

Mississippi and Alabama Cavalry Battalion  (A.K. Blythe)   http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/1st_ms_st_cav.htm

4th Battalion Cavalry  (Brewer)    http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/4th_bn_ms_cav.htm





3rd Mississippi Battalion  (joined 45th Mississippi later)   http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/45th_ms_inf.htm

5th Infantry Regt  (Fant)      http://www.mississippiscv.org/MS_Units/5th_MS_INF.htm

6th Infantry Regt    (Thornton)     http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/6th_ms_inf.htm  and

http://sixthmsinf.tripod.com/pictures.htm  (Faces of the 6th Mississippi, on Tripod) 

7th Infantry Regt   (Mayson)    http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/7th_ms_inf.htm and  http://www.7miss.org/  (Ron Skellie's site)

9th Infantry Regt   (Rankin)   http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/9th_ms_inf.htm

10th Infantry Regt   (Robert Smith)    http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/10th_ms_inf.htm

15th Infantry Regt   (Bentley)  (joined 23rd Mississippi later)   http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/15th_ms_inf.htm

22nd Infantry Regt   (Schaller)   http://www.mississippiscv.org/ms_units/22nd_ms_inf.htm




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Goodspeed's Biographies

Late in the 19th Century the Goodspeed Company (sometimes called Goodspeed Brothers) set about providing collections of Historical Records, based on counties and states. Prominent citizens of those counties and states were contacted, interviewed, and brief memoirs obtained (which were then rewritten as biographies.) The biographies were submitted to the interviewees, errors corrected, and the biographies published. An interesting six page biography of General PGT Beauregard is contained in Goodspeed's Louisiana, beginning page 272. “Mississippi in the War” begins page 150 and runs thirty pages in Goodspeed's Mississippi. General James R. Chalmers has a brief biography beginning page 535; Nathan Bedford Forrest and his cavalry are covered from page 159 to 165. General Albert Pike has his information in Goodspeed's Northeastern Arkansas, beginning page 70. Missouri and Indiana get pretty full coverage; and there is Goodspeed's Tennessee, and Goodspeed's Texas...

For those conducting family history research (especially of Confederate officers, and veterans who enjoyed political and business success after the war) Goodspeed's deserves to be examined.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodspeed_Publishing  List of States and Counties addressed by Goodspeed's

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Goodspeed Publishing Co  Goodspeed's Tennessee (Missouri, Indiana)

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/011441179  Goodspeed's Louisiana (1891)

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100736861  Goodspeed's Mississippi (1891)

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009567153  Goodspeed's Northeastern Arkansas (1889)

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