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American Civil War 1861-1865

The American Civil War was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 between the United States (the "Union" or the "North") and several Southern slave states that had declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America (the "Confederacy" or the "South").

Hostilities began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter, a key fort held by Union troops in South Carolina. In 1863, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate incursion north ended at the Battle of Gettysburg. Western successes led to Ulysses S. Grant command of all Union armies in 1864.

William T. Sherman drove east to capture Atlanta and marched to the sea, destroying Confederate infrastructure along the way. The Union marshaled the resources and manpower to attack the Confederacy from all directions, and could afford to fight battles of attrition through the Overland Campaign towards Richmond. The defending Confederate army failed leading to Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

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150th Anniversary of the Start of the U.S. Civil War
By US101 Marie Mx Spearman

2011 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. IMFA has a list of Mx Civil War Veterans at our website, which were extracted several years back from microfilm. Today these files/records can be accessed on Ancestry.com and/or Footnote.com and no doubt there may have been records missed at the time I made the extractions, and it is possible that the digital files are more complete a decade later.

US360 Peg Redfearn suggested IMFA join in recognition of the sacrifice made by our ancestors – and their families – by documenting their military service. If you have details regarding your Mx ancestor’s Civil War military service, photos or stories, please send for inclusion in MxWorld and at our website. As you may recall, US084 Kermit Bird (deceased) honoured his ancestor Joel Molyneux by publishing Joel’s Civil War diaries in Quill of the Wild Goose. We have lengthy excerpts from Quill in back issues of MxWorld. > Read more

Civil War Military Records extracted from the General Index to Pension Files
Extracted by US101 Marie Mx Spearman

IMFA has a list of Mx Civil War Veterans which were extracted several years back from microfilm. Today these files/records can be accessed on Ancestry.com and/or Footnote.com and no doubt there may have been records missed at the time I made the extractions, and it is possible that the digital files are more complete a decade later.
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Consolidated Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers
Extracted by US101 Marie Mx Spearman

IMFA has a list of Mx Civil War Veterans which were extracted several years back from microfilm. Today these files/records can be accessed on Ancestry.com and/or Footnote.com and no doubt there may have been records missed at the time I made the extractions, and it is possible that the digital files are more complete a decade later.
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Extracts From “Quill of the Wild Goose”
by US084 Kermit Molyneux Bird

Civil War Letters and Diaries of Pvt.Joel Molyneux, 141st Pennsylvania Volunteers. Following previous pages 4-8 with Index of Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1864, kindly sent by Marie Mx Spearman, it is perhaps appropriate to follow on with Mx related material to the Civil War in US 1861-65.
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Jesse (Willman or Wilman) Mullenix
Served in Company A of the 15th Kansas Cavalry
Great grandfather of US101 Marie Mullenneix Spearman

Jesse’s declaration for Pension dated 12 June 1912 states he was 67 years old, and had “lung and eye troubles”. He states he enrolled at Shawneetown, Kansas on 14 August 1863 as a private in N. H. Morrison’s Co. A. 15th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry Volunteers in the Civil War, and was honorably discharged at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas on 19 October 1865. > Read more

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