This opening session brings into the lecture some of the causes and effect of why the Civil War was fought. As the United States moves from Compromise towards war after the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 to the opening guns at Ft. Sumter in South Carolina in 1861. This session also focuses on an introduction to the many genealogical records during the war including the Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR) for both the Union Army and Confederate Army. Also covered will be Union Draft Records and their Confederate Counterpart which will include Confederate draft criteria.
1 hour and 34 minutes, plus 5 pages of handouts. The recording is also included as part of the monthly or annual membership.