Information for genealogists


Many people who visit this page are interested in what happened to a family member who fought in the siege of Petersburg and Richmond. I don't have access to a lot of information about specific individuals, but there are lots of possible published sources. For specific units, you might want to consult the "orders of battle" in books like Noah Andre Trudeau's The Last Citadel or the one given in volume IV of the Battles and Leaders books. Do bear in mind that the order of battle would change with time as units were moved about.

I get a lot of email from people looking for where their ancestor who was killed in the siege might be buried. The short answer is that I don't have that kind of information. However, for Federal deaths, you might try the "Roll of Honor" CD produced by Broderbund. For Confederate deaths, you might try Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg or Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. It also needs to be said that local cemeteries (i.e., local to where the soldier lived in the 1860's) might well be useful. The US Genweb site might also have information. My thanks to Walt Appell and Robert Willett of the newsgroup alt.war.civil.usa for these suggestions.