The internet is packed full of information about the war, its history, its heroes, campaigns, memorials and much more. Searching sites is the most difficult, for several reasons. The site may or may not be indexed.
If it is not indexed it is more difficult to search, but is not impossible. On Windows, the keystroke command is “ctrl+f “ to bring up the find command. Most often this will allow you to search for a word or words. This will work with Google books and most other digital documents. It is the quickest way to determine if the person or event you are looking for is included in the file you are reviewing.
When the document is indexed it is easier to search and typically contains a search box. Sometimes documents/files are partially indexed. If the find command (described above) does not work and there is not an index, then reading page by page, may be the only option.
Below are links to databases with a plethora of information
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database
- Civil War Rosters (NC)
- NC Confederate Soldiers Burial Information
- North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
- North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
- North Carolina, Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953
- NC Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans
- 1890 Veterans Schedule Index: McDowell CountyCivil War Trails
- One Man’s Story: NC Records Online is 188+ links to civil war website
- NC battle sites of civil war; interactive map
- Flags of the Civil War era
- One Man’s Story: Civil War Soldiers a listing of a range of names. Example: looking for the surname “Gouge”, click on the range Gosnell, John B. ~ Granger, Philip B. for a table listing individual names, click on a name. Another page comes up that provides information on the Regiment, Officers, Assignments, Battles, Company information such as county and date organized.
- Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 379 – “First at Bethel, Farthest to the Front at Gettysburg and Chickamauga, and Last at Appomattox” is a traditional saying honoring the role of North Carolina’s soldiers in the Civil War. This sentence begins the article describing the latest commendation for the McDowell County’s Camp 379, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Take a moment to scan the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 379 website to discover the history of “The McDowell Men” who were “First at Bethel, Farthest to the Front at Gettysburg and Chickamauga, and Last at Appomattox”.
- Confederate Veterans -There is a pdf document that lists the cemeteries in McDowell County where Confederate Veterans are buried.
WWI and WWII
Vietnam, Korean War
- Vietnam A list of military from the Vietnam Wall, Listed by city
- Medal of Honor Recipients None may be listed from McDowell County. There is an excellent description of military medals.
- Veterans Service Records
- Davidson’s Fort Historic Park, Inc