“Charley Keep My Gun Clean”: Documenting Love and Loss During the Civil War – Amy Larner Giroux

SESSION: NGS2104-MIL-01 TRACK: Military

The U.S. Civil War has been documented in many ways—from contemporary records to modern cinematic productions. While unit and regimental histories can tell a broad story of where their men were during the war, we strive to see the stories more intimately from the point of view of a common soldier. Our kin and their individual scenes within the conflict may not be documented in detail, but the letters, diaries, photographs, and other documents from those who were in similar circumstances can help fill in context for our own ancestral stories. Attendees will be introduced to an array of source materials and a set of search methods that can help locate anecdotal information to contextualize and enhance family stories of the war period.

This presentation, along with the Board for Certification of Genealogists Skillbuilding lecture “Faded Echoes of the Civil War: Correlating Evidence of Identity and Kinship”(session NGS2104-BCG-02) will expand the toolkits of attendees working on research during the U.S. Civil Wartime period.

BIO: Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL, is an award-winning author with articles published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, The Genealogist (American Society of Genealogists), and Florida Studies. Her research interests include New York, New England, Florida, military cemeteries, burial iconography, and ethnic studies.

The Virtual NGS 2021 On-Demand! Viewing Starts 15 June

This lecture series is available to view from home on your computer or mobile device and offers you the opportunity to develop exceptional genealogy skills with a highly comprehensive set of on-demand webinars from NGS’s expert conference speakers. On-Demand! packages of audio-visual lectures are now available for purchase.

Select from the 20 or 40 On-Demand! lecture packages with over 85 sessions to choose from. Watch starting 15 June 2021 through 31 December 2021. Both packages come with access to two full days of NGS 2021 Live! from 19-20 May 2021, the virtual conference syllabus, and sponsored bonus sessions. Plus, view the sessions from NGS 2021 Live! and any sessions you did not choose from the breakouts (nine more) beginning 15 June. All sessions will be closed captioned.


To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s week-long events, 17-21 May, visit the conference and download a copy of the program brochure