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Virginia in the American Civil War

Library of Virginia collections pertaining to the American Civil War

Veterans & Memorials

In the aftermath of the war, a number of Civil War veterans' organizations came into being. The most powerful of the Union's veterans' organizations was the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), founded in 1866. In 1889, Confederate veterans formed the comparably influential United Confederate Veterans (UCV). Additional organizations, commemorating those who served the Confederacy and assisting widows of Confederate veterans, were the United Daughters of the Confederacy, United Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Board of Managers for the Home for Needy Confederate Women.

Civil War veterans and their organizations had profound effects on Reconstruction and on state and national politics in the postwar period. In addition to Confederate Disability Applications and Robert E. Lee Camp Home Applications, information about veterans and memorials can be found in church records in the Library of Virginia collections. 

Search Tips

Use the following suggested keywords to search the LVA Catalog:

  • Associations, institutions, etc. Virginia Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Confederate States of America Societies, etc.
  • Veterans Confederate States of America
  • Women in charitable work Virginia Civil War, 1861-1865

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