Exploring Civil War Wisconsin: A Survival Guide for Researchers

By Brett Barker with Foreword by Alan T. Nolan

Paperback: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-339-8

160 pages, 140 b/w photos and illus., 8.5 x 10"


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"A treasure trove of primary sources awaits you, and these resources can offer you insight into the Civil War era that can be revealed in no other way. 'Exploring Civil War Wisconsin' can help you become a better researcher and historian, and it can help you unlock this fascinating part of our shared past." -from the Foreword

The innovative format of "Exploring Civil War Wisconsin" makes it easy for Civil War buffs, genealogists, and students to find and effectively use the vast array of historical materials about the Civil War found in archives, military and census records, published firsthand accounts, newspapers, and even on the Internet. This lively, illustrated guide focuses on Wisconsin in the Civil War, but is broadly applicable to Civil War research anywhere. Images of original documents and historic photographs illustrate every chapter, acquainting readers with both the Civil War and its sources. The easy-to-use and informative text is unlike anything else currently on the market.

Brett Barker received his Ph.D in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County.

Foreword by Alan T. Nolan



Part I: The Boys in Blue

  • Finding a Soldier
  • Researching a Regiment
  • Battles and Leaders
  • The Visual Record

Part II: The War at Home

  • Finding a Civilian
  • Researching a Community
  • Government and the People

Appendix: Learning More about the Civil War

Illustration Credits


Brett Barker, WHS Press author and professor of history at UW-Marathon County, recently won the UW Colleges Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching award, given each year to one faculty member in the UW Colleges (from among more than 350).