More than 2,000 men from Warren County fought in the War Against the States
While historians haven’t settled on an exact number, the total number of Union soldiers who served during the American Civil War likely surpassed two million.
More than 2,000 of that number came from a Warren County much less populated than it is today.
And a project recently completed by the Warren County Historical Society compiles all 2,137 names into a one accessible place.
Available online at www.warrenhistory.org/Civil%20War%20Soldiers.html, the database provides some information about each veteran, based on what the WCHS has discovered. That can include birth and death years, township of residence and military unit information.
Managing Director Michelle Gray explained that the project has been the work of volunteers and federal Senior Community Service Employment Program participants. Last fall, Gray explained, Jim Weaver approached the Historical Society with an interest in working on the project. “He’s the one that finished it up,” Gray said.
The information included in the database came from a host of sources. Gray explained that the Historical Society is in possession of the military enrollment records for Warren County for the years 1862 and 1865. “The rest was compiled from other sources,” she said, including obituary records, cemetery records and various texts.
“We started compiling that list back in 2006,” she said, indicating that the intent of the project was “about providing user friendly records.” While databases are not directly preservation tools, Gray said that “it warrants our efforts to create those types of resources.”
And it’s possible that the list isn’t complete.
“I had always thought that it was 1,800 … the number of men that fought in the Civil War,” she said. “So when it was over 2,000, (I) wasn’t surprised because of all the other enlistments outside of our area, in other states. So over time that list has grown because additional records have shown up or we’ve been made aware of it.”
“Yes, there could be more,” she said of the possibility of more men from Warren County having served.
For people who find a relative, or someone they think might be a relative, that is on the list, the Historical Society is prepared to assist.
“They should contact us and we’ll be able to help them,” Gray said. “That was part of the point.”
The names will likely be on display both at the Historical Society and at the Warren Public Library during a weekend-long Civil War remembrance event set in Warren from August 1-3.
Sue Spencer, who is coordinating the event, said that people will be able to “come in to find out if that is indeed a relative and tell us about it. If they had any stories from their relatives, we’d love to hear them.”