So far I have discovered that 10 of my ancestors have served in the Civil War, split amongst both Union and CSA. I recently just did a proper pass to find records to confirm which units they served in and validate that everything matches up. One of them is still speculative, strong family stories (not passed down to me but those I discovered after running into relations while researching genealogy) match up to him dying in the Civil War (the only of my ancestors to have died during the war) and I believe I've found the correct records for him but still am looking to fully verify it. So my first step is this overview of them and then to keep digging further. It's a bit coincidental that it turned out I have 4 ancestors who served in the Union, 5 in the CSA, and one who served in both. Isom Paul Langley (Union and CSA) - was first in CSA as Isham P Langley - Pvt 33rd Arkansas Inf, Co E then was in Union as Isaac P Langley - Pvt 4th Arkansas Cavalry, Co H (2x great grandfather) Toliver Roberts (Union) - Pvt 72nd & 73rd Missouri Militia (4x great grandfather) Matthew Shipman (Union) - Pvt Greene County Reg Missouri H. G. (5x great grandfather) John Quincy Adams Mayhugh (Union) - Pvt 30th Illinois Inf, Co A (3x great grandfather) Isaac Newton Joseph (Union) - Pvt 31st Ohio Inf, Co A (4x great grandfather) William Bennett Everett (CSA) - Pvt 12th Arkansas Inf, Co D, then 6th (3x great grandfather) James Albert Andrews (CSA) - Pvt Phillips Legion Georgia, Co A (3x great grandfather) Thomas W. Peterson (CSA) - Pvt 6th Arkansas Inf, Co F (4x great grandfather) William C. Thomas (CSA) - Sgt 11th Georgia Inf, Co C, died while serving during 1864 (4x great grandfather) Elisha Francis May (CSA) - Pvt 2nd Alabama Cav, Co G (4x great grandfather) Ancestors who were involved with non-military pre, during, and post Civil War activities Hood S. Baker b. 1834 Jefferson County, Indiana - He was an early pioneer of Kansas and was around during a lot of the pre-civil war events (including Bleeding Kansas). He was present and observed (though not a participant) in the disbanding of the Topeka Legislature by Colonel Sumner. He was a very early town member in what is now a ghost town (and pretty much wiped off of existence actually) of Sumner in Atchison County, Kansas. He was a strong supporter of Kansas being a free state. There he was elected as a delegate to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention which was the most progressive of the Kansas constitution (even including some womens rights), though not fully adopted. Thomas K Jones b. 1858 in Arkansas and lived in Christian County Missouri. He was a member of a Missouri post Civil War vigilante gang (pro-Union) called the Baldknobbers. His group were the most extreme (the Christian County sect) of Bald Knobbers. They violently enforced "morale" codes of the time (sometimes going way too far). I found and got photocopies from the National Archives of his court records (35 pages of US vs. Thomas K Jones) where charges were brought against him for intimidation and threats (as well as threats for someone not to act as a witness lol). His brother was much more involved, Amos Jones, who was married to the daughter of the local Baldknobber leader David Walker, Amos and some others pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was imprisoned for many years, later his sentence was commuted after many local residents (including jurists on the original trial) asked for leniency since him and some others were just present during the event.