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Nation IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Computers to Trace Civil War Soldiers

July 15, 1991|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The National Park Service has begun to make a computerized directory of all 3.5 million Civil War soldiers, allowing visitors to the 28 battlefields that the agency operates to ask a computer if their ancestors were Yankees or Rebels. The computers are expected to provide names, home states, regiments, soldiers' ranks and whether they fought for the North or South, said John F. Peterson of the Park Service's computer division in Washington.

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