Brother Against Brother

Brother Against Brother: An UnCivil War

This page is in honor of our ancestors who left home and comfort to take up arms during the War of the Rebellion. The Civil War has often been referred to as a war of brother against brother and father against son. No other state serves as a better example of this than what would later become West Virginia, where there was relatively equal support for the northern and southern causes. Often families were split down the middle over their beliefs on the war. There are many instances of divided loyalties and even of individuals fighting for both sides.

My gg-grandmother Mary Forqurean, and her brothers, from the Kanawha Valley of Virginia were good examples of this. These brave men fought on both against brother...defending their families and their way of life. By the war's end those who survived returned home, weary from the horror and gore of the battle. President Lincoln had promised to care for those who had borne the burden of the war; however, there was little political pressure to see that these promises were kept after his assassination.

Men who had fought together and survived were left with memories difficult to face. As the winds of war quieted and the smoke and smell of burnt black powder of battle faded, the memories were replaced with their personal rain of tears.

Civil War Sabre

John Clark Banta

Isaac Harley

John D. Harley

Samuel Harley

William F. Harley

Asa M. Hovey

Stephen Lee

William D. Lee

Joshua Powell

Alexander Walters

John Walter

Medal of Honor Recipients


During the Civil War there were three types of soldiers: militia, volunteers, and the regular army. The military units of the North were of various types. These included artillery, cavalry, and infantry. Heavy artillery would be found in forts or as siege guns, and sometimes on rail cars. Field artillery was more mobile; smaller caliber howitzers could even be carried on horseback. Cavalry weapons were the sword, carbine or pistol. Infantry was heavy or light, with the light infantry more quickly mobile than the heavy infantry. Sharpshooters were considered as infantry, although more specialized. Most units, with the exception of regular US Army units, were associated with the state from which they were organized.

The basic record of a soldier is in the regimental book and in the company book. Units that have regimental books (and company books) in the National Archives are found at These records can include a regimental order book, company order books, a regimental descriptive book, company descriptive books, consolidated morning reports by company, a regimental 'letters sent' book, and miscellaneous books.

For additional reading about the Civil War, see:

The Civil War Home Page

Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients

Civil War Battle Summaries by Campaign

The Music of the American Civil War

The National Archives: Civil War Records

New England Civil War Museum/Thomas J. O'Connell Library

The Grand Army of the Republic

The War Generations

Point Lookout Prison Camp for Confederates

Atrocities of the Civil War

Civil War Photos: Special Collections

Jefferson Davis' Inaugural Address as Provisional President of the Confederacy

The Confederate Research Room at Lineages

Sandusky County, Ohio Civil War Soldiers

Time Line of the American Civil War

The History Place - U.S. Civil War: 1861-1865

This Day in Civil War History

View the 'Maple Leaf' Shipwreck under excavation

Civil War Resources


You are listening to: Battle Cry of Freedom, by George F. Root [1820-1895]

Yes, we'll rally round the flag, boys,
We'll rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom,
We will rally from the hillside,
We'll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

The Union forever,
Hurrah! boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitors,
Up with the stars;
While we rally round the flag, boys,
Rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

We are springing to the call
Of our brothers gone before,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
And we'll fill our vacant ranks with
A million free men more,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.--CHORUS

We will welcome to our numbers
The loyal, true and brave,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
And although they may be poor,
Not a man shall be a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.--CHORUS

So we're springing to the call
From the East and from the West,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
And we'll hurl the rebel crew
From the land that we love best,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.--CHORUS

This midi file was sequenced by Benjamin Tubb, and is used with his permission.
You may visit his web site at: PD Music

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Web Site: Dianne Elizabeth's Family History, Created July 17th, 1999
Page Title: Brother Against Brother: An Uncivil War
Page Created: March 28th, 2000
Revised: April 20, 2013