I've used the CWSS from the NPS to find what are possible ancestors of mine. However, I was unaware that the NPS had any more information than the name, rank, and regiment for each soldier. Is there more that NPS offers?
For my Yankee ancestors, I used the CWSS to find possible matches for my family. Then I took those names to state databases to compare information such as counties of origin, birth dates, and other information that would lead me to believe that I had found actual ancestors and not people that just shared the family name.
I have at least three matches for names (Andrew B. Mast, Finley P. Mast, John A. Mast) for NC Confederates from the CWSS, and a longshot of an N. B. Mast (two family matches). I was hoping to take those names to a NC database to do more research. That's when I hit a snag.
The regiments were the 11th Battalion NCHG and the 58th NC Infantry. My family came from counties that helped make up both groups (Watauga). However, Mast is a very common name in that area, so that's why I need to do more research.
I have info that members of the 11th were captured and taken to prisons in Ohio, Kentucky, or Tennessee. I need to research US prisons to see if there are any lists of prisoners available. Ideas?
Thanks for all the help from everyone.