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Dear Mr. Gatlin,
Thank you for contacting the History Hub!
There are several ways to determine if you had a relative who fought in the Civil War. We suggest that you begin your search with the Civil War military service records. If your relative fought for the Union in the Army, please search his name in the Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War, 1890 - 1912. If he fought for the Confederacy, please search his name in the Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations , 1903 - 1927] These records have digitized and are part of the National Archives Catalog.
On the National Archives web page at https://www.archives.gov/research/military/civil-war/resources.html, there are more resources are listed such as the pension files and record of events. For more assistance or specific questions about these records, please contact the Textual Reference Archives I Reference Branch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!