Search for Prisoners Held at Andersonville and Fort McHenry

The National Park Service maintains a fantastic website for finding your Civil War ancestor. Genealogists always turn to the NPS Soldiers and Sailors Database when looking for their Civil War ancestor. But did you know that you can also search on the site for information on individual soldiers who were held at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland or at the Andersonville prison camp in Andersonville, Georgia?
“The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System currently includes information about two Civil War prisons: Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, once a temporary home to more than 15,000 Confederate soldiers; and Andersonville prison camp in Andersonville, Georgia, where more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined.” Click here to search the prisoner records and view histories for both prisons.

I searched for anyone by the name of Canfield who was held at Andersonville, and found three men, with some pretty good details about them. I also searched for anyone by the name of Shuler who was held at the Union’s Fort McHenry, and found one. Click on the links for the results screens.

Check it out.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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