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Thank you for taking my question. My great-grandfather was in the Civil War (1862). He was in the 54th Inf. Com. A VA S.C.A. He was taken prisoner in Macon, Georgia, and went to Camp Douglas in Chicago. I can't find the date he was released or any info on him, just that he was in the War and stayed in Illinois in the town of Broadlands, Illinois. How can I find/search for more information on him?


You have multiple options. Because he was from Virginia, I would look at the Confederate service records at the Library of Virginia. See their online guides here:

You can also write to the National Archives to see what records they have on him. Here is an explanation of their records for Confederate veterans:

Also, here is an overview of their Confederate records:

Please start with these records and let me know what you find.