Your comments have encouraged me to go ahead and jump in (the water's fine). I can't swim, but hopefully, someone will remember being in my shoes as far as my ignorance about genealogy,and especially the Civil War. I went through high school never being taught the Civil War. The first year the teacher said we were out of time but the next year's teacher would cover it. Next year that teacher announced he wasn't interested in the Civil War, so that year was blown. Finally, in my senior year, the teacher looked aghast when we said we had never covered the Civil War, but the Civil War was not in the senior curriculum!
Now in my middle age, my ancestors are calling out to me! My ggg-grandfather William Johnson was the age to have been in the war.I believe he died in Big Flat,Baxter Co., AR after the 1910 census. Johnson is one of those surnames that make you cry, simply because there are so many. So how can I tell which Johnson in the index is mine? By county? By spouse name? I have no clue, no middle initial, no idea of regiment. Don't know if he ever fought! Family history doesn't mention him being in the war. Maybe he wasn't. Any advice?