Since this thread is about the Civil War, thought I would add some things I just learned.
Robert, it is possible our gr. grandfathers may have literally fought each other. (or side by side)
I have learned a little more about my Union ancestor in the war, Henry A. Weed. He started as a Private and ended as a Full 4th Corporal. (what ever that is)
He was with the Iowa 26th Infantry regiment for 3 years, having fought at Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, and many smaller skirmishes.
Then he was with Sherman's March to the Sea and then up through the Carolina's and was present at the capture of Columbia.
He marched in the Grand Review at Washington and then was mustered out.
I had no idea he took part in so many famous battles, and survived, in one attack on Vicksburg they lost 1/4 of the unit in one day.
My Dad's other grandfather, Ira C. Chapman, fought for the South, he was in Co. E Infantry, Hampton Legion South Carolina Volunteers. Wonder if they ever fought each other?
Bolt actions speak louder than words.