Civil War Buffs, This One’s for You

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By Alec Jacobs Comments

Legendary doc filmmaker Ken Burns is scheduled to appear at the National Archives on Wednesday morning. The reason? He has discovered information about a relative who fought in the Civil War, and is unveiling his discovery in conjunction with Ancestry.com.

Only members of the press can come to the announcement featuring Burns and NY1 News Anchor Cheryl Wills, author of Die Free, a book about her great-great-great grandfather, who escaped from slavery to fight in the war.

Wednesday will mark the first time that the digitized Civil War records will be available outside of the Archives. Members of Ancestry.com can view the records starting Wednesday, and they’ll be free to the public for one week only.

The announcement commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on April 12, and Burns’ documentary on the war is airing on PBS all week. To attend the unveiling, contact the National Archives Public Affairs office at (202) 357-5300.