The regular army was small at the outset of the Civil War. As the war lengthened in time and losses, the governments of both sides relied heavily upon the states themselves to provide men through militias as a means of keeping costs down at the federal level. This method had several benefits, such as the granting of commissions as a political favor, as well as encouraging natural leaders to come forward through raising their own regiments, etc. After the war, the bonds created among units were strong and local. As a result, much of the history of the war was recorded by societies or groups that formed by way of veteran's organizations. These groups often collected the anectdotes and histories of the militia and recorded them for posterity's sake. This section is devoted to providing as many Regimental Histories as we can gather as a supplement to the official documentation of the war. This section should not be confused with Fox's Regimental History.