The Battle of Opequon of Winchester, 1864
From the beginning of the war with the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, SC, April 12, 1861, to the last battle at Palmito Ranch, Texas, May 13, 1865, the number of lives lost in battle, in prison camps, from disease and exposure, and through causes directly related to the war reached staggering proportions. (See the National Park Service Website for an informative presentation of facts about the war.)
This Library Guide will provide a staring point and information to aid in your research about the Civil War. Please spend a few moments clicking on the tabs above to familiarize yourself with the layout and content of the guide. Suggestions for additional websites, corrections, and comments are appreciated. Please find the email address for this purpose under the Guide Info tab above.
The library organizes its materials using the Library of Congress Classification System. For a full understanding of the War, it will be advantageous to also explore the period immediately preceding the onset of military action. Note that in this classification system the letter "E" represents all United States History.
|E 415-416||Middle Nineteenth Century|
|E 416-420||President James Polk|
|E 421-423||President Zachary Taylor|
|E 426-430||President Millard Filmore|
|E 431-435||President Franklin Pierce|
|E 436-440.5||President James Buchanan|
|E 4566-459||President Abraham Lincoln's Administrations, 1861-April 15, 1865|
|E 456-665||Civil War Period|
|E 470-478||Military History, Civil War|
|E 482-489||Confederate States|
|E 591 - 600||Naval History, Civil War|
|The Slavery Question arises in several administrations:|
|E 423||Taylor's administration 1849-July 9, 1850|
|E 433||Pierce's administration, 1853-1857|
|E 438||Buchanan's administration, 1857-1861|
|E 441-453||Slavery in the U.S. Antislavery movements|
American Experience: Robert E. Lee
(Click "Watch on YouTube.com" for link to the complete film on PBS)
Scenes from American History (Part 5): A House Divided
[United States Information Service (USIS), 1960]
Battle of Gettysburg
(History Channel, 2011)
Antietam: A Documentary Film
(Historical Films Group, 2000. Narrated by James Earl Jones. Filmed at Antietam National Battlefield and produced in cooperation with The Civil War Trust.)
Civil War Journal: The Battle of Fredericksburg
(History Channel, 1993)
Causes of the Civil War: Part 1
Causes of the Civil War: Part 2
A Collaboration of the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, and Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College.
by Susan Birkenseer
[Published in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) College & Research Libraries News, vol. 76, no 5 (May 2015), pgs 269-273]Hundreds of websites offer insight into the American Civil War. This guide is not comprehensive, but it highlights a diverse collection of free websites of primary sources for the study of the war. These websites include digitized newspaper archives for both the Union and Confederate sides of the struggle, collections of letters and diaries, digitized photographs, maps, and official records and dispatches from the battlefields.
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to discovery and preservation of Civil War photography
From the National Park Service, the site is beautifully presented and comprehensive in its content.
Part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website
The site, maintained on the Galileo server, provides access to more than 10,000 digitized items contributed by more than thirty libraries that are members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).
Digitized maps from the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia are searchable on this site.
Part of Mrs. Ozborn's Kingdom of History. Thanks Mrs. Oz.
From Civil War Trust
Official records, addresses and speeches, maps, correspondence, document collections, and more.
First-hand accounts gathered and presented by IBIS Communications, Inc., a digital publisher of educational programming.
Soldier records, photographs, slave records. . .854 million records in all including original records form the U.S. National Archives.
Includes the following sets: Abraham Lincoln Takes a National Role; Civil War Music; Civil War Soldiers' Portraits: The Liljenquist Family Collection; The Civil War: The Nation Moves Towards War, 1850-1861; and Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln: Three Great Presidents.
From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)