The American Civil War from 1861 through 1865 is sometimes described as the crucible from which the nation was forged. The cost to the States, north and south, in blood and treasure, is almost inconceivable. This one war accounted for nearly half of all casualties the United States has suffered since its formation.
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.
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The library organizes its materials using the Library of Congress Classification System (LCC). The classication ranges below also relate to period immediately preceding the onset of Civil War military action. 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