Civil War and Reconstruction

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Background Info

Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social and Military History. Connect to this title through Credo Literati.

Encyclopedia of the Confederacy. (Ref 973.713 C936) New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

West Point Atlas of the Civil War. (Ref 973.7022 Es65) New York: Praeger, 1962.

Finding Articles

Primary Sources

Primary sources for the Civil War era include letters, diary entries, images, newspaper articles, and much more.  

Primary sources include hundreds of newspapers, congressional records, and ephemera.

Antietam on the Web - Everything on the Battle of Antietam.

Atlas of the Civil War, Month by Month : Major Battles and Troop Movements. (Ref 973.7022 Sw24) Athens, GA: University of Georgia, 2004.

Civil War Archive - Looks at the individual regiments and army units by state, and their history in general.

Civil War Day by Day, An Almanac, 1861-1865. (Ref 973.7 L850) Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971.

Civil War Maps - Browse over 2,000 maps with campaigns, battlefields, and much more. From the Library of Congress.

Civil War Photographic Collection From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress, contains over 1,000 photographs of the War in all its aspects.

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. (2nd floor, 973.74 Un3o) General index. Washington, DC: US GPO, 1927. There is an index to the collection of documents in this same call number.

War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (2nd floor, 973.74 Un3) 70 vols. Washington, DC: GPO, 1901. You can also find it on the Web.

American Slave Narratives - Transcripts from selected interviews (thirteen) of former slaves. These are annotated with explanations of lapses and inconsistencies in the narratives. Remarkable and unique site.

Documenting the American South Relates the Southern experience in 19th century America through text and graphics; subject areas include narratives on slavery, diaries and memoirs and autobiographies; numerous links to other sites are included.

Frederick Douglass Papers - Full text of speeches, letters etc. all from Frederick Douglass. From the Library of Congress American Memory Project.

Freedom: a documentary history of emancipation, 1861-1867. Series. 1 (2nd floor, 973.71 B455) 3 vols. Cambridge, 1985-. Continuing series on emancipation during and after the Civil War. Series 2 focuses on the Black Military Experience, and Series 3 with Land and Labor after the Civil War.

"I Will Be Heard!": Abolitionism in America - Examples of materials in the antislavery collection at Cornell University Library.

Voices from the Days of Slavery - From the Libary of Congress, audio of 23 slaves' interviews recorded between 1932 and 1975. Transcripts are also included. Supports the book Remembering Slavery (2nd floor 326.0922 B455)

American Women's History: The Civil War Period - A research guide providing information on where to find primary sources, and offering lists of bibliographies, biographies, and much more.

The Civil War: Women and the Homefront: Primary Sources Online - Diaries, letters, personal narratives by women during the Civil War. From Duke University.

Women and the American Civil War: An Annotated Bibliography (Ref 973.7016 M143) Praeger, 2003.

Women Soldiers of the Civil War - Articles from the National Archives discussing and documenting the women who served as soldiers in the Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln: A Resource Guide - Includes the Abraham Lincoln collection from the Library of Congress, but also access to other documents from around the world, and a biography on Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress - Use in conjunction with Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project, (which focuses on the years 1830-1861).

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (2nd floor, 973.7 L638) New Brunswick: Rutgers University, 9 volumes.

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant (2nd floor, 973.82 G767p) Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 30 volumes.

Ulysses S Grant Digital Collection - Digitized Papers of Ulysses S Grant and political cartoons. From Mississippi State University.

The Civil War in books : an analytical bibliography (3rd floor, Oversize 973.7016 Ei23) University Of Illinois Press, c1997

Guide to American Civil War WWW Resources - "Jensen's guide" organized by time period and event.

Making of America A "digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction [1850-1877]."

Chronicling America - Online newspapers from 1860 to 1922. Browse by state, or do a general search. From the Library of Congress.

Foreign Relations of the United States - The digitized version of this venerable series. Click on Browse to get a chronological listing of volumes, beginning in 1861. Often the digitized documents are listed in older years. All documents are compiled by the State Department's Office of the Historian.

Secession Era Editorials - Transcriptions of many primary texts from nineteenth century American history. Includes texts in such subjects as: Slavery/Sectionalism, 1860 Election, Secession/War, John Brown/Harper's Ferry, and Post Civil War.

Valley of the Shadow - Two towns, one in the North and one in the South, their lives and influences examined through diaries, letters, and other primary sources.

Journals Finder

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (also called Rampolla)
(8th edition)
Reference: 1st floor 907.2 R148a

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

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Writing Assistance

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