Civil War

Eye of the Storm, Michael Johnson, Adam Stoltman, Alan Dorow, Journal E
Eye of the Storm presents more than 500 watercolor paintings and maps by Union Army Private Knox Sneden. Drawings depict battle scenes, camp life, and maps. Four presentations depict particular incidents that Sneden witnessed.
A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections From the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers, American Memory, Library of Congress
This collection offers a unique perspective on the lives of a Union soldier and his family. The selected letters lend insight into the wartime dynamics of the Reynolds family, and their words reveal how family members in Reynolds’ regiment looked after him, announced his capture, and gave advice. The letters also describe the daily life of a Union soldier, touching on such topics as food, clothing, shelter, health, and punishment. Soldiers’ feelings, views on slavery and the election of 1864, as well as Reynolds’ account of seeing President and Mrs. Lincoln can all be found in this collection. The site also features two Special Presentations: “Timeline: History of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865” and one on the Reynolds family.
Images of Battle: Selected Civil War Letters, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
This site reproduces 10 letters by soldiers at the battlefront of the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. The letters, written by both Union and Confederates, describe battle conditions at Fort Sumter (SC), Manassas (VA), Hilton Head (SC), Frederick (MD), Fredericksburg (VA), and other important locations. Taken from the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the letters are accompanied by illustrations and short captions. The site also includes eight links to Civil War resources.
Crisis at Fort Sumter, Richard B. Latner, Tulane University
This interactive website provides documents, essays, and questions about the events leading up to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in 1861 and places the events within a broader context of secession and southern independence. There are nine chronological sections and students must make decisions at five “critical junctures,” soliciting advice from official and unofficial advisors. Students can compare their choices with Lincoln’s, and a commentary section challenges students to explore multiple interpretations of events.
Selected Civil War Photographs, American Memory, Library of Congress
This collection offers 1,118 photographs depicting Civil War military personnel, preparations for battle, and the aftermath of battles in the main eastern theater and in the west, in addition to Federal Navy and Atlantic seaborne expeditions against the Confederacy. The site also includes portraits of Confederate and Union officers and enlisted men and photographs of Washington, D.C. during the war. The presentation “Time Line of the Civil War” places images in historical context. “Does the Camera Ever Lie” demonstrates the constructed nature of images, showing that photographers sometimes rearranged elements of their images.
The Crisis of the Union, Schoenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania
This archive contains material related to “the causes, conduct, and consequences of the U.S. Civil War,” many of which relate to Abolition. The collection contains more than 220 books, broadsides, cartoons, pamphlets, and other printed material from 1830 to 1880. Visitors may browse issues of William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator, peruse the 1852 Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, or view dozens of Thomas Nast cartoons. Finally, visitors can also search the entire archive by keyword, subject, graphic element, or date.
Civil War Women, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University
These Civil War-era documents relate to three American women of diverse backgrounds and political persuasions. These women are Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a Confederate spy and Washington socialite; Sarah E. Thompson, who organized Union sympathizers near her home in Greenville, Tennessee; and 16-year-old Alice Williamson, a Gallatin, Tennessee, schoolgirl who kept a diary about the Union occupation of her town.
Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, University of Virginia
The Valley Project traces the lives of two communities—Staunton, Virginia and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania—from the time of John Brown’s Raid through Reconstruction. This massive, searchable archive offers thousands of pages of maps, images, letters, diaries, newspapers, and church, agricultural, military, and public records—all relating to these two communities during the era of the Civil War.
Civil War Richmond, Michael D. Gorman
This research project was designed to collect primary sources related to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. It includes written accounts, photographs, maps, information on Richmond hospitals and prisons, a summary of Civil war events in Richmond, and information on sites important to the Civil War history of Richmond.
The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Reconfiguring Virginia, University of Virginia
This site seeks to “explore the dimensions of the Virginia debates on secession in 1860-61 and the course of West Virginia’s creation. It examines the political and legal issues at stake and Virginians’ reactions to them, and provides newspaper, letters and documents, maps, images, and a teaching section with 12 ideas for class discussions based on the site’s materials.