Civil War Toolkit

Civil War Toolkit

WEB SITES •American Civil War Homepage <sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war> Links to many Civil War sites, categorized under general resources, secession crisis and before, images of wartime, biographical information, histories and bibliographies, documentary records, state/local studies, battles, rosters and regimental histories, other military information, Civil War reenactors and...

WEB SITES

American Civil War Homepage

<sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war> Links to many Civil War sites, categorized under general resources, secession crisis and before, images of wartime, biographical information, histories and bibliographies, documentary records, state/local studies, battles, rosters and regimental histories, other military information, Civil War reenactors and roundtables.

Black Soldiers in the Civil War

Civil War Archive

<www.civilwararchive.com> Indices of links grouped by letters, roundtable groups, personal diaries, corps and regimental histories, and research contacts.

CivilWar.com

<www.civilwar.com> Explore Civil War history through this interactive site with information on battles, places, music and documents plus a timeline.

Civil War Diaries and Letters

<www.twingroves.district96.k12.il.us/CivilWar/DiariesLetters.html> Buffalo Grove, Ill., middle school students put together this list of links to various online Civil War diaries and letters.

Civil War Maps

<memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/cwmhtml/cwmhome.html> This American Memory collection is from the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division, and includes reconnaissance, sketch, coastal and theater-of-war maps that depict troop activities and fortifications during the Civil War. Also contains maps from Gen. Sherman’s military campaigns in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Civil War and Other Military Mailing Lists

<www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_wars.html> Frequently updated page of 50 military Internet mailing lists, including some Civil War-focused lists, along with descriptions of and instructions for each.

Civil War Preservation Trust

<www.civilwar.org> An organization that has saved nearly 10,000 acres of Civil War battlefield land at more than 50 sites in 15 states.

Civil War Reenactors

<www.cwreenactors.com> Information about what’s involved in re-enacting Civil War scenes and how to find a group near you.

Civil War Resources on the Internet

<www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/rr_gateway/research_guides/history/civwar.shtml> List of links with descriptions from Rutgers University Libraries.

Civil War Rosters by State

<www.civilwarroster.com/index.html> Claims to post the Web’s most complete list of Civil War rosters.
 

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

<www.itd.nps.gov/cwss> 6.3 million names of those who fought, plus regimental history and battle information

Confederate Pension Records

<www.archives.gov/genealogy/military/civil-war/confederate/pension.html> A state-by-state listing of repositories that hold Confederate pension records, with contact information and the names of indexes you’ll find in most libraries.

National Park Service: The American Civil War

<cwar.nps.gov/civilwar> The National Park Service’s online guide to preserved places of America’s military past, including summaries of all Civil War battles and links to related national parks.

Making of America

<cdl.library.comell.edu/moa> Search all official records of the US Army and Navy during the Civil War by words and names, then see the digitized pages containing them.

North/South Skirmish Association

<www.n-ssa.org> Organizer of national and regional shooting competitions featuring period guns and artillery with shooters all dressed in full Civil War uniform.

Pamplin Historical Park

<www.pamplinpark.org> One of the newest Civil War attractions in the country, this 422-acre park in Petersburg, Va., features the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier; a restored and furnished 1812 plantation house that also served as a Confederate brigade headquarters; a re-created military encampment; a battlefield center of interpretive displays; and a trail leading through the battlefield where U.S. Grant’s Union army broke through the defensive line of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate force.

Selected Civil War Photographs

<memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphome.html> The Library of Congress’ American Memory collection of 1,118 photographs, most of which were taken under the supervision of Mathew Brady, includes scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle and battle after-effects. Also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.

Stonewall Jackson Museum

<www.waysideofva.com/stonewalljackson> This Strasburg, Va., museum offers living historians, a hands-on approach to exhibits, relict trenches from 1864 and, for the kids, historically accurate dress-up.

US Civil War Center

<www.cwc.lsu.edu> Information about Louisiana State University’s Civil War Center, as well as links, events calendar, searchable database, research and more.
 
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union  and Confederate Armies

<ehistory.osu.edu/osu/sources/records> Search or browse the “OR,” the 128 volumes containing the most comprehensive, authoritative and voluminous reference on Civil War operations.

Washington College Civil War Index

<homepages.dsu.edu/jankej/civilwar/civilwar.htm> Indices of links on large variety of topics such as artillery, flags, genealogy, slavery, stamps and uniforms.

19th Century African-American History — Civil War

<www.lib.washington.edu/subject/history/tm/black.html#asam> Long list of links to sites dealing with African Americans in the Civil War.

BOOKS

The American Heritage New History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton (Viking Books)

An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War by Charles P. Roland (University Press of Kentucky)

America’s Civil War (The American History Series) by Brooks C. Simpson (Harlan Davidson)

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson (Ballantine Books)

The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote (3 volumes, Random House)

The Civil War: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward (companion to the PBS TV series, Knopf)

Civil War Genealogy by George K. Schweitzer (Genealogical Sources)

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz (Random House)

Everyday Life During the Civil War by Michael J. Varhola (Writer’s Digest Books)

How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War by Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones (University of Illinois Press)

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor by Bertram Groene (Ballantine Books)

Trials and Triumphs: Women of the American Civil War by Marilyn Mayer Culpepper (Michigan State University Press)

REFERENCE RESOURCES TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR LIBRARY

The Atlas of the Civil War edited by James M. McPherson

Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies from the US War Department

Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy by Jon L. Wakelyn

Biographical Dictionary of the Union: Northern Leaders of the Civil War by John T. Hubbell and James W Geary

Civil War Almanac by John S. Bowman

Civil War Day by Day: An Almanac, 1861-1865 by E.B. Long

Civil War Dictionary by Mark Mayo Boatner

The Civil War Times Illustrated Photographic History of the Civil War edited by William C. Davis

Chronological Tracking of the American Civil War per the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion by Ronald A. Mosocco

A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer

Compendium of the Confederate Armies by Stewart Sifakis

Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War by Patricia L. Faust

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (30 volumes)

Photographic History of the Civil War by Francis Trevelyan Miller

Roll of Honor: Names of Soldiers Who Died in Defense of the American Union, Interred in the National Cemeteries from the US Quartermaster’s Department

Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 by Janet B. Hewett

Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 by Janet B. Hewett

The Sable Arm: Negro Troops in the Union Army by Dudley Taylor Cornish

Union Army, 1861-1865: Organization and Operations by Frank J. Welcher

War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (128 volumes, plus 95-volume supplement and five-volume index)

The West Point Atlas of the Civil War from the US Military Academy

Who Was Who in the Civil War by Stewart Sifakis Women’s Work in the Civil War: A Record of Heroism, Patriotism and Patience by LP. Brockett and Mary C. Vaughn

ORGANIZATIONS

Civil War Preservation Trust

1515 Wilson Blvd., Suite 350 Arlington, VA 22209 (703) 682-2350 <www.civilwar.org>

National Civil War Association

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Box 59 Columbia, TN 38402 (800) 380-1896 <www.scv.org>

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

411 Bartlett St. Lansing, Ml 48915 <suvcw.org>

United Daughters of the Confederacy

328 North Blvd. Richmond, VA 23220 (804)355-1636 <www.hqudc.org>
 
From the Winter 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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