Civil War, 1861-1865


Newspapers are considered to be primary sources. A few have been digitized and are available full text, some are available in excerpts.

New York Times (1851-2013)
The full-text of the NY Times. Includes all images and advertising.  Search for names, events and concepts and view a summary of an article, a PDF image of the article or the entire page of the newspaper.

Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspaper Collection contains all the words, photographs, and advertisements from selected newspapers published during the pivotal years before, during, and after the U.S. Civil War.

Richmond Daily Dispatch, 1806-1865

The Valley of the Shadow includes newspapers as well as other documents from communities on both sides of the conflict.

Other Primary Sources

Many books contain primary content.  In the online catalog, try some of the following subject headings:

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate.

There are many websites with excellent primary sources:
The Southern Homefront 1861-65
Selected Civil War Photographs from the Library of Congress


Historical Statistics of the United States REF HA202 .H58