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External websites with digitized Civil War collections



Civil War Exhibits Online

National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Institution's Matthew Brady Photographs of Union Generals online exhibit

This online exhibit is a slideshow with 21 portrait photographs of Union Generals.

National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Institution's Matthew Brady Portrait Gallery online

This online exhibit is a slideshow of portraits including players in the American Civil War.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Virtual Exhibit "The Last Full Measure: Wisconsin in the Civil War 1863-1865"

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and The Library of America Civil War 150 online exhibit

"Civil War 150" uses letters, personal accounts, and images to explore issues of the American Civil War.

Smithsonian American Art Musuem Online Civil War exhibit

This online exhibit is a slideshow with 34 images created during the Civil War era.

Civil War Images, Prints, Paintings, Photographs, & More

Library of Congress Civil War Photograph Collection

Over 7,000 views and portraits made during the American Civil War from the Library of Congress collection (can also be seen on their flickr account.)

Library of Congress Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

More than 1,000 photographs of both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War.

Library of Congress Andrew J. Russell collection

146 prints relating to military installations and activities during the American Civil War.

Library of Congress Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War

100 photos showing major sites of conflict in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania during the American Civil War.

Library of Congress Civil War Drawings Collection

More than 1600 sketches by artists who drew battle scenes and camplife for the nation's illustrated newspapers.

Library of Congress Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs

More than 200 photographs from the Civil War era.

U.S. National Records and Archives Pictures of the Civil War Collection

Over 200 hand-selected photographs covering many topics related to the American Civil War.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Collection at Flickr.com

US NARA Matthew Brady photographs collection at flickr.com.

North Carolina State Archives Civil War Images at flickr.com

Includes 51 photos and images related to the American Civil War.

ADAH Digital Collections

Includes thousands of images, photographs, prints, and drawings covering many topics including the civil war. Can search by time period or special collections.

ADAH Digital Collections Dr. Young Confederate Officers Photograph Album

Includes 192 photographs of officers who served in the Confederate Army.

ADAH Digital Collections Charles T. Pollard Confederate Officers Photograph Album

Includes 49 photos of various Confederate generals.

ADAH Digital Collections Robert E. Steiner Confederate Officers Photographs

Includes 23 photographs of Confederate commanders.

ADAH Digital Collections Shorter Mansion Photograph Album

61 photographs, including 40 Confederate officers.

ADAH Digital Collections

Includes 215 photographs of Confederate soldiers.

SMU Central University Libraries Digital Collections

Contains photographs, images, and albums relating to the Civil War representing both the Union and Confederate sides of the war.

SMU's DeGolyer Library Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs Collection

This digital collection contains over 4,000 images from 1845-1945 and is a wide range of early Texas photography including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, stereographs, and paper print photographs.

Chrysler Museum of Art Civil War Photographs Collection

Includes 325 photographs of the Civil War from the David L. Hack Collection of Civil War Photographs.

New York Public Library Digital Library

"The Pageant of America" photograph archive includes over 300 photos of the civil war. (Type "civil war" into the "search collection" box.)

Charleston Museum Civil War Photographs

A collection of 32 photographs from the American Civil War.

Charleston Museum Civil War Photographs Forts Collection

A collection of 65 photographs of Forts from the American Civil War.

Connecticut State Library Civil War Collection

Hundreds of photographs realting to the American Civil War.

The American Museum of Photography

A small collection of photographs of African Americans during the Civil War era.

West Virginia and Regional History Collections

More than 800 photographs relating to the Civil War era. (Use the "Search this Collection" box and search for "civil war.")

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Alfred and William Waud Collection includes sketches made by Waud after travels in America. These might interest followers of Waud's civil war sketches.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery Photographs from the U.S. Sanitary Commission

Over 200 photographs and drawings related to the Civil War associated with the U.S. Sanitary Commission.

Gettysburg College Civil War Era Collection

Includes letters, lithographs, maps, paintings, pamphlets, photographs, policitcal cartoons, artifacts and sheet music from the American Civil War.

Civil War Letters, Diaries, Correspondence, Manuscripts, & more

Oberlin College Archives

Digitized photos, news clippings, letters, relating particularly to Ohio Regiments and residents.

Oberlin College Archives

Digitized letters for U.S. Colored Troops, 5th Regiment, Elliott F. Grabill and Giles Waldo Shurtleff

Susquehanna University Civil War Collection

A collection of letters from a Division Engineer at Resaca, Georgia between October and December 1864.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Civil War Collection

This collection includes digitized letters from 1861-1865, military orders, and songsheets.

Grand Valley State University Digital Civil War Collection

Includes diaries of a surgeon, an artillery officer, a fruit farmer; political correspondence and slavery documents.

University of Iowa Digital Civil War Collections

Includes diaries and other related items of soldiers (many soldiers from Iowa). Also includes an Abraham Lincoln digital collection and Historic Iowa Children's diaries collection.

University of Washington Digital Civil War Collection

Includes digitized letters between soldiers and their family members, with firsthand accounts of battles.

Minnesota Historical Society Civil War letters

Includes digitized letters of three brothers from Minnesota who served in the First Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery and/or Infantry regiment, 1861-1865.

Library of Congress Tilton C. Reynold's Collection

Includes photos and transcriptions of letters from Reynolds who served in the 105th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.

Duke University Special Collections Library Rose O'Neal Greenhow letters

Scanned images and transcription of papers of female secessionist and spy, Rose O'Neal Greenhow.

Duke University Special Collections Library Sarah E. Thompson Papers

Scanned images and transcriptions of the papers of Sarah E. Thompson, spy and Union recruiter in Tennessee.

Duke University Special Collections Library Alice Williamson Diary

36 page diary of a schoolgirl in Gallatin, Tennessee who records the occupation and her resentment of Union forces.

AmercianCivilWar.com Diary of Carrie Barry

Diary of a 10-year old girl living in Atlanta, Georgia in 1864-1865.

Virginia Tech Civil War love letters collection

Transcribed love letters and other letters of soldiers and their loves.

Ladies' Union Aid Society notices and pictures

Includes a few pictures and notices/orders relating to the Ladies Union Aid Society in St. Louis, Missouri during the American Civil War.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Issac Tucker diaries exhibit

This is an online exhibit of the diary of Isaac Tucker, Union fifer and a former doctor, and POW during the Civil War.

University of Virginia Valley of the Shadow Collection

Thousands of original letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches, census & church records, by residents of Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Western Michigan University and Regional History Collections

Includes 8 diaries and 29 letters with originals and transcriptions, diverse collection from Michigan and the Midwest.

Virginia Tech Civil War Collection

More than 2,000 image records relating to the American Civil War. Includes digitized letters, papers, photos, diaries, slave-owner inventory, and more.

University of Delaware Edward A. Fulton collection

Includes 39 letters by Edward A. Fulton to his mother, Mary Fulton, of Wilmington, Delaware during the American Civil War.

University of Delaware Alexander Gardner Photographs of Lincoln Conspirators

Ten photographs of Lincoln conspirators, mainly taken during their execution. Gardner worked for Matthew Brady and was the only person allowed to photograph this execution.

University of Delaware

Digitized letters from David N. Lilley, resident of Delaware, to his sister Annie, during his service for the Union in the American Civil War.

University of Delaware Pierce Family Papers

Digital record of papers written between 1833 and 1954 with many items relating to brothers George and Enos Pierce and their service in the 97th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers.

University of Delaware Thomas M. Reynolds letters collection

Digitized letters from Thomas M. Reynolds to his fiancée, Lousia J. Seward, including his opinions of the American Civil War.

University of Delaware Diary of Reverend Samuel Tupper

Digitized Diary of the Reverend Samuel Tupper, relief worker for the U.S. Christian Commission.

University of Delaware D.G. Beers Atlas of the State of Delaware

Digitized Atlas with maps that include roads, geographic landmarks, buildings, and property owners from the Civil War time.

University of Delaware Rosenthal Lithographic Prints of Civil War Encampments

Digitized collection of 23 color lithographs of Civil War battles and camp scenes.

University of Delaware Ships' Logs by Issue Date

Digitized Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs by Issue Date, some for the American Civil War.

University of Delaware Historic Maps Collection

Digitized historic maps of Delaware.

Hamilton College Civil War Collection

Digitized letters, diaries, documents relating to the people of Oneida County, New York during the Civil War, including the 97th, 116th, 117th, 123rd, 126th regiments, among others.

North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial website

Digitized diaries, regimental histories, maps, and photos especially pertaining to North Carolina in the American Civil War.

Virginia Tech University Library Civil War Manuscript Collection

Digitized diaries, letters, memoirs of both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War.

Auburn University Digital Library Civil War Collection

Digital collection of Civil War diaries and Civil war letters from soldiers, spies, and a bodyguard of the president. Private and official correspondence including letters of Rufus King and Ulysses S. Grant.

University of Missouri Digital Civil War Collection and more

Includes scanned letters from the American Civil war and many other collections.

Gettysburg College Civil War Era Collection

Includes letters, lithographs, maps, paintings, pamphlets, photographs, political cartoons, artifacts and sheet music from the American Civil War.

University of Virginia Library Digital Collections

Digitized primary source material on the American Civil War including letters, diaries, and newspapers (newspapers only available to U of V users).

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Old Abe Exhibit

This is an online exhibit about Old Abe, an American bald eagle who served as the mascot for the Eighth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum William F. Goodhue online exhibit

This is a digital exhibit of the memoirs of William F. Goodhue, Company C, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, including experiences at Gettysburg, Antietam, and Sherman's March to the Sea.