Civil War Related Websites
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The American Battlefield Protection Program »
The American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service offers battle summaries and information on The Civil War Site Advisory Commission. Concise information on the most significant battles of the war.
ParkNet -- The National Park Service Home Page »
Forty-two of America's National Parks were touched by the Civil War. The park websites vary in complexity but almost all include photographs and a brief text of the history of the site. Many include expanded web pages with more interesting items like maps to read and download, weather reports and primary source documents.
The National Park Sesquicentennial Civil War Page »
This page contains useful information pertaining to the upcoming sesquicentennial commemorations being arranged by the National Parks Service.
The Library of Congress American Memory Page »
The Library of Congress provides an ever-growing resource for all to use. Search for "The Civil War" and find photographs, historic documents, movies, or sound recordings of oral histories.
Civil War Photographs from the Library of Congress »
The Library of Congress has one of the best digital collections of Civil War photographs. Use the "Search this Collection" feature to help find pictures of specific people or places.
The National Archives »
A quick search on this website will provide many interesting sources from the Civil War, including photos and oral histories.
Civil War Photographs from the National Archives »
The National Archives provides a selection of some of the most famous photographs from the Civil War era. They are organized according to topic, and many are very high quality.
The Official Records of the Civil War (Union and Confederate) »
The Official Records of the Civil War (OR) were compiled after the war and contains thousands of original letters, orders, and accounts from every battle of the war. This link leads to a digital collection of the Official Records provided by Ohio State University.
Ten Costliest Battles of the Civil War »
View a list of the Ten Costliest Battles of the Civil War, based on total casualties (killed, wounded, missing, and captured). Contains links to more articles about the battles. Lists location, commanders, number of forces engaged, winner, casualties, and links from the Official Records.
Civil War Maps »
The website of United States Military Academy's Department of History includes maps published in their campaign atlases.
The United States Civil War Center »
The U.S. Civil War Center has over 2,100 links to web resources on virtually every Civil War topic imaginable. It also includes some nice statistical tables and good advice on searching for your Civil War ancestors.
Abraham Lincoln Research Site »
This site offers a wide variety of resources that focus primarily on the life and actions of Abraham Lincoln.
Civil War Interactive »
An award-winning online magazine featuring articles, links, photographs and editorials related to the Civil War. It even includes authentic Civil War recipes and the toughest Civil War trivia around!
The Museum of the Confederacy »
Located in Richmond, Virginia, The Museum of the Confederacy contains one of the largest collections of original Confederate Civil War artifacts in the country.
Virginia Tech Center for Civil War Studies »
A Civil War Center run by Virginia Tech that can help provide the up to the minute news from throughout the Civil War community. Check out the "Useful Links" page for even more websites packed with useful information.
Civil War Cavalry Battles and Charges »
This site offers a wide-range of information in regards to cavalry battles of the Civil War. It also offers several quotes from cavalry generals from throughout the war.
Civil War Women Archival Collection of Duke University »
A well-organized collection personal letters from women who played important roles during the American Civil War, including Rose O'Neal and Sarah E. Thompson.
Maine State Archives Civil War Page »
A website filled with first hand accounts and photos of men and women from the state of Maine, and their accomplishments during the Civil War.
Missouri's Civil War, 1861-1865 »
Sponsored by the Missouri Division of Tourism, this website contains a lot of information on everything related to Missouri's impact in the civil war, as well as unique features like Flash-animated Battles.
Letters from an Iowa Soldier during the Civil War »
This is a site that contains transcripts of actual letters from Newton Robert Scott of the 36th Iowa Infantry volunteers. It provides an excellent source of primary documents as well as a great first hand account of the war itself.
Valley of the Shadows »
An excellent source of primary documents that provide numerous records from Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania that span from before until well after the Civil War. This website allows the viewer to see how the people were affected in both the North and the South by the Civil War.
Making of America »
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. It contains thousands of resources from the time period that are digitally accessible.
The History of Jewish-Americans in the Civil War »
This website is an excellent source of information for those who wish to find how Jewish-American citizens participated in the American Civil War.
Project Gutenburg »
This website provides access to thousands of books that have been digitized so that they may be accessed digitally. It is a great resource for those who may not have access to books in print.
Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefield »
Congress established the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission in 1991 to identify the most significant lands associated with the Civil War and to evaluate their condition and any threats to their preservation. This report, published in 1993, forms the basis of The Civil War Trust's battlefield preservation efforts.
Status Report on the Preservation of the Nation's Principal Civil War Battlefields »
The American Battlefield Protection Program recently issued this review of the status of the 384 Civil War battlefields the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission identified in 1993 as threatened by development.