American Civil War

The American Civil War (1861-1865) was fought after the Southern states banded together to form the Confederate States of America and attempted to secede from the United States of America. The four-year war resulted in the continued unification of the nation and the abolition of slavery. This collection includes a wide array of documents that explore important leaders, battles and campaigns, and policies.

 "Manassas" (1861) (Catharine Ann Warfield)

 "Stonewall Jackson’s Way" (1862) (John Williamson Palmer)

 "When Money Was Easy" (1862– 1865) (George Cary Eggleston)

 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)

 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights (1868)

 A Plea for General Amnesty (Carl Schurz)

 At the White House (1861) (William Howard Russell)

 Crisis in South Carolina (1860) (Samuel Wylie Crawford)

 Emancipation Proclamation (1863)

 England and the Civil War in America

 Gettysburg Address (1863) (Abraham Lincoln)

 Gunboat Warfare (1863) (David Dixon Porter)

 Home Life of a Southern Lady (1862– 1865) (Victoria Virginia Clayton)

 Homestead Act (1862)

 In the Wilderness (1864) (Charles A. Dana)

 Life in the Confederate Capital (1865) (John B. Jones)

 Lincoln and Reconstruction (John B. Gordon)

 Lincoln Reelected President (William H. Herndon)

 March to the Sea (1864) (William Tecumseh Sherman)

 Northern Preparations (1861) (Philippe d'Orléans)

 Our Country’s Call (William Cullen Bryant)

 Peninsular Campaign (1862) (George B. McClellan)

 Rising of the People (1861) (Mary Ashton Livermore)

 Slavery and the Union (1862) (Horace Greeley)

 South Carolina Ordinance of Secession

 Sumner and the South (Lucius Q. C. Lamar)

 Surrender of Fort Sumter (1861) (John Gray Foster)

 Telegram Announcing the Surrender of Fort Sumter (1861)

 The Disbanding of the Federal Army (James G. Blaine)

 The Draft Riot (1863) (Anna Elizabeth Dickinson)

 The Funeral of Lincoln (James G. Blaine)

 The Kansas-Nebraska Bill (Edward A. Pollard)

 The Pursuit, Capture, Death and Burial of Booth (Ray Stannard Baker)

 The Trent Affair (John Bigelow)

 The War of Liberty (1861) (Wendell Phillips)

 War Department General Order 143: Creation of the U.S. Colored Troops (1863)