Items in the WRLC catalog are organized by Library of Congress Subject Heading in addition to author, title, and call number. Subjects are broken down in hierarchies, from broad to specific. Some items are cataloged under more than one subject heading. Below are some general subject terms related to the American Civil War and its impact on the African American community:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African American troops
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans--Sources
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The Lincoln Papers are characterized by a large number of correspondents, including friends and associates from Lincoln's Springfield days, well-known political figures and reformers, and local people and organizations writing to their president. In its online presentation, the Abraham Lincoln Papers comprises approximately 61,000 images and 10,000 transcriptions.
is produced by the National Portrait Gallery and is dedicated to examining the Civil War through the Smithsonian Institution's extensive and manifold collections. Since the war itself, 1861–1865, the institution has been actively collecting, preserving, and remembering America’s most profound national experience.
Digitized copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, the original is housed at the National Archives. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
The primary source materials for this website are taken from the pages of Harper’s Weekly, the leading American illustrated newspaper in the second-half of the nineteenth century. The items include editorials, feature stories, news items, illustrations, cartoons, a poem, and an advertisement. Of special interest are the documents printed in Harper’s Weekly from the key political and military figures themselves: proclamations, correspondence, and congressional messages from President Abraham Lincoln; proclamations from Union military generals; a letter from a prominent Confederate; and an illustration and correspondence from a Union soldier in the field. In addition, HarpWeek has added an annotated timeline, beginning with the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and continuing through ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865; biographical sketches of significant players in the emancipation drama; and a glossary of terms.
The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
No serious study of the American Civil War is complete without consulting the Official Records. Affectionately known as the "OR", the 128 volumes of the Official Records provide the most comprehensive, authoritative, and voluminous reference on Civil War operations.
The Valley of the Shadow is a digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. Here you may explore thousands of original documents that allow you to see what life was like during the Civil War for the men and women of Augusta and Franklin.