Free Digital Databases:
Missouri Digital Heritiage provides instant access to more than 500,000 digitized Civil War records, accompanied by research guides, lesson plans and other tools designed to help Missourians learn more about this tumultuous and violent period in their state’s history.
A Nation Divided: Arkansas and the Civil War (some digital content)
Free Digital Civil War Newspapers:
Fulton Historic Newspaper Archive – The largest free newspaper archive in the world.
Augustana College Library – Civil War Diaries
ACL provides the diary of an Illinois soldier from Peoria, Gould D. Molineaux and the diary of Canton, Illinois soldier, Basil H. Messler.
Calvin Shedd Letters
Univ. of Miami's Richter Library offers a digital collection of letters from Calvin Shedd, a member of the 7th NH, to his wife and children.
Civil War Diaries Collection – PA and VA
Access full-text diaries of several individuals from Augusta and Franklin counties that fought in the American Civil War.
Civil War Letters and Diaries – Georgians
University of Georgia furnishes this collection of Civil War letters and diaries of Civil War-era Georgians.
Civil War Letters of the Christie Family
Minnesota Historical Society presents this collection of letters by three brothers who fought in the Union Army. Browse by author or date.
Civil War Love Letters
Civil War Love Letters of Confederate and Union soldiers from The Special Collections Department of the University Libraries of Virginia Tech.
Features Civil War letters authored by John C. Davis, a 14 year-old New Englander writing to his parents.
Dunton, Samuel – Letters to Family
Read Pvt. Samuel Dunton's transcribed letters to his family that describes his experience in New York's 114th Infantry unit.
Features an archive of Iowa soldier's letters and journal entries. Also offers hospital letters, and photographs of Lincoln and General Grant.
John and James Booker Civil War Letters
University of Virginia Special Collections Dept. provides transcripts of letters authored by twins John and James Booker, Confederate soldiers.
Longstreet, Gen. James – From Manassas to Appomattox
War Times Journal publishes the commander of the Confederate First Corps' war memoirs.
Moses, Jefferson – Company G, 93rd Illinois Volunteers
Read the diary and memoirs of this Illinois soldier who documents his experiences up to the surrender of Vicksburg.
Orr, James Laughlin – Civil War Diary
Read the diary of this first lieutenant in the 42nd Indiana Regiment. Includes biographical information and genealogical details.
Read the diary of this soldier from Indiana who was a member of the 9th Light Artillery. Entries date from Jan. 1, 1864 to Jan. 11, 1865.
Valley of the Shadows – Civil War Letters Collection
Searchable Civil War letters of Confederate and Union soldiers from The Valley of the Shadow Project.
Waugh, William A. – Reminiscences of the Rebellion
Peruse this manuscript first written by a member of the 5th Mass. Infantry and currently housed at Gettysburg National Military Park.
William J. Black Diary
Relive moments from the American Civil War by reading this diary, written by a confederate soldier. View the selection by date, or all at once.