About SoldierStudies.org

Your mission of preserving and making soldiers' letters available is much needed.
- Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Struggle for a Vast Future: The American Civil War

This site is dedicated to the preservation of American Civil War information, particularly the correspondences, diaries and letters of soldiers who served in the field and elsewhere. We hope that by providing a comprehensive and searchable archive of this information a more complete picture of one of the bloodiest chapters in American history can be better understood by researchers, archivists, historians and students alike.

Unlike other Civil War databases, SoldierStudies will remain free and open to the public. But it depends on your cooperation. If you have letter or diary transcripts or scans please consider uploading them. It's a very simple process and you can take pride in knowing you are helping to preserve history for posterity. We do not exploit or profit from this information. The developers of this site are Civil War enthusiasts with altruistic intentions.

If you are interested in searching through our archives, you may do so without registering. If you are interested in contributing a correspondence (letter or diary) and/or soldier information, you may register as a Contributor.

If you have letters or diaries that are not transcribed, you can photocopy them and mail to us (copies will not be returned). Use the Contact form to request help or assistance.


DR. CHANDRA MANNING Associate Professor, Department of History at the University of Georgetown and co-directs the Georgetown Workshop in 19th Century U.S. History. Her first book, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War won the Avery Craven Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians, earned Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize, the Jefferson Davis Prize, and the Virginia Literary Awards for Non-fiction, and was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize.

DR. STEVEN E. WOODWORTH Professor of History at Texas Christian University and author, co-author, or editor of 27 books. Born in Ohio and raised in Illinois, he graduated from Southern Illinois University, studied at the University of Hamburg, earned a PhD from Rice University, and went on to teach at at Bartlesville Wesleyan College in Oklahoma, and Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. In 1997 he came to TCU, where he specializes in the Civil War and Reconstruction and the Old South. Professor Woodworth is a two-time winner of the Fletcher Pratt Award (for Jefferson Davis and His Generals and Davis and Lee at War), a two-time finalist for the Peter Seaborg Award of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War (for While God Is Marching On and Nothing but Victory), and winner of the Grady McWhiney Award of the Dallas Civil War Round Table for lifetime contribution to the study of Civil War history.

DR. MICHAEL BARTON Professor of American Studies & Social Science, as well as Director, Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. His three Civil War books are Goodmen: The Character of Civil War Soldiers; The Civil War Soldier: A Historical Reader; and The Civil War Veteran: A Historical Reader. Dr. Barton also edited the history of the 209th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and the Civil War memoir of Sgt. Christian Lenker.


We attempt to verify every letter and soldier entered into the database and nothing is accepted (becomes live) until we have approved it. When a letter or diary entry is accepted it will usually only have the first page of the document attached to the text transcription as verification that it was transcribed from that source. So a four page letter will only have the first page provided with the transcription. Note, that does not mean that correspondences without a scanned image are not verified, they are, to the best of our ability. We are very confident of the correspondences in this database, so please use with confidence. However, obviously, we cannot guarantee all are going to be perfectly transcribed or validated.

Update: 3.17.09 | We have made the scanned first page of the letter larger so they may be verified.


CHRIS WEHNER (M.A.) AP U.S. History Instructor at FHMS and published author. His book The 11th Wisconsin in the Civil War: A Regimental History was published by McFarland & Co. (2008). You can visit Chris's blog here.


DEVIN WATSON - PHP programmer and a Civil War enthusiast.