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History Research Guide - The American Civil War: Home

A guide on the different topics, available books, journals, and other ways you can research the American Civil War.

Civil War Soldiers in Action

Civil War Soldiers in Action
Civil War Soldiers in Action by John Goldin and Co., 1864. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

New Books

A list of books about the Civil War which have recently been added to the library. You can find these books in the New Nonfiction section on the 2nd floor to the left of the Adult Services desk.

How to Use this LibGuide

All of the books in this LibGuide are listed in order by subject in order to make viewing them easier. The war years 1861-1865 are in order by what date the battles occurred, the Commanders are separated by Union and Confederate, and so on. The headings for each subject  are clickable and contain books and information.

The Local History Resources Page is separated by State in alphabetical order with county histories and unit numbers grouped together (alphabetically and numerically as it applies.) If more than one state is covered, there is a section for them at the very bottom of the page.

Online resources are grouped by age group, and in some cases by age group and subject - for example in 1862 the online resources are in order by battle and then age group.

Archives and Heritage Room books, on the third floor, are separate from the Non-Fiction books on the second floor. Included in this LibGuide are also Juvenile books. Each area's code is like this:

Z - Archives - 3rd floor
HB - Heritage Room - 3rd floor
R - Reference - 2nd floor
B - Biography - 2nd floor
Numbers (973.78 WOO) - Non-Fiction - 2nd floor
J - Juvenile/Young Adult - 1st floor

I hope this LibGuide assists you with whatever you need to research on the Civil War!

Looking for Lesson Plans?

Here are a few links with Civil War lesson plans.


Maybe you've used our DMZ and Freading resources to look for Fiction but have you ever used them for Non-Fiction? Here is a list of E-books available for download that cover the Civil War. You may notice that some of these books are also in the library's print collection so if the book you want is checked out, you can always look for it online. The books are separated by the program used to download them. If you've never used our digital downloads before you can find out how here. *The books here only represent a sampling of titles available through the library's digital collection.

Digital Media Zone(DMZ):