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Welcome to Civil War Letters and Diaries

Welcome to Civil War Letters and Diaries This release contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. Particular care has been taken to index this material so it can be searched more thoroughly than ever. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The product includes 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland Planter William Claytor.

The collection also includes biographies, an extensive bibliography of the sources in the database, and material licensed from The Civil War Day-by-Day by E.B. Long.

Civil War Letters and Diaries uses PhiloLogic software, developed at the University of Chicago, to enable in-depth browsing and searching of both the bibliographic and the full-text elements within the database. Learn more >>

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Featured Search: Loss of a Loved One

Browse letters, diaries, and memoirs of women from both the North and South grieving the loss of family members and significant others.

Spencer Kellogg Brown, His Life in Kansas and His Death as a Spy

Read the intriguing diary and letters of the young Union spy captured and eventually executed by Confederate forces in 1863.

Featured Battle: Deep Bottom July 27 - 29, 1864 Darbytown, Virginia

Read the first-hand accounts referencing the Union Army's attack upon Southern forces just outside of the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia.

Featured Search: Emancipation Proclamation

Browse the reactions and opinions of Americans in the wake of Abraham Lincoln's September 1862 declaration of freedom to all slaves in the Confederacy if the states refused to surrender to Union control by January 1st 1863.


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