Civil War Resources in GALILEO
The New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE) has a Civil War Overview article with links to many important political and military figures as well as important events and places, such as the Battle of Chickamauga, Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Battle of Resaca, Wilson’s Raid, Andersonville Prison, the Atlanta Campaign, and Sherman’s March to the Sea. There’s even an article to highlight Civil War journals, diaries, and memoirs. Search the NGE for civil war to find these and more.
The Digital Library of Georgia includes many images and primary sources. Just choose to Browse by Time Period to see a list of collections from this time period. There are several collections that may be of particular interest. American Civil War is a collection of documents and artifacts held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia. The Anne Fannie Gorham Diary Collection includes the diary of a woman in Hamilton, GA chronicling the first years of the Civil War. Barnard’s Photographic Views of the Sherman Campaign provide images of Sherman’s Campaign through Georgia, Tennessee,and the Carolinas. The Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary is a personal account of Sherman’s march by a Union soldier (choose the Historical Timeline and see Platter’s entry for November 15th for the beginning of the campaign in Atlanta). For an account of the early years of the war from a Confederate perspective, see the Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary. You can also find images in Vanishing Georgia from this time period by using the advanced search to limit the date of the photo to 1861 to 1865. Civil War in the American South is a portal to manuscripts, photographs, books, newspapers, broadsides, and other materials housed in research libraries. Georgia Historic Books and the historical newspapers can also be good sources of information, although some of the newspapers have gaps in publication during the war years.
GeorgiaInfo has created This Week in Georgia Civil War History listing important events each week during the years of Civil War with images and primary source documents. A few important dates to check out are January 19, 1861; April 12, 1861; December 18, 1864; or April 9, 1865.
Encyclopædia Britannica has an article on the American Civil War in all three levels of Encyclopædia Britannica School Edition (see article in High School, article in Compton’s, or article in Elementary). In observance of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Britannica editors have also created a special article titled “Remembering the Civil War” with images and videos. You can find this article in High School or see the article in the Academic Edition of Britannica.
History Reference Center offers quite a few interesting articles about the Civil War. You can search for Civil War or a particular person, event, or place, but a quick way to find items for this era is to limit your search to U.S. History – Civil War and Reconstruction in the Timeline field and then leave your search box blank.
For many wonderful primary source documents, try Annals of American History. You can use the timeline to browse to the years of the Civil War or search for your term. Some interesting documents include the Georgia Debate on Secession, some Sherman letters, an Andersonville Diary, and some documents surrounding the meeting at Appomattox Court House.
Find these resources and more in the History section of GALILEO High School or the History and Government section of GALILEO Teen or the Georgia History and Culture section of GALILEO High School or the Georgia section of GALILEO Teen.
We recently had a session for all GALILEO communities (including public and higher education libraries) to review some resources in GALILEO for the Civil War Sesquicentennial. You can view the archive or see the handout.
As always, if you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Article and search links may not work off site. Click the database name first for access.
Express Links for Databases Mentioned in this Post:
New Georgia Encyclopedia
Digital Library of Georgia
Barnard’s Photographic Views of the Sherman Campaign
Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary
Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary
Civil War in the American South
Georgia Historic Books
Encyclopædia Britannica Online (Academic Edition)
Encyclopædia Britannica School Edition
Encyclopædia Britannica High School
Compton’s by Britannica (for middle school)
History Reference Center
Annals of American History