American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

American Civil War: Letters and Diaries includes over 1,000 memoirs, diaries, and collections of letters written by private soldiers, generals, politicians, and civilians. The database offers intimate, first-hand accounts of the war both on and off the battle field. The database includes:

  • Letters and diaries that were written contemporaneously with the events they describe
  • Letters of a personal nature (official dispatches, reports, military orders, and "public" letters are excluded)
  • Memoirs that describe events during the war (1860-1865)

Approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs by over 2,000 authors are included.

To cross-search this collection with several other Alexander Street primary source letter and diary collections, please use Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online.

Dates covered

1848 to 1897; primarily 1861 to 1865.

Resource types
Alexander Street