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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.
1848 to 1897; primarily 1861 to 1865.
Type of coverage
Full-text letters, diaries, and memoirs.
Vendor/electronic presentation provider
Alexander Street Press