American Civil War: Letters and Diaries

Rutgers Restricted Access

Off-campus users will be prompted to log in


American Civil War: Letters and Diaries includes over one thousand 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.
Database content has been restricted to include:

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

Separate search pages for Diaries, Letters, and Memoirs are provided along with Simple and Advanced search options. The database also includes the option to Find material by original Source, by Author, by Battle, or to locate Events Day-By-Day. Extensive indexing includes, for example, battle, military rank, and allegiance.


Help is available from the menu bar at the top of each screen.

Dates covered

1848 to 1897; primarily 1861 to 1865.

Updating frequency

The database is complete.


Letters and diaries.

Type of coverage

HTML full text.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Most of the material is from published sources. Search QuickSearch to locate print editions owned by the Rutgers University Libraries.

Producer/content provider

Various publishers.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press