Category References

Great Resources From Your United States Army

The US Army’s Center for Military History has over 600 military history publications available, including at least eight monographs on Civil War battles and campaigns. You can access them for free here. These are really terrific and well worth your perusal.

Online Courses On the Way

My friend Keith Harris is an independent historian. That means he’s not in academia, but does have a Ph.D. in history. Keith’s putting together some online courses that will be available at his website for a small fee. He is, after all, investing his time and effort into putting them together and as a professional […]

Some Primary Sources For You

Gilder-Lehrman provides us some primary sources excerpted from the Library of America Civil War series of books. You can access them here. This is great for students of the war who haven’t acquired the Library of America books yet.

The Lee Family Archives Project

Stratford Hall has taken on the project of digitizing the Lee Family’s archives of papers. The project envisions scanning both images and transcriptions of the papers and putting them online to be available to students and researchers. The archives contains over 300 years of American history, from the first Lee in America up through seven or eight […]

Meade’s Headquarters 1863 to 1865

This book contains the letters written by Major General George G. Meade’s volunteer aide, Theodore Lyman, from the time he joined Meade’s staff to the end of April, 1865.  You can download and read the book here. The book has since been republished as With Grant & Meade From the Wilderness to Appomattox with an […]

Center for Military History and the Overland Campaign

Here is a link to the US Army’s Center for Military History’s page regarding the Overland Campaign.  Included there is a link to the CMH’s publication providing an overview of the Overland Campaign.  You can also find links to other CMH publications covering other areas of the Civil War.  This is a great resource.

The Essential Civil War Curriculum

My alma mater, Virginia Tech, has come through again with a terrific online resource, The Essential Civil War Curriculum.  It’s a project of the school’s Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. You can access the site here. Look for more articles to come. This will be an outstanding resource for teachers.

Using Primary Sources

Here’s an excellent rundown of how to use primary sources.  This is a great resource for us students of the war. The internet really is fantastic.

Another Terrific Website

Hat tip to Kevin Levin for featuring this site on his blog.  This is the African-American Migration Experience site.  It has images, text, maps, and other features.  Because you can’t understand the Civil War without some understanding of slavery and its history, as well as migrations and possible migrations of African-Americans, this site is indispensable for serious […]


I think Mark Boatner’s The Civil War Dictionary is another essential reference.  I keep it close to my desk.  It’s great for a quick look-up of information such as when a certain general graduated from West Point and what their class ranking was. Along those lines, Patricia Faust’s Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil […]