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The Civil War

Between 1861 and 1865, the United States was divided between North and South, as Union troops waged war against Confederate rebels. Northern victory in the Civil War preserved the union and ended slavery, but it came at a heavy cost: more than 600,000 Americans, 2 percent of the population, died.

Overview of the Civil War

These Web sites provide a straightforward and comprehensive overview of the Civil ... read more »

General Civil War Resources

This section links to Civil War resources that feature battle summaries, articles, ... read more »

First-Hand Accounts of the Civil War

Accounts written by officers, soldiers and witnesses are the foundation of ... read more »

Other Primary Source Material on the Civil War

Primary sources such as letters, diaries, contemporary news stories, and government documents are essential for in-depth research into the Civil War.

Top Sites for Primary Source Material on the Civil War

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Personal Records of Civil War Soldiers

Online records of Civil War soldiers and regiments provide the opportunity to ... read more »

Teaching the Civil War

Teachers can find help teaching the Civil War on sites with lesson plans, ... read more »

Civil War Photographs

The Civil War was the first war to be widely photographed, as Mathew Brady and other pioneering ... read more »

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