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Civil War Primary Sources

Selected websites for identifying primary sources related to study of the American Civil War, Apr 12, 1861 – Apr 9, 1865


Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1955)
Important daily newspaper that covered national as well as regional news.

Chronicling America
Access to multiple newspapers from both the Confederate and Union states.

Harper's Weekly
A popular weekly newspaper, this archive features issues from the Civil War years (1861-1865).

Richmond Daily Dispatch (1860-1865)
Newspaper published from the Confederate capital with 1,384 issues.

Secession-Era Editorials
Contains transcribed editorials from contemporary newspapers about the Nebraska Bill debates, the attack on Senator Charles Sumner, John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry and the Dred Scott decision.
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