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Resource Guide:
American Civil War

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
Slavery Question, 1853-1857E 433
Buchanan’s Administration, 1857-1861E 436-440.5
Slavery Question, 1857-1861E 438
Slavery in the United States, Antislavery MovementsE 441-453
Civil War Period, 1861-1865E 456-655
Lincoln’s Administration, 1861- April 15, 1865E 456-459
The Civil War, 1861-1865E 461-655
Confederate States of AmericaE 482-489
Armies, TroopsE 491-586
Collected Works of American StatesmenE 660
Reconstruction, 1865-1877E 668

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Virginia–History–Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865–Afro-Americans
  • Southern States–History–1865-1877
  • Confederate States of America–History
  • United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865–Personal Narratives
  • Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863
  • Chickamauga (GA), Battle of, 1863
  • Reconstruction

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
The War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the official recordsE464 .U6
The papers of Jefferson DavisE 467.1 .D2596
The Collected Works of Abraham LincolnE 457.91 1953
The Sherman letters; correspondence between General ShermanE 415.7 .S55
A young Virginia boatman navigates the Civil WarE 596 .W66
God’s almost chosen peoplesE 615 .R33
Civil War citizens: Race, ethnicity, and identity in America’s bloodiest conflictE 540 .F6 C49
Civil War humorPS 437 .N53
Take care of the living : reconstructing Confederate veteran families in VirginiaF 232 .P7 M337
In the shadow of the enemy : the Civil War journal of Ida Powell DulanyE 605 .D88
Lincoln’s political generalsE 457.2 .W875
Long time gone : neighbors divided by civil warE 528.5 .R656
Southern storm : Sherman’s march to the seaE 476.69 .T78
Tried by war : Abraham Lincoln as commander in chiefE 457.2 .M478
Freedom, a documentary history of emancipation, 1861-1867E 185.2 .F88
War upon the land: Military stategy and the transformation of Southern landscapes during the American Civil WarE 468.9 .B694 2012
The Civil War: the First year told by those who lived itE 464 .C4385 2011
Inside the Confederate Government; the diary of Robert Garlick Hill KeanE 487 .K4
How to do Civil War researchE 468.9.S27
A Yankee horseman in the Shenandoah Valleye-Book
Lincoln and the triumph of the nation: Constitutional conflict in the American Civil Ware-Book
Sick from freedom: African-American illness and suffering during the Civil War and Reconstructione-Book
Death and the Civil War [videorecording]DVD E456 Death Civil War
The war that forged a nation: why the Civil War still mattersE 468.9 .M19 2015

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • Civil War Times
  • Civil War Times Illustrated
  • America’s Civil War
  • American Historical Review
  • American History
  • American Quarterly
  • Journal of African American History
  • Journal of American Ethnic History
  • Journal of American History
  • Journal of Negro History
  • Journal of Southern History
  • Journal of Women’s History
  • Labor History
  • Literature and History
  • Social History

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

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