"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Research

Anyone conducting research on the Civil War in Virginia is faced with a daunting task. Thousands of books have been written about America's bloodiest war, and many of those focus entirely, or at least in part, on the war in Virginia. Studies on the economic, military, social, and political effests of the Civil War fill the shelves of bookstores and libraries across teh country. Biographies of major military and political leaders also account for a large portion of the Civil War library.

Listen to or watch Civil War-related lecture online

  • "Years of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War" by Douglas R. Egerton
  • "American City, Southern Place: Richmond on the Eve of the War" by Gregg Kimball
  • "The Diary of a Public man and Abraham Lincoln" by Daniel Crofts
  • "The Real Lost Cause: The Idea of Union in the Memory of the Civil War" by Gary W. Gallagher
  • "Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership" by Noah Andre Trudeau
  • "'So Ends This Day': An Illustrated Update on the Life and Times of the USS Monitor, from 1861 to yesterday" by Anna Gibson Holloway
  • "Lincoln: Presiden-Elect" by Harold Holzer
  • "Moses Ezekiel: Civil War Soldier, Renowned Sculptor" by Keith Gibson
  • "Lee and the Historians in the Age of the Anti-Hero" by Robert K. Krick
  • "General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse" by Joseph T. Glatthaar
  • "George Thomas: Virginian for the Union" by Christopher J. Einolf
  • "Who Looks at Lee Must Think of Washington" by Robert S. Tilton
  • "Lee and Grant" by William M. S. Rasmussen
  • "Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters" by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

Research

Anyone conducting research on the Civil War in Virginia is faced with a daunting task. Thousands of books have been written about America's bloodiest war, and many of those focus entirely, or at least in part, on the war in Virginia. Studies on the economic, military, social, and political effects of the Civil War fill the shelves of bookstores and libraries across the country. Biographies of major military and political leaders also account for a large portion of the Civil War library.

Learn more about research resources at the VHS

Visit the Virginia History Explorer to learn more about the Civil War

 

Online guide

Virginia's Civil War: A Guide to Manuscripts at the Virginia Historical Society

Digital collections

Browse Civil War collections available through the VHS online catalog

HistoryConnects Civil War Programs

VHS offers several Civil War programs using Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) Learn More

Websites

Civil War Preservation Trust

Civil War Richmond (photographs, maps, and more)

EDSITEment, National Endowment for the Humanities (features primary source-based lesson plans on slavery and the Civil War)

History.com (articles, video, pictures and facts about the American Civil War)

On to Richmond! (Richmond Civil War museums & sites)

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