Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
On April 12, 1861, Southern artillery batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. Following decades of sectional tensions and differences over slavery, culminating in the secession of several Southern states, this bombardment sparked a four-year civil war which claimed over 600,000 lives, led to the emancipation of 3.5 million slaves, and forever transformed a young nation.
The library holds hundreds of books, e-books, government documents, audiovisual materials and microforms related to Civil War history. To locate some of these materials, try searching the Enhanced Catalog on “United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865”, or see the list below for a small sample of library resources.
General Civil War resources
Civil War. In the Dictionary of American History. Retrieved from Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Keegan, J. (2009). The American Civil War: A Military History (1st ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Book Collection – E470 .K255 2009
Library of Congress. Selected Civil War Photographs. Retrieved from http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cwphome.html
McPherson, J. M. (1988). Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. New York: Oxford University Press. Book Collection – E173 .O94 v.6
In the Cause of Liberty: How the Civil War Redefined American Ideals. (2009). Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. Electronic Book via NetLibrary
Resources on the Nebraska First Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War
Keen, T., & Potter, J. E. (2000). “I thought it my duty to go”: the Civil War letters of Thomas Edwin Keen, First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry. Nebraska History, 81(4), 134-169. In print in library’s Periodicals Collection.
Scherneckau, A. (2007). Marching with the First Nebraska: A Civil War Diary. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Book Collection – E518.5 1st .S34 2007
Primary source newspaper accounts of the attack on Fort Sumter
Domestic intelligence. (1861, April 20) Harper’s Weekly. Retrieved from HarpWeek.
News of the week: Civil war inaugurated. Fort Sumter captured by the secessionists, proclamation of President Lincoln. (1861, Prairie Farmer (1843-1877), 7(16), 264. Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.rosi.unk.edu/docview/127522733?accountid=8115