Recommended Websites

The American Battlefield Trust: This is an outstanding resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the Civil War. The Trust’s stated mission is to preserve America’s hallowed battlegrounds (55,000 acres to date) and to educate the public about what happened there and why it matters. In addition to its scholarly content and well-crafted seminars, it also offers YouTube videos of the fields at Gettysburg, Antietam and other sites narrated by expert tour guides.

Facing History and Ourselves: This site is dedicated to strengthening the way history is taught by helping students’ ability to relate the events to their own lives, to recognize our nation’s achievements and shortcomings, and to embrace their personal responsibility for preserving our democracy.

The Library of Congress Memory Page and Civil War Photographs Collection: The former provides access to key documents and oral histories related to the period; the latter is a great resource for photographs, including for sale copies made from original glass plates.

CivilWar@Smithsonian: Included here are a series of blogs, podcasts, lectures and photo collections along with lesson plans for teachers and students. A visit to the Smithsonian Museum of American History includes fascinating exhibits and artifacts related to the war.

African American Heritage: Devoted to capturing the “black experience” in America from 1619 forward.

Ohio State University Official Records of the Civil War: This collection provides eye witness accounts of the war’s battles written by key participants.

The Wisconsin Historical Society and Madison’s Civil War Museum: Both specialize in materials related to the famous “Iron Brigade” which fought heroically at Second Manassas, Antietam and Gettysburg.

Edtechteacher: This provides a valuable list of sites devoted to various aspects of early American history and the war.

Civil War Memory: A fascinating blog (cwmemory.com) by historian and public lecturer Kevin Levin who provides his take on a range of interesting topics.

National Parks Website: Forty-two of America’s National Parks provide information on the war, with many of them located on the sites of major battles and offering guided tours for visitors.

The White House and Museum of the Confederacy: The focus here is on the history of the Confederate states before, during and after the war.

The 1619 Project: In articles, blogs and educational seminars the history of chattel slavery is examined in depth.

Civil War Times and America’s Civil War both have their own websites and contain well written articles and relevant photographs on the era.

Emerging Civil War: Blogs from a series of authors are available.

The Daguerreian Society: This is the leading organization dedicated to the history, technology, art, and preservation of 19th-century photography. It brings together members of photography collectors and dealers, museum professionals, historians, scientists, students, educators, photographers, and artists. 

Medhurst and Company: Mike is a leading expert in 19th century photography and is a reliable dealer for those wishing to purchase both Daguerreotypes and CDV’s. Other trustworthy dealers can be found at:  The Historical Shop, War Between the States, The Veteran’s Attic, The Horse Soldier, Frohne’s Historic Military, Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographs, War of the Rebellion and Greg French Early Photography.

The National Civil War Museum: This museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania includes a host of unique artifacts donated over time by contributors, as well as galleries telling the story of the conflict.

The Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and the Kenosha Civil War Museum are dedicated to remembering the veterans who served in the Civil War and America’s other military conflicts.

The Avalon Project at Yale: This offers online access to major American history documents from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Civil War Navy:  A blog focused on the Union and Confederate navies during the war hosted by Andrew Duppstadt.