Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction: a Research Guide

Suggestions for finding books, journal articles, primary documents, and Web sites about the U.S. Civil War


Welcome to the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction Research Guide.  Each page contains helpful databases, primary sources, journals, and books for that topic. This homepage contains information to support students doing research. 

Remember, librarians can help you with your research. 

Best Bets for starting research on the U.S. Civil War

The American Civil War - an Overview

The American Civil War is known by many names: War Between the States, War of the Rebellion, and the War of Northern Aggression.  What is not subject to interpretation is that it spanned five long and bloody years, from 1861-1865, and ripped the nation apart.

The duPont-Ball Library offers abundant resources, in various formats such as books, e-books, primary sources, and digitized publications, for researching the Civil War.  The Library's materials cover every aspect of the war: political, military, and social. 

To start your research, click on the tabs on the left to find more detailed information and links to what the library can offer.

Have a question? Ask a librarian! Email Call or text 386-747-9028.