The Organization of American Historians presents the following list of online resources devoted to the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. While not meant to be comprehensive, this list includes sites that reflect a variety of perspectives and present a wealth of information for history enthusiasts and serious researchers alike. Sites will be added regularly, and we encourage you to bookmark this page and return often.
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Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission was commissioned by the Arkansas General Assembly to guide the state’s commemorative efforts.
Causes of the Civil War
Created in 1996, the Causes of the Civil Warwebsite is devoted to the collection of primary documents and other resources from the Secession Crisis.
Charting a More Perfect Union
The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has assembled a wealth of Civil War-era maps, photos, and other resources its “Survey of the Coast” project.
Civil War Books
Reviews, news, views, and interviews about non-fiction Civil War books, publishers, and authors.
Civil War Book Review
Civil War Book Review is the journal of record for new and newly reprinted books about the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras. Published quarterly by the Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections Division.
Civil War Memory
Reflections of Civil War historian and high school history teacher Kevin Levin.
Civil War Richmond
Richmond National Battlefield Park Ranger Mike Gorman’s online research project collects documents, photographs, and maps that pertain to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War.
Civil War Trust
With its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Civil War Trust is devoted to the preservation of endangered Civil War battlefields and the promotion of educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives.
Connecticut Commemorates the Civil War
A statewide collaborative effort, Connecticut has planned a series of academic and public commemorative initiatives based at Central Connecticut State University.
Delaware Heritage Commission
With its theme, “Ensuring a More Perfect Union.With Liberty and Justice for All,” the Delaware Heritage Commission serves as a statewide clearinghouse for its sesquicentennial activities.
EDSITEment: The American Civil War
Through its EDSITEment project, the National Endowment for the Humanities has gathered lesson plans, student interactive features, multimedia presentations, and vettedwebsites to allow teachers, students, parents and lifelong learners to learn more about the events surrounding the Civil War.
Georgia Civil War Commission
The Georgia Civil War Commission was created to coordinate commemoration activities through its historic sites, activities, and programs.
House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College
This project is a resource for teachers and students to help enliven and explain the turbulent Civil War era in American history.
Indiana and the Civil War
The Indiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, part of the Indiana History Collaborative, has collected online resources to commemorate the “most devastating conflict” in our nation’s history, and the impact it made on the state of Indiana.
Civil War 150 Kentucky
Kentucky Historical Society
The Kentucky Historical Society administers its Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and oversees its heritage tourism and education programs as well as state events commemorating the Civil War anniversary.
Library of Congress
Civil War Photographs
With more than seven thousand images in its Civil War photographs collection, the Library of Congress has digitized glass plate negatives, stereo negatives, silver prints, and other ephemera covering the Civil War period (1861-1865). Please note: some images may be disturbing for younger viewers.
Library of Congress
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
This online presentation is part of a five-year/five-part effort to highlight program cataloging of the last quarter century, along with related visual content, in observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Lincoln Archives Digital Project
Launched in 2002, the Lincoln Archives Digital Project has a goal of placing online the official records of the War of the Rebellion by including every document created during the Lincoln administration.
Maine’s Civil War Sesquicentennial
Maryland’s Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
Michigan and the Civil War
Mississippi Civil War 150
National Park Service
The American Civil War, 150 Years Later
The National Park Service has launched a national forum in which to commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War.
NEH Emancipation Resource Portal
This online resource portal contains relevant essays, lesson plans from NEH'swebsite EDSITEment!, an interactive timeline with links to NEH-funded films and interactive websites, and instructions for teachers and community members.
New York Times Disunion Blog
In its “Opinionator” section, the New York Times has compiled one of the more compelling online destinations for commemoration activities, through contemporary accounts, engaging diaries, images, and historical assessments.
The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Collections
Developed by a team of museum and library professionals, historians, and teachers, the Civil War in Artwebsite connects elementary and high school students to the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art from seven Chicago cultural organizations.
The People’s Contest: A Civil War Era Digital Archiving Project
The Civil War Era Digital Archiving Project is a collaboration of the Richards Civil War Era Center, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, Senator John Heinz History Center, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and is part of a series of initiatives to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial.
The Civil War in Missouri
National History Education Clearinghouse
Causing the Civil War: Was economic difference—manufacturing in the North and slave-driven agriculture in the South—the primary cause of the Civil War?
New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial
North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in North Carolina, 2011-2015.
Ohio Civil War Sesquicentennial
Pennsylvania Civil War Sesquicentennial
Find an interactive timeline, a statewide events calendar and many in-depth stories recounting the experiences of Pennsylvanians during the Civil War.
Richmond National Battlefield Park
The park’s resources include a naval battle, a key industrial complex, the Confederacy’s largest hospital, dozens of miles of elaborate original fortifications, and the evocative spots where determined soldiers stood paces apart and fought with rifles, reaping a staggering human cost.
Richmond National Battlefield Park (YouTube)
Welcome to the official YouTube page for Richmond National Battlefield Park. This page is maintained by National Park Service employees at Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Smithsonian Magazine Civil War: 150 Years
Smithsonian Magazine has launched a site in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
South Carolina’s Civil War Sesquicentennial
Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial
Union and Confederate
An exploration, analysis, and celebration of the American Civil War, 1861-1865.
The Washington Post
“A House Divided”
The Washington Post has created a blog dedicated to news and views on the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission