Illinois in the Civil War
Civil War Regiments by County
The stories of Illinois’ Medal of Honor recipients from 1861 â€“ 1865
Civil War Memorials in the Prairie State
Historic Illinois, Vol. 8:2
Bibliography of Published and Printed Illinois Civil War Regimental Sources in the Collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Part I
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 8:2 by William B. Tubbs
Bibliography of Published and Printed Illinois Civil War Regimental Sources in the Collections of the Abraham LincolnPresidential Library, Part II
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 9:2 by William B. Tubbs
A product of Northern Illinois University Libraries Digitization Unit, this resource brings together primary source materials from a number of libraries, museums and archives. These institutions include the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society and the Illinois State Library.
Access digital publications available from the Illinois State Library on the Civil War including journals, documents, reports, newspapers and much more.
Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database.
Outstanding site with pictures and information on Civil War flags from Illinois.
Civil War Resource Guide hosted by the University of Houston and developed in collaboration with the Chicago Historical Society among others.
Illinois Civil War regiments by county.
Vestiges of an Nation Divided: The Civil War’s impact on northern Illinois, on line exhibit.
Civil War Veterans of Peoria County
National Park Service’s summary of Illinois’ role in the Civil War.
This site includes a list of battles, information on a number of Illinois Civil War veterans, and articles on topics of interest.
Civil War Newspapers Holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 1861-1865
African Americans, Slavery, & Abolition
Slavery: Cause and Catalyst of the Civil War
pamphlet from the National Park Service.
I’ve Been Working on the (Underground) Railroad
Historic Illinois, Vol. 22:6
Jack Jackson: Civil War Soldier
Historic Illinois, Vol. 33:1
Owen Lovejoy: Illinois Abolitionist
Historic Illinois, Vol. 22:6
Remembering the Flight to Freedom: Underground Rail Road in Illinois
Historic Illinois, Vol. 22:6
The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
Brief history of African Americans in Illinois from territorial times through the end of the 20th Century.
The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship online exhibit explores black America’s quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century. This link takes you to the Civil War section of the exhibition.
African American Soldiers during the Civil War
A history of African Americans in the Civil War from the National Park Service.
“Been Here So Long”: Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives
Aboard the Underground Railroad: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary introduces travelers, researchers, historians, preservationists, and anyone interested in African American history to the fascinating people and places associated with the Underground Railroad. The following are three sites listed on the National Park Service’s registry of Underground Railroad sites.
– Owen Lovejoy House
– John Hassack House
– Dr. Richard Eels House
Correspondence and the Homefront
“Your work is truly a good one” Illinoisans and Soldiersâ€™ Homes during the Civil War
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 12:3 by Glenna R. Shroeder-Lein
Letters: Joseph & Currency Van Nattan
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 12:2 by Thomas Bahde
The Spy Who Came in from the Coalfield: A British Spy in Illinois
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 10:2 by Joseph Clark
The Charleston Riot and Its Aftermath Civil, Military, and Presidential Responses
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 7:2 , by Peter J. Barry
Military Arrest: Judge Charles Constable
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 9:1 by Stephen E. Towne
This site is part of the USGenWeb Project and is largely focused on genealogy. The best feature is the transcribed rosters that are searchable by county and regiment. It also has all the state’s generals along with information on their promotions.http://illinoisgenweb.org/
Civil War genealogy
Database from the Illinois State Archives of Illinois Civil War veterans serving in the U. S. Navy
A “how to” site on Civil War genealogy
Libraries and Institutions
Making of America collection of Cornell University
Civil War records at the National Archives
Virginia Military Institute
We have presented only a few of the resources on Lincoln. There are many, many such resources to be easily found on the web.Lincoln’s Neighborhood and the Civil War
document noting neighbors of Lincoln and their Civil War service
A chronology of Abraham Lincoln
Published by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and supported by the Illinois Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
“We’ve Been Elected”
booklet on the making of the President and the 1860 election from Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Historic Sites Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 20,000 documents.http://www.knox.edu/academics/distinctive-programs/lincoln-studies-center/burlingame-abraham-lincoln-a-life.html
Knox College provides full text PDFs of Michael Burlingame’s Abraham Lincoln: A Life.
Rodney Davis and Douglas Wilson of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College discuss each of the Lincoln-Douglas debates via podcast.
Gateway: Lincoln and the Civil War provided by Illinois Wesleyan University.
A day-by-day of President Lincoln and the Civil War sponsored by the Lincoln Institute and Lerhman Institute
Last eye-witness to Lincoln assassination appears on television in 1956.
Photographic slides show of the Civil War
“That a Nation Might Live,” the Civil War Sesquicentennial one week at a time
The American Experience presents the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
The American Experience presents Robert E. Lee, at war with his country and himself
A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln
Lincoln Douglas Debates
“I take up my pen”: Letters from the Civil War
The Underground Rail Road online exhibit from National Geographic
YouTube video highlighting the exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library entitled, “Illinois Answers the Call: Boys in Blue.”
Animation of the Battle of Shiloh where General Grant took Forts Henry and Donelson.
Civilwarinart.org makes nearly 130 works of art from seven Chicago cultural organizations accessible to teachers, parents, and students around the world.
Online exhibits from the Smithsonian
Highlights of part one of the Boys in Blue exhibit of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
See images of the Boys in Blue collection of Illinois soldiers housed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Regions, Cities, and Towns
The Southern Illinois University at Carbondale has launched the Southern Illinois Civil War Collection. The digital collection assembles handwritten letters, diaries, and military orders spanning the era before, during, and after the American Civil War (1861-1865). The collection documents the southern Illinois experience of the war, and spotlights life on the home front from the perspective of two women whose husbands served in the Fifth Illinois Cavalry.
Alton in the Civil War.
Information on Cairo in the Civil War
Encyclopedia of Chicago webpage on Chicago in the Civil War.
History of Southern Illinois during the Civil War.
Illinois Adjutant General’s Report, Regimental and Unit Histories
contains official histories of Civil War regiments and units as compiled by the Illinois State Archives.
“We should have killed them all” The Violent Reaction of Union Soldiers to the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 10:1 by Steven J. Ramold
Transcriptions from the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1900-1902) original reports are housed at the Illinois State Archives and are available for download.http://www.alplm.org/library/boys_intro.html
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library owns around 7000 images of Illinois “Boys in Blue.” This database lists the soldier’s name, regiment, town of residence, and other information.
List of Illinois regiments including information on Illinoisans serving under other states’ regiments.
Union regimental index for Illinois.
A guide to the collection of six large record books from Company “M” of the 4th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry at Stanford University. It consists of a clothing book, a descriptive roll of the company, morning reports, the record of a general court martial, and an order book.
Site of a reenactmment group portraying the 10th Cavalry Regiment, mustered from the counties of Sangamon, Logan and Menard.
An Illinois Soldier in the Civil War contains photographs, memoirs, and documents on Private Jefferson Moses of Company G, 93rd Illinois Volunteers.
The 41st Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Boys in Blue: Images of Civil War Soldiers from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library by Mary Michals
Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 14 #1, by Mary Michals
Collection of online books and publications related to Illinois Civil War regiments.
Illinois Boys in Blue images. This project includes nearly 600 scanned images of selected, original Illinois Civil War soldier photographs held in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Libraryâ€™s Audio Visual Collection. Each soldierâ€™s photograph (including front and back images) is accompanied by cataloging information including the soldierâ€™s regiment, company, residence (town and county if known), and in many cases, the studioâ€™s name and location in which the photo was taken. To date, Illinois infantry regiments included in the database are the 7th, 9th, 17th, 33rd, 37th, 56th, 64th, 77th, 86th, and 108th. The 4th Illinois Cavalry is also represented.
The Civil War Women Bloghttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104452266
National Public Radio story on female Illinois Civil War Veteran Jennie Hodgers aka Albert J. D. Cashier
Another article on Cashier entitiled An Irish CailĂn Goes to War: Jennie Hodgers, Private, Co. G, 95th Illinois Infantry
More on Cashier as well as highlights of the Cashier Historic Home restoration
Frances Hook aka Frank Miller is covered on the Civil War Women Blog
Civil War Women Soldiers Blog
Female Civil War Soldiers and Spies
Women on the Civil War Battelfront
New York Times blog on women and the Civil War.
Women Soldiers of the Civil War, Pt I
Women Soldiers of the Civil War, Pt II
Women Soldiers of the Civil War, Pt III
Women Soldiers and Nurses of the American Civil War.
Civil War Women: Digitized collections of Duke University
Civil War Women: Primary Sources on the Internet
All is Fair: Women and the American Civil War by Janelle Collett
Civil War Spies: Good Intell Knows No Gender
Untold Stories: Women in the Civil War
Women of the Civil War
Podcast on Albert D. J. Cashier, born Jennie Hodgers and Civil War soldier in the Illinois 95th Infantry Regiment. Jennie’s Secret: A Soldier’s Story
Essay on Women and Gender Roles in Civil War Illinois and the North by Drew E. VandeCreek, Ph.D.
The Civil War for Kids site has a great deal of content created by kids for kidshttp://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/civilwar.htm
Site presents the Civil War including timelines, glossaries, maps and more.
Online game for kids of Lincolnâ€™s White House during the Civil War.
Boys in the Civil War
Solve mysteries with images and quotes in this online game of Civil War characters
Illinois at the ‘burgs
In early July 1863 Illinoisans joined others in the loyal North in celebrating major military victories at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Vicksburg, Mississippi. A small number of Illinois units saw important service at Gettysburg, while troops from the Sucker State made up as much as one-third of the army with which Ulysses S. Grant captured the crucial Confederate bastion on the Mississippi River.