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Civil War Resources in the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings of manuscripts and rare books dealing with the American Civil War. This guide describes the bulk of those holdings, although it is not a comprehensive list.

Access Tools

Special Collections Research Center Access Tools: There are a variety of tools available to guide you in finding materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Don't forget that you also may come into the SCRC in person and consult with the staff member on duty for guidance.

Civil War Era Maps

There are a number of both printed and manuscript maps in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) that concern the Civil War period. They are listed in our Map Collection finding aid online. Where known, date and cartographer are indicated. There is also a subject section in the map drawers for the Civil War. Because of their size and fragility these maps cannot be photocopied.

Also in the SCRC is the photographic version of the Gilmer maps done by Confederate engineers which duplicates originals held by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. These maps are invaluable not only for Civil War research but also because they are the most detailed maps ever done of many areas of Virginia in the mid-nineteenth century. Many of them even include residences. These maps are available online at the Library of Congress along with other Civil War era maps. 

Anyone needing Civil War maps should first consult:

Esposito, Vincent J. The West Point Atlas of the Civil War. New York: Praeger, 1962. Ref G1201 .S1U5 1959

U. S. War Department. Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1891-1895. Reprint, New York: Fairfax Press, 1983. Ref G1201 .S5U6 1983