Letters between soldiers and their loved ones form a natural library of first person and eye witness accounts of war. They are an excellent written record with precise dates covering both the macro and micro scale of the conflict. Our simply aim is to database them, free-to-view online.

Letters from the American Civil War

  221 Civil War Letters in 32 Civil War Accounts

first person accounts and primary source documents

War Letter Archive Lot 31
Fifty nine letters in lot. The civil war letters covers the service of Steve Conner as documented to his brother James from 1860 to 1865. He was in Company P 114th regiment under Brigadeer General Andrews. He is injured sometime in 1862 but returns to the army. read more

War Letter Archive Lot 28
Thirty-two letters from 1860-1870 covering the civil war period. Many of the pre-civil and early civil war letters are between members of the Work family in which several male members go off to war. Later letters are from a Joseph Boyd, a 115th Company D civil war soldier to his father John. read more

Minesota Historical Society
A nice group of fourty four letters from 3 brothers Thomas, William and Alexander Christie. Each letter contains a short one sentence description of contents. Order the letters by date, person or location. Excellent site, can read from the original source. read more

War Letter Archive Lot 26
Seventeen letters from John Knapp of the 9th Indianna company while recovering from wounds sustained in battles in Tennesse to a friend Mary Merrick of New York. He works as a "regular wound dresser" in the various hospitals during 1863/1864 and describes the scene in detail and troop movements in and out of the cities where he works. read more

CivilWarLetters Website
Site contains the transcribed text and photograph of 15 letters. They are from Newton Robert Scott of the Iowa Volunteers, 36th Infantry, Company A to his to-be wife Hannah Cone. read more

Civil War Home
Fourty-one letters in eight accounts, six of whom are single letter accounts of the civil war. Site contains two major accounts, one from Absolom A. Harrison of the Kentucky Calvary Volunteers Company D, 4th Regiment. Contains 16 letters from 1861,1862. The other 19 letters from the Confederate soldier William (Billy) A. Elliott in the 11th Regiment, Company A, of the North Carolina Troops. Unfortunately copies of the original letters are not made available.  read more

Virginia Tech
A well laid out site with eight letters from 8 different soldiers, 6 of whom are named, 2 are not. Mostly of a romance theme. Each letter is with envelope which serves as a link to the transcribed text. A scanned copy of the orginal letter is available through a seperate link although it is too small to be easily readable.  read more

War Letter Minor Lots
For a short of list of discharged people to be removed from the pay roaster for the Union Army after the Civil War - 1870. see here. Two letters to sister Hannah from Charles Bettes stationed at Camp Berry in Maine during 1865. read more
One civil war letter written Captain George Roby of to Provost Marshal's Office in 1864 to Thomas Campbell of Cynthiana, Pike County talking about enrollment. read more

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Associated civil war accounts from
Civil War Home 41 letters 8 accounts
Civil War Letters Website 15 letters 1 account
LETTERS.IE Archive 113 letters 12 accounts
Minesota Historical Society 44 letters 3 accounts
Virginia Tech 8 letters 8 accounts

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