Resources for Teachers

Voices of the Civil War
Posts are authored by forty individuals featured in the exhibition and are excerpts from their diaries, letters home, and published memoirs—all eyewitness accounts. These personal observations and declarations, from such well-known historical figures as Robert E. Lee and Clara Barton to those lesser known, carry the narrative of the exhibition and represent both sides of the conflict in a modern social media format.

Exhibitions

Classroom Materials

Library of Congress Civil War Collections

Slavery and Abolition

Companion Publication

Published by the Library of Congress in cooperation with Little, Brown and Company, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War by Margaret E. Wagner is on sale in the Library shop and in venues throughout the nation. The Illustrated Timeline serves as both a stand-alone history of the war and a companion volume for this exhibition.

The 2014 Civil War Calendar published by Pomegranate Communications (August 2013) surveys the entire war and features materials in the collections of the Library of Congress.

Read More About It

  • Holzer, Harold and Joshua Wolf Shenk. In Lincoln’s Hand: His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans. New York: Bantam Books, 2009.
  • Krowl, Michelle A. Women of the Civil War. San Francisco: Pomegranate Books in association with the Library of Congress, 2006.
  • Osborne, Linda Barrett. Traveling the Freedom Road, From Slavery & the Civil War through Reconstruction. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers in association with the Library of Congress, 2009.
  • Stevenson, Richard W., compiler. Civil War Maps: An Annotated List of Maps and Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1989.
  • Wagner, Margaret E., Gary W. Gallagher, and Paul Finkelman, eds. The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2002.
  • --------------------------. The American Civil War: 365 Days. New York: Abrams in association with the Library of Congress, 2006.
  • --------------------------. The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War. Second edition. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011.
  • Wilson, Douglas L. and Lloyd A. Dunlap, David C. Mearns, and John R. Sellers. Long Remembered: Lincoln and His Five Versions of the Gettysburg Address. Delray Beach, Florida: Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress, 2011.

Single Day Teacher Workshops

Interested in learning strategies to teach the American Civil War in your classroom? Want to share first hand accounts of the war from a wide array of voices on the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict? You will be able to do all of this and more by using Library of Congress primary sources. Register to attend the Library of Congress “The Civil War in America Teacher Workshop.” Participants will leave with strategies and materials they can use in their schools. This workshop uses the Library's exhibit The Civil War in America as its foundation. Learn how to make this era in history come alive for student using letters and diaries, photographs and prints, maps, and newspapers and other printed accounts produced during the Civil War.

Dates:

  • Friday, October 25, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 26, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2, 2013; 8:30 am. to 3 pm.