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Marching into Dixie

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Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about the American Civil War.

American Treasures: A Civil War Sketch Artist (Exhibition) View drawings by Alfred Waud - recognized as the best of the Civil War sketch artists who drew the war for the nation's pictorial press.

American Treasures: The Diary of a Confederate Woman (Exhibition) This entry from Betty Maury's diary recounts the difficult experience of relocation that many Confederate women and families faced when the Civil War erupted.

American Treasures: Walt Whitman and the Civil War (Exhibition) Read about Whitman's Civil War hospital notebooks in which he took notes about the needs and wants of wounded soldiers whom he visited and comforted in the hospitals in and near Washington, D.C.

American Treasures: Women's War Relief (Exhibition) This broadside pattern gives directions for making slippers for Union soldiers.

Battle Hymn of the Republic (Performing Arts) Learn the history, explore song sheets and sheet music, and listen to sound recordings of this patriotic melody from the Civil War period.

Before, During and After the Civil War (Presentation) This selection of images from the New-York Historical Society Civil War Treasures collection provides an overview of the war from Union and Confederate points of view.

The Blue and the Gray (Online Activity) Solve this set of puzzles and discover the theme the pictures have in common.

Civil War Maps: Browse by Place (American Memory Collection) This collection of Civil War maps can be browsed by location.

Civil War Photograph Album (Document) Explore images of Civil War personalities in this photo album assembled by John Hay, personal secretary to President Abraham Lincoln.

Harriet Tubman (Presentation) Learn about this famous African American activist.


Historic American Music Timeline: 1860-1869 (Presentation) Link to a selection of representative pieces of sheet music from the 1860s.

History of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (Presentation) This timeline chronicles the history of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers and features letters written by Tilton C. Reynolds throughout the Civil War.

Jump Back in Time: Civil War (America's Library) Link to more than 35 Civil War stories.

Jump Back in Time: November 19, 1863 (America's Library) Read about Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address.

Meet Amazing Americans: Abraham Lincoln (America's Library) Learn about America's 16th president.

Meet Amazing Americans: Frederick Douglass (America's Library) Read the life story of this famous black abolitionist. Learn about his role in the Civil War.

Meet Amazing Americans: Harriet Tubman (America's Library) Read the life story of the runaway slave who became known as the "Moses of her people."

She Wrote the Most Famous "Hymn" of the Civil War (Wise Guide) Learn the story behind Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Today in History Archives (Today in History) Search the Archives using the term "civil war" for articles related to the Civil War.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again (Performing Arts) Learn the history, view song sheets and sheet music, and listen to several sound recordings of this popular Civil War song.