There are an amazing number of regimental histories and other publications about the Civil War. Both sides wanted to document their stories so we have access to an amazing historical collection – many of them in the public domain. Since most of these publications were written soon after the war by the people who served, we have an opportunity to see this moment in history up close and personal. And, many of these publication are now in the public domain so we can download a copy at no cost.
Here are a number of sources for finding these historical publications.
- Internet Archive. This is an amazing archive covering a broad range of documents, audio, video and images – most of them public domain. Their search feature is quite impressive. (See The Internet Archive for more information.)
- WorldCat. Looking for a card catalog for libraries around the world? WorldCat will show you which libraries have the book you want.
- Genealogy Gophers. This amazing search engine lets you search for a person, place or event and the results not only find the publication, but also points you to the page and paragraph where it is discussed.
- Project Gutenberg currently has a library of 56,000+ public domain books available for download as ebooks. You will find a number of civil war publications here.
- The Digital Public Library of America is a directory pointing to collections found in America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions. Your searches will lead you to those institutions so you can download a digital copy at no charge.