These collections consists of diaries and collections of letters from the civil war era found in special collections and archives the diaries offer a unique look into the lives of common soldiers spies and even a bodyguard of abraham lincoln letters include both private and official correspondence correspondents in the latter group include rufus king and ulysses s grant transcripts are . American civil war diaries memoirs and letter collections the best primary sources from a conflict that inspired moving informative literature from americans both high and low this list includes works from the antebellum and reconstruction eras. Civil war soldiers wrote millions of letters home to loved ones they spent hundreds of hours pouring over diaries as they chronicled one the of the pivotal events in american history on the home front too family members wrote back to their loved ones in the army and kept diaries as well. The holdings of the united states army military history institute are especially well represented in studies of civil war soldiers and for good reason a 127 page single spaced inventory of its civil war document collection comprised mostly of soldiers letters and diaries details only a portion of the institutes civil war manuscript holdings 15. Civil war diaries and letters date created 1837 1894 description diaries correspondence and photographs from iowa soldiers and their families during the american civil war the collection offers valuable insight on soldiers daily activities experiences in battles and views on the war language english
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