October 22, 2017

Civil War

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Primary documents in American History: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877
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Library of Congress Civil War search terms

Standardized subject headings for materials relating to the American Civil War include:

  • UNITED STATES-HISTORY-CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865
  • SECESSION-SOUTHERN STATES
  • CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA

Within these categories are further subject divisions, such as UNITED STATES-HISTORY–CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865–CAMPAIGNS.

Also search under:

  • Names of places (e.g., ALABAMA–HISTORY–CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865-CAVALRY OPERATIONS; CHARLESTON (S.C.)–HISTORY–CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865–FICTION.)
  • Names of battles (e.g. , GETTYSBURG, BATTLE OF, GETTYSBURG, PA., 1863)
  • Names of individuals prominent in the Civil War (e.g., LEE, ROBERT E. (ROBERT EDWARD), 1807-1870)
  • Names of vessels (e.g., MONITOR (IRONCLAD)

Some search systems also offer a keyword search capability, that may have uncontrolled terms such as:

  • CIVIL WAR
  • WAR BETWEEN THE STATES
  • WAR OF REBELLION