Civil War Resources Online at the ZSR

Our Z. Smith Reynolds Library is the intellectual hub of campus and their talented staff offers a tremendous set of resources to our students.  There is a special new collection that has opened, and we thought for those Deac families who are history buffs (or whose students are history majors or minors), you might want to know about it.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library has contributed four collections to the online portal “Civil War in the American South.” The portal includes digital versions of collections from 1850-1865 held by members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. The collections contributed by ZSR are:

  • Confederate Broadsides Collection – Over 250 examples of poems written by Southerners and Confederate sympathizers during the Civil War, including some pamphlets and clippings, as well as broadsides.  You can see the WFU contributions index page here, then click on “View Item” next to the item of your choice.
  • Lipe Family Civil War Letters Collection – The Lipe (or Leib) family lived in Deep Well (now Mooresville), Iredell County, North Carolina. The collection consists of letters and poems from different Confederate soldiers.  Mouse over the Recent Submissions section and then click on the one you want; choose View/Open to see it.
  • George L. Bright Civil War Diary – George L. Bright was a band member in the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Union Army.  Mouse over the Recent Submissions section and then click on the one you want; choose View/Open to see it.
  • Herbert E. Valentine Civil War Diary – Valentine’s manuscript memoirs relate various anecdotes about his Union Army experiences, mostly in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Mouse over the Recent Submissions section and then click on the one you want; choose View/Open to see it.

So, students of American history – both young and old – enjoy this fascinating look at the days of the Civil War and these digitized archives.

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