Did you remember that April 12th marks the 1861 Southern Rebellion on the Union-controlled Fort Sumter in Charleston and the beginning of the Civil War? Me neither. But, to honor the anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, here are some of our more unusual Reference resources to learn more about this period in our history:
Photographic History of the Civil War-These are not the same old Civil War photos. A fabulous 1912 series in ten volumes! UAPL is the only library in the Columbus Metro area with this set.
Women During the Civil War: an Encyclopedia –With entries on women in the West, industrial workers, women who fought as soldiers, and family life, this volume will round out any Civil War scholar’s knowledge.
The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia – People think of inland battles, but there are 3,600+ miles along the Mississippi and its tributaries alone! These two volumes cover naval strategies, ships, battles, and new “technology” such as mines and submarines.
The Civil War and Reconstruction – This book of essays looks at the country after the Civil War and its recovery. Read about daily life, as well as important trends and pop culture, such as dime novels, illustrated newspapers, iceboxes, minstrel shows, and the development of professional baseball.
If you want to read from home, try the American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, part of our Gale Virtual Reference collection available through our Databases.