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Illinois During the Civil War

In the winter of 1861 Abraham Lincoln left his home in Springfield, Illinois to become President of the United States. Southern states reacted to the election of a Republican president by seceding from the Union, and the nation descended into Civil War. Although the combatants fought no battles on Illinois soil, the Civil War defined an era in the state. Illinoisans shaped the war's course and felt its effects. This digital collection presents primary source material from the Civil War era in Illinois. These materials include letters, diaries and reminiscences of Union soldiers, as well as important documents, images, and other resources from the home front. For more information, including historical themes, narrative essays, and lesson plans. see the main page for Illinois During the Civil War.

Capron Civil War Map
Northern Illinois University
Battle of Pea or Bloody Ridge, AR
Chapel, Wilson E. The Civil War Journals of Wilson E. chapel. Sycamore, IL: DeKalb County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1998., Joiner History Room, Sycamore, Illinois Public Library, The Battle of Pea or Bloody Ridge, AR, the western-most point of Chapel and Company F in their long march from Missouri to Vicksburg to Alabama and Georgia, 1861-64.
Map of Battle of Vicksburg, MS
Chapel, Wilson E. The Civil War Journals of Wilson E. chapel. Sycamore, IL: DeKalb County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1998., Joiner History Room, Sycamore, Illinois Public Library
Map Showing Course of Grierson's Raid
Northern Illinois University
Map of the Seat of War -- 1861 to 1865
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Defences of the City of Mobile
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Appomattox Campaign
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of Sherman's March North
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of Fort Fisher
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Nashville Campaign South
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoir of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of Sherman's March to the Sea
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Battle of Cold Harbor
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of Central Virginia
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Operations Between the Pamunkey and the James Rivers
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Battle of North Anna
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Battle of Spottsylvania
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Country Between the Wilderness and Spottsylvania Court House
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Battle of the Wilderness
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University
Map Illustrating Siege of Atlanta
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Sherman's Campaign, Chattanooga to Atlanta
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University
Map of the Meridian Campaign
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University
Map of Chattanooga and Vicinity
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University
Map of Knoxville, Nashville and Chattangooga
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. Vol. II. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886., Northern Illinois University