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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.

Ship Island and the Approaches to New Orleans
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Fort Massachusetts Ship Island
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Chart, Showing the Position of Ship Island
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Memphis, Tennessee on the Heights
Barnes, James. The Photographic History of the Civil War. Vol. 6. p. 35., Tulane University, Joseph M. Jones Steamboat Collection
The Fleet That Cleared the River
Barnes, James. The Photographic History of the Civil War. Vol. 6 p. 35., Tulane University, Joseph M. Jones Steamboat Collection
Refugees from Northern Missouri Entering St. Louis
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Map of Louisiana
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Opening of the Mississippi, Arrival of the Imperial at New Orleans
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Saluting the Flag at Port Hudson
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
The Surrender of Vicksburg, July 4, 1863
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Map Illustrating the Siege of Vicksburg
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
The Siege of Vicksburg, Battery Hickenlooper
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Explosion of Fort on McPherson's Front
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Plan of the Vicksburg Defenses
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Port Hudson from the Opposite Bank
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
The Assault on Port Hudson
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
The Investment of Vicksburg, Sherman's Extreme Right on the Mississippi
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
The Approaches to Vicksburg
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Vicksburg from the Hills in its Rear
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Map Illustrating Grant's Vicksburg Campaign
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Banks Landing at Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Grierson's Command Entering Baton Rouge
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University