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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.

Union Position Near the Center, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Battle of Gettysburg, Summit of Little Round Top, July 2, 1863
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
The Invasion of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Mortar Boats in Process of Construction
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Battle of St. Charles, on White River, Arkansas
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
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
General View of Harper's Ferry and the Maryland Heights
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Andrew Johnson
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Grand Review at Washington, Sherman's Veterans Marching Through Pennsylvania Avenue
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Ford's Theatre, Washington
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Sherman's Army Entering Columbia, South Carolina
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
In the Trenches Before Petersburg
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Destruction of the Depots, Public Buildings, and Manufactories at Atlanta
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Soldiers Voting for President
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Scene Around a Bulletin-Board
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Owen Lovejoy
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Clement L. Vallandigham
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Bombardment of Fort Sumter by the Batteries of the Confederate States
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Fighting in the Wilderness
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Workshops, Army of the Potomac
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Ulysses S. Grant
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University
Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta
Guernsey, Alfred H. and Henry M. Alden. Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Chicago: Star Publishing Co., 1894., Northern Illinois University