This collection contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. Particular care has been taken to index this material so it can be searched more thoroughly than ever. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The product includes 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland Planter William Claytor. The collection also includes biographies, an extensive bibliography of the sources in the database, and material licensed from The Civil War Day-by-Day by E.B. Long.
From Alexander Street, A ProQuest Company. Retrieved August 5, 2021 from (https://search.alexanderstreet.com/cwld).
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The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries provides sophisticated searching across large numbers of primary documents, as well as table of contents access to a wide array of primary sources. It also provides a database of battles and events.
For novices who wish to get quick access to key documents, we recommend using the Tables of Contents and the Simple Search tools.
For scholars who wish to conduct in-depth searches we recommend using the Advanced Search, Memoirs Search, Diaries Search, and Letters Search tools.
There are three basic ways to use the database.
The Search tools are divided into five separate categories, all of which search the texts in the database and return documents: