The American Civil War: Home

This Guide is for students who are looking for primary sources, such as soldiers' journals and letters, or images of uniforms and military equipment.

150th Anniversary

A Soldier's Daily Life

Civil War Soldiers' Camp

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What's Your Opinion?

What was the main cause of the Civil War?

What's Your Opinion?
Economic differences between the North and the South: 1 votes (50%)
Secession of several Southern states: 0 votes (0%)
Slavery in the South: 1 votes (50%)
Disagreement about the level of power in the federal government: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 2


The American Civil War

The American Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865, was a war between the United States government and the Southern States who had seceded, or broken away, from the Union to form the Confederate States of America.  The United States government wanted to maintain the Union and would not permit the South to secede.  The Southern States thought that the government was going to abolish slavery, which they felt was an economic necessity.  Neither side could find a peaceful way to solve the problem, so war resulted.

American Civil War Video from

Check out this interesting video about slavery, cotton, the cotton gin, the spread of slavery to the West and more!  

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