Civil War


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about the American Civil War (1861-1865). Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

This collection contains the diary of C.M. Campbell for 1861, a memorial brochure for Mrs. Mary A. Campbell, 1876. and a photocopied page from the Huntington, West Virginia newspaper dated July 13, 1980 about back pain.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)

The Carl Ross Papers is a collection of Carl Ross' academic research and students papers, predominantly from his classes on Appalachian Culture and History. The collection includes extensive materials on the history and architecture of the Brinegar Cabin located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also a number of materials related to Dr. Ross' passion for the Civil War and living history programs. A bulk of the collection is centered around Ross' interest in Appalachian Studies and his work in documenting the history of the region.

13.25 linear feet (17 record boxes, 3 half sized, 1 small oversize, 3 overzsize folders)

The Civil War Journal and Account Book includes a journal documenting an unidentified soldier's war experiences from South Carolina to Bull Run to the Hazel River in Virginia. The diary starts with the regiment's muster in date, April 13, 1861 and continues until February 1862.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection consists of photocopies of materials outlining the Civil War service of the members of the First Virginia Cavalry, Company D. Included are: a handwritten copy of the war record of Corporal Thomas W. Colley, a roster with short biographies of men who served with the unit compiled by Colley, and copies of applications by veterans for the Confederate States of America, Roll of Honor.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

The Cornett Family Papers contains historical legal documents, deeds, and receipts from various members of the Cornett Family and others of Grayson County, Virginia and surrounding areas dating prior to, during, and after the Civil War.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

This collection consists of two photocopies of a Civil War soldier's tour of duty in the war. Daniel M. Carlton was from Stony Fork, Watauga County, North Carolina, and was killed in May 1864.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consist of a typed copy of a letter from Lt. Edgar Juno, 50th Regiment Virginia Infantry, Gen. J.M. Jones' Brigade, to Miss Bettie Dickson, Buffalo (Ashe County, North Carolina), dated May 1, 1864.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)


Additional Resources

The following materials are available in the Special Collections Open Stacks on microfilm. These materials are also searchable in the library catalog. The original materials are located at various other institutions, as noted in their catalog records.

Eleventh Census of the United States, 1890

Schedules enumerating Union veterans and widows of Union veterans of the Civil War, by state.


Service Records and Muster Rolls

Southern Claims Commission


Zebulon Baird Vance

Zebulon Vance (1830-1894) was Governor of North Carolina from 1862-1865.