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 is a comb-bound booklet The Remarkable Story about Zachariah Whicker, as compiled by Jess Wilson, and three black and white photograph copies of Zachariah and wife Martha Hurst Whicker.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The John Alexander Williams Papers consist of Williams' research and professional files which he developed as a Professor of History at Appalachian State University. Materials include photocopies of primary sources, manuscripts, publications, posters, photographs, CD-ROMs, floppy discs, and West Virginia related artifacts.

64.25 linear feet (113 boxes, 4 half sized boxes, 2 media boxes, 2 oversize)

The John R. Hodges Papers is a collection of documents generated during the mid-nineteenth century by John R. Hodges of Middle Cane, North Carolina. Most documents are financial in nature. This collection contains examples of monetary notes used during the antebellum period.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Keith Blalock Collection is a series of government documents (photocopied from the collection in the National Archives) regarding Keith Blalock and his attempt to receive veteran's pension.

0.25 (1 box)

The Kirby and Eller Family Letters contain correspondence between the Kirby and Eller families of Ashe County, North Carolina. The letters focus mainly on day-to-day events such as planting and harvesting crops, health and illness, and household tasks, but also include references to the Civil War.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The Loraine Tyrie Papers consists of multiple facsimiles of Confederate paper money and two Bank of Todd checks, circa 1910s-1920.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Mildred McDowell Jones, a resident of Caldwell County, North Carolina, and descendant of prominent families of the area, is best known for her leadership in the restoration of Fort Defiance, the home of General William Lenoir and his descendants. Special historical interests were the American Revolutionary and Civil War periods.

3.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize 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.