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 several items of A.B. Andrews' history-his Medical Discharge from the Confederate Army, photo of his bride and he, and an autographed picture of an older A.B. Also included is a black & white photo of the Romulus Saunders locomotive, built in 1857 named for Romulus Mitchel Saunders, Caswell County, North Carolina native.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Adam Staley's Southern Claims Commission Collection contains the photocopied version of National Archives and Records Administration file on Adam Staley's claim to the Southern Claims Commission.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

The Benjamin Crouse Letters consist of nine Civil War era letters from Private Benjamin Crouse to his wife Minta Crouse and brother Martin.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

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. The diary is in fair condition though the ink is fading.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)

The Civil War Journal and Account Book Collection was part of a donation from Roby Triplett in 2009. Many papers and the journal are in very fragile condition with brittle pages.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Cornett Family of Grayson County, Virginia Papers collection 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. Some papers are delicate, but all are legible.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)


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.