CivilWarChest is a free website which hosts the entire digitized collection of “The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.” You can see the original page images or choose to see the OCRd text only.

Commonly referred to as The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion” or the “Official Records,” these are primary source documents for the American Civil War and include names of soldiers, first-hand accounts of battles, orders, maps, and correspondence between military and government officials on both sides of the conflict.

The site also includes a gallery of Civil War paintings, photographs, and other images primarily from the Library of Congress.

To find individual battles in the series, either use the search window or use “Topics and links” in the top menu bar and select a battle from the list and you’ll taken to the entry pages for that battle in the Official Records. If you have a Civil War website you’d like added to the external websites link, please email [email protected]

Visit the blog for a US Civil War Timeline and other notable events.

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