Illinois During the Civil War: About


In the winter of 1861, Abraham Lincoln left his home in Springfield, Illinois to become president of the United States. Southern states reacted to the election of a Republican president by seceding from the Union, and the nation descended into Civil War. Although the combatants fought no battles on Illinois soil. the Civil War defined an era in the state. Illinoisans shaped the war's course and felt its effects. This website presents primary source material from the Civil War era in Illinois. These materials include letters, diaries, and reminiscences of Union soldiers, as well as important documents, images, and other resources from the home front.

Copyright and Terms of Use

Certain portions of the materials on this site are protected under copyright laws. These materials have been made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, but may not be used for any commercial purpose. Permission to make a single copy of any material on this website through print, photocopying, or downloading to a computer terminal is granted without the need to seek prior consent, on the express condition that you properly cite the source in all copies. To cite sources you should include all applicable and available information available regarding:

  1. Name of author, editor, compiler, arranger, translator, creator
  2. Title of song, section, poem, short work, letter within a larger book or journal
  3. Title of larger book or journal
  4. Name of editor, compiler, or translator, arranger
  5. Publication information for the print version (publisher location, publisher and date)
  6. Illinois During the Civil War Project
  7. Name of owning institution
  8. Date you accessed the source
  9. Direct link to the webpage or digitized item

For other uses of materials from the site (for example, commercial products, publication, broadcast, mirroring, reuse on a website, or anything else that does not fall under concepts relating to "fair use") you are required to seek permission from the appropriate source in advance. Contact information is given below. When requesting permission, please be prepared to refer specifically to the information you intend to use and provide details regarding your planned use.

Those inquiring about these uses should contact Drew VandeCreek. 

Project TeamDrew VandeCreek, Project DirectorTara Dirst, Technical Coordinator and Curriculum Developer (2005-2007)Anitha Paruchuri, Web Developer (2005-2011)Stacey Erdman, Digital Collections CuratorNathan Books, Web DeveloperMatthew Short, Metadata LibrarianCharles Larry, Graphic Designer (2005-2011)Maria Dimanshtein, Graphic Designer (2013)Scholarly ContributorsJohn Y. Simon, former executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association Project PartnersPrimary source materials featured on this site are derived from the collections of Northern Illinois University's Library, the Illinois State Historical Society, Illinois State University Library, The Joiner History Room at the Sycamore (IL) Public Library, and from the University of Chicago Library. Illinois During the Civil War was funded by contributions from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, and the Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust.