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"Black Dispatches" was a common term used among Union military men for intelligence on Confederate forces provided by Negroes. This source of information represented the single most prolific and productive category of intelligence obtained and acted on by Union forces throughout the Civil War. This page is a reprint of an article in Studies in Intelligence, a journal published by CIA's Cen ...

CIA Public Affairs Publication: Intelligence in the Civil War


Intelligence in the Civil War is a look at some of the highlights of how the North and the South gathered and used intelligence information, the important missions, and the personalities. From this special view, the focus is not on the battlefield, but on a battle of wits. A comprehensive look at the spy war within the larger Civil War.


This website is a project of the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service that "promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil."

Civil War Battle Summaries lists the states alphabetically followed by the names of the battles that took place. Clicking on the battle names gives the location, campaign ...


The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. The site currently includes basic facts about 6.3 million Union and Confederate soldiers, and 18,000 African American Sailors (all sailors will be entered at a later date). The site also includes histories of regiments in both the Uni ...

Library of Congress: Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877


This guide is a compilation of many of the Civil War resources at the Library of Congress, along with links to selected resources outside the Library. The purpose of this guide is to present researchers with selected sources through which they can begin and expand their scope of study of the American Civil War.


The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary protects the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, best known for its battle with the Confederate ironclad Virginia in Hampton Roads, Va., on March 9, 1862.


Civil War and Reconstruction contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States. Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for research with his ...


The Civil War touched every person and influenced every institution more profoundly than any other event in American history. Over half a million young Americans gave their lives fighting for or against the effort by Southern states to secede from the Union and to preserve a society based on slave labor. Not only were civilians deeply scarred by the war, but no aspect of the society, economy, or political system was spared. To this day, no part of the American past attracts so much continuing in ...


This site is produced by the National Portrait Gallery and is dedicated to examining the Civil War through the Smithsonian Institution's extensive collections. Numerous artifacts, portraits, photographs, documents and narratives are on display, and bibliographies and research guides are available.


The Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection contains over 20,000 maps and charts from the late 1700s to present day. The Collection includes some of the nation's earliest nautical charts, hydrographic surveys, topographic surveys, geodetic surveys, city plans and Civil War battle maps. The Collection is a rich primary historical archive and a testament to the artistry of copper plate engraving technology of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


This Historical Handbook series was established in 1949. While some of the information here is a bit dated, the on-line editions of these classic publications can give a sense of early efforts to provide educational and interpretive material for the historical and archeological areas in the National Park System. Included in the ...


The Park Service's Southeast Archaeological Center has carried out a tradition of archeological research, collections and information management, and technical support for national park units in the Southeastern U.S. There is a full page of features and links related to Civil War Archaeology, including links to onl ...


The Smithsonian Associates is our nation's outstanding adult learning center for Civil War Studies with thought-provoking courses, seminars, and lectures conducted by outstanding scholars.


This is the official National Park Service Civil War website. The approaching Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (2011-2015) offers the current generation of Americans a most important opportunity to know, discuss, and commemorate this country's greatest national crisis, while at the same time exploring its enduring relevance in the 21st century.