The John A. McAllister Collection: Additional Resources

Civil War Resources

The Library of Congresses American Memory Website (

America Singing (

“For most of the nineteenth century, before the advent of phonograph and radio technologies, Americans learned the latest songs from printed song sheets. Not to be confused with sheet music, song sheets are single printed sheets, usually six by eight inches, with lyrics but no music. These were new songs being sung in music halls or new lyrics to familiar songs, like "Yankee Doodle" or "The Last Rose of Summer." Some of America's most beloved tunes were printed as song sheets, including "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Song sheets are an early example of a mass medium and today they offer a unique perspective on the political, social, and economic life of the time, especially during the Civil War. Some were dramatic, some were humorous; all of them had America joining together in song. The Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress holds 4291 song sheets. Included among these American songs are ninety-seven British song sheets from Dublin and London. The collection spans the period from the turn of the nineteenth century to the 1880s, although a majority of the song sheets were published during the height of the craze, from the 1850s to the 1870s.”

Civil War Maps (

“This presentation contains approximately 2,240 Civil War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks that are held within the Geography and Map Division, 200 maps from the Library of Virginia, and 400 maps from the Virginia Historical Society.”

Selected Civil War Photographs Collection (

“The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.”

The United States Civil War Center
Special Collections, LSU Libraries (

“The mission of the United States Civil War Center is to promote interdisciplinary study of the American Civil War. It was founded in 1993 by novelist David Madden, Professor of English at Louisiana State University, and is supported in part by a donation from the late Frank Magill, founder of Salem Press.”

The Center publishes the Civil War Book Review online and promotes use of research materials at LSU and elsewhere to further study of the Civil War. The Center is not a museum or library, but facilitates preservation of Civil War docu ments and artifacts by putting potential donors in touch with libraries, archives, and museums dedicated to preserving A merica’s cultural heritage”

Historical Society of Pennsylvania (

"Civil War resources (

Guide to Civil War Manuscript & Newspaper Collections (

Guide to Women During the Civil War (

US Civil War Generals (,br>

“This is a concise index to the Generals who fought on both sides of the US Civil War, and has been specifically prepared for the Internet. It is not meant to replace the several excellent biographies and encyclopedias which have been published in print form, and which contain much more information than is intended for this index.”

Civil War History Consortium (

“The Civil War History Consortium (CWHC) is a group of 23 Philadelphia area institutions with sites, collections, and programs that relate to the Civil War era.” “The Civil War History Consortium seeks to preserve, link, and promote the stories, collections, and sites that reveal the Philadelphia region's crucial role in the United States' search for liberty and unity during the Civil War era, providing meaningful and engaging heritage and educational experiences and stimulating community and economic development.”

“The Consortium's membership includes a wide spectrum of libraries, museums and historical sites across the Philadelphia region that have materials, objects, structures, and activities related to the period between the antecedents of the Civil War and its aftermath. These resources tell many stories of the abolition movement, the Underground Railroad, and the "home front" in the war effort, as well as providing critical context for the many subsequent societal changes leading to the Civil Rights movement.”

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings (

“The Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB) is a regional initiative that dramatically expands free public access to information on the built environment of the five-county Philadelphia area and beyond, by providing a user-friendly, web-based, image rich resource. In an ambitious example of private, academic, and public cooperation, the PAB project brings together the collections, data, images and professional expertise of The Athenæum of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and many other local cultural institutions.”

The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War. (

“The Valley Project details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown’s Raid through the era of Reconstruction. In this digital archive you may explore thousands of original letters and diaries, newspapers and speeches, census and church records, left by men and women in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Giving voice to hundreds of individual people, the Valley Project tells forgotten stories of life during the era of the Civil War.”

National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System ((

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 initial focus of the CWSS is the Names Index Project, a project to enter names and other basic information from 6.3 million soldier records in the National Archives. The facts about the soldiers were entered from records that are indexed to many millions of other documents about Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Other information includes: histories of regiments in both the Union and Confederate Armies, links to descriptions of 384 significant battles of the war, and other historical information. Additional information about soldiers, sailors, regiments, and battles, as well as prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, will be added over time.

History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 : prepared in compliance with acts of the legislature. / by Samuel P. Bates. [Full text available]