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Civil War Diaries Online - The North

Updated on February 26, 2015
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In researching my Civil War ancestor, I became fascinated by all aspects of that war. If you're a Civil War buff, check out my topics.

Read Journals from the Civil War on the Internet

One of the family treasures is the pocket diary that belonged to my great-great grandfather who survived the Civil War. It's amazing that something so small can be so valuable in terms of the information contained in the pages. Fortunately for researchers and students seeking primary information about the Civil War, many of these journals have been posted online.

I've compiled a list of online Civil War journals and organized it state-by-state. If your ancestor served in the Civil War, you can picture him and his daily activities by reading one of these diaries. This listing will focus on Yankee or Northern Civil War journals, but I will compile a separate list for the South. There's another list on women's diaries of the Civil War.

(photo of Abraham Bates Tower's pocket diary, my great-great grandfather)

Illinois Civil War Journals Online - Henry Ketzle


Civil War Journals Published in Books - Available from Amazon

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Journal of Lt. Russell Tuttle - New York Volunteer Infantry

The Civil War Journal of Lt. Russell M. Tuttle, New York Volunteer Infantry
The Civil War Journal of Lt. Russell M. Tuttle, New York Volunteer Infantry

Although this is not free to read online, it's a valuable record for anyone researching the NY Volunteer Infantry. Follow the action through Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee. They were there for the Siege of Atlanta and part of Sherman's March to the Sea.

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It isn't easy to read a Civil War diary

due to changes in the language, handwriting and other factors.

Learn more at Interpreting Civil War Diaries.

© 2011 Virginia Allain

Have You Read Any Civil War Journals? - Give me your thoughts on this topic

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      our history is important indeed, gave your lens a 'thumbs up' for what you wrote.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I've always loved reading diaries of any type - I'm a voyeur...

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      I knew nothing about this. Would love to have time to find out more!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Interesting. I'll watch for your lenses on the South. I discovered a number of my ancestors who were in the Civil War when I was doing genealogy. It would be interesting to see if they are included in your list.