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Civil War Journals Online - Confederate

Updated on May 17, 2017
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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.

Diaries of Confederate Soldiers to Read Online

If you're a Civil War buff or a student needing primary source material for a paper, you'll find the links you need here. I'm a librarian and have compiled a state-by-state list of online Civil War diaries written by soldiers who fought for the South.

For further reading, I'm including some published journals that can be bought either new or used from Amazon.


Confederate Generals of The Civil War by parrow1978

A Pocket Diary from the Civil War Era

These pocket diaries were probably sold by suttlers to the men in the army. My great-great grandfather owned this one. The first thing he listed in it was the names of all the men in his company, about 100 names. They had to keep the entries brief.
These pocket diaries were probably sold by suttlers to the men in the army. My great-great grandfather owned this one. The first thing he listed in it was the names of all the men in his company, about 100 names. They had to keep the entries brief. | Source

Confederate Diary - Available from Amazon

Diary of a Confederate Soldier: John S. Jackman of the Orphan Brigade
Diary of a Confederate Soldier: John S. Jackman of the Orphan Brigade

This one's not available to read online, so I'm providing the link to both a paperback and hardback copies here.

John Jackson kept a diary that recounts the daily life of a soldier and also the events the Orphan Brigade was part of (Vicksburg, Shiloh, fighting against Sherman and other actions).

 

An Officer's Quarters

An officer might take up temporary quarters in a  house with the troops in tents on the grounds. He could write up his reports at this temporary desk and then make an entry in his personal diary.
An officer might take up temporary quarters in a house with the troops in tents on the grounds. He could write up his reports at this temporary desk and then make an entry in his personal diary. | Source

More Civil War Diaries from the Confederacy - Available from Amazon

Want more books for less money? Look at the used book prices below the regular Amazon price. Also check for a Kindle copy as those can be less than the regular book. The best bargain of all is when you find the book at your public library to borrow.

If you want a copy to keep, then click on through to Amazon.

More to Come...

I'll be adding quite a bit more to this page.

Bookmark it and check back for more diaries from the Civil War.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: That would make very interesting reading. Have you thought about posting it online?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a journal written by sam okey that mentions the civil war he was atailor and repaired uniforms for the troops

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: What a treasure for your family to have these. I'm researching my great-great grandfather's life from that time period. Sure wish I had some letters of his.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have the letters home of my great grandfather Russell J . Bates of Co. C, Cherokee Dragoons of Philips Legion of the Georgia Cavalry, attached to Hampton, sent to Virginia, then back to Georgia with Johnson and later Hood. He was from Hickory Flats north of Atlanta, the union cavalry came through there on the way to Sandy Springs and to Decatur.

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      AnnMarie7 5 years ago

      I like to reenact as a "southern woman" or more properly, a Confederate civilian. I've been checking out some of your lenses on this topic, and I have to say "Thank You" for finally posting a lens on the Confederacy! I appreciate it and it's always good to see both sides of any issue.

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      artillery lm 6 years ago

      I like the different guns of that era. Fun lens. Looking forward to your updates.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Looks like a pretty good start on another great lens.