Civil War Era and Wild West Writing Resources

Resources for Writing About the Civil War and the Wild West Periods...

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The Americaan Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865 between the United States (the "Union" or the "North") and several Southern states that had declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America (the "Confederacy" or the "South").

The war began over the issue of slavery and after four years of bloody combat, the Confederacy was defeated, slavery was abolished, and the reconstruction process of restoring unity and guaranteeing rights to the freed slaves began.

The American Civil War

American Civil War
Resources, maps, battles, people, places of importance during the Civil War.

American War Collection
Home to a variety of primary source material on the American Civil War, including letters, diaries and newspapers. Letter collections include searchable transcriptions as well as digital images of the manuscripts.

Huge amunt of links to the most useful e-files about the Civil War

Black Confederates
It has been estimated that over 65,000 Southern blacks were in the Confederate ranks. Find out about their service here...

Black Slaveowners
Large numbers of free Negroes owned black slaves; in fact, in numbers disproportionate to their representation in society at large. This article tells about a couple of them...

Black Soldiers
Excellent article with links to other information about black soldiers.

Articles, biographies, today in the Civil War, recipes and much more...

Home of the American Civil War
A lot of content, but divided into sections for easy access.

Guide to print and manuscript materials related to women and their roles in the Civil War

Women of the War
Biographies of famous women of the Civil War period.

Women Soldiers
Like the men, there were women who lived in camp, suffered in prisons, and died for their respective causes. Learn about their unique and heroic lives.

Wild West
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The Wild West refers to the second half of the nineteenth century surrounding the settlement of the western states. Cowboys epitomized the Western character and figured prominently after the Civil War through the 1890s when transportation facilities were few.

Cowboys drove cattle to shipping points over long distances, and often had to protect livestock from thieves and marauding animals. They were hardy and colorful characters that reached mythical status, becoming legend over time.

The Indian Wars, occurred in the latter half of the nineteenth century and in 1868, Congress recognized the Black Hills of South Dakota as sacred to the Sioux and Cheyenne, but the deal was called off when gold was discovered there which created a lot of the havock in the Wild West era.

American Indian Heritage Foundation
The History of native Americans.

Black Cowboys
Lives of a few of the 10,000 or more black cowboys...

Black Pioneers, Settlers, Cowboys and Outlaws
This is not a comprehensive listing, but represents some of the most colorful and obscure Black men and women who helped tame "The Wild West".

Black Women of the Old West
Biographies of Biddy Bridget Mason, Clara Brown, and Mary Ellen Pleasant.

Central Pacific Railroad
The history, museum and more of the Central Pacific Railroad.

The Concord Coach
An inside look at the Concord Coach Lines.

Eye Witness to the Old West
Stories through the eyes of those who lived it...

Frontier House - Frontier Life
Diaries, letters, newspaper articles, and official documents to give us a window into the day-to-day lives of settlers who actually lived on the American frontier.

Frontier Legends
The complete list of old west outlaws. Also lists of other famous groups and individuals.

The Gold Rush
Includes a Timeline, a map to the big mines, people, events and more.

Links to Ancient Footpaths
Trails and systems of sacred pathways of the Indian people and the first trails of the settlers.

Mountain Men
Sources of the history of the fur trade in the Rocky Mountain West.

Native American Language Resources
Learn histories, stories, games of the American Indians in their own language or yours...

Native Tech
An internet resource focusing on the arts of Eastern Woodland Indian Peoples - their traditions, clothing, food, beadwork and more.

Links to old west towns and forts.

The Overland Trail
The Overland Trail and links to many of the other important trails as well.

Painted Ladies of the Old West
Excellent information on those deemed the "not so nice" ladies of the old West.

Plains Indians
Links to the many tribes of Plains Indians, massacres, treaties and much more.

Sheriff or Marshal
If you've ever wondered what the difference was, here is your answer.

Texas Rangers
The official hall of fame and museum of the Texas Rangerrs.

Western Literature
Literature, Culture, Art, Photos of The Old West

Western Slang and Phrases
A small compilation of the phrases of the old west.

Western Stagecoach Travel
Covers many trails and the lines in several states.

Women of the West
Page of links to sites specializing in the women of the old West by individuals and by groups.

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