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U.S. Civil War: Official Records

Union and Confederate Armies

War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington, D.C.: Secretary of War, Government Printing Office, 1881-1901

Print Version

Electronic Version

Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing, 1994-99.

An additional 100 volumes of previously unpublished reports and correspondence that supplements War of the Rebellion.

Print Version

Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. New York: Century Co., 1887-88.

A series of articles published between 1884 and 1887 in The Century Magazine and then assembled into a four-volume set of books, includes battle studies by Union and Confederate commanders of all ranks, from Ulysses S. Grant down to company officers. Accounts are usually first-hand and often written by an officer actually in command in a subject engagement or campaign.

Electronic Version

Union and Confederate Navies

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1894-1922.

Electronic Version

War of the Rebellion: Special Features

War of the Rebellion Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

Call Number: E 464.A512

This 128-volume set reproduces thousands of Union and Confederate telegrams, dispatches, orders, and battle reports. Also included are documents relating to post-war trials, including the Lincoln assassination conspiracy trial, acts passed by the Confederate Congress, and documents pertaining to conscription and blockade running.


Series I. Military Operations -- includes the formal battle reports for both Union and Confederate armies, arranged chronologically by campaign and theater of operations. Union reports are followed by Confederate accounts. The intent is to provide a complete history of the event in the same volume.

Series II. Prisoners -- includes Union and Confederate correspondence, orders, reports, and returns relating to prisoners of war, as well as political prisoners.

Series III. Union Authorities -- correspondence, orders, reports, and returns of the Union authorities (including their correspondence with the Confederate officials) not relating specifically to the subjects of Series I and II. It includes the annual and special reports of the Secretary of War, of the General-in-Chief, and of the chiefs of the several staff corps and departments; the calls for troops and the correspondence between the National and the several State authorities.

Series IV. Confederate Authorities -- correspondence, orders, reports, and returns of the Confederate authorities, similar to the Union material in Series III, but excluding the correspondence between the Union and Confederate authorities given in that series.


Official atlas of the Civil War (1958 reprint: 1 volume)

Atlas to accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1891-1895: 3 volumes)

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies: Special Features

Unfortunately, most of the Confederate Navy Department records were lost during the burning of Richmond. Union Navy Department records were preserved, but not until 1884 was work begun to collect and publish the records. Intending to partially replace missing reports, many personal narratives were collected and included.


Series I -- Records of all naval operations including all inland waterways

Series II -- Records relating to statistics and condition of both forces at the outset of conflict, returns of captured materials, and records of naval prisoners of war