Friday, April 9, 2010

This Day In History: Civil War Ends

On this day in 1865, General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate (Southern) Army, surrendered to the Union (Northern) Army at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. This signified the end of the American Civil War, a conflict that had begun four years earlier, which ultimately contributed to the end of slavery, and shaped modern warfare through advances in weapons and medical technology. The NCC Libraries have many resources on the battles, people and events of the Civil War, including the devastating bloodshed that occurred at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863.

Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World
by Eric Foner
E 457 .O97 2008 Stacks

Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War
by David Williams
F 214 .W564 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
by Andrew Ward
E 464 .W29 2008 Stacks

What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War
by Chandra Manning
E 607 .M32 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War
by James M. McPherson
E 468 .M24 2007 Stacks

Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War
by David J. Eicher
E 487 .E38 2006 Stacks

The Civil War 100: The Stories Behind the Most Influential Battles, People and Events in the War Between the States
by Michael Lee Lanning
E 655 .L36 2006 Stacks

A Nation Transformed by Civil War [map]
National Geographic Society
MAP-CIVIL WAR Atlas Stand, Main and Monroe

The Civil War [DVD]
by Ken Burns
E 468 .C58 1990 (5 vols.) Circulation Desk, Main; Media Tower, Main; Monroe
Also available in streaming video from the American History in Video database.

Take a look at these databases for more information:


  • African American Experience: Search this database for research on slavery, the Civil War and "Jim Crow" discrimination that occurred during the Reconstruction era and beyond.
  • American History in Video: Search for "Civil War" and find more than 50 different streaming videos on this topic. These videos are taken from shows that have aired on the History Channel, A&E, PBS and other networks.
  • History Resource Center, U.S.: This database contains biographies of historically significant people, narratives of battles and events, primary sources, maps and multimedia.
Works Consulted:
"American Civil War." Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
Web. 16 Dec. 2009 <
https://libprox.northampton.edu/login?url=http://search.eb.com/eb/article-229937 >.

"American Civil War: Lee's Surrender to Grant." Photograph of wood engraving. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 16 Dec. 2009 < https://libprox.northampton.edu:/login?url=http://search.eb.com/eb/art-82272 >.

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