National Park Service: The Civil War
The National Park Service has developed a website devoted specifically to the exploration of the Civil War. Viewers can read about notable people and places, locate historic Civil War national park sites, interact with a timeline, and examine digital collections.

Selected Civil War Photographs
Browse or search the Library of Congress' collection of over 1,000 digitized Civil War photographs. Included on the website is a timeline of the war.

Civil War Map Collection
The Library of Congress' Civil War maps have been digitized and made available to view online. Users can browse the collection by place, subject, creator, or title.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery presents an online exhibit featuring photographs and images of artifacts from their collections.

Washington Post’s Civil War 150
The Washington Post offers ongoing special coverage of the Civil War throughout the 150th anniversary. The website includes videos, photo galleries, interactives, and a blog titled "A House Divided."

Civil War 150
The History Channel presents this interactive flash website that features the following sections: Who They Were, Weapons of the War, How They Died, Five Deadliest Battles, Paying for the War, and West Point Warriors.

U.S. Civil War Selected Resources
The Library of Congress has compiled a list of resources outside its collections all related to the Civil War.

Drew Gilpin Faust on Death and Dying
Drew Gilpin Faust, author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, has written a short essay on how the Civil War dramatically impacted the American government's obligation to its fallen soldiers.

Historian David Blight on the Civil War Sesquicentennial
Videos of historian and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE interviewee David Blight are featured on Harvard Press' blog in which he discusses the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

Veterans of the American Civil War Flickr Group
Over 700 members have contributed to this online archive of more than 5,000 Civil War photographs. Anyone can join and contribute their own photographs and add to the description of uploaded images.

United States Sanitary Commission (USSC) Civil War Soldiers Inquiry Database
The USSC's Hospital Directory recorded information of over 9,000 sick, wounded, or missing soldiers from 1862-1865. Users can locate records of soldiers and file an application to receive the files.

Memorial Day History
The Department of Veteran Affairs gives an overview of the history of Memorial Day.

History and Development of the National Cemetery Administration
This document, developed by the Department of Veteran Affairs' National Cemetery Administration, provides an overview of how and why national cemeteries came to be.

Books, Periodicals, and Articles:

Alcott, Louisa May. Hospital Sketches. Bedford, MA: Applewood Books, 1993. (original: J. Redpath, 1863)

Ariès, Philippe. Western Attitudes Toward Death: from the Middle Ages to the Present. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974.

Blight, David W. Frederick Douglass' Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Blight, David W. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2001.

Bontecou, Reed B, Stanley B. Burns, and Michael Rhode. Shooting Soldiers: Civil War Medical Photography. New York: Burns Archive Press, 2011.

Bowditch, Henry I. A Brief Plea for an Ambulance System for the Army of the United States: As Drawn from the Extra Sufferings of the Late Lieut. Bowditch and a Wounded Comrade. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1863.

Bowditch, Henry I. Memorial [of Nathaniel Bowditch, Lieutenant, First Massachusetts Cavalry, 1839-1863. Boston: Priv. Print. by J. Wilson & Son, 1865.

Brown, Vincent. The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2008.

Burns, Stanley B, and Elizabeth A. Burns. Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement and the Family in Memorial Photography, American & European Traditions. New York: Burns Archive Press, 2002.

Coco, Gregory A. Killed in Action: Eyewitness Accounts of the Last Moments of 100 Union Soldiers Who Died at Gettysburg. Gettysburg, Pa: Thomas Publications, 1992.

Coco, Gregory A. Wasted Valor: The Confederate Dead at Gettysburg. Gettysburg, Pa: Thomas Publications, 1990.

Faust, Drew G. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

Freeman, Frank R. Gangrene and Glory: Medical Care during the American Civil War. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Fox, William F. Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Albany: Albany Pub. Co, 1889.

Gardner, Alexander. Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the American Civil War, 1861-1865. New York: Delano Greenidge Editions, 2002.

Hacker, J.D. "A Census-Based Count of the Civil War Dead." Civil War History. 57.4 (2011): 307-348.

Janney, Caroline E. Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

Laderman, Gary. The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes Toward Death, 1799-1883. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.

Our Confederate Dead. Richmond: Whittet & Shepperson, Printers, 1916.

Lynch, Thomas. The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.

Mann, Sally. What Remains. Boston: Bulfinch Press, 2003.

McCurry, Stephanie. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2010.

Neff, John R. Honoring the Civil War Dead: Commemoration and the Problem of Reconciliation. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2005.

Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart. The Gates Ajar. Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1869.

Russling, James F., "National Cemeteries", Harper's Magazine, Volume 33: June to November, 1866. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1866.

Schantz, Mark S. Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America's Culture of Death. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Sellars, Richard W. Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America's First National Military Parks, 1863-1900. Fort Washington, Pa.: Eastern National, 2005.

Taylor, Jeremy. The Rule and Exercise of Holy Dying. Charleston: Nabu Press, 2010 (originally 1651)

Towles, Louis P. A World Turned Upside Down: The Palmers of South Santee, 1818-1881. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996.

Whitman, Walt. Specimen Days: & Collect. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1882.

Wills, Garry. Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Wormeley, Katharine P. The Other Side of War: With the Army of the Potomac: Letters from the Headquarters of the United States Sanitary Commission During the Peninsular Campaign in Virginia in 1862. Boston: Ticknor, 1889.

Yalom, Marilyn. The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 2008.

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