Many people like newspapers, but few preserve them; yet the most
interesting reading imaginable is a file of newspapers. It brings up the past
age with all its bustle and every day affairs, and marks its genius and its spirit
more than the most labored description of the historian. Who can take up a
paper half century old without the thought that almost every name there
printed is now upon a tombstone or at the head of an epitaph? The news-
papers of the present day will be especially interesting years hence, as con-
taining the current record of events fraught with tremendous import to the
cause of freedom in all the civilized world. We therefore would urge upon
all the propriety of preserving their papers. They will be a source of pleasure
and interest to them thereafter.
--Savannah Republican, Sept. 3, 1862, p. 2, c. 2.
remain one of the most underutilized resources available to the historian, and
with good cause. Relatively few
full runs of Southern newspapers survived the Civil War and the years of storms,
fires, and business failures that preceded the advent of microfilm.
Once the papers were finally collected and filmed, students and
researchers might need to spend hours in darkened rooms, straining their
eyesight, trying to decipher almost illegible print, all in pursuit of the
elusive perfect quotation or the previously unknown letter from the front.
The following files of transcribed articles from Civil War era newspapers are
predominantly from the South, and focus on the homefront, including women,
Confederate industry, and material culture.
The scattered military articles usually relate either to camp life or to
Texas units or events. These
articles do NOT include foreign affairs, politics, monetary policy, or general
battle accounts. All were gathered
in the course of researching various topics of personal interest and do not
reflect any systematized indexing. If
these excerpts are to be used for published research, authors are urged to
double check with either the microfilm or the originals to verify the
transcription, especially when the quotations include numbers or proper names.
The combination of the deteriorating ink and paper of Confederate
newspapers and poor microfilming has made some issues difficult to read.
usual, researchers are also encouraged to approach the "truth" in
historic newspapers cautiously. Even
more so than now, nineteenth century newspapers often expressed extremely
partisan positions. Editors
gathered reports and rumors from correspondents, travelers, and other
newspapers, usually with little or no verification.
At the same time, these papers do reflect what people of the period were
reading and perhaps believing. As
such, they remain a valuable source, used wisely.
Some of the newspaper articles have been gathered by topic; others remain in
chronological order by title. A
website search engine has been provided for the files arranged by title.
by Newspaper Titles
How to Cite Articles from this Database using Chicago Manual of Style:
(for general article, no author given, no title given) Based on Rule
Dallas Herald, July 26, 1861. Newspaper Research, 1861-1865 . http://www.uttyl.edu/vbetts/dallas_herald.htm (accessed December 20, 2004).
(for article with title, no author given) Based on both 17.198 and 17.192
Dallas Herald, "How to Color Thread," January 7, 1863. Newspaper Research, 1861-1865. http://www.uttyl.edu/vbetts/dallas_herald.htm (accessed December 20, 2004).
(article with an author and a title) Based on 17.198
Good, John J. "General Order No. 2." Dallas Herald, August 2, 1862. Newspaper Research, 1861-1865. http://www.uttyl.edu/vbetts/dallas_herald.htm (accessed December 20, 2004).
(article from one newspaper transcribed into another newspaper) Based on the
above, plus previous experience
San Antonio Herald, "California Immigrants," undated, reprinted in Dallas Herald July 24, 1861. Newspaper Research, 1861-1865. http://www.uttyl.edu/vbetts/dallas_herald.htm (accessed December 20, 2004).
Compiled by Vicki Betts