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Guide to the Civil War History Collection

Overview of the Collection


Repository: McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator: Civil War Centennial Commission

Collection Number: M439

Title: Civil War History Collection

Dates: circa 1862 - 1966

Quantity: .25 cu. ft.

Abstract: This collection contains articles, pamphlets, paper currency, newspapers, images and other materials pertaining to the Civil War and its Centennial celebration. The collection also contains a few items regarding the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia, during the Revolutionary War.


Historical Sketch

Over time, a profusion of items documenting the Civil War have been preserved and/or created. As the 100 th Anniversary of the Civil War approached, several states formed Centennial Commissions to commemorate the event, and more documents were created or reprinted for the occasion. Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas and Virginia were among the states that contributed to the plethora of materials generated during the war, after the war, and in observance of the centennial.



Contents of the Collection


Scope and Content Note

The Civil War History Collection contains articles and pamphlets relating to the Civil War, special edition newspapers, and maps recording troop movements during the Battle of Shiloh and the marches of Stonewall Jackson. Also in the collection are images and prints of Civil War personalities such as Jefferson Davis, Gen. Braxton Bragg, Gen. J. E. Johnston and others. Items of additional interest include Confederate currency and a proclamation concerning Texas' secession from the Union. Non-Civil War materials in the collection include programs and admission tickets for the Yorktown, Virginia, Centennial of Lord Cornwallis's surrender during the Revolutionary War.


Topics Covered

Civil War

Centennial Celebration

Confederate Army

Confederate Currency

Confederate Personalities

Battle of Shiloh

Battle of Yorktown


Administrative Information


Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Transferred to the University of Southern Mississippi Archives from the Mississippiana Collection, William D. McCain Library, in 2005.

Restrictions Governing Access:

No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions Governing Use:

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Preferred Citation Method:

Item, Title of Collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Language of Materials:


Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Clark


Related Material

M435 Civil War Centennial Collection


Other Finding Aids

Container List


Container List


Box 1 Folder  
Articles: “Disbanding of the Confederate Army” by Ida M. Tarbell
Articles: 1962, undated
Pamphlets: “Four Louisiana Civil War Stories”
Pamphlets: “The Great Locomotive Chase of April 12, 1862”
Pamphlets: “Hood's Invasion of Tennessee”
Pamphlets: “Opposing Sherman's Advance to Atlanta”
Pamphlets: “The Origin of America State Names”
Pamphlets: “Theodore O'Hara”
Confederate Currency: Mississippi (1862) and Alabama (1862)
Confederate Currency: Virginia (1862, 1864)
Images of Civil War Personalities (undated)
Non Civil War Related Materials (1881, undated)
Oversized Materials in Mapcase
“The Civil War in Middle Tennessee,” Nashville Banner (December 16, 1961)
“The Civil War in Kentucky,” The Courier-Journal (Nov. 20, 1960)
Reproductions of 19th Century Prints, “Union Commanders” and“Confederate Commanders” (2 copies)
Two Reproductions of a Proclamation of Secession by the Governor of the State of Texas, and approved February 9, 1861.
Map of the Marches and Battles of T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson (undated)
Map of the Shiloh Battlefield showing Positions on April 6, 1862 (two copies)



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Revised: March 2, 2007