This site presents selected materials drawn from a variety of Illinois newspapers published during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

It does not present individual publications in total, including all stories and advertisements. Rather, project staff have selected news items shedding particular light on Illinois troops' activities during the war, major engagements regardless of Illinois involvement, and a variety of major themes that historians of this period discuss in their work. These themes include Economic Development, Law and Society, Native American Relations, Political Development, Race and Ethnicity, Settlement and Immigration, and Women and Gender. Materials pertaining to Illinois soldiers' experiences and other military engagements are featured under the theme "Soldiers' Lives."

Users may select sets of materials pertaining to each theme by using the drop-down menu labeled "Theme" in the project search engine. For interpretive discussions of these themes, please consult "Illinois During the Civil War," another resource produced by Northern Illinois University Libraries."

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