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American Civil War: Resources in Special Collections

A guide to resources on the American Civil War using materials from the University of Maryland Special Collections in Hornbake Library.

About Pamphlets

Pamphlets published during the Civil War can provide information about political, social, religious, and intellectual issues of the day. 

Pamphlets were published by a wide array of organizations, individuals, and represent many different viewpoints.  They can range from sermons discussing the morality of the war, to speeches by politicians expressing their unique commentary on events.    

The Maryland Room has an extensive collection of adddresses, speeches, and other pamphlet material published throughout the Civil War. These titles are searchable using the UMD online catalog

This page lists a selection of pamphlets printed during the Civil War covering the following topics: 

You may also locate Civil War era pamphlets in the Slavery Pamphlet Collection, which contains pamphlets related specifically to slavery and emancipation in the United States.  See below for more information. 

Image: The Flag of Truce. By the Chaplain.  Baltimore: Printed by James Young, 1862.

Slavery Pamphlet Collection

The Slavery Pamphlet Collection documents slavery and African-American life in early America.  It contains sermons, essays, reports, and other printed literature concerning attitudes toward slavery.  

To search for materials from the Slavery Pamphlet Collection, use the College Park Advanced Search option and enter "Slavery Pamphlet Collection" into the search box using the all fields or notes option. 

To narrow your search, use the year/s option to specify a date range.  Enter the years "1700 to 1865" to cover early American history through the Civil War. 

Politics and Government

Below is a selection of pamphlets on the topic of Civil War politics and government that are available in the Maryland Room.  Additional titles can be searched using the online catalog.

Commentary on the War

Below is a selection of pamphlets pertaining to Civil War commentaries that are available in the Maryland Room.  Additional titles can be searched using the online catalog.

Slavery and Emancipation

Below is a selection of pamphlets on the topic of slavery and emancipation that are available in the Maryland Room.  Additional titles can be searched using the online catalog.