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Sources for Armies of Deliverance

A New History of the Civil War

College Edition

Elizabeth R. Varon and Stefan Lund

Publication Date - March 2020

ISBN: 9780197512760

160 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Sources that highlight a sweeping narrative of the Civil War and a bold new interpretation of Union and Confederate aims


Designed to accompany Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War, College Edition, by Elizabeth R. Varon, Sources for Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War features at least five sources per chapter that highlight key themes in the study of the Civil War. In addition to essential documents that chart the political and military course of the war, sources include photographs, posters, lyrics, diary entries, and letters. The volume begins with a special unit, "How to Read a Primary Source," that provides students with important advice on how to work with textual documents in studying the past. Each source is accompanied by a headnote and study questions.


  • Expressly designed to accompany Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War
  • Features a wide range of sources, from political speeches to song lyrics to diary entries
  • Can be packaged with Armies of Deliverance at a discount for use in your course

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth R. Varon is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History and a member of the Executive Council of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia.

Stefan Lund is a PhD student at the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

    How to Read a Primary Source
    Chapter 1. March of Redemption: From Bull Run to Fort Donelson
    1.1 Proclamation of Brig. Gen. Pierre G. T. Beauregard in Northern Virginia, June 5, 1861
    1.2 "To the People of Virginia" (published in the American Union, Martinsburg, Virginia [West Virginia], July 4, 1861)
    1.3 "Governor Magoffin's Neutrality" (Harper's Weekly, June 29, 1861)
    1.4 The Crittenden-Johnson Resolution (passed by the US Congress on July 25, 1861)
    1.5 The First Confiscation Act (passed by the US Congress on August 6, 1861)
    1.6 A Plea for Emancipation from Moncure Conway's 1861 Book The Rejected Stone
    Chapter 2. Ripe for the Harvest: To Shiloh
    2.1 Jefferson Davis's Inaugural Address, Richmond, Virginia, February 22, 1862
    2.2 Julia Ward Howe's Lyrics to "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (The Atlantic Monthly, February 1862)
    2.3 The Offer of Gradual Compensated Emancipation: Abraham Lincoln's Message to Congress, March 6, 1862
    2.4 "Commodore Foote's Game of Ten Pins with Beauregard" (Harper's Weekly, April 26, 1862)
    2.5 Christian Recorder Editorial on the D.C. Abolition Act, May 17, 1862
    Chapter 3. Sacred Soil: Virginia in the Summer of 1862
    3.1 A Confederate Soldier Writes Home during the Peninsula Campaign
    3.2 The Confederate Press on Southern Unionism (Richmond Daily Dispatch, May 30, 1862)
    3.3 Women's War: A Letter from Union Nurse Katharine Prescott Wormeley, June 5, 1862
    3.4 A Proclamation by General Longstreet to His Troops, June 17, 1862
    3.5 "If I Could Save the Union . . .": Abraham Lincoln's Letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862
    3.6 Robert Purvis, "The Colonization Question--An Argument against It," from The Liberator, September 12, 1862
    Chapter 4. The Perils of Occupation
    4.1 Butler's "Woman Order" (General Orders, No. 28), May 15, 1862
    4.2 "After General Butler's Proclamation" (Harper's Weekly, July 12, 1862)
    4.3 Excerpts from Sarah Morgan Dawson, A Confederate Girl's Diary
    4.4 Letter from Cherokee Chief John Ross to Lincoln, September 16, 1862
    4.5 A Union Soldier Struggles to Describe Antietam, September 18, 1862
    Chapter 5. Countdown to Jubilee: Lincoln's Hundred Days
    5.1 Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862
    5.2 Reverend Henry McNeal Turner Comments on Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (Christian Recorder, November 15, 1862)
    5.3 Braxton Bragg, "To the People of the Northwest," September 26, 1862
    5.4 Refugees from Fredericksburg (1862)
    5.5 "Waiting for the Hour": Anticipating the Emancipation Proclamation, December 31, 1862
    Chapter 6. The Emancipation Proclamation
    6.1 The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863
    6.2 Celebrating the Proclamation in the Sea Islands: Charlotte Forten Diary Excerpts, January 1, 1863
    6.3 A Union Soldier Reflects on Emancipation and Black Enlistment, January-May 1863
    6.4 "Great Emancipation Demonstration at Exeter Hall," in London, England, January 29, 1863
    6.5 Conditions in "Contraband" Camps: Committee of Chaplains and Surgeons to the Commander of the Department of the Missouri, December 29, 1862
    6.6 Robert E. Lee Responds to Emancipation, January 10, 1863
    6.7 "Tracks of the Armies": Confederate Visions of the Union War
    Chapter 7. Fire in the Rear: To Chancellorsville
    7.1 Commentary on the Richmond Bread Riot (from the Richmond Examiner, April 4, 1863)
    7.2 "Sowing and Reaping": Northern Commentary on the Bread Riot (from Frank Leslie's Magazine, May 23, 1863)
    7.3 Lincoln's Letter to Erastus Corning on Civil Liberties, June 12, 1863
    7.4 Angelina Grimké Weld Speech at the Meeting of Women's Loyal National League, May 14, 1863
    7.5 | The Confederate Congress's Retaliatory Act, May 1, 1863
    Chapter 8. Under a Scorching Sun: The Summer of 1863
    8.1 Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis on Northern Public Opinion, June 10, 1863
    8.2 Account of Pickett's Charge by Private John W. Haley of the 17th Maine Regiment (July 3, 1863)
    8.3 US Colored Troops Veteran Joseph Wilson's Account of the Battle of Port Hudson, Louisiana
    8.4 A Confederate Officer's Vicksburg Diary, June-July 1863
    8.5 Frederick Douglass, "Men of Color, to Arms!" (speech delivered in Rochester, New York, March 2, 1863)
    8.6 "We Will Prove Ourselves Men" (127th US Colored Troops Banner)
    Chapter 9. Rallying Point: Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan, December 1863
    9.1 Excerpts from Edward Everett's November 19, 1863, Gettysburg Address
    9.2 Confederate Reactions to the Gettysburg Dedication, Richmond Daily Dispatch, November 25, 1865
    9.3 "A Very Great and Holy Cause": Union General Carl Schurz's Letter to His Daughter Agathe, November 9, 1863
    9.4 Lincoln's Amnesty Proclamation ("Ten Percent Plan"), December 8, 1863
    9.5 A Confederate Spy Rose Defends the Cause: Rose O'Neal Greenhow's 1863 Memoir
    Chapter 10. Is This Hell? Fort Pillow to Atlanta
    10.1 Atrocities at Fort Pillow, Tennessee, April 12, 1864
    10.2 Private Prescott Tracy on Conditions at Andersonville Prison, Georgia, Summer of 1864
    10.3 Abraham Lincoln Proposes Black Suffrage, March 13, 1864
    10.4 "The Confidence in Lee": Confederate Public Opinion during the Overland Campaign (Richmond Daily Dispatch, June 1, 1864)
    10.5 The USCT on "Sacred Soil" (Christian Recorder, July 9, 1864)
    10.6 A Copperhead Critique of Lincoln (August 1864)
    10.7 Southern Civilian Sam Richards on the Atlanta Campaign, July 1864
    Chapter 11. Campaign Season: The Election of 1864
    11.1 National Union Party Platform, June 1864
    11.2 The Democratic Party Platform, August 1864
    11.3 "The Forlorn Hope" (Harper's Weekly Cartoon on McClellan's Campaign, October 29, 1864)
    11.4 A Union Soldier Reflects on the Coming Election, October 1864
    11.5 "A Giant Majority Carrying Abe Lincoln" (Frank Leslie's Budget of Fun, December 1, 1864)
    11.6 The Confederate Press on Lincoln's Re-election (Richmond Enquirer, November 11, 1864)
    11.7 Newspaper Account of a Meeting between Black Religious Leaders and Union Military Authorities in Savannah, Georgia, in January 1865
    Chapter 12. Malice toward None: The Union Triumphant
    12.1 Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865
    12.2 A Soldier of the US Colored Troops on Victory and Its Aftermath
    12.3 Southern Unionist Elizabeth Van Lew Describes the Liberation of Richmond, April 2, 1865
    12.4 Robert E. Lee's "Farewell Address" (General Order No. 9), April 9, 1865
    12.5 From Jubilation to Despair: A Black Philadelphian Laments Lincoln's Assassination, April 1865
    12.6 "The Last Ditch of Chivalry, or a President in Petticoats" (Currier & Ives, ca. 1865).

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