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Civil War Journals Online - Confederate

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Diaries of Confederate Soldiers to Read Online

If you're a Civil War buff or a student needing primary source material for a paper, you'll find the links you need here. I'm a librarian and have compiled a state-by-state list of online Civil War diaries written by soldiers who fought for the South.

For further reading, I'm including some published journals that can be bought either new or used from Amazon.


Confederate Generals of The Civil War by parrow1978

An Alabama Civil War Diary - James Edward Wilson

A Pocket Diary from the Civil War Era

These pocket diaries were probably sold by suttlers to the men in the army. My great-great grandfather owned this one. The first thing he listed in it was the names of all the men in his company, about 100 names. They had to keep the entries brief.

These pocket diaries were probably sold by suttlers to the men in the army. My great-great grandfather owned this one. The first thing he listed in it was the names of all the men in his company, about 100 names. They had to keep the entries brief.

An Arkansas Civil War Diary - Thomas J. Barb

  • Thomas J. Barb Diary, 1863 (read it online)
    The author of this 1863 Confederate cavalryman's diary never identifies himself by name, nor does he specify his regiment. Researchers deduced that it was by Thomas Jacob Barb who served in the 1st (Dobbin's) Arkansas Cavalry Regiment.

Confederate Diary - Available from Amazon

Louisiana Civil War Diaries Online - George G. Smith,

A Tennessee Civil War Dairy - Thomas Benton Alexander

Virginia Confederate Civil War Diary - William J. Black, Robert A. Boyd

  • William J. Black Diary (read it online)
    Read this journal by a Virginia soldier online. It covers October 1864 - January 1865. He served in Shoemaker's Artillery Battery. This is in the Virginia Military Institute's collection.
  • Robert A. Boyd's Civil War Diary (read it online)
    Robert A. Boyd Civil War Diary. Confederate Engineers. Full text online. His unit served as body guards for General Lee at Appomattox. The diary covers December 1864-April 1865. This is at VMI also.

An Officer's Quarters

An officer might take up temporary quarters in a  house with the troops in tents on the grounds. He could write up his reports at this temporary desk and then make an entry in his personal diary.

An officer might take up temporary quarters in a house with the troops in tents on the grounds. He could write up his reports at this temporary desk and then make an entry in his personal diary.

More Civil War Diaries from the Confederacy - Available from Amazon

Want more books for less money? Look at the used book prices below the regular Amazon price. Also check for a Kindle copy as those can be less than the regular book. The best bargain of all is when you find the book at your public library to borrow.

If you want a copy to keep, then click on through to Amazon.

More to Come...

I'll be adding quite a bit more to this page.

Bookmark it and check back for more diaries from the Civil War.

Tell Me about Your Interest in the Civil War

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 14, 2013:

@anonymous: That would make very interesting reading. Have you thought about posting it online?

anonymous on September 14, 2013:

I have a journal written by sam okey that mentions the civil war he was atailor and repaired uniforms for the troops

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 13, 2013:

@anonymous: What a treasure for your family to have these. I'm researching my great-great grandfather's life from that time period. Sure wish I had some letters of his.

anonymous on September 13, 2013:

I have the letters home of my great grandfather Russell J . Bates of Co. C, Cherokee Dragoons of Philips Legion of the Georgia Cavalry, attached to Hampton, sent to Virginia, then back to Georgia with Johnson and later Hood. He was from Hickory Flats north of Atlanta, the union cavalry came through there on the way to Sandy Springs and to Decatur.

AnnMarie7 on June 04, 2012:

I like to reenact as a "southern woman" or more properly, a Confederate civilian. I've been checking out some of your lenses on this topic, and I have to say "Thank You" for finally posting a lens on the Confederacy! I appreciate it and it's always good to see both sides of any issue.

artillery lm on October 18, 2011:

I like the different guns of that era. Fun lens. Looking forward to your updates.

gottaloveit2 on October 14, 2011:

Looks like a pretty good start on another great lens.

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