Links to Online Resources
Civil War Sermons and Other Writings of Northern Protestant Ministers
Facsimile editions from the site Making of America, a vast digital
library of primary sources in 19th-century American history [Home page:
http://moa.umdl.umich.edu]. Titles include:
- Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. “War and Emancipation. A Thanksgiving Sermon,
Preached in the Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday, November
- Gilbert Haven. National Sermons. Sermons, Speeches and Letters on
Slavery and Its War: From the Passage of the Fugitive Slave Bill to the
Election of President Grant [including “The War and the Millennium,”
- Edward Payson Powell. Sermons on Recent National Victories, and the
National Sorrow. Preached, April 23d, 1865, in the Plymouth Church, by
the Pastor, E. P. Powell. 1865.
- Sermons on Slavery & the Civil War [19 sermons delivered in Boston by
various clergymen, 1851-1865). 1865.
- Robert Livingston Stanton. The Church and the Rebellion against the
Government of the United States; and the Agency of the Church, North and
South, in Relation Thereto.
- Rev. Marvin R. Vincent. “Our National Discipline: A Thanksgiving
Sermon, Preached in the First Presbyterian Church, Troy, N.Y., Nov. 26,
Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day, March 30,
From the nonprofit site Abraham Lincoln Online.
Sermon Delivered at Lincoln’s Funeral
Sermon delivered by Dr. Phineas D. Gurley, pastor of the New York Avenue
Presbyterian Church. On the nonprofit site Abraham Lincoln Online.
The Emancipation Proclamation (document)
Images of the five-page document, with text and resources, from the National Archives.
Battle Hymn of the Republic
The Record of a Quaker Conscience: Cyrus Pringle's Diary
From the private website “Vermont in the Civil War.”
Quaker History in the Civil War: Bibliography
Nonfiction, fiction, and audiovisual titles, from the Philadelphia
Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
The United States Civil War Center of Louisiana State University:
Among the sites included on this list are:
- Religious Activities in Two Virginia Counties during the Civil War
A compelling look into local religious activities and commentary during
the Civil War from the periodicals of two counties, one northern and one
southern. On this page, scroll to the link Church/Religious
Activities. From the superlative Civil War site, The Valley of the
Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, which presents
primary sources and research projects comparing one Northern county
(Franklin County, Pennsylvania) and one Southern county (Augusta County,
Virginia). From the University of Virginia, at
- United Methodist Church: The Slavery Question and the Civil War
A brief section in the online church history, on the official site of
the United Methodist Church.
- The History of the Catholic Church in the U.S.: The Civil War,
Reconstruction (audio clips)
Scroll down to programs #6, “The Civil War,” and #7, “Reconstruction,”
segments of the 1998 radio series presented on EWTN by historian Fr.
Charles Connor, Ph.D. From the site of EWTN: The Global Catholic Network
- Jews in the Civil War
Over fifty primary sources from the Union and Confederate sides, plus
two historical novels, a database of Jewish-American Civil War veterans,
a bibliography, and weblinks from Jewish American History on the Web, an
independent project L. M. Berkowitz at http://www.jewish-history.com.
The titles include “The Bible View of Slavery” by Rabbi Dr. Morris J.
Raphall (1861) and two anti-slavery replies to Rabbi Raphall’s treatise.
- A Brief History of the United States Army Chaplain Corps: Chapter
Three: The Civil War
Click to Chapter Three on this page for an overview of Union chaplains
in the Civil War, including the first African American, Jewish, and
women army chaplains. From the site of the United States Army Chaplain
Center and School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
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