Civil War - Confederate Research

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

You can search by Subject in our Primo VE catalog using the “Advanced Search” function to the right of the search bar. Select “Subject” in the drop-down menu of search features in place of “Any field,” then copy-and-paste one of the following subject headings:

  • Confederate States of America
  • Confederate States of America. Army.
  • Confederate States of America. Army. [regiment]

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Guides and Bibliographies

Dornbusch, Charles. Regimental publications of the Civil War (vol. 1), continued as Military bibliography of the Civil War (vols. 2, 3). New York: New York Public Library, 1961-1972. Supplement published as vol. 4. Dayton, Ohio: Morningside, 1987. Call # Local History Ref Z1242.D6 (2nd floor open shelf). Confederate unit histories and personal narratives listed in vols. 2 and 4. Check the Newberry catalog for titles of interest (some call number annotations in vol. 2).

Moebs, Thomas Truxtun. Confederate States Navy research guide : Confederate naval imprints described and annotated, chronology of naval operation and administration, Marine Corps and naval officer biographies, description and service of vessels, subject bibliography : specifically compiled for collectors, historians, and librarians. Williamsburg, Va. : Moebs Pub. Co., 1991. Call # Local History Ref Z1242.5 .M63 1991 (2nd floor open shelf).

Morebeck, Nancy Justus. Locating Union & Confederate records : a guide to the most commonly used Civil War records of the National Archives and Family History Library. North Salt Lake, Utah : HeritageQuest, 2001. Call # Local History Ref CD3047 .M67 2001 (2nd floor open shelf).

Neagles, James C. Confederate research sources: A Guide to archive collections. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1986. Call # Local History Ref CD3047.N42 (2nd floor open shelf).

Neagles, James C. U.S. military records: A Guide to federal and state sources, colonial America to the present. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1994. Call # Local History Ref Z1249.M5N43 (2nd floor open shelf).

Rosters and Related Listings

There are many Confederate rosters, pension lists, etc. in print. Some of these are shelved as part of the 2nd floor open shelf collection (E548 - E581 range).

Allardice, Bruce S. Confederate colonels : a biographical register. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2008. Call # E467 .A39 2008

Hewett, Janet B. The Roster of Confederate soldiers. Wilmington, N.C.: Broadfoot, 1995. 16 vols. Call # Local History Ref E548.R67 (2nd floor open shelf). Not divided by state. Transcription of the index to the compiled service records of Confederate soldiers. Helpful for researching soldiers from states with no published rosters or where the state is unknown.

Confederate P.O.W.'s: Soldiers & sailors who died in federal prisons & military hospitals in the North. Transcription of 1912 War Dept. compilation. Call # Local History Ref E548.I55 (2nd floor open shelf).


In addition to rosters, regimental histories, and personal narratives, the researcher may also wish to consult other historical accounts. Check the catalog under the names of battles and campaigns.

Confederate veteran. Call # Local History Ref E482.C74 (2nd floor open shelf). Veterans' magazine published 1893-1932. Accompanied by an excellent index in three volumes.

Lowry, Thomas P.. Confederate heroines : 120 southern women convicted by Union military justice. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2006. Call # E628 .L69 2006.

Official records of the Union and Confederate armies in the War of the Rebellion. Washington, 1897-1927. 128 vols. Call # Local History Ref E464.U6 (2nd floor open shelf). Contains communications and reports from the regimental command level on up. Index volume for entire set gives series and volume citations. Consult the index of the cited volume for a page number. Officers are more likely to be mentioned by name than enlisted men. An incomplete Supplement series published by Broadfoot (1994-) is shelved following the original Official Records set.

Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate armies. New York: Facts on File, 1992-1995. Call # Local History Ref E546.S58 (2nd floor open shelf). Brief unit histories.