Donated to the library by Milford resident Arthur Geyer upon his death in 1995, the Civil War Collection is comprised of approximately 450 books, and is housed in the Genealogy/Local History cabinets at the end of the Adult Collection.
This reference collection houses military indexes and Civil War-related publications designed to aid in historical and genealogical research of that era. Some of the collection’s strengths are in the areas of: Michigan Civil War history, Confederate history, regimental histories, memoirs, battles, and pictorial works.
To use this collection, please ask a reference librarian for assistance.
Items in the collection are Reference and may not be checked out.
Confederate Military History
REF GEYER 973.7 E
Written by "distinguished men of the South," this series is an examination of the Southern experience of the war. Each volume is dedicated to a particular state. There are also volumes on secession, the Confederate Navy, and the war's aftermath.
The Confederate Veteran
REF GEYER 973.7 CON
40 vols. with 3 vol. index
Primary and secondary materials abound in this journal which includes reminiscences of soldiers and civilians, scholarly treatises on people and events of the war and postwar years, as well as reports on reunions and the activities of organizations such as the United Confederate Veterans (UCV), the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).
The Rebellion Record : A Diary of American Events
REF GEYER 973.7 R
Compiled by American journalist Frank Moore, this set includes original materials (e.g. documents, narratives, anecdotes, poetry) along with illustrations, maps and portraits.
Southern Historical Society Papers
REF GEYER 975 S
52 vols. with 2 vol. index
These volumes contain contributions by Southern citizens and military personnel in the form of letters, records, personal reminiscences, genealogies, and even the minutes of the Confederate Congress. After the Official Records, it is the most important printed source for information on the Confederacy.
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.
REF GEYER 973.7 O
Also known as the Official Records, this series was compiled by the War Department and remains the single most valuable resource for material about the conflict. The set include correspondence, after-battle reports, orders of battle, and maps.
The Photographic History of the Civil War
REF GEYER 973.7 M
10 vols. in 5 parts.
Reprint of a seminal pictorial history of the war, profusely illustrated with photographs, portraits and maps. Good source of illustrative material.
The Image of War: 1861-1865
REF GEYER 973.7 N
Essays by prominent Civil War historians are complemented by copious photographs of the people and places of the war. An excellent source for photographic material on the conflict.