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Newspapers

Soldier's Paper, Apr. 1, 1865The Library of Virginia, as indicated below, has an extensive collection of Civil War newspapers in microfilm, original, and digital formats. To search for available copies of all newspapers at the Library of Virginia, use the Newspapers in Virginia Bibliography on the Library’s website.

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Selected Online Collections

In addition to microfilm and original newspaper collections, the Library of Virginia subscribes to the following databases which are available on the computers located in the Library's reading rooms. Proquest Civil War Era and American Periodicals can also be accessed remotely with a Library of Virginia library card.

  • Proquest Civil War Era - digital access to primary sources from the antebellum and American Civil War periods (18401865). Includes the complete run of the Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper, 1852-1865.
  • HarpWeek - transcribed pages and digital images of Harper's Weekly illustrated newspaper covering the years 18571912.
  • American Periodicals - Digital images for over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900. Includes the Civil War years of the Southern Literary Messenger.
Selected Virginia Newspapers

ABINGDON

  • Abingdon Virginian (1849–1883)
    Film 1845            1862–1864
    Abingdon Virginian, Dec. 19, 1862 Abingdon Virginian, Jan. 2, 1863 page 3 Abingdon Virginian, Jan. 2, 1863, Headline Abingdon Virginian, Jan. 2, 1863, President's Proclamation Abingdon Virginian, Nov. 7, 1862, Abingdon Masthead. Film 1845.

ACCOMACK

  • Regimental Flag (1862–18??)
    Original               1862 (one issue, Photostat)

ALEXANDRIA

  • Alexandria Gazette (1834–1974)
    Film 6                  1834–1974
  • Local News (1861–1862)
    Original               1861–1862
  • Virginia Sentinel (1853–186?)
    Original               1853–1861

BERRYVILLE

  • Berryville Conservator (186?–1862)
    Film 2303            1861 (one issue)
  • First Minnesota (1862–1862)
    Original            1862 (Special Collections, one issue)

CHARLOTTESVILLE

  • Charlottesville Daily Chronicle (1864–1865)
    Original               1865 (one issue, Photostat)
  • Daily Chronicle (1864–1865)
    Original               1864(one issue, Photostat)
  • Review               (1860–1861)
    Original               1860–1861

CLARKSVILLE

  • Tobacco Plant (1853–1869)
    Film 295              1856–1870

CULPEPER

  • Culpeper Observer (1852–1877)
    Film 275              1852–1877 (two issues)
    Original               1860–1869 (four issues)

DANVILLE

  • Danville Appeal (1862–1865)
    Printed Copy
    Film 1889            1862–1865 (six issues)
  • Danville Monitor (1863–186?)
    Original               1863 (one issue)
  • Danville Register (1848–1885)
    Film 1889            1848–1886 (four issues)
    Original               1864–1885 (three issues)
    Danville Register, Mar. 31, 1865 Danville Register, Mar. 31, 1865 page 2

FARMVILLE

  • Farmville Journal (1848–1869)
    Original               1861 (Chancery record)

FINCASTLE

  • Southern Express (1862–186?)
    Original               1863 (one issue)

FREDERICKSBURG

  • Christian Banner (1848–1862)
    Film 1922            1850 (one issue), 1862
  • Fredericksburg News (1848–1862)
    Film 1087            1849–1862
    Film 1087a          1857–1862
  • New Era (1865–1866)
    Film 1992            1865–1866

HARRISONBURG

  • Rockingham Register (1862–1864)
    Film 244              1862–1864 (two issues)

LEESBURG

  • Democratic Mirror (1855–1862)
    Film 284              1861–1862

LEXINGTON

  • Lexington Gazette (1860–1866)
    Film 203              1862–1865
  • Valley Star (1839–1862)
    Film 16                1861

LYNCHBURG

  • Daily Republican (1858–1869)
    Original               1862, 1864–1865
  • Lynchburg Virginian (1863–1865)
    Film 13                1863–1865
  • Weekly Register (1864–1865)
    Original               1864

NEW MARKET

  • Spirit of Democracy (1854–1861)
    Original               1861 (one issue)

NORFOLK

  • Daily Old Dominion (1864–1865)
    Film 2028            1864
    Film 2009            1865
  • Day Book (1857–1867)
    Original               1861–1862

PETERSBURG

  • Army and Navy Messenger (1863–186?)
    Film 2308            1864 (one issue)
    Original               1863–1865 (eight issues)
  • Daily Express (1852–1869)
    Film 295              1865 (one issue)
    Original               1861–1865
    Daily Express, Mar. 30 [80], 1865 Daily Express, June 13, 1864
  • Grant’s Petersburg Progress (1865)
    Original               1865 (two issues)
  • Weekly Express (1855–1864)
    Original               1861–1862 (three issues)

RICHMOND

  • Daily Dispatch (1850–1884)
    Film 20                1852–1884
  • Daily Richmond Enquirer (1844–1867)
    Film 23a–d          1844–1864
    Original               1845–1867
  • Daily Richmond Examiner (1861–1867)
    Film 366              1861–1867
  • Record of News, History and Literature (1863)
    Original               1863 (Special Collections)
  • Religious Herald (1828–present)
    Film 12                1861–1908
  • Richmonder Anzeiger (1854–18??)
    Film 2122            1855–1866
  • Richmond Christian Advocate (1837–1901)
    Original               1844–1899
  • Richmond Daily Whig (1861–1862)
    Film 144a            1861–62
  • Richmond Semi-Weekly Examiner (1849–186?)
    Film 2014            1850–1863
    Original               1849–1863
  • Richmond Weekly Enquirer (1860–1862)
    Film 23b              1860–1862
  • Richmond Weekly Examiner (1848–18??)
    Film 2058            1848–1863
  • Richmond Whig and Public Advertiser (1862–1865)
    Film 144a            1862–1865
  • Semi-Weekly Dispatch (1857–1903)
    Original               1859–1892
  • Sentinel (1863–1866)
    Film 22                1863–1865
  • Soldier’s Paper (1863–1865)
    Film 1931            1865 (one issue)
    Soldier's Paper, Apr. 1, 1865. Front Page. Film 1931.
  • Southern Churchman (1835–1952)
    Film 28                1861–1865
    Film 1069            1835–1906
  • Southern Illustrated News (1862–1865)
    Film 400              1862–1864
  • Southern Punch (1863–1865)
  • Film 548              1863, 1865
  • Virginische Zeitung (1861–1926)
    Film 198a            1861
  • Weekly Dispatch (1850–1903)
    Original               1852–1901

STAUNTON

  • Staunton Spectator (1849–1896)
    Film 342              1849–1896
    Staunton Spectator, Feb. 11, 1862, page 2, column 3 Staunton Spectator, May 17, 1864, page 2, column 2 Staunton Spectator, Feb. 11, 1862, page 2, column 1 Staunton Spectator, Feb. 11, 1862, page 1, column 3 Staunton Spectator, Feb. 11, 1862, page 2, column 2 Staunton Spectator, May 17, 1864, page 2, column 2 Staunton Spectator, Feb. 11, 1862, page 2, column 5
  • Staunton Vindicator (1860–1896)
    Film 238              1860–1898
    Staunton Vindicator, Nov. 6, 1863, page 2, column 2

WILLIAMSBURG

  • Cavalier (1862–1864)
    Film 97, 151        1862–1864

WINCHESTER

  • Connecticut Fifth (1862–186?)
    Film 2298            1862 (one issue)
    Original               1862 (one issue)
  • Winchester Republican (184?–1862)
    Film 574              1861 (one issue)
    Film 2302            1861–1862

WOODSTOCK

  • Tenth Legion (1848–1865)
    Film 1933            1861 (one issue)

WYTHEVILLE

  • Wytheville Dispatch (1862–1909)
    Film 201              1862–1865
    Wytheville Dispatch, Oct. 10, 1862, page 2, column 1
Selected West Virginia Newspapers

CHARLESTON

  • Kanawha Valley Star (1856–1861)
    Film 2271            1860–1861
    Film 2344            1861 (one issue)
  • West Virginia Journal (1864–1877)
    Film 2102            1865 (one issue)
    Film 2271           1864–1865

CHARLESTOWN

  • Virginia Free Press (1832–1916)
    Original               1860 (one issue), 1862 (one issue)

CLARKSBURG

  • Clarksburg Patriot (1863)
    Film 2435            1863

FAIRMONT

  • Fairmont National (1862–186?)
    Film 2193            1863 (one issue)
    Film 2307            1862 (one issue)
    Film 2345            1863–1864 (four issues)
    Film 2348            1863 (one issue)
    Film 2443            1862–1865
  • Fairmont True Virginian (1851–1861)
    Film 432              1861

GAULEY BRIDGE

  • Knapsack (1863)
    Original               1863

LEWISBURG

  • Greenbrier Weekly Era (1854–1861)
    Film 2194            1861 (one issue)
  • Lewisburg Chronicle (1845–1861)
    Film 2274            1861

MARTINSBURG

  • American Union (1861)
    Original               1861 (one issue)
  • Weekly Gazette (1863–186?)
    Original               1863 (one issue)

POINT PLEASANT

  • Eleventh Ohio (1862)
    Film 2329            1862 (one issue)

ROMNEY

  • South Branch Intelligence (1830–1896)
    Film 2406            1861 (one issue)

WELLSBURG

  • Wellsburg Herald (1856–1928)
    Film 1715            1861–1865
    Film 561              1861–1865
    Film 2406            1861 (two issues)

WHEELING

  • Daily Intelligencer (1859–1865)
    Film 426              1859–1863
    Film 2307            1862 (two issues)
    Film 2419            1860
    Daily Intelligencer Wheeling, VA, Jan. 5, 1861
  • Daily Register (1863–1864)
    Film 425              1863–1864
    Film 2422            1863–1864
  • Virginische Staats-Zeitung (1848–1863)
    Film 2411            1859 (one issue), 1863 (one issue)
  • Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (1865–1903)
    Film 426              1865–1903
    Original               1869
  • Wheeling Daily Register (1864–1878)
    Film 425              1864–1878