Q. Do you have materials on the US Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley?
Special Collections holds an extensive collection of published books on regional history. The books are listed in the library’s catalog, searchable here: https://libguides.bridgewater.edu/. Special Collections books are available for research use by appointment in the Wampler Reading Room. Reach out to Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Collections also holds some unpublished manuscripts and artifacts on the US Civil Wars such as the Jacob B. Click letter, 27 June 1861: https://bridgewater.pastperfectonline.com/archive/1F637048-E99C-4C22-A075-489748391199
Some other places to look:
- Adam Kersh letters, which were featured on the Valley of the Shadow website: https://valley.lib.virginia.edu/VoS/personalpapers/collections/augusta/kersh.html
- And Jesse Rolston, Jr. and Mary Catharine Cromer Rolston Civil War letters, 1860 – 1865: https://bridgewater.pastperfectonline.com/archive/80843C67-6573-48A3-BD88-322750857209
- Issues of the historic Library of Virginia magazine Virginia Cavalcade are available in Special Collections by appointment. This webpage from the Library of Virginia indexes them: https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/cavalcade/index.htm
- A primary source showing the Church of the Brethren response to the Civil War is the historic monthly publication, The Gospel Visitor. Copies are digitized here by year: https://archive.org/details/bridgewatercollege?and%5B%5D=Gospel+Visiter&sin=&sort=titleSorter