The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, at Fort Sumter in South Carolina; what followed were the bloodiest four years in American history.
West Virginians have a special interest in the Civil War - it was, after all, when the state was created - and Kanawha County Public Library's collection reflects that interest. But with so much material available, where to begin? Let this reading map guide you:
This reading map can be used as a companion to our Abraham Lincoln reading map. Whichever path you choose, you can always explore the Civil War at the Kanawha County Public Library.