The Civil War Sesquicentennial has increased the pace of digitization of historical artifacts. Of course these projects will never be complete — there is always more to find when visiting a library, museum, or archive — and of course there is a difference between having a historical document, sculpture, or artifact in your hand, rather than viewing it online.
But the websites of the Missouri History Museum (including their Genealogy and Local History index) and the Missouri State Archives, among others, have provided spectacular new access to their collections.
The State Historical Society’s “Civil War in Missouri” site has collected many great resources, in written and visual material.
And the blog of the Missouri State Genealogical Association has great leads on city directories, house histories, cemetery indexes, and more. (Attached here is a list of those mentioned in the book buried in Bellfontaine Cemetery, thanks to Jerry Garrett.)
Below are links to documents essential to the writing of The Great Heart of the Republic, organized by the book chapter for which they are most relevant. I invite you to read the original sources, and to continue the crucial study of St. Louis within the West, the North, and the South during the Civil War Era. (These are only manuscript and visual sources; for those published as books, there is near-complete coverage in Google Books.)
Please contact me with any questions, and as you find other sources online.
Chapter 1 The Destruction of the Past
Chapter 2 Thomas Hart Benton’s Failed Compromise
St. Louis Mercantile Library — printed archival items including annual reports and more from steamboat and railroad collections
Chapter 3 Building the National Future in the West
Chapter 4 Antislavery Derailed
Chapter 5 The Limits of Dred Scott’s Emancipation
Chapter 6 Germans and the Power of Wartime Union
Chapter 7 Building Union from Neutrality
Chapter 8 Abraham Lincoln’s Lost Legacies
Chapter 9 The Capital Failures of Reconstruction
Chapter 10 Separating the City, County, and Nation
Epilogue The Forgotten Civil War