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Virginia in the American Civil War

Library of Virginia collections pertaining to the American Civil War

Newspapers & Magazines

The Library of Virginia has an extensive collection of Civil War newspapers in original, microfilm, and digital formats. A list of selected Virginia and West Virginia newspapers published during the American Civil War is available on this page.

To search all newspapers available at the Library of Virginia, use the Virginia Newspaper Project index.

Featured Resources

Selected Virginia and West Virginia Newspapers

Locality

Title 

Format/Film Number 

Dates

ABINGDON Abingdon Virginian

Film 1845

Virginia Chronicle

1862–1864
ACCOMACK Regimental Flag Original 1862 (one issue, Photostat)
ALEXANDRIA Alexandria Gazette 

Film 6

Virginia Chronicle

1834–1974
  Local News

Original

Film 2012

Virginia Chronicle

1861–1862

1861–1862

  Soldiers' Journal

Original

Virginia Chronicle

1865

1864-1865

  Virginia Sentinel Original 1853–1861
BERRYVILLE Berryville Conservator Film 2303 1861 (one issue)
  First Minnesota Original 1862 (Special Collections, one issue)
CHARLOTTESVILLE Charlottesville Daily Chronicle Original 1865 (one issue, Photostat)
  Daily Chronicle Original 1864(one issue, Photostat)
  Review                Original 1860–1861
CLARKSVILLE Tobacco Plant Film 295 1856–1870
CULPEPER Culpeper Observer

Film 275

Original

Virginia Chronicle

1852–1877 (two issues)

1860–1869 (four issues)

DANVILLE Danville Appeal Film 1889   1862–1865 (six issues)
  Danville Monitor Original  1863 (one issue)
  Danville Register

Film 1889  

Original

1848–1886 (four issues)

1864–1885 (three issues)

FARMVILLE Farmville Journal  Original 1861 (Chancery record)
FINCASTLE Southern Express Original 1863 (one issue)
FREDERICKSBURG Christian Banner Film 1922  1850 (one issue), 1862
  Fredericksburg News

Film 1087

Film 1087a

1849–1862

1857–1862

  New Era Film 1992 1865–1866
HARRISONBURG Rockingham Register Film 244 1862–1864 (two issues
LEESBURG Democratic Mirror Film 284 1861–1862
LEXINGTON Lexington Gazette Film 203 1862–1865
  Valley Star Film 16 1861
LYNCHBURG Daily Republican Original 1862, 1864–1865
  Lynchburg Virginian Film 13 1863–1865
  Weekly Register Original 1864
NEW MARKET Spirit of Democracy Original 1861 (one issue)
NORFOLK Daily Old Dominion

Film 2028

Film 2009

1864

1865

  Day Book 

Film 2010

Original

Virginia Chronicle

1861–1862
PETERSBURG Army and Navy Messenger

Film 2308

Original

1864 (one issue)

1863–1865 (eight issues)

  Grant’s Petersburg Progress Original 1865 (two issues)
  Weekly Express Original 1861–1862 (three issues)
RICHMOND Daily Dispatch

Film 20 

Virginia Chronicle

1852–1884
  Daily Richmond Enquirer

Film 23a–d 

Original

Virginia Chronicle

1844–1864

1845–1867

  Daily Richmond Examiner Film 366 1861–1867
  Record of News, History and Literature Original                1863 (Special Collections)
  Religious Herald Film 12 1861–1908
  Richmonder Anzeiger

Film 2122

Virginia Chronicle

1855–1866
  Richmond Christian Advocate

Original

Film 2309

Virginia Chronicle

1844–1899
  Richmond Daily Whig

Film 144a

Virginia Chronicle

1861–62
  Richmond Semi-Weekly Examiner

Film 2014 

Original

1850–1863

1849–1863

  Richmond Weekly Enquirer

Film 23b

Virginia Chronicle

1860–1862
  Richmond Weekly Examiner

Film 2058

Virginia Chronicle

1848–1863
  Richmond Whig and Public Advertiser

Film 144

Film 144a

Film 2410

Virginia Chronicle

1835-1861

1862–1865

1860–1861

  Semi-Weekly Dispatch

Film 2630

Original

1859-1892

1859–1892

  Sentinel Film 22 1863–1865
  Soldier’s Paper Film 1931 1865 (one issue)
  Southern Churchman

Film 28

Film 1069

1861–1865

1835–1906

  Southern Illustrated News Film 400 1862–1864
  Southern Punch Film 548 1863, 1865
  Virginische Zeitung Film 198a 1861
  Weekly Dispatch Original 1852–1901
STAUNTON Staunton Spectator

Film 342

Virginia Chronicle

1849–1896
  Staunton Vindicator Film 238 1860–1898
WILLIAMSBURG Cavalier 

Film 97

Film 151

1862–1864
WINCHESTER Connecticut Fifth

Film 2298

Original

1862 (one issue)

1862 (one issue)

  Winchester Republican

Film 574

Film 2302

1861 (one issue)

1861–1862

WOODSTOCK Tenth Legion Film 1933 1861 (one issue)
WYTHEVILLE Wytheville Dispatch

Film 201

Virginia Chronicle

1862–1865
WEST VIRGINIA NEWSPAPERS
CHARLESTON Kanawha Valley Star 

Film 2271    

Film 2344

Virginia Chronicle

1860–1861

1861 (one issue)

  West Virginia Journal

Film 2102

Film 2271

Virginia Chronicle

1865 (one issue)

1864–1865

CHARLESTOWN Virginia Free Press Original 1860 (one issue), 1862 (one issue)
CLARKSBURG Clarksburg Patriot Film 2435   1863
FAIRMONT Fairmont National

Film 2193 

Film 2307

Film 2345  

Film 2348

Film 2443

1863 (one issue)

1862 (one issue).

1863–1864 (four issues)

1863 (one issue)

1862–1865

  Fairmont True Virginian Film 432 1861
GAULEY BRIDGE Knapsack Original 1863
LEWISBURG Greenbrier Weekly Era Film 2194 1861 (one issue)
  Lewisburg Chronicle Film 2274 1861
MARTINSBURG American Union

Original

Virginia Chronicle

1861 (one issue)

1861 (five issues)

  Weekly Gazette Original 1863 (one issue)
POINT PLEASANT Eleventh Ohio Film 2329 1862 (one issue)
ROMNEY

South Branch Intelligencer

 

Film 2406

Virginia Chronicle

1861 (one issue

1837-1896

WELLSBURG Wellsburg Herald

Film 1715

Film 561

Film 2406

1861–1865

1861–1865.

1861 (two issues)

WHEELING Daily Intelligencer

Film 426

Film 2307  

Film 2419 

Virginia Chronicle

1859–1863

1862 (two issues)

1860

  Daily Register

Film 425

Film 2422

Virginia Chronicle

1863–1864

1863–1864

  Virginische Staats-Zeitung Film 2411 1859 (one issue), 1863 (one issue)
  Wheeling Daily Intelligencer

Film 426

Virginia Chronicle

1865–1903
  Wheeling Daily Register

Film 425

Virginia Chronicle

1864–1878