Baptists provide a prism into the diversity of American responses to the Civil War. Northerners, Southerners, White, Black, Native American, men, women, officers, soldiers, politicians, civilians, preachers, laity, elites, common folk — Baptists represented the full spectrum of the Civil War experience.
This site is devoted to understanding Baptists during the Civil War through more than 1,800 essays focused on primary sources and in the form of a daily journal covering the entirety of the war years 1861-1865. Use the above links to begin your own journey into the world of Baptists during the Civil War, or click here to choose a monthly starting point.
If you find this site helpful, you may wish to purchase one of Bruce Gourley’s Civil War books.