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Following the Civil War Sesquicentennial on Twitter

Many states and local historical societies, as well as individual bloggers and amateur historians, have taken their passion for Civil War history to Twitter.

Twitter’s short form messages and the ease it brings to sharing links has made it a great resource for those of us trying to stay on top of the happenings around the country.

You don’t even need a Twitter account of your own stay on top of this information stream; although you do need one to join the conversation.

Much of the activity is centered around the hashtag #cw150.

Civil War Tweeters We Follow

  • PA Civil War 150 — @PACivilWar150 — Pennsylvania Civil War 150 (PACW 150) is the official statewide program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, 2011-2015.
  • Civil War Visions — @CivilWarVisions — Many facets of Civil War times, as told in diaries, journals and letters of the time, mainly by calendar day.
  • A Nation Might Live — @CivilWarWeeks — Longwood University recounts the events leading up to and during the Civil War – one week at a time, as it happened, 150 years ago.
  • Civilian Wartime — @CivilianWartime – Tweeting the Civil War home front in N.C., in the words of those who lived it. Tweets may be subject to Public Records Law & disclosed to others.
  • Civil War Studies — @SmithsonianCW — Smithsonian Institution American Civil War Studies: lectures, seminars, and tours available through The Smithsonian Associates Resident Associate Program.
  • Damian Shiels – @irishacw — Archaeologist. Serial blogger at Irish in the American Civil War, Headlines & Know Thy Place
  • Past Is Prologue — @prologuepast — News and musings on the Civil War, Virginia and U.S. history, and historic preservation.
  • CW Daily Gazette — @CivilWarDG — The American Civil War is now celebrating its sesquicentennial. Each posting will present the news as it happened 150 years ago to the day.
  • Virginia Civil War — @virginiacw150 — The Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial network connects people interested in the 150th anniversary of Virginia’s participation in the American Civil War.
  • Fairfax Civil War — @FairfaxCivilWar — We support the efforts of the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission to properly commemorate Virginia’s role in the American Civil War.
  • Jim Beeghley — @fifer1863 — Officially Dr. Beeghley! Educational Technologist,Dad, Catholic, Husband, Civil War Buff, Blogger
  • National Civil War Museum — @NCWM — Unbiased Museum dedicated to telling the whole story of the American Civil War
  • 1861 Project — @1861project — The 1861 Project is a collection of original songs inspired by the people who fought and lived through the US Civil War – A contemporary take on Civil War Music.
  • Civil War and the National Parks Service — @NPS_CivilWar — Educational activities about the Civil War for teachers and students are available at individual parks, as well as through national educational programs of the National Park Service.
  • Jonathan R. Allen — @CivilWarHistory — Learn Civil War History – Blogging about American Civil War history and stories. The history and lessons of the Civil War are important to us today.
  • Civil War Buffs — @civilwarbuffs — The Civil War Social Network
  • Civil War WaPo — @CivilWarwp — The Washgington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it 150 years ago – from journals, letters, records and newspapers. Follow the list.
  • 7Score10YearsAgo — @7score10years — Relive the American Civil War as it happened each day, 150 years ago. Our team of historical journalists will take you there through 21st century technology.
  • Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission — @mocivilwar150 — The Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is providing information on commemorative activities, history, attractions and stories across the state.
  • Discover Civil War — @discovercivwar — Discovering the Civil War, an exhibit from the US National Archives, gives visitors a chance to uncover unexpected events in our records. Now at The Henry Ford.
  • All Not So Quiet — @CivilWarNOVA — Twitter page of the All Not So Quiet Along the Potomac Civil War Blog.
  • The Museum of the Confederacy — @moc1896 — The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Confederate artifacts and personal belongings from the Civil War.
  • Civil War Day by Day — @CWDaybyDay — Commemorating the 150th of Civil War one document (and one day) at a time, from the Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • The USCT Chronicle — @AYWalton — Angela Walton-Raji blogs and tweets about ‘US Colored Troops, Contrabands, African American History & Genealogy’
  • Women on the Border: Maryland Perspectives of the Civil War — @CivilWarUM — Our twitter account is celebrating the Civil War Sesquicentennial by exploring the exhibits and resources of the University of Maryland’s Special Collections in College Park, MD.

It has been some time I compiled this list and a lot more people have begun to write and tweet about the  Civil War Sesquicentennial.

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