The Newberry Transcription Project uses Civil War soldiers’ letters held in the Newberry Library’s Modern Manuscript Collection to understand the history of America’s bloodiest conflict. By crowdsourcing the transcription of these letters, we hope to promote collaboration with readers and volunteers from all over the world. This site provides access to the personal narratives of some Civil War soldiers who claimed Illinois as their home-and indirectly those of their families-on a scale that is not possible in a traditional archive. The site’s searchable transcription feature also allows readers to uncover common themes, conflicts, and emotions that exist across these narratives as a collection. If you are an expert, hobbyist, or enthusiast of Civil War history, we hope you will contribute to this project. In keeping with the Newberry mission, our goal is to make these historical documents accessible in a variety of ways to the broadest possible audience.