Life in the Old West

True stories, tall tales, memorabilia of the American West

Civil War

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Read articles about how battles, places, and people of the Civil War shaped the American West.

Many people consider this bloody conflict to have been the starting point of the period of expansion and settlement that we’ve called “the Old West” — though at this website, we’ve chosen to consider earlier periods as part of the over-all “life in the Old West.” You’ll find an ever-growing library of articles about the Civil War with links below which you can click on to read them. There’s a discussion about why the Civil War is called the Civil War — and other labels that have been used throughout the years for this terrible saga. Also for your convenience, many of the articles contain real-time auction links to Civil War memorabilia and collectibles on eBay, as well as links to Civil War collectibles, books, and videos at