A new display at the National Library of Scotland commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War.
'Yankee cries and Rebel yells' uses material from the Library's rich American collections to give insights into the conflict that led to the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Rare letters, political pamphlets, newspapers and memoirs from the era illustrate the days of slave plantations, political discord and violent conflict.
Lasting from 1861 until 1865, the war tore apart the nation, killed and maimed more than a million Americans and remains a topic of debate and argument today.
Among key items in the display are:
- A request for the release of a Confederate prisoner of war signed by US President Abraham Lincoln
- The deed of sale of a slave woman and her child for $278 in North Carolina in 1829
- The pocket diary of a Union soldier fighting in Confederate Virginia in 1862
- A rare signed first edition of the novel 'Gone with the wind' by Margaret Mitchell.
US and Commonwealth Curator Dora Petherbridge hopes that the original documents on show 'will offer visitors perspectives on the era that they may not have encountered before.'
Read more in our American Civil War display media release.
22 January 2015