Welcome to the digital archive of Philadelphia in the Civil War. This exhibition was curated by Dr. James A. Butler, Professor of English and Director of University Undergraduate Research at La Salle University. The exhibition was mounted in the Connelly Library in March of 2013, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Launched concurrently with the physical exhibition, this digital archive, designed by Sarah Seraphin, Special Collections Librarian, represents the Connelly Library’s first online companion exhibition.

This exhibition features historic images of the sites and citizens of Philadelphia during the period of the Civil War, with specific focus on the individuals who lived on the land where La Salle University now stands. Much of the description used for this exhibition was derived, with permission, from articles previously published as part of the "Belfield and Wakefield: A Link to La Salle's History" website in 1994. These essays were added to Digital Commons in 2014; they are available to read and download at:

(Disclaimer: This exhibition incorporates images from a publication in the public domain, and public domain material from websites of the United States Government.)


Browse the Philadelphia in the Civil War Exhibition:

Belfield in the Civil War Era

Philadelphia in the Civil War, Part I

Philadelphia in the Civil War, Part II

Residents of La Salle's Property in the Civil War

Slavery: Protests and Slave Owners