Pvt. Edmund Ruffin, the Confederate soldier who fired the first shot against Fort Sumter
Histories of regiments from the Northern participants in the Civil War make up the bulk of the more than three thousand titles in the Francis Lord Collection. Personal narratives by participants in the conflict make up another valuable part of this group of books and pamphlets. The collection also includes the published official records of the non-Confederate states from 1861 to 1865, a complete set of The War of the Rebellion, published by the War Department, and other government publications. Bound volumes of contemporary periodicals, including Blackwood's, the United Service Journal, and Harper's Weekly and Monthly, for the years of the Civil War make up a significant part of the collection. A small group of nonmilitary titles, fiction and religious works published during the war adds to the researcher's understanding of this period.