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“What are the best American Civil War Books?” We looked at 17 lists and 416 different books to answer this very question. 55 of the 416 books appeared multiple times, so we aggregated them into the best-of list that can be found below.

 

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The Top 55 American Civil War Books

55) A People’s Contest: The Union and Civil War, 1861-1865 by Phillip Shaw Paludan

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A People's Contest- The Union and Civil War, 1861-1865 Second Edition, with a New Preface (The New American Nation Series) by Phillip Shaw Paludan


54) Andersonville: The Last Depot by William Marvel

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Andersonville- The Last Depot (Civil War America) by William Marvel


53) Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia by Erwin Jordan Jr.

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Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia (A Nation Divided- New Studies in Civil War History) by Ervin L. Jordan Jr.


52) Decision in the West:The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 By Albert E. Castel

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Decision in the West- The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 (Modern War Studies) by Albert E. Castel


51) Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles

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Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles


50) Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry

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Faded Coat of Blue (Abel Jones #1) by Owen Parry


49) For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James M. McPherson

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For Cause and Comrades- Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James M. McPherson


48) Frederick Douglass by William S. McFeely

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FREDERICK DOUGLASS William S. McFeely


47) Gettysburg By Stephen Sears

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Gettysburg By Stephen Sears


46) Harvard’s Civil War: The History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry by Richard Miller

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Harvard’s Civil War- The History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry – Richard Miller


45) Lee’s Miserables Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox

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Lee's Miserables- Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox (Civil War America) by J. Tracy Power


44) Lincoln by Richard J. Carwardine

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Lincoln Richard J. Carwardine


43) Lincoln by David H. Donald

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Lincoln David H. Donald


42) Lincoln, the War President Edited by Gabor S. Boritt

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Lincoln, the War President


41) Lincoln’s Sword by Douglas L. Wilson

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Lincoln's Sword- The Presidency and the Power of Words by Douglas L. Wilson


40) My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

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My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira


39) Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus

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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus


38) Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign by Kent Masterson Brown

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Retreat from Gettysburg- Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign – Kent Masterson Brown


37) Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend by James Robertson

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Stonewall Jackson- The Man, the Soldier, the Legend by James I. Robertson Jr.


36) The Black Flower by Howard Bahr

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The Black Flower,%22 by Howard Bahr


35) The Confederate Negro: Virginia’s Craftsmen and Military Laborers, 1861-1865 by James H. Brewer

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34) The Confederate War: How Popular Will, Nationalism, and Military Strategy Could Not Stave off Defeat by Gary W. Gallagher

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The Confederate War- How Popular Will, Nationalism, and Military Strategy Could Not Stave Off Defeat by Gary W. Gallagher


33) The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics by Don E. Fehrenbacher

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The Dred Scott Case- Its Significance in American Law and Politics by Don E. Fehrenbacher


32) The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely, Jr.

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The Fate of Liberty- Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely Jr.


31) The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865 by Alice Fahs

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The Imagined Civil War- Popular Literature of the North and South 1861-1865 (Civil War America) by Alice Fahs


30) The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War by Edwin C. Fishel

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The Secret War for the Union- The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War by Edwin C. Fishel


29) The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home by Reid Mitchell

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The Vacant Chair- The Northern Soldier Leaves Home (1993)


28) The War for the Union by Allan Nevins

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The War for the Union (4 vols., 1947-1971)


27) Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy by Winthrop D. Jordan

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Tumult and Silence at Second Creek- An Inquiry Into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy by Winthrop D. Jordan


26) William Henry Seward: Lincoln’s Right-hand Man by John M. Taylor

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William Henry Seward- Lincoln's Right Hand by John M. Taylor


25) With Charity For All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union by William C. Harris

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With Charity for All- Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union by William C. Harris Jr.


24) A Stillness at Appomattox By Bruce Catton

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A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac #3) by Bruce Catton


23) Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War By Tony Horwitz

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Confederates in the Attic- Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz


22) Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears

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Landscape Turned Red- Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears


21) Lee’s Lieutenants, by Douglas Southall Freeman

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Lee’s Lieutenants, by Douglas Southall Freeman


20) North and South by John Jakes

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North and South (North and South #1) by John Jakes


19) Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory By David W. Blight

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Race and Reunion- The Civil War in American Memory


18) Robert E. Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman

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Robert E. Lee – Douglas Southall Freeman


17) Shiloh by Shelby Foote

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Shiloh by Shelby Foote


16) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln By Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Team of Rivals- The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln


15) The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 by Mark Grimsley

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The Hard Hand of War- Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 by Mark Grimsley


14) The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara


13) The March by E. L. Doctorow

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The March by E. L. Doctorow


12) Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier


11) Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


10) March by Geraldine Brooks

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March by Geraldine Brooks


9) Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant By Ulysses S. Grant

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Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant


8) The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans By Charles Royster

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The Destructive War- William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans by Charles Royster


7) The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane

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The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane


6) The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

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The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks


5) This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust

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This Republic of Suffering- Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust


4) The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy by Bell Irvin Wiley

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The Life of Johnny Reb- The Common Soldier of the Confederacy – Bell Irvin Wiley


3) The Civil War: A Narrative By Shelby Foote

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The Civil War- A Narrative (The Civil War #1-3) by Shelby Foote


2) The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

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The Fiery Trial- Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner


1) Battle Cry of Freedom By James McPherson

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The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom- The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States #6) by James M. McPherson



The 361 Additional Titles Appearing on a Single List

 

  • A Blaze of GloryJeff Shaara
  • A DANGEROUS STIR: Fear, Paranoia, and the Making of Reconstruction
  • A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865 (2000)
  • A History of the Southern Confederacy (1954)
  • A LIFE OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN
  • A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse
  • A Little Short Of Boats: The Fights at Ball’s Bluff and Edward’s Ferry – James A. Morgan, III
  • A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy(1997)
  • A More Perfect Union: The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the Constitution (1973)
  • A NATION UNDER OUR FEET: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration
  • A New Birth of Freedom: The Republican Party and Freedmen’s Rights, 1861-1866(1976, 2000)
  • A Respectable Minority: the Democratic Party in the Civil War Era (1977)
  • A Savage Thunder
  • Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War (1999)
  • Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America”:
  • Abraham Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth (1996)
  • Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Union” in Abraham Lincoln and the American Political Tradition, ed John L. Thomas (1986)
  • Abraham Lincoln-Principle and Pragmatism in Politics: A Review Article” Mississippi Valley Historical Review 40 (1953)
  • Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era (1998)
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A Life Michael Burlingame.
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & the War Years – Carl Sandberg
  • Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, by Carl Sandburg
  • Affairs of Party: The Political Culture of the Northern Democrats in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (1983)
  • After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War by Gregory P. Downs
  • After Secession: Jefferson Davis and the Failure of Confederate Nationalism (1978)
  • Agriculture and the Civil War (1965)
  • Altars of Sacrifice: Confederate Women and the Narratives of War,” Journal of American History 76 (March 1990)
  • Ambrose Bierce’s Civil WarAmbrose Bierce
  • America’s Corporal
  • American Brutus – Michael Kauffman
  • American Slavery in History and Memory,” Journal of American History 90 (March 2004)
  • An Analysis and Critique of the Union Financing of the Civil War (1962)
  • An Elm Creek Quilts AlbumJennifer Chiaverini
  • An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln (2006)
  • An Uncommon Time: The Civil War and the Northern Home Front (2002)
  • Another Civil War: Labor, Capital and the State in the Anthracite Regions of Pennsylvania, 1840-1868 (1988)
  • Antietam: The Soldiers’ Battle – John Michael Priest
  • Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War byElizabeth R. Varon
  • April 1865: The Month That Saved America – Jay Winik
  • Army of the Potomac: Birth of Command, November 1860-September 1861(2002)
  • Army of the Potomac: McClellan Takes Command, November 1861-February 1862 (2006)
  • Ashe County’s Civil War: Community and Society in the Appalachian South(2001)
  • Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage (1984)
  • Battle FlagBernard Cornwell
  • Battle Tactics of the Civil War (1989)
  • Battles & Leaders of the Civil War – Various
  • Been In the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery (1979)
  • Behind Rebel Lines
  • Beyond Equality: Labor and the Radical Republicans, 1862-1872 (1967)
  • Black Scare: The Racist Response to Emancipation and Reconstruction (1968)
  • Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865 (1999)
  • Bleeding Blue and Gray: The Untold Story of Civil War Medicine (2005)
  • BOND OF IRON: Master and Slave at Buffalo
  • Britain and the War for the Union (2 vols, 1974-1980)
  • Broken Promises: a Novel of the Civil WarElizabeth Cobbs
  • Bull Run by Paul Fleischman
  • Bullets, Ballots and Rhetoric: Confederate Policy for the United States Presidential Contest of 1864 (1980)
  • Centennial History of the Civil War – Bruce Catton
  • Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave”
  • Charles Sumner and the Rights of Man (1970)
  • Charley Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty
  • Christian Soldiers: The Meaning of Revivalism in the Confederate Army”, Journal of Southern History 53 (1987)
  • Civil War A to Z
  • Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Civil War Soldiers: The Expectations and their Experiences (1988)
  • Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism (1989)
  • Co. Aytch – Sam Watkins
  • Commanding the Army of the Potomac (2006)
  • Confederacy’s Last Hurrah/Embrace an Angry Wind – Wiley Sword
  • Confederate Reckoning by Stephanie McCurry
  • Confederate Tide Rising: Robert E. Lee and the Making of Southern Strategy, 1861-1862 (1998)
  • Confederates, by Thomas Keneally
  • Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860, 2 vols (2004)
  • CopperheadBernard Cornwell
  • Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
  • Days of Glory: The Army of the Cumberland, 1861-1865 (2004)
  • Dear Ellen Bee by Mary Lyons
  • Desertion During the Civil War (1928)
  • Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War (2000)
  • Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992)
  • DIVIDED MASTERY: Slave Hiring in the American South
  • Emancipation in Virginia’s Tobacco Belt, 1850-1870 (1992)
  • Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War(1987)
  • Exclusive INTERVIEW: Sam Claflin & Natalie Dormerepop.tv
  • Fields of Fury by James McPherson
  • Fighting for the Confederacy – E. Porter Alexander
  • Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment and the Abolition of Slavery (2001)
  • Financial Failure and Confederate Defeat (1991)
  • First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War (2006)
  • Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction (2005)
  • Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers (1990)
  • Founders’ Son
  • Frederick Douglass’ Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee (1989)
  • FREDERICKSBURG! FREDERICKSBURG!
  • FREE AT LAST: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War
  • Free But Not Equal: The Midwest and the Negro during the Civil War (1967)
  • Freedom and Ballgowns: Elizabeth Keckley and the Work of Domesticity,” Arizona Quarterly 57 (Winter 2001)
  • Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 by James Oakes
  • FREEDOM: A Documentary History of Emancipation 1861-1867: Series I, Volume III, The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Lower South
  • Freedom’s Women: Black Women and Families in Civil War Era Mississippi(1999)
  • From Contraband to Freedmen: Federal Policy Toward Southern Blacks, 1861-1865 (1973)
  • Generals in Blue – Ezra J. Warner
  • Generals in Gray – Ezra J. Warner
  • Gettysburg by Shelley Tanaka
  • Gettysburg: A Journey in Time – William A. Frassanito
  • Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil WarWilliam R. Forstchen, Newt Gingrich
  • Gettysburg: The Second Day – Harry W. Pfanz
  • Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi
  • God Ordained This War: Sermons on the Sectional Crisis, 1830-1865(1991)
  • Gods and GeneralsJeff Shaara
  • Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War”:
  • Grant Comes EastWilliam R. Forstchen, Newt Gingrich
  • Grant’s Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox (2002)
  • Guerillas, Unionists and Violence on the Confederate Home Front(1999)
  • Hardtack & Coffee – John Billings
  • Have Social Historians Lost the Civil War? Some Preliminary Demographic Speculations,” Journal of American History 76 (1989)
  • Heaven and HellJohn Jakes
  • HONOR’S VOICE: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln
  • How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War (1983)
  • In the fallJeffrey Lent
  • Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World (2006)
  • Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War(1990)
  • Iron Thunder
  • Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln as War Presidents: Nothing Succeeds Like Success” Civil War History 27 (March 1981)
  • Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West (1990)
  • Jersey Blue: Civil War Politics in New Jersey, 1854-1865 (1995)
  • JOHN BROWN’S WAR AGAINST SLAVERY
  • JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON, A Civil War Biography Craig L. Symonds
  • Killer Angels – Michael Shaara
  • Last Full Measure – Jeff Shaara
  • Lee and His Army in Confederate History (2001)
  • Liberty, Virtue and Progress: Northerners and Their War for the Union (1989)
  • Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War (1988)
  • Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership (1981)
  • LINCOLN AND HIS ADMIRALS: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War
  • Lincoln and His Generals (1952)
  • Lincoln and the Party Divided (1954)
  • Lincoln and the Power of the Press
  • Lincoln as Military Strategist,” Civil War History 26(December 1980)
  • LINCOLN AT COOPER UNION: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President
  • Lincoln at Gettysburg, by Garry Wills
  • Lincoln Day-by-Day: A Chronology (1991)
  • LINCOLN: The Biography of a Writer Fred Kaplan
  • LINCOLN’S EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, 2005.ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Redeemer President
  • Lincoln’s Loyalists: Union Soldiers from the Confederacy (1992)
  • Lincoln’s Men: How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation(1999)
  • LincolnGore Vidal
  • Little WomenAllan Knee, Louisa May Alcott
  • Look AwayHarold Coyle
  • Love and warJohn Jakes
  • Marching Home
  • Mary Chesnut’s Civil War (1981), edited by C. Vann Woodward
  • Mary Chesnut’s Diary
  • McClellan’s War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union (2005)
  • Military Memoirs of a Confederate By Edward Porter Alexander
  • Military Necessity: Civil-Military Relations in the Confederacy (2006)
  • Miss Ravenel’s Conversion from Secession to LoyaltyJohn William De Forest
  • Mosby’s Rangers – Jeffry D. Wert
  • Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (1996)
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Army and Glory Road, by Bruce Catton
  • Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final VictoryWilliam R. Forstchen, Newt Gingrich
  • No Man’s Land by Susan Bartoletti
  • Nothing But Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy (1983)
  • Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865 – Steven E. Woodworth
  • Nowhere Else on Earth,” by Josephine Humphreys
  • Numbering All the Bones by Ann Rinaldi
  • Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss
  • On the Threshold of Freedom: Master and Slaves in Civil War Georgia (1986)
  • One Million Men: The Civil War Draft in the North (1971)
  • ORDEAL OF THE UNION
  • Our Masters the Rebels: A Speculation on Union Military Failures in the East, 1861-1865 (1978)
  • Our One Common Country”
  • Over Lincoln’s Shoulder: The Committee on the Conduct of the War (1998)
  • Paradise Alley,” by Kevin Baker
  • Partisan Politics and the Public Sphere: The Civil War North”, American Nineteenth Century History 2 (2001)
  • Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West – Shea & Hess
  • Pemberley RanchJack Caldwell
  • Pennsylvania’s Civil War (2001)
  • Photo By Brady by Jennifer Armstrong
  • Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  • Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg – Eric J. Wittenberg & J. David Petruzzi
  • PRESIDENT LINCOLN: The Duty of a Statesman
  • R. E. Lee By Douglas Southall Freeman
  • Radicals’ and Economic Policies: The Senate, 1861-1873″ Journal of Southern History 32 (May 1966)
  • READING THE MAN: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters
  • RebelBernard Cornwell
  • Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution by Eric Foner
  • Red Badge of Courage,” by Stephen Crane
  • Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells
  • Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment (1964)
  • Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas – John Hennessy
  • Rifles for WatieHarold Keith
  • Robert E. Lee in War and Peace
  • RUNAWAY SLAVES: Rebels in the Plantation
  • Running on the Record: Civil War-Era Politics in New Hampshire (1992)
  • Salmon P. Chase : A Life in Politics (1987)
  • Savannah, or, A gift for Mr. LincolnJohn Jakes
  • SAVING SAVANNAH: The City and the Civil War
  • Seasons of War: The Ordeal of a Confederate Community, 1861-1865(1998)
  • Seeing the Elephant by Pat Hughes
  • SHERMAN: A Soldier’s Passion for Order
  • Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War (1992)
  • Slaves, Sailors, Citizens: African-Americans in the Union Navy (2002)
  • Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen
  • Soldiers Blue and Gray (1988)
  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor – Russell S. Bonds
  • SweetsmokeDavid Fuller
  • Taken at the Flood: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862 – Joseph Harsh
  • The American Civil War (1975)
  • The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare (1988)
  • The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War”
  • The Anatomy of the Confederate Congress: A Study of the Influences of Member Characteristics on Legislative Voting Behavior, 1861-1865 (1972)
  • THE BLACK HEARTS OF MEN: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race
  • The Bloody Crucible of War: Fighting Methods and Combat Experience of the Civil War (2003)
  • The bloody groundBernard Cornwell
  • The Boys’ War
  • The Brothers’ War by J. Patrick Lewis
  • The Burden of Confederate Diplomacy (1998)
  • The Business of Civil War: Military Mobilization and the State, 1861-1862 (2006)
  • THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR, 1861-65
  • The Children’s Civil War (1998)
  • The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (2006)
  • The Civil War Dictionary – Mark Boatner
  • The Civil War for Kids by Janis Herbert
  • The Civil War Party System: The Case of Massachusetts, 1848-1876 (1984)
  • The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox – John C. Waugh
  • THE COLORS OF COURAGE: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History – Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle
  • The Confederacy as a Revolutionary Experience (1971)
  • The Confederate Nation, 1861-1865 (1979)
  • The Confederate Republic: A Revolt Against Politics (1994)
  • The Congressman’s Civil War (1989)
  • The Copperheads in the Middle West (1960)
  • The Early Morning of War
  • The Earnest Men: Republicans of the Civil War Senate (1981)
  • THE EMERGENCE OF LINCOLN
  • The First Assassin,” by John J. Miller
  • The Gettysburg Campaign – Edwin B. Coddington
  • The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech Nobody Knows (2006)
  • The Golden Book of the Civil War – American Heritage
  • The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policy during the Civil War (1997)
  • The Guns of Gettysburg – Fairfax Downey
  • The haunting of Swain’s FancyBrenda Seabrooke
  • The Heart of Confederate Appalachia; Western North Carolina in the Civil War (2000)
  • THE IMPENDING CRISIS, 1848–1861
  • The Journal of James Edmond Pease by Jim Murphy
  • The Last Brother by Trinka Hakes Noble
  • The Last Full MeasureJeff Shaara
  • The Long Road to Gettysburg by Jim Murphy
  • The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War (2001)
  • The Louisiana Native Guards: The Black Military Experience during the Civil War (1995)
  • The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders’ Worldview (2005)
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
  • THE NATURE OF SACRIFICE: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.
  • The Negro’s Civil War: How American Negroes Felt and Acted During the War for the Union (1965, 1991)
  • The North Fights the Civil War: the Home Front (1994)
  • The North, the South and the Powers (1974)
  • The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion – Participants
  • The Ordeal of the Union, by Allan Nevins
  • THE PAPERS OF ULYSSES S. GRANT John Y. Simon, editor
  • THE PECULIAR INSTITUTION Kenneth Stampp
  • The Perilous RoadWilliam O. Steele
  • The Politics of Command: Factions and Ideas in Confederate Strategy (1998)
  • The Politics of Union: Northern Politics During the Civil War (1974)
  • The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln (1994)
  • THE RADICAL AND THE REPUBLICAN: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics,
  • The Radical Republicans: Lincoln’s Vanguard for Racial Justice (1968)
  • THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMERICAN WHIG PARTY: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War
  • The River Between Us by Richard Peck
  • The Sable Arm: Negro Troops in the Union Army (1956, 1966)
  • THE SEA CAPTAIN’S WIFE: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century
  • The Silent Witness by Robin Friedman
  • THE SLAVE POWER: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780-1860
  • The Southern Navy: The Confederate Navy and the American Civil War(1995)
  • The Story the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell: Sex in the Civil War (1997)
  • The Strange Career of Emerson and Race,” American Nineteenth Century History 2 (Spring 2001)
  • The Transatlantic Address to Lincoln: Birmingham and the American Civil War” American Nineteenth Century History 3 (Fall 2002)
  • The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North (2002)
  • The Union Soldier in Battle: Enduring the Ordeal of Combat (1997)
  • The United States and France: Civil War Diplomacy(1970)
  • The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia (2002)
  • The War Was You and Me: Civilians in the American Civil War (2003)
  • The War Within by Carol Matas
  • The Year of JubiloHoward Bahr
  • THE YOUNG EAGLE: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln
  • THIS ASTOUNDING CLOSE ROAD TO BENNETT PLACE
  • This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga – Peter Cozzens
  • This Terrible War: The Civil War and Its Aftermath (2005)
  • Three Years in the Army of the Cumberland – James Connolly
  • Through the Heart of Dixie
  • Towards a Social History of the American Civil War (1990)
  • TRIED BY WAR: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief,
  • Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty
  • Two girls of GettysburgLisa M. Klein
  • Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History (1989)
  • UNCLE TOM’S CABIN AND AMERICAN CULTURE Stephen Railton
  • Under Siege! by Andrea Warren
  • Union in Peril: The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War (1992)
  • Union Pamphlets of the Civil War (2 vols., 1967)
  • Union Soldiers and the Northern Home Front: Wartime Experiences, Postwar Adjustments (2002)
  • Until the EndHarold Coyle
  • UPON THE ALTAR OF THE NATION: A Moral History of the Civil War
  • URBAN EMANCIPATION: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890
  • Victorian America and the Civil War (1992)
  • Victory Rode the Rails: The Strategic Place of the Railroads in the Civil War(1992)
  • Virginia’s Civil War Diary by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Virginia’s Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861-1865(1998)
  • Warrior Generals – Thomas Buell
  • Was the Civil War a Total War?” Civil War History 37 (1991)
  • Watcher in the Piney Woods by Elizabeth Jones
  • We Need Men: The Union Draft in the Civil War (1991)
  • WHAT THIS CRUEL WAR WAS OVER: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War
  • When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865 (1995)
  • When Will This Cruel War Be Over? By Barry Denneberg
  • While God is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers(2001)
  • Who Fought for the North in the Civil War? Concord, Massachusetts, Enlistments,” Journal of American History 73 (1986)
  • Who Were the Senate Radicals?” Civil War History 11 (September 1965)
  • Why the Confederacy Lost (1992)
  • Why the North Won the Civil War (1960)
  • Why the South Lost the Civil War (1986)
  • With Ballot and Bayonet: The Political Socialisation of American Civil War Soldiers (1998)
  • Woe to Live OnDaniel Woodrell
  • WOMEN AT THE FRONT: Hospital Workers in Civil War America
  • Yankee Leviathan: the Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877 (1990)

The 17 “Best Civil War” Book Lists Consulted

 

 

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