In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, we have put together a short list of some of our favorite Civil War books
Battle Cry of Freedom: the Civil War Era
Call Number: 973.73 MCP
Published in 1988 to universal acclaim, this single-volume treatment of the Civil War quickly became recognized as the new standard in its field. James M. McPherson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for this book, impressively combines a brisk writing style with an admirable thoroughness.
The Civil War : the first year told by those who lived it
Call Number: 973.7 Civil
Drawn from letters, diaries, speeches, articles, poems, songs, military reports, legal opinions, and memoirs, The Civil War: The First Year gathers over 120 pieces by more than sixty participants to create a unique firsthand narrative of this great historical crisis. Beginning on the eve of Lincoln's election in November 1860 and ending in January 1862 with the appointment of Edwin M. Stanton as secretary of war, this volume presents writing by figures well-known-Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Mary Chesnut, Frederick Douglass, and Lincoln himself among them-and less familiar, like proslavery advocate J.D.B. DeBow, Lieutenants Charles B. Haydon of the 2nd Michigan Infantry and Henry Livermore Abbott of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and plantation mistresses Catherine Edmondston of North Carolina and Kate Stone of Mississippi.
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One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves.
Disunion revisits and reconsiders America's most perilous period --
using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments
to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.