An American Civil War Bibliography: Home
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
Civil War Classics
- Battle Cry of Freedom: the Civil War Era byCall Number: 973.73 MCPISBN: 0195038630Published 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 American heritage new history of the Civil War byCall Number: 973.7 CATISBN: 0670868043
- Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 byCall Number: 973.711 POTISBN: 9780061319297
- This republic of suffering: death and the American Civil War byCall Number: 973.71 FAUISBN: 9780375404047
- In the presence of mine enemies: war in the heart of America, 1859-1863 byCall Number: 973.7 AYEISBN: 0393057860
- The Civil War : the first year told by those who lived it byCall Number: 973.7 CivilISBN: 9781598530889Drawn 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.
- 1861: The Civil War Awakening byCall Number: NEW 973.711 GOOISBN: 9781400040155
- The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery byCall Number: 973.7092 FONISBN: 9780393066180Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize
- Hearts touched by fire : the best of battles and leaders of the Civil War. byCall Number: 973.73 HOLISBN: 9780679643647
- The Civil War : a concise history byCall Number: 973.7 MASISBN: 9780199740482
- America Aflame byCall Number: NEW 973.711 GOLISBN: 9781596917026
Disunion from the New York Times
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.
Civil War Web Sites
- The Civil War by Ken BurnsA companion web site to the documentary film
- The Valley of the ShadowThe Valley of the Shadow depicts two communities, one Northern and one Southern, through the experience of the American Civil War. The project focuses on Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and creates a social history of the coming, fighting, and aftermath of the Civil War. The project is a hypermedia archive of thousands of sources for the period before, during, and after the Civil War for Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania.