19 Essential Civil War Books

Explore the history of America's deadliest conflict with gripping fiction and nonfiction.

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Nonfiction

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Dee Brown on the Civil War

By Dee Brown

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The Confederacy's Last Hurrah

By Wiley Sword

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Mr. Lincoln's Army

By Bruce Catton

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Lincoln Reconsidered

By David Herbert Donald

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Sherman's March

By Burke Davis

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Shrouds of Glory

By Winston Groom

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"The Devil's to Pay"

By Eric J. Wittenberg

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Battle Cry of Freedom

By James. M. McPherson

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The Civil War: A Narrative

By Shelby Foote

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Mary Chesnut's Diary

By Mary Chesnut

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For Cause and Comrades

By James M. McPherson

Fiction

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The Black Flower

By Howard Bahr

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The North and South Trilogy

By John Jakes

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Murder at Manassas

By Michael Kilian

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Cold Mountain

By Charles Frazier

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The Killer Angels

By Michael Shaara

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Cain at Gettysburg

By Ralph Peters

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Gone with the Wind

By Margaret Mitchell

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Confederates

By Thomas Keneally