Suggestions for Further Reading

  • Alcott, Louisa May. Hospital Sketches. (Best-selling memoir of her experience as a Union nurse in Washington in 1863.)
  • Blockson, Charles L. The Underground Railroad: First-Person Narratives of Escapes to Freedom in the North. (Narratives of blacks and whites involved with the Underground Railroad.)
  • Bolotin, Norman and Herb, Angela. For Home and Country: A Civil War Scrapbook.
  • Boritt, Gabor. The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows.
  • Catton, Bruce. The Coming Fury. (Narrative of the political conflict leading to the war by Pulitzer Prize winner.)
  • Catton, Bruce. Mr. Lincoln’s Army. (The story of the Army of the Potomac and the war in the East, particularly the conflict between Lincoln and McClellan.)
  • Commager, Henry Steele. The Blue and the Gray. (Classic anthology of letters, speeches, memoirs, newspapers and official documents, taken from both sides.)
  • Damon, Duane. When This Cruel War Is Over – The Civil War Home Front.
  • Dannett, Sylvia G.L. (ed.) Noble Women of the North. (Anthology of first-person accounts of women involved in the Union cause.)
  • Fleischman, Paul. Bull Run. (Fictional narrative for young readers of events from Fort Sumter to Bull Run, written as series of first-person monologues from both sides; excellent for reading aloud.)
  • Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. (Humane memoir of the victorious general, considered one of the finest autobiographies ever written.)
  • Hesse, Karen. Dear America: A Light in the Storm, the Civil War Diary of Amilia Martin (Fiction)
  • Holzer, Harold (compiler). Dear Mr. Lincoln. (Anthology of letters sent to Lincoln while President.)
  • Keckley, Elizabeth. An Unlikely Friendship. (Memoir of a free black woman and her time in the White House with the Lincolns.)
  • Kunhardt, Philip. Lincoln. (Text and photographs tracing his career, from the largest collection of Lincoln photographs in existence, companion to the ABC television documentary.)
  • Leech, Margaret. Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865. (Pulitzer Prize winner, atmospheric reminiscences of daily life in the capital during the war.)
  • Lorant, Stefan. Lincoln: His Life in Photographs.
  • Lowenfels, Walter (ed.) Walt Whitman’s Civil War. (Anthology of letters, diaries, speeches and poetry about the war, written by the famous poet, who served as a volunteer Union nurse in Washington.)
  • McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. (Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the war seen from both sides, probably the best one-volume account available.)
  • McPherson, James M. For Cause & Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War. (McPherson persuasively shows that soldiers on both sides had strongly held political and ideological views.)
  • McPherson, James M. The Negro’s Civil War. (Anthology of letters, newspaper accounts and speeches of African-Americans, north and south, presenting a wide range of opinions from the black community.)
  • Meltzer, Richard. Voices of the Civil War. (Anthology of first-person accounts from both sides.)
  • Redkey, Edwin S. A Grand Army of Black Men. (Anthology of letters by African-Americans who served in the Union armies.)
  • Rinaldi, Ann. Sarah’s Ground. (Fiction based on a true story)
  • Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The War Years. (Popular biography by the famous poet.)
  • Sears, Stephen W. Landscape Turned Red. (Narrative of the Battle of Antietam, giving political as well as military overview.)
  • Sifakis, Stuart. Who Was Who in the Civil War.
  • Smith, Carter (ed.) Behind the Lines—A Sourcebook on the Civil War.
  • Sterling, Dorothy (ed.) We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century. (Anthology of first-person accounts of African-American women in the 1800s, north and south.)
  • Tapert, Annette. The Brothers’ War. (Excellent anthology of letters home from soldiers of both sides, arranged in chronological order.)
  • Wagner, Margaret E. The American Civil War: 365 Days. From the Library of Congress.
  • Wheeler, Richard. Lee’s Terrible Swift Sword. (Very readable narrative of events seen from both sides, made up mostly of first-person accounts.)
  • Wheeler, Richard. Witness to Gettysburg. (Narrative of Battle of Gettysburg seen from both sides, made up of first-person accounts.)
  • Wheeler, Richard. Sword Over Richmond. (Story of McClellan’s failed invasion of Virginia seen from both sides, made up of first-person accounts.)
  • Wiley, Bell Irvin. The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union and The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy. (Rich human studies of the enlisted men of both armies from their own writings.)

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