The American Civil War was one of the most significant and devastating events in our country’s history. If you’re looking to learn more about this important time period, there are a wealth of excellent books available on the subject. In this blog post, we’ll recommend 9 of the best books on the American Civil War.
Top 9 best books on the American civil war
1. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David Blight:
This book looks at how Americans have remembered the civil war in the 150 years since it ended.
Blight argues that the memory of the civil war has been used to promote reconciliation between North and South and to downplay the importance of race relations in America.
2. The Fiery Trial by Eric Foner:
This Pulitzer Prize-winning book is a comprehensive look at Abraham Lincoln and his views on slavery and race relations.
Foner looks at how Lincoln’s views evolved over time, culminating in his decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
3. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South by Stephanie McCurry:
This book looks at how southern women coped with the upheaval of the civil war.
McCurry argues that southern women used their domestic skills to resist Union occupation and support the Confederate cause.
4. Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner:
This classic novel tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who came to Mississippi from Haiti with a dream of building a plantation empire.
However, Sutpen’s plans are thwarted by the civil war, which destroys his plantation and tears his family apart.
5. The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant by Ulysses S Grant and Elizabeth Samet (editor), Mark Bramhall (narrator):
This audiobook features Grant’s memoirs, which were originally published in 1885, as well as annotations from modern historians.
The memoirs provide an intimate look at Grant’s life, from his childhood in Ohio to his military campaigns during the civil war.
6. South to Freedom by Alice L Baumgartner:
This book tells the stories of three slaves who escaped from plantations in Virginia and made their way to freedom in Pennsylvania. Baumgartner’s book provides a unique look at slavery and resistance during the civil war era.
7. Thunder at the Gates by Douglas R Egerton:
This book tells the story of Fort Wagner, a Confederate fort located on Morris Island near Charleston, South Carolina.
In 1863, Union troops attacked Fort Wagner in an effort to take control of Charleston harbor. The battle was a resounding victory for the Confederates, but it came at a heavy cost; nearly 1,500 Union soldiers were killed or wounded, while only around 400 Confederates were killed or wounded.
8. A Fierce Glory by Justin Martin:
This book tells the story of Pickett’s Charge, which was one of the last major offensive maneuvers of the civil war.
On July 3, 1863, Confederate troops under General George Pickett attacked Union troops stationed at Cemetery Ridge near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The attack was unsuccessful and resulted in over 50% casualties for Confederate troops; it also effectively ended any hopes of a Confederate victory in the civil war.
9. Louisa on the Front Lines by Samantha Seiple:
This book tells the story of Louisa May Alcott, who served as a nurse during the civil war.
Alcott provides first-hand accounts of some of the most significant battles of the civil war, including Antietam and Gettysburg. her account gives readers a unique perspective on what it was like to be present during some of history’s most important moments.
Whether you’re looking for a comprehensive history of the war or want to focus on a specific aspect, there’s sure to be a book on this list that’s perfect for you. We hope that these recommendations help you gain a better understanding of the American Civil War and its lasting impact on our country.