Excellent Civil War Reads: Non-Fiction

The Civil War : the first year told by those who lived it

edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, Aaron Sheehan-Dean.

Biography, Nonfiction, History

America's greatest conflict comes to life in this 150th anniversary collection of diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts that chronicle the first year of the war.


Libby Prison breakout : the daring escape from the notorious Civil War prison

Joseph Wheelan.

Nonfiction, History

While many books have been inspired by the horrors of Andersonville prison, none have chronicled with any depth or detail the amazing tunnel escape from Libby Prison in Richmond. Now Joseph Wheelan examines what became the most important escape of the Civil War from a Confederate prison, one that ultimately increased the North’s and South’s willingness to use prisoners in waging “total war.”In a converted tobacco warehouse...


Unlikely allies : Fort Delaware's prison community in the Civil War

Dale Fetzer and Bruce Mowday ; foreword by Leland C. Jennings.

Nonfiction, History

Unlikely Allies is a Stackpole Books publication.


Atlas of the Civil War : a comprehensive guide to the tactics and terrain of battle

edited by Neil Kagan ; narrative by Stephen G. Hyslop ; introduction by Harris J. Andrews.

History, Nonfiction

In this one-of-a-kind atlas, scores of archival maps and dozens of newly created maps trace the battles, political turmoil, and great themes of America’s most violent and pivotal clash of arms. From the Antebellum South to Fort Sumter, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the fitful peace of Reconstruction, National Geographic’sAtlas of the Civil Wardisplays eye-opening maps—and a gripping, self-contained story—on eve...


Maryland voices of the Civil war

edited by Charles W. Mitchell.

Nonfiction, History, Biography

Maryland was one of four border slave states which remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War, and actually abolished slavery in the state before the end of the war. Mitchell, a Maryland historian, draws on hundreds of letters, diaries, and period newspapers, many previously unpublished, to portray the passions of Maryland citizens from all walks of life, caught in the grip of the war--from merchants and slaves to freedmen, clergy, and chil...


Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era

James M. McPherson.

Nonfiction, History

Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones,Battle Cry of Freedomwill unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War.
James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox. Packed with drama and analytical insight, the boo...



Crossroads of freedom : Antietam

James M. McPherson

History, Nonfiction

The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history, with more than 6,000 soldiers killed--four times the number lost on D-Day, and twice the number killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. InCrossroads of Freedom, America's most eminent Civil War historian, James M. McPherson, paints a masterful account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath.
As McPherson s...



The Civil War, a narrative

by Shelby Foote.

History, Nonfiction

"Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters."--Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News

"A stunning book full of color, life, character and a new atmosphere of the Civil War, and at the same time a narrative of unflagging power. Eloquent proof that an historian should be a writer above all else." -Burke Davis

"This is hi...






Stars in their courses : the Gettysburg campaign, June - July 1863

Shelby Foote.

History, Nonfiction

'I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death,' John Keats soberly prophesied in 1818 as he started writing the blankverse epic Hyperion. Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a tragic early death. Edmund Wilson counted him as 'one of the half dozen greatest English writers,' and T. S. Eliot has paid tribute to the Shakespe...


Gettysburg as the generals remembered it : postwar perspectives of ten commanders

edited by Robert P. Broadwater.

Biography, History, Nonfiction

This is an examination of reminiscences of the primary leaders on both sides at the battle of Gettysburg and a comparison of these reminiscences to the historical record. Many generals presented statements written decades after the Civil War, when the Gettysburg Campaign was the topic of historical research and personal controversy. This comparative history illuminates how history is shaped as well as how the famous battle unfolded.