The Civil War General Books

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The Civil War
General Books

Richard E. Beringer, Why the South Lost the Civil War (1986)

David Blight, Beyond the Battlefield, Race, Memory and the American Civil War (2002)

David Blight and Brooks Simpson, Unionand Emancipation: Essays on Politics and Race in the Civil War Era (1997)

Gabor S. Borritt (ed.), Why the Confederacy Lost (1992)

Catherine Clinton, Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992)

John Patrick Diggins, On Hallowed Ground: Abraham Lincoln and the Foundations of American History (1972/2000)

David Donald, Lincoln (1995)

Laura F. Edwards, Scarlett Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (2000)

Drew Gilpin Faust, Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (1996)

Eric Foner, Politics and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War (1980)

—, A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln (1991)

Joseph T. Glatthaar, The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman’s Troops in the Savannah and Georgia Campaigns (1985)

Lonn, Ella. Desertion During the Civil War (1998)

James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: the Civil War Era (1988)

—, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution (1990)

—, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (1997)

Michael Perman, ed., Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction (1998)

David Potter, The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 (1976)

James G. Randall, Civil War and Reconstruction (1937)

Noah Andre Trudeau, Like Men of War: Black Soldiers in the American Civil War, 1862-1865 (1998)

Bell Irvin Wiley, The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy (1943)

—, The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union (1952)


Further Reading

Louisa May Alcott, Hospital Sketches (1863)

Eliza Frances Andrews, The Wartime Journal of a Georgia Girl (1908)

Jeanie Attie, Patriotic Toil: Northern Women and the American Civil War (1998)

Richard F. Bensel, Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877 (1990)

DeAnn Blanton and Lauren Cook, They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War (2002)

David Blight, Frederick Douglass’s Civil War: Keeping the Faith in Jubilee (1989)

Catherine Clinton, Tara Revisited: Women, War, and the Plantation Legend (1995)

Kate Cummings, Journal of Hospital Life in the Confederate Army of the Tennessee from the Battle of Shiloh (1866)

Charles Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (2001)

Michael Fellman, Inside War: The Guerilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War (1989)

William Freeling, South Versus the South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War (2001)

Frankel, Noralee. Freedom’s Women: Black Women and Families in Civil War Era Mississippi (1999)

Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: a Narrative (1958-1974)

Ervin Jordan, Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia (1995)

Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from America’s Unfinished Civil War (1998)

David Madden, ed., Beyond the Battlefield (2000)

Patrick O’Brien, The Economic Effects of the American Civil War (1988)

Charles Royster, The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson and the Americans (1991)

Stephen Wise, Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War  (1988)

C. Vann Woodward (ed.), Mary Chesnut’s Civil War (1981)



James M. McPherson, "Antebellum Southern Exceptionalism: A New Look at an Old Question," Civil War History 29, no. 3 (1983) [also on JSTOR]

Edward Pessen, "How Different from Each Other were the Antebellum North and South?" American Historical Review 85, no. 5 (1980) [also on JSTOR]

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