American Civil War

The American Civil War (1861–1865) was a civil war in the United States of America. Eleven Southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America, also known as "the Confederacy". Led by Jefferson Davis, the Confederacy fought for its independence from the United States.

The Yankee Widow
Spying on the South: Travels with Frederick Law Olmsted in a Fractured Land
With This Pledge (Carnton, #1)
Sister of Mine
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen: A Novel
Fallen Land
The Fateful Lightning (Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater, #4)
Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South
The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Mrs. Lincoln's Rival
Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)
Fates and Traitors
Seduced (Into the Wild, #1)
Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, #1)
William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life
Gone with the Wind
Battle Cry of Freedom
The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2)
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Cold Mountain
The Red Badge of Courage
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
March
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever (The Killing of Historical Figures)
The Civil War, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian
Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy, #1)
The Civil War, Vol. 3: Red River to Appomattox
The Killer Angels by Michael ShaaraCold Mountain by Charles FrazierGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Black Flower by Howard BahrThe Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Civil War Novels
121 books — 58 voters
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Best American Civil War Books
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Civil War Letters and Diaries
105 books — 27 voters
Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Killer Angels by Michael ShaaraCold Mountain by Charles FrazierBane of the Innocent by Oliver PhippsThe Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Best Civil War Fiction
70 books — 24 voters


Shelby Foote
For my part I consider the central idea pervading this struggle is the necessity that is upon us of proving that popular government is not an absurdity. We must settle this question now, whether in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government whenever they choose. If we fail it will go far to prove the incapacity of the people to govern themselves.
Shelby Foote, The Civil War, Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville

Shelby Foote
A visitor asked Lincoln what good news he could take home from an audience with the august executive. The president spun a story about a machine that baffled a chess champion by beating him thrice. The stunned champ cried while inspecting the machine, "There's a man in there!"Lincoln's good news, he confided from the heights of leadership, was that there was in fact a man in there.
Shelby Foote, The Civil War, Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville

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