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We are primarily a non fiction group; but we do like to also provide a location where folks can discuss some of their recommended historical fiction books.

This is thread to cite those books and authors which deal with the American Civil War but are classified as historical fiction.

Our group has selected one of these books as the current historical fiction selection.

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara Michael Shaara


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Bryan Craig Gods and Generals
Note: Historical Fiction


Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara by Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara

Synopsis:

In this brilliantly written epic novel, Jeff Shaara traces the lives, passions, and careers of the great military leaders from the first gathering clouds of the Civil War. Here is Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a hopelessly by-the-book military instructor and devout Christian who becomes the greatest commander of the Civil War; Winfield Scott Hancock, a captain of quartermasters who quickly establishes himself as one of the finest leaders of the Union army; Joshua Chamberlain, who gives up his promising academic career and goes on to become one of the most heroic soldiers in American history; and Robert E. Lee, never believing until too late that a civil war would ever truly come to pass. Profound in its insights into the minds and hearts of those who fought in the war, Gods and Generals creates a vivid portrait of the soldiers, the battlefields, and the tumultuous times that forever shaped the nation.


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Bryan Craig Last Full Measure
Note: Historical Fiction


The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara by Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara

Synopsis:

As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command—and turns the tide of war.

For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster—compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals—Longstreet, Hill, Stuart—and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end.

Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg—and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War.

Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant—complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee’s epoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure.

Full of human passion and the spellbinding truth of history, The Last Full Measure is the fitting capstone to a magnificent literary trilogy.


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Bryan Craig A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh
Note: Historical Fiction


A Blaze of Glory (Civil War Trilogy, #1) by Jeff Shaara by Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara

Synopsis:

In the first novel of a spellbinding new trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil War terrain he knows best. A Blaze of Glory takes us to the action-packed Western Theater for a vivid re-creation of one of the war’s bloodiest and most iconic engagements—the Battle of Shiloh.

It’s the spring of 1862. The Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse following the catastrophic loss of Fort Donelson. Commanding general Albert Sidney Johnston is forced to pull up stakes, abandon the critical city of Nashville, and rally his troops in defense of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Hot on Johnston’s trail are two of the Union’s best generals: the relentless Ulysses Grant, fresh off his career-making victory at Fort Donelson, and Don Carlos Buell. If their combined forces can crush Johnston’s army and capture the railroad, the war in the West likely will be over. There’s just one problem: Johnston knows of the Union plans, and is poised to launch an audacious surprise attack on Grant’s encampment—a small settlement in southwestern Tennessee anchored by a humble church named Shiloh.

With stunning you-are-there immediacy, Shaara takes us inside the maelstrom of Shiloh as no novelist has before. Drawing on meticulous research, he dramatizes the key actions and decisions of the commanders on both sides: Johnston, Grant, Sherman, Beauregard, and the illustrious Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest. Here too are the thoughts and voices of the junior officers, conscripts, and enlisted men who gave their all for the cause, among them Confederate cavalry lieutenant James Seeley and Private Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer of the 16th Wisconsin Regiment—brave participants in a pitched back-and-forth battle whose casualty count would far surpass anything the American public had yet seen in this war. By the end of the first day of fighting, as Grant’s bedraggled forces regroup for could be their last stand, two major events—both totally unexpected—will turn the tide of the battle and perhaps the war itself.


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Bryan Craig A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg
Note: Historical Fiction


A Chain of Thunder A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg by Jeff Shaara by Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara

Synopsis:

Continuing the series that began with A Blaze of Glory, Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted “Gibraltar of the Confederacy,” a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general—and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause.

In May 1863, after months of hard and bitter combat, Union troops under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant at long last successfully cross the Mississippi River. They force the remnants of Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton’s army to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the Big Black River in its path. But after sustaining heavy casualties in two failed assaults against the rebels, Union soldiers are losing confidence and morale is low. Grant reluctantly decides to lay siege to the city, trapping soldiers and civilians alike inside an iron ring of Federal entrenchments. Six weeks later, the starving and destitute Southerners finally surrender, yielding command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces on July 4—Independence Day—and marking a crucial turning point in the Civil War.

Drawing on comprehensive research and his own intimate knowledge of the Vicksburg Campaign, Jeff Shaara once again weaves brilliant fiction out of the ragged cloth of historical fact. From the command tents where generals plot strategy to the ruined mansions where beleaguered citizens huddle for safety, this is a panoramic portrait of men and women whose lives are forever altered by the siege. On one side stand the emerging legend Grant, his irascible second William T. Sherman, and the youthful “grunt” Private Fritz Bauer; on the other, the Confederate commanders Pemberton and Joseph Johnston, as well as nineteen-year-old Lucy Spence, a civilian doing her best to survive in the besieged city. By giving voice to their experiences at Vicksburg, A Chain of Thunder vividly evokes a battle whose outcome still reverberates more than 150 years after the cannons fell silent.


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Freedom: A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
Note: Historical Fiction


Freedom A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War by William Safire by William Safire William Safire

Synopsis:

Subtitled "A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War,"Freedom plunges the listener into the reality and drama of the American Civil War, the most critical period in the life of our nation. Based on the real people who struggled and bled for what Southerners hailed as independence, and Northerners condemned as disunion, William Safire's novel explores the first two years of this war-years that posed the question that reverberates today: How much freedom must be denied each American to protect and extend the freedom of all?

Safire's towering Lincoln looms as a figure of controversy as he approaches the moment of emancipation. This unforgettable Lincoln-far-seeing, grimly humorous, harsh and devious when necessary, tortured, and above all intensely purposeful-will surprise many of his countrymen who revere the myth without understanding the man.


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That Fateful Lightning: A Novel of Ulysses S. Grant
Note: Historical Fiction


That Fateful Lightning A Novel of Ulysses S. Grant by Richard Parry by Richard Parry (no photo)

Synopsis:

In a village outside Saratoga Springs, New York, a weakened man sits with pen in hand, looking back at a life dominated by failure: as a farmer, a businessman, a politician--everything but as a soldier. Racked by cancer, Ulysses S. Grant is entering his final months, facing the prospect of leaving his beloved wife penniless. Now he begins one last campaign--to bring to life the only thing of value he still commands: his memoirs. In the weeks and days that follow, Grant tells a story of war and peace, of friends and enemies, and of a man born for one singular purpose--to lead an army into battle, and to lead it to victory.

In this extraordinary novel, Richard Parry takes us on a powerful journey through the Civil War as seen through the shrewd, unwavering eyes of its most enigmatic and least understood protagonist. For as Grant wages a duel against death itself, and his friends and family gather around him, he reveals with stunning clarity his vision of the war: at once a tragedy and a challenge, a nightmare and a puzzle, an epic of carefully laid strategies and counter-strategies as well as a strokes of inexplicable, decisive chance.

Within these pages we meet such powerful historical figures as Mark Twain, the book publisher trying desperately to rescue Grant from poverty in the last year of his life; William Tecumseh Sherman, brilliant and dynamic, but also unsure and sorely in need of Grant's nurturing in war and life; and General Robert E. Lee, whose differences from Grant vividly illustrate the cultural and social divide at the core of the Civil War.

A rich, vivid, and action-packed addition to our nation's literature of the Civil War, That Fateful Lightning is a powerful portrait of a uniquely American hero, a simple but misunderstood man who felt truly at peace only amid the horror and chaos of war.


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Grant: A Novel
Note: Historical FIction


Grant A Novel by Max Byrd by Max Byrd (no photo)

Synopsis:

Max Byrd, the renowned author of Jackson and Jefferson, brings history to life in this stunning novel set in America’s Gilded Age. Grant is an unforgettable portrait of a colorful era—and the flawed, iron-willed, mysterious giant at its center.

Ulysses S. Grant pursued a tragic war to its very end. But his final battle starts in 1880, when he loses his race to become the first U.S. President to serve three terms, goes bankrupt, and begins a fight against cancer that will prove to be his greatest challenge. Through journalist Nicholas Trist, readers follow Grant’s journey—and along the way meet Grant’s sworn enemy Henry Adams and Adams’s doomed wife, Clover, the old soldiers Sherman and Sheridan, and the always clever, always scheming Mark Twain. Revealed here are not only the penetrating secrets of our eighteenth president, but the intimate power-brokering that led to the end of Grant’s career, setting the stage for a new era in American history—one defined by politics, not warfare.


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The March
Note: Historical Fiction


The March by E.L. Doctorow by E.L. Doctorow E.L. Doctorow

Synopsis:

In 1864, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman marched his sixty thousand troops through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces, demolished cities, and accumulated a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the dispossessed and the triumphant. In E. L. Doctorow’s hands the great march becomes a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.


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I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War
Note: Historical Fiction


I Am Abraham A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War by Jerome Charyn by Jerome Charyn Jerome Charyn

Synopsis:

Tracing the historic arc of Abraham Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young man in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I Am Abraham hews to the familiar Lincoln saga, seamlessly braiding Lincoln family members and military figures with a parade of fictional extras--wise-cracking knaves, conniving hangers-on, patriotic whores, and dying soldiers.

Using biblically cadenced prose, cornpone nineteenth-century humor, and Lincoln's own letters and speeches, Jerome Charyn concocts a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief, whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and sons--Robert, Willie, and Tad--is explored with penetrating psychological insight, utmost compassion, and the most ingenious novelistic license. Seized by melancholy and imbued with an unfaltering sense of human worth, Charyn's President Lincoln comes to vibrant, three-dimensional life in this haunting portrait.


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R.M.F. Brown The film version of Gods and Generals got panned by the critics, but I liked it.

Bernard Cornwell, author of the Sharpe Novels, did a four book series of civil war novels as well:

Copperhead by Bernard Cornwell


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Bryan Craig R.M.F wrote: "The film version of Gods and Generals got panned by the critics, but I liked it.

Bernard Cornwell, author of the Sharpe Novels, did a four book series of civil war novels as well:"


I thought the second movie was ok.

Please add the book cover and author photo when you cite:

Copperhead (The Starbuck Chronicles, #2) by Bernard Cornwell by Bernard Cornwell Bernard Cornwell


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Bryan Craig Rebel
Note: Historical Fiction


Rebel (The Starbuck Chronicles, #1) by Bernard Cornwell by Bernard Cornwell Bernard Cornwell

Synopsis:

When Richmond landowner Washington Faulconer snatches young Nate Starbuck from the grip of a Yankee-hating mob, Nate is both grateful and awed by his idealistic rescuer. To repay his generosity, he enlists in the Faulconer legion to fight against his home, the North, and against his abolitionist father. When the regiment joins up, ready to march into the ferocious battle at Buff Run, the men are prepared to start a war . . . but they aren't ready for how they—and the nation—will be forever changed by the oaths they have sworn for their beloved South.


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Bryan Craig Copperhead
Note: Historical Fiction


Copperhead (The Starbuck Chronicles, #2) by Bernard Cornwell by Bernard Cornwell Bernard Cornwell

Synopsis:

The beloved Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck returns to the front lines of the Civil War in this second installment of Bernard Cornwell's acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. It is the summer of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied but victorious at the battles of Ball's Bluff and Seven Pines. But he can't escape his Northern roots, and it is only a matter of time until he's accused of being a Yankee spy, pursued, and brutally interrogated. To clear his name, he must find the real traitor—a search that will require extraordinary courage, endurance, and a perilous odyssey through enemy territory.


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Bryan Craig Battle Flag
Note: Historical Fiction


Battle Flag (The Starbuck Chronicles, #3) by Bernard Cornwell by Bernard Cornwell Bernard Cornwell

Synopsis:

Distinguished at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Confederate Captain Nate Starbuck's career is jeopardized once again by the suspicion and hostility of his brigade commander, General Washington Faulconer. The outcome of this vicious fight drastically changes both men's fortunes and propels AX into the ghastly bloodletting at the Second Battle of Manassas.

Evocative and historically accurate, Battle Flag continues Bernard Cornwell's powerful series of Nate's adventures on some of the most decisive battlefields of the American Civil War.


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Bryan, you have been very busy - all great adds.


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happy (happyone) | 76 comments I've got a couple to add



Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters by Ralph Peters Ralph Peters

I think this is every bit as good as The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara by Michael Shaara (no photo)

LTC(R)Peters covers slightly different ground than Shaara - Chamberlain and the 20th Maine are not even mentioned

Hell or Richmond by Ralph Peters also by Peters


This one covers Grants spring '64 offensive, the battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House and Cold Harbor.


They are the first two of a proposed 4 book series

Mod's - do I need to break this up into 2 entries?


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Happy - why not look at how Byran did his entries in 13, 14 and 15.

You also need to call out if a book is not non fiction - we are primarily a non fiction book group. But we do read historical fiction and folks can also post novels but they need to be spelled out for the group members.

For example:

Killer Angels we covered here at the HBC for one of our historical fiction selections - Everybody enjoyed it and thought it was terrific.

We would post that book the mod's way like this:

Killer Angels
Note: Historical Fiction

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara by Michael Shaara (no photo)

Synopsis:

n the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, forgotten innocence, and crippled beauty were also the casualties of war. The Killer Angels is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—a dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny.

Note: Some historical inaccuracies but for the most part extremely well done and gives the reader a sense of the Civil War experience as if they themselves were there.


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happy (happyone) | 76 comments got it


Cain at Gettysburg
Note: Historical Fiction


Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters by Ralph Peters Ralph Peters

Synopsis:

Covers much the same ground as Killer Angles, but from a slightly different perspective. Peters is mainly telling the Union story from Meade's perspective. The Confederate side is told from Longstreets viewpoint. The battles Peters uses are different from Killer Angels. In fact the Battle for Little Round Top is scarcely mentioned.

Covers the time from when Meade assume command of the Army of the Potomac to Lee retreating out of Pennsylvania


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happy (happyone) | 76 comments Hell or Richmond
Note: Historical Fiction


Hell or Richmond by Ralph Peters by Ralph Peters Ralph Peters

Synopsis:

Covers the Time from when Meade meets Grant to the end of Cold Habor. Tells the story of the Battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House and Cold Harbor. Much is same vein as the Shaara's work.


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That is not bad happy - go back and bold the title and the note

And then skip one blank line between the above two lines and the citation itself.

Then bold Synopsis and put a colon after it - Synopsis:

Look at mine.


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Bryan Craig Great, thanks for the titles, happy


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Donna (drspoon) Shiloh
Note: Historical Fiction


Shiloh by Shelby Foote by Shelby Foote Shelby Foote

Synopsis:


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Donna (drspoon) Shiloh
Note: Historical Fiction


Shiloh by Shelby Foote by Shelby Foote Shelby Foote

Synopsis:

This fictional re-creation of the battle of Shiloh in April 1862 fulfills the standard set by his monumental history, conveying both the bloody choreography of two armies and the movements of the combatants' hearts and minds.


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happy (happyone) | 76 comments The next volume of Jeff Shaara's "4 book trilogy" of the civil war in the west is due out in May
The Smoke at Dawn
Note: Historical Fiction


The Smoke at Dawn A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Shaara by Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara

Synopsis:

The is the story of the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga in the fall of 1863.


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Thanks all for the adds.


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A Country Of Our Own: A Novel of the Confederate Raiders
Note: Historical Fiction


A Country Of Our Own (Civil War At Sea, #2) by David Poyer by David Poyer David Poyer

Synopsis:

We first met Lt. Ker Custis Claiborne, formerly of the United States Navy, in Fire on the Waters. Claiborne is no admirer of slavery. But he's a Virginian, joining the fledgling Confederate States Navy in 1861. After fighting along the Potomac with the Army of Virginia, Ker and his mentor, Captain Parker Trezevant, burn, sink, and destroy across the Caribbean to undermine the Union and force a truce favorable to the Confederacy.

But when their first cruiser proves too slow and small, Ker joins Commander James Bullock in London to buy or build a ship of war that can sweep Yankee commerce from the seas. A daring coup puts Ker in command of the most dangerous raider ever to range from Brazil to Boston, but the bloodiest battle is yet to come -- a confrontation between the ex-opium clipper C.S.S. Maryland and the Union cruiser that has trailed her across a quarter of the world.

A Country of Our Own is historical sea fiction at its best -- authentic, engrossing, and masterfully paced -- from the master sea-yarner The New York Times Book Review says "knows what he is writing about when it comes to anything on, above, or below the water."


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Fire on the Waters:A Novel of the Civil War at Sea
Note: Historical Fiction


Fire On The Waters (Civil War At Sea, #1) by David Poyer by David Poyer David Poyer

Synopsis:

The year is 1861, and America shudders on the brink of disunion. Elisha Eaker, scion of a wealthy Manhattan banking family, joins the Navy against his father's wishes. He does it as much to avoid an arranged marriage to his cousin, Araminta Van Velsor, as to defend the flag. As war looms, Eli boards the sloop of war U.S.S. Owanee. There he meets Lieutenant Ker Claiborne at his own moment of decision.

Claiborne, Owanee's executive officer, is an Annapolis graduate who's seen action in the West Indies and the Africa Station on the Navy's Anti-Slavery Patrol. Cool and competent in storm and battle, he now faces an agonizing choice between the Navy he loves and his native Virginia. Whichever road he takes, he'll be called a traitor.

Within days, Owanee is ordered on a desperate mission to relieve Fort Sumter, the last outpost of Union authority in the newly declared Confederacy. And in Manhattan, Araminta makes her own move for independence.

So begins Fire on the Waters, a tale of honor, loyalty, and the hunger for freedom. With authentic nautical and historical detail, veteran storyteller David Poyer follows Eli, Araminta, Ker, and their loved ones and shipmates into a maelstrom of divided loyalties, bitter partings, stormy seas, governmental panic, political blundering, and finally the test of battle as the bloodiest and most divisive war in American history begins.

Poyer's deep, complex characters and vivid evocation of the heroic twilight of the Age of Sail will earn Fire on the Waters a place beside the work of Patrick O'Brian, Nicholas Monsarrat, and C. S. Forester.


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That Anvil of Our Souls: A Novel of the Monitor and the Merrimack
Note: Historical Fiction


That Anvil Of Our Souls (Civil War At Sea, #3) by David Poyer by David Poyer David Poyer

Synopsis:

In Fire on the Waters America split in two and the characters in David Poyer's Civil War at Sea series had to choose sides. Then, in A Country of Our Own, Ker Claiborne took the war north, aboard the Confederacy's most formidable commerce raider.

Now, in That Anvil of Our Souls, David Poyer takes us into the turrets and casemates of the most historic sea engagement of the Civil War. In New York, Theo Hubbard is the engineer for a revolutionary new "fighting machine," the Monitor, and is eager to become a man of means . . . even if it compromises his integrity. In Norfolk, Catherine Claiborne faces her husband's impending hanging for piracy, their baby daughter's death, and the realities of occupation.

In Richmond, Lieutenant Lomax Minter must find a spy who threatens the South's ultimate weapon: a tremendous ironclad, rebuilt from a sunken wreck; aging Dr. Steele witnesses the horrors that are the aftermath of glory; and gun captain Hanks, escaped slave, struggles with the twin snakes of "freedom."


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Sherman's March
Note: Historical Fiction


Sherman's March by Cynthia Bass by Cynthia Bass (no photo)

Synopsis:

Autumn, 1864, and the Civil War has ground to a bloody stalemate. Frustrated by its slow and costly advance, the North looks for a way to cut the South in two and bring the war to an end. Told from the unique perspective of three participants, this novel brilliantly captures the personal tragedy and costly heroism which followed in the wake of General William Tecumseh Sherman's infamous march from Atlanta to the sea.

Nicholas J. Whiteman is a Captain in Sherman's army, a history buff caught in the maelstrom of history in the making. He is the conscience of an army that had lost its conscience, pillaging and burning its way across the South, and a witness to the dark heart of war--and humanity--in a moment of searing emotional intensity that will change him forever. Anne Saunders Baker lost her husband at Shiloh and her modest home to the looting of the advancing Yankee army. Now she wanders through the scarred and devastated landscape, a woman alone, hoping to defend all she has left--her life--with a soldier's iron will. And, finally, there is the General himself: harsh, outspoken, uncompromising, who dared to take upon his shoulders the burden of a mission that will both glorify and condemn him to history and leave him one of the most misunderstood figures of the war--a man whose unparalleled brutality had one goal: to save lives.

Never before has this fateful crossroads in our history been rendered in such intimate detail and with such exquisite honesty. Sherman's March takes its place among the greatest novels of the Civil War and introduces Cynthia Bass as a powerful new voice in American fiction.


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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) North and South
Note: Historical Fiction


North and South (North and South, #1) by John Jakes by John Jakes John Jakes

Synopsis:

Part history, part novel, this book chronicles two great American dynasties over three generations. Though brought together in a friendship that neither jealousy nor violence could shatter, the Hazards and the Mains are torn apart by the storm of events that has divided the nation.


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happy (happyone) | 76 comments Both Shaara and Peters have the next volumes of their series coming out soon
Fateful Lightning
Note: Historical Fiction



The Fateful Lightning A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Shaara by Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara

Synopsis:

The forth book of Shaara's Civil War in the West "Trilogy" - this covers the last 8 months of the war in the west including Sherman's March to the Sea. According to Shaara, this series was originally supposed to be 3 books, but as he was writing he thought another one was necessary and his publisher agreed - Amazon has a release date of June 2 2015.

Valley of the Shadow
Note: Historical Fiction


Valley of the Shadow A Novel by Ralph Peters by Ralph Peters Ralph Peters

Synopsis:

The third book in Peters series on the Civil War in the East, this one covers the Confederate Raid on Washington and the battles for the control of the Shenandoah Valley that occured in tthe Summer and Fall of 1864. Amazon has a release date of May 5 2015.


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happy (happyone) | 76 comments Jerome wrote: "That Anvil of Our Souls: A Novel of the Monitor and the Merrimack
Note: Historical Fiction

That Anvil Of Our Souls (Civil War At Sea, #3) by David Poyer by David PoyerDavid Poyer

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good series - I really enjoyed them.


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happy (happyone) | 76 comments Bentley wrote: "happy minor nit - good post overall - just check your spelling of Synopsis:"

fixed - it's to early in the morning :)


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Bryan Craig Oooh, nice, thanks happy.


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Thanks Happy


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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) I hate to do this but here is one fiction book about the Civil War that almost everyone has read.

Gone With The Wind
Note: Historical Fiction

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell by Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell

Synopsis:

Margaret Mitchell's classic novel of Civil War South with vibrant scenes and great characters. A book that even Rhett Butler would give a damn to read. If you loved the movie, you'll love the book!


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Sarah Bierle (gazette665) | 4 comments Killing Lincoln The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly by Bill O'Reilly Bill O'Reilly

Well-written "thriller style" historical fiction about Lincoln's assassination. It was fast pace and hard to put down. The historical details were well done.


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Doris (webgeekstress) | 143 comments The Handsome Road (Plantation Trilogy, #2) by Gwen Bristow The Handsome Road Gwen Bristow Gwen Bristow
The middle book of Gwen Bristow's Plantation Trilogy, Handsome Road, is set in Louisiana during the Civil War. It stands on its own (although I think it's best read with the other two books). It's particularly interesting because you see the period of roughly 1858 - 1870 alternately through the eyes of two women who are cousins (of a sort): one woman is daughter and wife to plantation owners and the other is "poor white trash".

The first book (Deep Summer) is set roughly around the time of the Louisiana Purchase and shows the origins of two families, in this second, we see the tension between them, while in the third (This Side of Glory) we see the families intermarry during WWI.

Plantation Trilogy Deep Summer, The Handsome Road, and This Side of Glory by Gwen Bristow Plantation Trilogy: Deep Summer, The Handsome Road, and This Side of Glory


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Doris we do not add the book titles too - no need - if you hover your cursor over the book cover - the title text appears.

The Handsome Road (Plantation Trilogy, #2) by Gwen Bristow by Gwen Bristow Gwen Bristow

Plantation Trilogy Deep Summer, The Handsome Road, and This Side of Glory by Gwen Bristow by Gwen Bristow Gwen Bristow

Our standard format is book cover when available, the author's photo when available and the author's link - no need to add the text because the text pops up.


message 41: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) This is the third book of Bristow's trilogy of the South.

This Side of Glory

This Side of Glory (Plantation Trilogy, #3) by Gwen Bristow by Gwen Bristow Gwen Bristow.

Synopsis

Sequel to The Handsome Road -- authentic background, good conflict in ways of life, full bodied characterization, and a thoroughly readable tale. Once again there is the conflict of the "poor whites" versus the genteel, ineffectual aristocrats.


message 42: by Jill (last edited Jan 04, 2016 11:34AM) (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) How could we forget this classic?

Red Badge of Courage
Note: Historical Fiction


The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane by Stephen Crane Stephen Crane

Synopsis:

During an unnamed battle, 18-year-old private Henry Fleming survives what he considers to be a lost cause by escaping into a nearby wood, deserting his battalion. He finds a group of injured men in which one of the group, the "Tattered Soldier", asks Henry, who's often referred to as "The Youth", where he's wounded. Henry, embarrassed that he's whole, wanders thru the forest. He ultimately decides that running was the best thing, & that he's a small part of the army responsible for saving himself. When he learns that his battalion had won the battle, Henry feels guilty. As a result, he returns to his battalion & is injured when a cannon operator hits him in the head because he wouldn't let go of his arm. When he returns to camp, the other soldiers believe he was harmed by a bullet grazing him in battle. The next morning he goes into battle for a 3rd time. While looking for a stream from which to attain water, he discovers from the commanding officer that his regiment has a lackluster reputation. The officer speaks casually about sacrificing Henry's regiment because they're nothing more than "mule drivers" & "mud diggers". With no regiments to spare, the general orders his men forward. In the final battle, Henry becomes one of the best fighters in his battalion as well as the flag bearer, finally proving his courage as a man.


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Thank you Jill for all of your contributions to the American Civil War folder.


message 44: by Teri (last edited May 13, 2016 10:30AM) (new)

Teri (teriboop) Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Note: Historical Fiction

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini by Jennifer Chiaverini Jennifer Chiaverini

Synopsis:

In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose Keckley from among a number of applicants to be her personal “modiste,” responsible not only for creating the First Lady’s gowns, but also for dressing Mrs. Lincoln in the beautiful attire Keckley had fashioned. The relationship between the two women quickly evolved, as Keckley was drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family, supporting Mary Todd Lincoln in the loss of first her son, and then her husband to the assassination that stunned the nation and the world.

Keckley saved scraps from the dozens of gowns she made for Mrs. Lincoln, eventually piecing together a tribute known as the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt. She also saved memories, which she fashioned into a book, Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Upon its publication, Keckley’s memoir created a scandal that compelled Mary Todd Lincoln to sever all ties with her, but in the decades since, Keckley’s story has languished in the archives. In this impeccably researched, engrossing novel, Chiaverini brings history to life in rich, moving style.


message 45: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) I was surprised there was not more of a GR description of this classic novel.

Andersonville
Note: Historical Fiction

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor by MacKinlay Kantor MacKinlay Kantor

Synopsis:

The 1956 Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the Andersonville Fortress and its use as a concentration camp-like prison by the South during the Civil War.


message 46: by Jill (last edited Aug 18, 2016 11:50PM) (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) This is not a fiction book but a book about the fictional works that arose around the Civil War, from books to films.

Memory and Myth: The Civil War in Fact and Fiction from Uncle Tom's Cabin to Cold Mountain

Memory and Myth The Civil War in Fact and Fiction from Uncle Tom's Cabin to Cold Mountain by S. Kittrell Rushing by S. Kittrell Rushing (no photo)

Synopsis:

Memory and Myth is an interdisciplinary study of the Civil War and its enduring impact on American writers and filmmakers. Its twenty-five chapters are all concerned, in one way or another, with creative responses to the Civil War, and the ways in which artists have sought to make sense of the war and to convey their findings to succeeding generations of readers and filmgoers. The book also examines the role of movies and television in transmuting the historical memories of the Civil War into durable, ever-changing myths.


message 47: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Would love to read this.


message 48: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Looks good to me as well, Betsy.


message 49: by Teri (new)

Teri (teriboop) Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
Note: Historical Fiction

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott by Karen Abbott Karen Abbott

Synopsis:

Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies.

After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives.

Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. With a cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy contains 39 black & white photos and 3 maps.


message 50: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Not a fiction book but a book about the novels, poems and other written material that sprang from the Civil War. A good companion book to that mentioned in post #46 above.

The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South

The Imagined Civil War Popular Literature of the North and South 1861-1865 by Alice Fahs by Alice Fahs (no photo)

Synopsis:

n this groundbreaking work of cultural history, Alice Fahs explores a little-known and fascinating side of the Civil War--the outpouring of popular literature inspired by the conflict. From 1861 to 1865, authors and publishers in both the North and the South produced a remarkable variety of war-related compositions, including poems, songs, children's stories, romances, novels, histories, and even humorous pieces. Fahs mines these rich but long-neglected resources to recover the diversity of the war's political and social meanings.Instead of narrowly portraying the Civil War as a clash between two great, white armies, popular literature offered a wide range of representations of the conflict and helped shape new modes of imagining the relationships of diverse individuals to the nation. Works that explored the war's devastating impact on white women's lives, for example, proclaimed the importance of their experiences on the home front, while popular writings that celebrated black manhood and heroism in the wake of emancipation helped readers begin to envision new roles for blacks in American life. Recovering a lost world of popular literature, "The Imagined Civil War" adds immeasurably to our understanding of American life and letters at a pivotal point in our history.


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