American Civil War Reading List

Hey Everybody!
This is Michael from the Reference Department at the Will Library.
I’m a huge Civil War history buff! I visited quite a lot of Civil War historic sites to feed my obsession. I’ve been to the battlefields of Fort Sumter, Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania.
When I’m not driving from battlefield to battlefield, I enjoy reading about the Civil War. Being that the anniversary of it is coming up (April 17, 1861), I provided a list of my favorite Civil War books for my fellow history buffs. The books below can be found as ebooks in the provided links on Overdrive.


  1. The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote
  2. Gods and Generals; The Killer Angels; The Last Full Measure by Michael and Jeff Shaara (combined into a single ebook)
  3. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara 
  4. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James McPherson 
  5. The Immortal Irishman  by Timothy Egan
  6. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz 
  7. Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson
  8. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  9. A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
  10. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin