Here are some of the finest Civil War Books by a few award winning writers of The Civil War available today. Here are the top six (6) writers that I have personally enjoyed. Authors who bring the Civil War Battles and Civil War Timeline to life.
Civil War Books written with the passion and drama we have come to expect from these talented historians and writers.
Bruce Catton, James M. McPherson, Shelby Foote, Jeff Shaara, his father Pulitzer winner Michael Shaara and Gary Gallagher.
Also listed on our Civil War Books page is Ken Burns, the creator of The Civil War documentary as seen on PBS. I have watched that many times and found new information during every viewing. A masterpiece.
Bruce Catton Civil War Books
“The Civil War” by Bruce Catton
( American Heritage Picture History of the American Civil War )
5.0 out of 5 stars ! An essential for any Civil War enthusiast ! A fantastic picture book with great reading of the Civil War Generals,Civil War Battlesand Civil War Timeline !
James M. McPherson Civil War Books
( Professor Ameritus of Princeton Univ.) .. as he pens his Pulitzer Prize winning novel Battle Cry of Freedom and many more. The Civil War from Ft.Sumter to Appomattox.
“BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM” by James M. McPherson
“ABRAHAM LINCOLN” by James M. McPherson
“Fields of Fury” by James M.McPherson
Shelby Foote Civil War Books
Relive the Civil War… through the eyes of an old Mississippi boy.. the great author..Shelby Foote. Ride with Shelby after the opening salvos at Ft.Sumter to Manassas, Battle of Shiloh. Charge across Burnside Bridge at Antietam, 3 days of “thunder” at Gettysburg. A regretful charge at Cold Harbor..and finally peace at Appomattox.
Born in 1916 in “The Old South” .. Shelby Foote sees the Civil War from the perspective that continues to mesmerize a reader with his knowledge..factfinding..and point of view of a Southerner. Surrounded by family and stories that still reflected the Civil War as it was fought on their soil.
The Civil War Trilogy Box Set: With American Homer: Reflections on Shelby Foote and His Classic The Civil War: A Narrative (Modern Library)
“Shiloh” by Shelby Foote ( the Epic battle )
Ken Burns Civil War
Let’s look at two of the finest histories of the Civil War..by Ken Burns. Ken allowed us to see the living history of the War..brought to life in his informative film series.. Ken Burns Civil War..available on DVD Commemorative Set.
Relive their lives through the diaries of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. March with them from “Bull Run” (Manassas) to Antietam, Malvern Hill, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Yellow Tavern to the final surrender at Appomattox.
A great success..as it told the stories and shared unknown facts from diaries of folks who lived the war. Both his book and the DVD set will be great additions to your Civil War library..watch the DVD with the family..and feel the history!
” The Civil War” Ken Burns
Michael and Jeff Shaara Civil War History and Drama
Follow the Shaara family of writers..Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Shaara..and his son the prolific and captivating writer Jeff Shaara as they take you through the emotion and the sequence that brings America to Civil War. The 3 book set “Gods and Generals”, “The Killer Angels”, “The Last Full Measure” includes all from 1858 to the surrender in 1865.
1858-July,1863…the tensions and heated debates in Congress and the arguments over states rights and slavery has brought politicians and citizens alike to acts of violence. Border and Southern states are taking steps to seccession, which will lead to President Lincolns inevitable choices. Raising an army, fighting the dissolution of our union, and war. From First Bull Run to Chancellorsville and more. “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara The war between the states .. thought to be over much sooner has dragged on. Now June 1863 .. Antietam and Fredericksburg of ’62 have proved to be costly to both armies, but significant victories for the Confederacy. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia starts North to invade once more.. to destroy the Army of the Potomac. An unexpected clash with Federal cavalry under a skilled and tenacious commander Major General John Buford outside a small Pennsylvania town called Gettysburg .. will change Lee’s plans..as well as the outcome of the war!
Follow the armies North and South from July 1863 to April 1865 ..from Vicksburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fall of Richmond .. until an exhausted Confederate Army can do no more. Feel the final efforts and anguish of battle hardened Confederate soldiers when they are ordered to “stand down” at Appomatox .. a welcome relief to most after 4 long years of bloodshed. Time to go home .. to what is left of home. Shaara Civil War Trilogy..” God’s and Generals”..”The Killer Angels”..”The Last Full Measure“ all in one affordable box set — paperback edition .. 1861 thru 1865.. from the first shots at Ft.Sumter..to the first meeting of U.S. Grant and R.E.Lee at Appomatox..and their last meeting !
Gary Gallagher Civil War History
Gettysburg / Gods and Generals DVD Set ( see trailer below)