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Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading
for the 2018 Civil War Institute Conference:

Book of the Conference:

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant


Films for Sunday evening movie discussions

"Cold Mountain" (2003)

“Andersonville” (1996)

 “Free State of Jones” (2016)

"Ride With the Devil" (1999)


General overviews/background reading/Gettysburg overviews:

James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom (1988)

Gary Gallagher, The Union War (2012)

Gary Gallagher, The Confederate War (1999)

Stephen Sears, Gettysburg

Jim Weeks, Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine (2003)

Jennifer Murray, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Memory, and Management of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 (2014)

Gregory Coco, A Strange and Blighted Land: Gettysburg: The Aftermath of a Battle (1995)


Faculty publications pertaining to conference:

Garry Adelman, John Richter, and Ron Perisho, Gettysburg in 3-D (2013)

Garry Adelman, Bob Zeller, and John Richter, Antietam in 3-D (2012)

Michael J. Birkner and Carol A. Hegeman with Kevin Lavery, Eisenhower's Gettysburg Farm (2017)

Kent Masterson Brown, George Gordon Meade and the Gettysburg Campaign (forthcoming, 2018)

Kent Masterson Brown, Retreat From Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign (2005)

Peter Carmichael, ed., Audacity Personified: The Generalship of Robert E. Lee (2004)

Judith Giesberg, Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality (2017)

Michael Gray, The Business of Captivity: Elmira and Its Civil War Prison (2001)

A. Wilson Greene, A Campaign of Giants: The Battles for Petersburg, Volume I, From the Crossing of the James to the Battle of the Crater (forthcoming)

Troy Harman, Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg (2003)

D. Scott Hartwig, To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (2012)

John Hennessy, Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas (1999)

Evan Kutzler and Timothy Williams, Prison Pens: Gender, Memory, and Imprisonment in the Writings of Mollie Scollay and Wash Nelson, 1863-1866 (forthcoming, 2018)

Deirdre Cooper Owens, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (2017)

James I. Robertson, Jr., Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (1997)

Brooks Simpson, Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865 (2000)

Brooks Simpson, The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory (2011)

Brooks Simpson, Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868 (1991)

Susannah Ural, Hood’s Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy’s Most Celebrated Unit (November, 2017)

Elizabeth Varon, Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy (2005)

Angela Zombek, Penitentiaries, Punishment, and Military Prisons: Familiar Responses to an Extraordinary Crisis during the American Civil War (June, 2018)


Related Scholarship by Non-CWI Faculty

Lorien Foote, The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy (2016)

Richard Slotkin, No Quarter: The Battle of the Crater, 1864 (2009)

Aaron Sheehan-Dean, With Malice and Charity: How Americans Fought the Civil War (forthcoming, 2018)

David Reynolds, John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights (2006)

Stephen Oates, To Purge This Land With Blood: A Biography of John Brown (1984)

Tony Horwitz, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War (2012)

Douglass Southall Freeman, Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study in Command: One-Volume Abridgement by Stephen W. Sears (2001)

Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee (abridged, 1997)

Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters (2008)

Ronald C. White, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant (2017)

Joan Waugh, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth (2013)                                                                                   
Jean Smith, Grant (2002)

Gary Gallagher, Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War (2008)

Bruce Chadwick, The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking in American Film (2002)

David Lowe, ed., Meade’s Army: The Private Notebooks of Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman (2007)

Ethan Rafuse, George Gordon Meade and the War in the East (2003)

The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade (reprint, 2012)

Mark Grimsley, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 (1997)

Mark Neely, The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction (2007)

Mark Neely, Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism (1999)

Mark Neely, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties (1991)

Ronald Coddington, Gettysburg: A Study in Command (1968)

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

Gerald Linderman, Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War (1987)

Brian Craig Miller, Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War Era (2015)

Margaret Creighton, The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle (2006)

J. Matthew Gallman and Gary Gallagher, Lens of War: Expoloring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War (2015)

William Frassanito, Gettysburg: A Journey in Time (1976)

William  Frassanito, Antietam: The Photographic Legacy of America’s Bloodiest Day (1978)


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