Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading
for the 2020 Civil War Institute Conference:

Official Book Selections for the 2020 Conference

  • Michael J. Larson and John David Smith, eds., Dear Delia: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry F. Young, Seventh Wisconsin Infantry (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019)
  • Timothy Roberts, ed., "This Infernal War": The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard (Kent State University Press, 2018)

Authored by CWI 2020 Conference Faculty

Brian Black, “Addressing the Nature of Gettysburg: 'Addition and Detraction' in Preserving an American Shrine,” in Chris Pearson, Peter Coates, Tim Cole, eds., Militarized Landscapes From Gettysburg to Salisbury Plain (Bloomsbury, 2010)

Judkin Browning, An Environmental History of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2020)

Peter Carmichael, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies (University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

Catherine Clinton, Mrs. Lincoln: A Life (Harper, 2010)

Gary W. Gallagher, ed., The Antietam Campaign (University of North Carolina Press, 2008)       * features essays by several faculty members

Bradley Gottfried, The Maps of Antietam  (Savas Beatie, 2019)

Bradley Gottfried, The Maps of the Bristoe Station and Mine Run Campaigns (Savas Beatie, 2013)

Bradley Gottfried, The Maps of Fredericksburg (Savas Beatie, 2018)

Bradley Gottfried, The Maps of Gettysburg 1863 (Savas Beatie, 2010)

Bradley Gottfried, The Maps of the Wilderness (Savas Beatie, 2016)

Kent Gramm, November: Lincoln's Elegy at Gettysburg (Indiana University Press, 2001)

Kent Gramm, Gettysburg: A Meditation on War and Values (Indiana University Press, 1997)

Scott Hartwig, To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)

Harold Holzer, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French (Princeton Architectural Press, 2019)

Harold Holzer, Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library, 2006) 

Matthew Hulbert, The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West (University of Georgia Press, 2016)

Christian Keller, The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy (Pegasus Books, 2019)

Kevin Levin, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

Brian Luskey, Men Is Cheap:  Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2020)

Megan Kate Nelson, The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (Simon & Schuster, forthcoming 2020)

Megan Kate Nelson, Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2012)

Tim Orr, “'Sharpshooters Made a Grand Record This Day': Combat on the Skirmish Line at Gettysburg on July Third," in The Fate of a Nation: The Third Day at Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Seminar, 2010) *Active Track Package Selection

Tim Orr, “'On Such Slender Threads does the Fate of Nations Depend': The Second United States Sharpshooters Defend the Union Left on July Second," in The Most Shocking Battle I Ever Witnessed": The Second Day at Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Seminar, 2008) *Active Track Package Selection

Ethan S. Rafuse, McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union (Indiana University Press, 2011)

Ethan S. Rafuse, A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002)

Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Carol Reardon, With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other: The Problem of Military Thought in the Civil War North (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

Nina Silber, Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2011)

Kristopher A. Teters, Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

Jeffry Wert, The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac (Simon & Schuster, 2005)

Jeffry Wert, General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's Most Controversial Soldier (Simon & Schuster, 1993)

Brian Steel Wills, The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forest (University Press of Kansas, 1998)

Brian Steel Wills, A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest (Harpercollins, 1992)

Brian Steel Wills, George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel (University Press of Kansas, 2012)

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

Authored by Non-CWI 2020 Conference Faculty

Cutler Andrews, The North Reports the Civil War (University of Pittsburgh, 1955)

 Cutler Andrews, The South Reports the Civil War (Princeton University, reprint 2015)

Jean Harvey Baker, Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography (W.W. Norton & Company, 2008)

Stephen Berry, House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, a Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

Edwin B. Coddington, The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command (Touchstone, 1997)

Thomas Desjardin, Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign (Gettysburg, 1996)

Michael Ellis and Michael Montegomery, project directors, Private Voices digital project,

Earl J. Hess, Civil War Infantry Tactics: Training, Combat, and Small-Unit Effectiveness (Louisiana State University Press, 2015)

Earl J. Hess, The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

Jack Hurst, Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography (Knopf, 1993)

Trevor Owens, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)

Harry W. Pfanz, Gettysburg—The First Day (University of North Carolina Press, 2001)

Harry W. Pfanz, Gettysburg—The Second Day (University of North Carolina Press, 1987)

Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters (Viking Press, 2007)

James I. Roberson Jr., Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Solider, The Legend (Macmillan, 1997)

John G. Selby, Meade: The Price of Command, 1863–1865 (Kent State University Press, 2018)

Stephen W. Sears, Chancellorsville ((Houghton Mifflin, 1996)

Stephen W. Sears, George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon (Ticknor & Fields, 1988)

Stephen W. Sears, Gettysburg (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)

Stephen E. Sodergren, The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865 (Louisiana State University Press, 2017)

Alice R. Trulock, In the Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 1992)

Frank Vandiver, Jubal's Raid: General Early's Famous Attack on Washington in 1864 (University of Nebraska, reprint 1992)

Garry Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America (Simon & Schuster, 1992)