Recommended Reading

CWI 2023 Recommended Reading List

BOOK OF THE CONFERENCE: Silver, Timothy and Judkin Browning, An Environmental History of the Civil War (UNC Press, 2020)


Birkner, Michael J., Carol A. Hegeman, et. al. Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm. (Arcadia Publishing, 2017).

Brandau, J.K. Lions of the Dan: The Untold Story of Armistead’s Brigade. (Morgan James Publishing, 2019).

Clinton, Catherine. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom. (Back Bay Books, 2005).

Davis, Stephen. Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood. (Mercer University Press, 2019).

Davis, Stephen. Into Tennessee and Failure: John Bell Hood. (Mercer University Press, 2020).

Elder, Angela Esco. Love and Duty: Confederate Widows and the Emotional Politics of Loss. (UNC Press, 2022)

Foote, Lorien. Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War. (UNC Press, 2021).

Frye, Dennis E. Harpers Ferry Under Fire: A Border Town in the American Civil War. (Donning Company Publishers, 2012).

Hess, Earl J. Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy. (University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Holzer, Harold. Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion. (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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

Holzer, Harold, Gabor S. Boritt, and Mark E. Neely, Jr. The Lincoln Image: Abraham Lincoln and the Popular Print (University of Illinois Press, 1984).

Holzer, Harold, Craig L. Symonds, and Frank J. Williams. Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President. (Fordham University Press, 2015).

Inscoe, John C. and Gordon B. McKinney. The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War. (UNC Press, 2003).

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

Kirkwood, Ronald D. Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg. (Savas Beatie, 2021).

Knight, Charles R. Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market and the Opening of the Shenandoah Campaign, May 1864. (Savas Beatie, 2010).

Knorr, Lawrence et al. General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations. (Sunbury Press, 2013).

Krick, Robert K. “Three Confederate Disasters on Oak Ridge: Failures of Brigade Leadership on the First Day at Gettysburg,” in Gary W. Gallagher, ed., The First Day at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership. (Kent State University Press, 1992).

Lang, Andrew F. A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era. (UNC Press, 2021).

McKnight, Brian D. Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia. (University Press, of Kentucky, 2012).

McPherson, James M. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. (Penguin Press, 2008).

McPherson, James M. Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam. (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Motts, Wayne E. Trust in God and Fear Nothing: Lewis A. Armistead, CSA. (Farnsworth House Military, 1994).

Nash, Steven E. Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains. (UNC Press, 2018).

Nelson, Megan Kate. Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War. (UGA Press, 2012).

Nelson, Megan Kate. Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America. (Scribner, 2022).

Noe, Kenneth W. and Shannon H. Wilson. The Civil War in Appalachia: Collected Essays. (University of Tennessee Press, 2004).

Noe, Kenneth W. The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War. (LSU Press, 2020).

Pfanz, Harry W. Gettysburg: The First Day. (UNC Press, 2001).

Pfanz, Harry W. Gettysburg: Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill. (UNC Press, 1993).

Pfanz, Harry W. Gettysburg: The Second Day. (UNC Press, 1987).

Price, James S. and O. James Lighthizer. The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will Be Theirs by the Sword. (The History Press, 2011).

Ramage, James A. Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby. (University Press of Kentucky, 2010).

Reardon, Carol. Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory. (UNC Press, 1997).

Riley, Michael A. and Alan T. Nolan. For God’s Sake, Forward! General John F. Reynolds, USA. (Farnsworth Military Impressions, 1995).

Sandow, Robert M. Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians. (Fordham University Press, 2009).

Sears, Stephen W. Gettysburg. (Mariner Books, 2004).

Shaw, Robert Gould. Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. (UGA Press, 1992).

Silkenat, David. Scars on the Land: An Environmental History of Slavery in the American South.  (Oxford University Press, 2022).

Silkenat, David. Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War). (UNC Press, 2019).

Slap, Andrew L., ed. Reconstruction Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath. (University Press of Kentucky, 2014).

Symonds, Craig L. Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography. (Norton, 1994).

Symonds, Craig L. Stonewall of the West: Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War. (University Press of Kansas, 1997).

Williams, T. Harry. Lincoln and His Generals. (1952; reprint, Vintage Books, 2011).