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Civil War Books

The American civil war (1861-1865) played a great role in building the modern America. The modern America was born from the battle grounds of the civil war. The civil war deeply influenced the art, literature, culture, polity, and economy of the America. The civil war made the most significant influence on the American literature; the influence is visible in most of that time's civil war books.

Often, the significant historical events offer ideas and subjects to the writers, and so did the American civil war do. The civil war provided lots of ideas & subjects to the contemporary and post-civil wars writers, who translated them to civil war books. The writers often pictured the civil war in their writings and produced wonderful civil war books.

There is a long list of American civil war writers, who produced a wide array of civil war books that include civil war diaries, letters, biographies, autobiographies, novels, poetry collections, plays, etc. The civil war couldn't have better expression than Walt Whitman's poetic civil war books, such as “Drum-Taps”(1865) and “Memoranda During the War” (1875) , and Herman Melville's “Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War” (1866).

Some of the other contemporary civil war writers include Henry Timrod (1827-1868), Sarah Morgan Dawson (1842-99), Kate Stone (1841-1907), Mary Boykin Chesnut (1873-86), James Ryder Randall (1839-1908), and John R. Thompson (1834 – 1894). These writers produced some of really the best civil war books, which include “Maryland, My Maryland” by James Ryder Randall, and “Music in Camp,” “Burial of Latane,” and “Lee to the Rear” by John R. Thompson.

Bruce Catton (1899 – 1978), Douglas Southall Freeman (1886 – 1953), and Shelby Dade Foote (1916 – 2005) were some of the prominent post-civil war writers. These writers gave some of the best civil war books.

Some of the widely acclaimed civil war books include “A Stillness at Appomattox: The Army of the Potomac Trilogy” by Bruce Catton, “Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command” by Douglas Southall Freeman, “The Civil War: A Narrative” by Shelby Foote, “Gettysburg – The First Day (Civil War America)” by Harry W. Pfanz, Chancellorsville” by Stephen W. Sears, “Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend” by James Robertson, “Gettysburg: A Journey in Time” by William A. Frassanito, “How the North Won: A Military History Of The Civil War” by Herman Hattaway, “The Whirlwind of War: Voices of the Storm, 1861-1865 (Voices of the Storm)” by Stephen B. Oates, “Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage” by Noah Andre Trudeau, “An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government” by William C. Davis, “Civil War Curiosities: Strange Stories, Oddities, Events, and Coincidences” by Webb Garrison, “Into the Fight: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg” by John Michael Priest, “Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee” by Gordon C. Rhea, “Pickett's Charge” by George Stewart, “Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era” by James M. McPherson, “Marse Chan: A Tale of Old Virginia” by Thomas Nelson Page, and “Absalom, Absalom!” by William Faulkner.