Civil War and Reconstruction Era History Reading List

American Civil War Era Study Group Reading List

  1. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 
    (This has also been published as an unabridged single volume and two volumes as well as an unabridged audiobook. It has also been published in abridged form – avoid this)
  2. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
    (There is an abridged version of this and should be avoided)
  3. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry
  4. A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910 by Steven Hahn
  5. Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda Wineapple
  6. Grant by Ron Chernow
  7. Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda
  8. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt
  9. Abraham Lincoln: Two Volumes by Michael Burlingame
  10. Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour by William C. Davis
  11. Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan
  12. Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis by Michael Todd Landis
  13. Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel
  14. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War by Eric Foner
  15. Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr
  16. The Civil War, Three Volumes by Shelby Foote
  17. The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War by William W. Freehling
  18. The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era by Douglas R. Egerton
  19. The Road to Disunion, Two Volumes: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 and Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861 by William W. Freehling
  20. Reluctant Confederates: Upper South Unionists in the Secession Crisis by Daniel W. Crofts
  21. A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War by Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
  22. The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine
  23. Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction by Elaine Frantz Parsons
  24. Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War by Larry Denton
  25. Thaddeus Stevens: Scourge of the South by Fawn M. Brodie

After the books above we will consider reading the following

Biographies

Primary Source Collections

SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARE GETTING STARTED STUDYING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR PERIOD

The six titles listed below will provide a solid foundation in the Civil War Period and prepare you to meaningfully read the other books on this list or move on to study the American Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

  1. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent By Robert W. Merry
  2. American Slavery, American Freedom By Edmund S. Morgan
  3. Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789–1859 By Elizabeth R. Varon
  4. Battle Cry of Freedom By James McPherson
  5. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
  6. The Indian Frontier 1846-1890 by Robert Utley

MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR AND EXPANSION (1846-1848)

  1. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent By Robert W. Merry
  2. A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico by Amy S. Greenberg
  3. Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
  4. So Far from God: The U.S. War With Mexico, 1846-1848 by John S.D. Eisenhower
  5. The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Martin Dugard
  6. To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination by Robert W. Johannsen
  7. Santa Anna of Mexico by Will Fowler
  8. The Literatures of the U.S.-Mexican War: Narrative, Time, and Identity by Jaime Javier Rodríguez

SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES AND ATLANTIC RELATED TO THE CIVIL WAR ERA

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  1. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism By Edward E. Baptist
  2. Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 By James Oakes
  3. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery By Eric Foner
  4. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World By David Brion Davis
  5. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II By Douglas A. Blackmon
  6. Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph
  7. The Fate of Their Country: Politicians, Slavery Extension, and the Coming of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt
  8. Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America By Evan Carton
  9. The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 By Alan Taylor
  10. American Slavery, American Freedom By Edmund S. Morgan
  11. The Jerry Rescue: The Fugitive Slave Law, Northern Rights, and the American Sectional Crisis by Angela F. Murphy
  12. The Slave Ship: A Human History By Marcus Rediker
  13. Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President’s War Powers By James F. Simon
  14. Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War By Stanley Harrold
  15. The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom By Marcus Rediker
  16. Slavery and Frontier Mississippi, 1720-1835 By David J. Libby
  17. Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner
  18. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
  19. Half Slave and Half Free, Revised Edition: The Roots of Civil War by Bruce Levine
  20. The Slaves’ War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves By Andrew Ward
  21. The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870 by Hugh Thomas
  22. Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement by David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly
  23. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz
  24. John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights by David S. Reynolds
  25. John Brown by W.E.B. Du Bois (Author), David R. Roediger (Editor)
  26. Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America by Evan Carton
  27. Fire From the Midst of You by Louis Decaro
  28. The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom by Marcus Rediker
  29. Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy by Howard Jones
  30. Origins of the Dred Scott Case: Jacksonian Jurisprudence And the Supreme Court, 1837-1857 by Austin Allen
  31. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton
  32. Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson
  33. Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad by Fergus Bordewich
  34. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter
  35. Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854 by Jonathan H. Earle

CIVIL WAR PRELUDE (C.1848-1860)

  1. Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789–1859 By Elizabeth R. Varon
  2. The Origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856 by William E. Gienapp
  3. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt
  4. Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the Politics of the 1850s by Tyler G. Anbinder
  5. The Political Crisis of the 1850s by Michael F. Holt
  6. The Jerry Rescue: The Fugitive Slave Law, Northern Rights, and the American Sectional Crisis by Angela F. Murphy
  7. Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis by Michael Todd Landis
  8. Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura E. Gómez
  9. The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan, and Their Brothers by John Waugh
  10. Women’s Rights Emerges within the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1830-1870: by Kathryn Kish Sklar
  11. Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley
  12. Driven West: Andrew Jackson’s Trail of Tears to the Civil War By A. J. Langguth
  13. Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War By Douglas R. Egerton
  14. Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War By Stanley Harrold
  15. The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War By Leonard L. Richards
  16. The Road to Disunion (2 volumes) by William W. Freehling
  17. The Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s by Eric H. Walther
  18. The Fate of Their Country: Politicians, Slavery Extension, and the Coming of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt
  19. America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union by Fergus M. Bordewich
  20. Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War by Larry Denton
  21. Lynching in the West: 1850–1935 by Ken Gonzales-Day
  22. The Republic in Crisis, 1848-1861 by John Ashworth
  23. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War by Eric Foner
  24. Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country by Stephanie McCurry
  25. At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union by Robert V. Remini
  26. Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
  27. Yankees in the Land of the Gods : Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan by Peter Booth Wiley
  28. The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman
  29. Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally McMillen
  30. The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention by Judith Wellman
  31. The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 by Lisa Tetrault
  32. American interest in Cuba: 1848-1855 by Basil Rauch
  33. Mile-High Fever: Silver Mines, Boom Towns, and High Living on the Comstock Lode by Dennis Drabelle
  34. Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides
  35. Breaking Open Japan: Commodore Perry, Lord Abe, and American Imperialism in 1853 by George Feifer
  36. Narrative of the Expedition to the China Seas and Japan, 1852-1854 by Commodore M. C. Perry
  37. Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta: Celebrated California Bandit by John Rollin Ridge and Yellow Bird
  38. The Joaquín Band: The History behind the Legend by Lori Lee Wilson
  39. Gold Dust and Gunsmoke: Tales of Gold Rush Outlaws, Gunfighters, Lawmen, and Vigilantes by John Boessenecker
  40. The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream by H.W. Brands
  41. California Conquered: The Annexation of a Mexican Province, 1846-1850 by Neal Harlow
  42. They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush by JoAnn Levy
  43. Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda Wineapple
  44. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles
  45. The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929 by David A. Chang
  46. Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon by Edward Dolnick
  47. Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad by Walter R. Borneman
  48. Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 by Stephen E. Ambrose
  49. Civil War Wives by Carol Berkin
  50. Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Ronald W. Walker and Richard E. Turley
  51. The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail by Wallace Stegner
  52. Escape from Death Valley: As Told by William Lewis Manly and Other ’49Ers by Leroy Johnson and Jean Johnson
  53. Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party by George R. Stewart and Michael Haag
  54. The California Trail: An Epic with Many Heroes by George R. Stewart
  55. Hard Road West: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail by Keith Heyer Meldahl
  56. The Plains Across : The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-1860 by John D. Unruh
  57. The Great Platte River Road: The Covered Wagon Mainline via Fort Kearny to Fort Laramie by Merrill J. Mattes
  58. With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852 by Will Bagley
  59. Surviving the Oregon Trail, 1852 by Weldon Willis Rau
  60. The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman and Bernard Rosenthal
  61. Covered Wagon Women by Kenneth L. Holmes
  62. Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel
  63. Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna Stratton
  64. Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier by Linda Peavy
  65. The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West by Dee Brown
  66. The Women’s West by Susan Armitage and Elizabeth Jameson
  67. Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915 by Sandra L. Myres
  68. American Railroads by John F. Stover

CIVIL WAR PERIOD – BOOKS ABOUT THE WAR (1861-1865)

  1. Battle Cry of Freedom By James McPherson
  2. The Civil War: A Narrative By Shelby Foote
  3. Ordeal of the Union by Allan Nevins
  4. Living Hell by Michael C. C. Adams
  5. Lincoln’s Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut by James P. Duffy
  6. The Centennial History of the Civil War By Bruce Catton
  7. Lincoln’s Men: How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation by William C. Davis
  8. The American Civil War: A Military History By John Keegan
  9. Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War By Harold Holzer
  10. A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War By Amanda Foreman
  11. Combat: The Civil War By Don Congdon and Bruce Catton
  12. America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation By David Goldfield
  13. Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction By Allen C. Guelzo
  14. Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion By Harold Holzer
  15. A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction By Lacy Ford
  16. 1861: The Civil War Awakening By Adam Goodheart
  17. The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War By Donald Stoker
  18. Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War In Washington, DC By Kenneth J. Winkle
  19. The Army of the Potomac By Bruce Catton
  20. The Age of Lincoln By Orville Vernon Burton
  21. The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War By Don H. Doyle
  22. The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865 By Alice Fahs
  23. We Have the War upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War: November 1860 – April 1861 By William J. Cooper
  24. Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President’s War Powers By James F. Simon
  25. The War for the Union by Allan Nevins
  26. Race and Reunion by David W. Blight
  27. The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War by Don H. Doyle
  28. Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers by Joseph T. Glatthaar
  29. Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War 1862-1865 by Noah Andre Trudeau
  30. The Sable Arm: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865 by Dudley Taylor Cornish
  31. The Negro’s Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union by James M. McPherson
  32. Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867 by William A. Dobak
  33. Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era by John David Smith
  34. Lincoln and the Jews: A History by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell
  35. When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna
  36. The Jewish Confederates by Robert N. Rosen
  37. New Hampshire and the Civil War: Voices from the Granite State by Bruce D. Heald
  38. Bear Flag and Bay State in the Civil War: The Californians of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry by Thomas E. Parson
  39. Their Horses Climbed Trees: A Chronicle of the California 100 and Battalion in the Civil War, from San Francisco to Appomattox by Larry Rogers and Keith Rogers
  40. California Sabers: The 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry in the Civil War by R. James McLean
  41. Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War by Edward Bonekemper and David Deis
  42. With Malice toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era by William A. Blair
  43. Civil War Nurse: The Diary and Letters of Hannah Ropes by Hannah Ropes
  44. Kate: The Journal of a Confederate Nurse by Kate Cumming
  45. The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose
  46. Freedom’s Soldiers: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War by Ira Berlin, Joseph Patrick Reidy and Leslie S. Rowland
  47. West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free by Mark A. Snell
  48. West Virginia in the Civil War: An Annotated Bibliography
    West Virginia Department of Archives and History

THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA

  1. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South by Stephanie McCurry
  2. A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa by Hugh H. Genoways (Author), Ted Genoways (Editor), Hugh H Genoways (Editor)
  3. Look Away!: A History of the Confederate States of America by William C. Davis
  4. The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine
  5. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War by Charles B. Dew
  6. The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South By Bruce Levine
  7. Their Last Full Measure by Joseph Wheelan
  8. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South by Stephanie McCurr
  9. Confederates in Montana Territory: In the Shadow of Price’s Army by Ken Robison
  10. Montana Territory and the Civil War: A Frontier Forged on the Battlefield Ken Robison
  11. The Jewish Confederates by Robert N. Rosen
  12. A Government of Our Own: The Making of the Confederacy by William C. Davis
  13. Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 1830-1880 by Luke E. Harlow

CIVIL WAR BATTLES

  1. Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam By Stephen W. Sears
  2. Gettysburg By Stephen Sears
  3. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion By Allen C. Guelzo
  4. Shiloh, 1862 By Winston Groom
  5. A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White
  6. Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White
  7. Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest: Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga: The Campaigns that Doomed the Confederacy By Jack Hurst
  8. Chancellorsville By Stephen Sears
  9. Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave By Ernest B. Furgurson
  10. Grant at Vicksburg: The General and the Siege By Michael B. Ballard
  11. Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War By Elizabeth R. Varon
  12. Witness to Appomattox By Richard Wheeler
  13. To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign by Stephen W. Sears
  14. Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory by Anne Sarah Rubin
  15. The Battle of New Market by William C. Davis
  16. Battle at Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War by William C. Davis
  17. The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta by Earl J. Hess
  18. The Chickamauga Campaign:(3 vols) by David Powell
  19. Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863 by Monte Akers

RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD (1865-1877)

  1. The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era By Douglas R. Egerton
  2. Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph
  3. Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction By Allen C. Guelzo
  4. A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction By Lacy Ford
  5. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
  6. Reconstruction after the Civil War by John Hope Franklin and Eric Foner
  7. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States by Alexander Keyssar
  8. Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon F. Litwack
  9. After Lincoln by A.J. Langguth
  10. Traces Of A Stream: Literacy and Social Change Among African American Women by Jaqueline Jones Royster
  11. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction by Eric L. McKitrick
  12. Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart
  13. The Greenback Era: A Social and Political History of American Finance 1865-1879 by Irwin Unger
  14. The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction by Charles Lane
  15. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner
  16. West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson
  17. Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy by Stephen Kantrowitz
  18. The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose
  19. Reconstructions: New Perspectives on Postbellum United States by Thomas J. Brown (Editor)
  20. But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction by George C. Rable
  21. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
  22. Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South by Hannah Rosen
  23. Reunion and Reaction: The Compromise of 1877 and the End of Reconstruction by C. Vann Woodward
  24. Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment by Willie Lee Rose
  25. White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction by Allen W. Trelease
  26. Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan by David J. Chalmers
  27. Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America by Mark Perry
  28. Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868 by Brooks D. Simpson
  29. The Reconstruction Presidents by Brooks D. Simpson

ABRAHAM LINCOLN BIOGRAPHIES

  1. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years By Carl Sandburg
  2. Abraham Lincoln: (2 volumes) by Michael Burlingame
  3. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln By Doris Kearns Goodwin
  4. Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President By Allen C. Guelzo
  5. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery By Eric Foner
  6. Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President By Harold Holzer
  7. Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln By Abraham Lincoln
  8. A. Lincoln: A Biography By Ronald C. White, Jr.
  9. Lincoln By David Herbert Donald
  10. Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year By David Von Drehle
  11. Congressman Lincoln By Chris DeRose
  12. Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography by Jean Harvey Baker

CIVIL WAR ERA AND RECONSTRUCTION ERA BIOGRAPHIES – UNION

  1. Up from Slavery By Booker T. Washington
  2. The Souls of Black Folk By W.E.B. Dubois
  3. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass By Frederick Douglass
  4. Harriet Tubman By Ann Petry
  5. The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands
  6. The Life of Major General Zachary Taylor by Henry Montgomery
  7. Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr
  8. Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel
  9. Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell
  10. Grant by Jean Edward Smith
  11. Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel
  12. Andrew Johnson: A Biography by Hans L. Trefousse
  13. George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon by Stephen W. Sears
  14. Agent Of Destiny: The Life And Times Of General Winfield Scott by John Eisenhower
  15. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant By Ulysses S. Grant
  16. General Ulysses S. Grant: The Soldier and the Man By Edward G. Longacre
  17. Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War By Charles Bracelen Flood
  18. Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan by Joseph Wheelan
  19. Worthy Opponents: William T. Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston: Antagonists in War-Friends in Peace by Edward Longacre
  20. The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay, and Calhoun by Merrill D. Peterson
  21. Harriet Lane, America’s First Lady by Milton Stern
  22. Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler
  23. Thaddeus Stevens by Hans Trefousse
  24. John C. Calhoun: American Portrait By Margaret L. Coit
  25. Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography by Jean Harvey Baker
  26. Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet by John G. Turner
  27. Brigham Young: American Moses by Leonard J. Arrington
  28. The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant by Julia Dent Grant
  29. Henry Wilson and the Era of Reconstruction by John L. Myers
  30. The Life of Schuyler Colfax by Ambrose Yoemans Moore
  31. American General: The Life and Times of William Tecumseh Sherman by John S.D. Eisenhower

CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION ERA BIOGRAPHIES – CONFEDERATE

  1. Lee’s Tarnished Lieutenant: James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History by William Garrett Piston
  2. Jefferson Davis, American by Jr. William J. Cooper
  3. Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman
  4. Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford
  5. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman
  6. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S. C. Gwynne
  7. Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour By William C. Davis
  8. Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief By James M. McPherson
  9. Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee By Michael Korda
  10. Robert E. Lee By Emory M. Thomas
  11. Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War By Burke Davis
  12. Life of General Robert E. Lee By John Esten Cooke
  13. Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee – the War They Fought, the Peace They Forged By William C. Davis
  14. Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart by Jeffry D. Wert
  15. Worthy Opponents: William T. Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston: Antagonists in War-Friends in Peace by Edward Longacre
  16. The Union That Shaped the Confederacy: Robert Toombs and Alexander H. Stephens by William C. Davis
  17. Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia: A Biography by Thomas E. Schott
  18. Stonewall Jackson by James Robertson
  19. Gray Fox by Burke Davis
  20. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles
  21. John A. Quitman: Old South Crusader by Robert E. May

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY (C.1846 TO 1877)

  1. The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers
  2. The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story by Elliott West
  3. The Indian Frontier 1846-1890 by Robert Utley
  4. Frontiersmen in Blue: The United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865 by Robert M. Utley
  5. Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay: The Enlisted Soldier Fighting the Indian Wars by Don Rickey Jr.
  6. Murder State: California’s Native American Genocide, 1846-1873 by Brendan C. Lindsay