Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Ken Burns on PBS
The Civil War. A Film by Ken Burns
Images of the Civil War
The Film, Past and Present
The War
The Filmmakers
In the Classroom
Using the Series
Classroom Activities
Civil War in Your Town
Resources
Screensaver

Selected Bibliography

According to historian James M. McPherson, there are some 50,000 volumes on the Civil War, and more books about Abraham Lincoln alone than there are about any other historical figure, except for Jesus of Nazareth and William Shakespeare.

Below is a listing of select volumes recommended to those interested in pursuing further this richest and most rewarding of all American stories.

Angle, Paul M., and Miers, Earl Schenck. Tragic Years: 1860-1865, 2 vols. (New York, 1960).

Ayers, Edward L. and Rubin, Anne S. Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War (Orlando, 2000).

Berlin, Ira, ed. Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation 1861-1867, 2 vols. (Cambridge, 1982).

Bowman, John S., ed. The Civil War Almanac (New York, 1983).

Catton, Bruce, Glory Road (Garden City, 1952).
___________.Grant Moves South (Boston, 1960).
___________.Grant Takes Command (Boston, 1968).
___________.Mr. Lincoln's Army (Garden City, 1951).
___________.A Stillness at Appomattox (Garden City, 1953).
___________.This Hallowed Ground (Garden City, 1951).

Commager, Henry Steele, ed. The Blue and the Gray: Tbe Story of the Civil War as Told by Participants (Indianapolis, 1950).

Davis, William C., ed. The Image of War 1861-1865, 6 vols. (Garden City, 1984).

Faust, Patricia L., ed. Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War (New York, 1987).

Fehrenbacher, Don E. The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in Law and Politics (New York,
1978).
Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: A Narrative, 3 vols. (New York, 1958, 1963, 1974).

Frassanito, William A. Antietaim: The Photographic Legacy of America’s Bloodiest Day (New York, 1976).
___________.Gettysburg: A Journey in Time (New York, 1975).
___________.Grant and Lee. The Virginia Campaigns 1864-1865 (New York, 1983).

Leech, Margaret. Reveille in Washington (New York, 1941).

Lewis, Lloyd. Captain Sam Grant (Boston, 1950).
___________.Myths After Lincoln (New York, 1929).
___________.Sherman: Fighting Prophet (New York, 1932).

Linderman, Gerald F. Embattled Courage (New York, 1987).

Long, E. B., ed. The Civil War Day by Day (New York, 1971).

McFeely, William S. Grant: A Biography (New York, 1981).

McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (New York 1988).
___________.Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction (New York, 1982).

Miller, Francis T., ed. The Photographic History of the Civil War (Secaucus, 1987).

Neeley, Mark E., Jr. The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia (New York, 1982).

Nevins, Allan. The Emergence of Lincoln, 2 vols. (New York, 1950).
___________.The Ordeal of the Union, 2 vols. (New York, 1947).
___________.The War for the Union, 4 vols. (New York, 1971).

Oates, Stephen B. With Malice Toward None:- The Life of Abraham Lincoln (New York, 1977).

Potter, David M., and Fehrenbacher, Don E. The Impending Crisis 1848-1861 (New York, 1976).

Pullen, John J. The Twentieth Maine: A Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War (Philadelphia, 1957).

Rhodes, Robert Hunt, ed. All for the Union: A History of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Great Rebellion as Told by the Diaries and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes Who Enlisted as a Private in '61 and Rose to the Command of His Regiment (Lincoln, R.I., 1985).

Sears, Stephen W. George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon (New York, 1988).
___________.Landscape Turned Red (New Haven, 1983).

Thomas, Benjamin P. Abraham Lincoln: A Biography (New York, 1952).

Time-Life Books, eds. The Civil War, 28 vols. (Alexandria, Va., 1987).

Ward Geoffrey C. with Burns, Ric and Burns, Ken. An Illustrated History of the Civil War (reprint: New York, 2000).

Warren, Robert Penn. Jefferson Davis Gets the Citizenship Back (Lexington, 1980).
___________.The Legacy of the Civil War (New York, 1961).

Watkins, Sam R. "Co. Aytch": A Side Show of the Big Show (New York, 1962).

Weisberger, Bernard A. Reporters for the Union (Boston, 1953).

Werner, Emmy E. Reluctant Witnesses: Children’s Voices from the Civil War (Boulder, 1998).

Wheeler, Richard. The Siege of Vicksburg (New York, 1978).
___________.Voices of the Civil War (New York, 1976).
___________.Witness to Gettysburg (New York, 1987).

Whitman, Walt. Specimen Days (Boston, 1971).

Wiley, Bell Irvin. The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union (Baton Rouge, 1984).
___________.The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy (Baton Rouge, 1984).

Woodward, C. Vann, ed. Mary Chesnut's Civil War (New Haven, 1981).


Copyright 2002 WETA. All rights reserved.