The Walker Library Project- The Civil War (as of 06-08-13)

Posted on April 21, 2011. Filed under: The American Civil War, The Walker Library |

Introduction: I grew up reading a few children’s books on the civil war and watching the old movies, but as I became a youth and began reading mature books, I was fascinated with the War Between the States. As an adult however, I quickly realized that the Civil War was a “black hole” by which I mean that if you once entered the massive amount of books on the subject, you would likely never return! Nonetheless, I do have this excellent collection of primary sources and a few secondary sources in the library. Here is a link to another post on Why Study the Civil War?

“Campaigns of the Civil War” series by Castle Books, Edison, New Jersey.


Vol.1, The Outbreak Of Rebellion by John G. Nicolay (one of Pres. Lincoln’s secretaries), published in 1881 and 2002 Castle Books (226pp.) **** Read from 06-24 to 08-04-11.

Vol.2, From Fort Henry To Corinth by Brigadier General M.F. Force, commander of First Division, 17th Corps, 1881 (204pp.)

Vol.3, The Peninsula by Maj. Gen. Alexander S. Webb, Chief of Staff-Army of thePotomac, 1881 (219pp.)

Vol.4, The Army Under Pope by John Codman Ropes, 1881, (229pp.)

Vol.5, The Antietam And Fredricksburg  by Col. Francis Winthrop Palfrey, 20thMassachusetts Infantry, 1882, (228pp.)

Vol.6, Chancellorsville And Gettysburg by Brevet Major General Abner Doubleday, Commander 1st Corps atGettysburg, 1882, (243pp.)

Vol.7, The Army Of The Cumberland by Brevet Brigadier General Henry M. Cist, 1882, (289pp.)

Vol.8, The Mississippi by Lieutenant Francis Vinton Greene, 1882, (276pp.)

Vol.9, Atlanta by Maj. Gen. Jacob D. Cox, Commander 23rd Army Corps, 1882, (274pp.)

Vol. 10, The March To The Sea-Franklin And Nashville by Jacob D. Cox, 1882, (265pp.)

Vol.11, The Shenandoah Valley In 1864, by George E. Pond, Associate Editor of the Army and Navy Journal, 1883, (287pp.)

Vol.12, The Virginia Campaign Of 1864 And 1865 by Brigadier General Andrew A. Humphreys, Commander 2nd Corps, 1883, (451pp. with an excellent selection of maps).

Supplementary Volume, Statistical Record Of The Armies Of The United States by Capt. Frederick Phisterer, 1883, (343pp.)


I have four volumes from the Civil War era in the Library of America series:

            Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs and Selected Letters, by Ulysses S. Grant and edited by Mary Drake McFeely and  William S. McFeely. Library ofAmerica:New York, 1990 (Grant’s original autobiography was published in 1885 by Grant’s personal friend, Mark Twain. Grant died 5 days after completing the work which garnered immediate critical acclaim and is a classic.) the book has 1199 pages

            Memoirs of William T. Sherman, edited by Charles Royster. Library of America: New York, 1990 (1135pp.)  


            Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832-1858, edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher. Library ofAmerica:New York, 1989 (898pp.)

            Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865, ibid. 788pp.


I have a few other primary sources that are rather random:

            John Ransom’s Andersonville Diary: Life Inside the Civil War’s Most Infamous Prison by John L. Ransom, with an introduction by Bruce Catton.Berkley Books:Middlebury,VT. 1994 ed. but originally published in 1881, (281pp.) I purchased this book on a family vacation toGeorgia at theNationalCemetery and Museum inAndersonville in 1995. Of the handful of Civil War sites I have visited, this was the most somber.

            One of Jackson’s Foot Cavalry by John H. Worsham, 21st Virginia Infantry. Broadfoot Publishing Company: Wilmington, NC. 1987, originally published in 1912 (?) with 215pp. I purchased this book at the Confederama Museum in Chattanooga, TN in 1991 while on a family vacation. On a side note, I served in the 3/47th Infantry, 3rd BDE, 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, WA. 1981-85. The battalion was named, “The Foot Cavalry”. . The unit had been Riverines inViet Nam, and then called the Tiger Battalion; it changed to the Foot Cavalry in the late 1970’s because they had done some long marches fromYakimaFiringRange in centralWashington, across the Cascades back home toFt.Lewis on the coast ofPuget Sound. I do not know if they renamed it Foot Cav with any knowledge of General Jackson’s Foot Cav.

            The Story of the Great March by George Ward Nichols, Brevet-Major, Aide-de-Camp to General Serman. Corner House Publishers:Williamstown,Massachusetts, 1984, originally published in 1865, (394pp.) I purchased this book at theCycloramaMuseum for the Battle of Atlanta, inAtlanta in 1991.

Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign From November 4, 1861 To June 17, 1862, by William Allan. Smithmark Publishers:New York 1995 (originally published 1880) with 284pp.


In my library are a few general books on the Civil War, that cover the whole war:

            Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, in The Oxford history of the United States series, by James M. McPherson.OxfordUniversity Press:New York, 1988, (904pp.)

            Bruce Catton’s Civil War, Three Volumes in One: Mr. Lincoln’s Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appamattox by Bruce Catton. TheFairfax Press:New York, 1984, (730pp.)

            None Died in Vain: The Saga of the American Civil War by Robert Leckie. Harper Collins Publishers:New York, 1990 (682pp.)

            Flawed Victory: A Nw Perspective on the Civil War, The New Perspectives in American History series, by William L. Barney. Praeger Publishers: New York, 1975 (215pp.) This was a textbook my sophomore year at the University of Oklahoma, fall 1978, Military History of the US to 1900, with Dr. William Savage, a required course for Army ROTC.

            A Pictorial History of the Civil War Years, by Paul M. Angle. Doubleday and Company: Garden City,New York, 1980 (242pp.)

          The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War, by David J. Eicher. Simon & Schuster:New York, 2001 (990pp.)

           America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation, by David Goldfield.Bloomsbury Press:New York, 2011 (632pp.)

          1861 The Civil War Awakening, by Adam Goodheart. Alfred A. Knopf:New York, 2011 (481pp.) Read Sept19-Nov.23, 2011. Outstanding! Pulitzer Prize material! This is a unique book in that it looks at the period from the campaign ofLincoln right up to a couple of weeks prior to the Battle of Bull Run.

       The Atlas of the Civil War, ed. by James M. McPherson. RP Classics: Philadelphia, 2010 (223pp.)


Part of my Civil War collection consists of a smattering of different battles and such:

           A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign And Battle of Manassas vol.7 in The American Crisis Series, by Ethan S. Rafuse. Scholarly Resources Inc.: Wilmington, Delaware 2002 (226pp.)

Battle At Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War, by William C. Davis. Doubleday & Company, Inc.: Garden City, NY 1977 (298pp.)*** Read 08-05 to08-16-11.

Donnybrook: The Battle of Bull Run, 1861 by David Detzer. Harcourt:New York, 2004 (554pp.)

We Shall Meet Again: The First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) July 18-21, 1861 by JoAnna M. McDonald.OxfordUniversity Press: 1999 (230pp.)

Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It by William Garrett Piston and Richard W. Hatcher III. TheUniversity ofNorth Carolina Press:Chapel Hill,N.C. 2000 (408pp.)

Bloody Valverde: A Civil War Battle on the Rio Grande, February 21, 1862, by John Taylor. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, NM, 1995 (185pp.)

            Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War, in the Pivotal Moments in American History series, by James M. McPherson.OxfordUniversity Press:New York, 2002 (203pp.)

          Landscape Turned Red, The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears, Mariner Books: New York, 1983 (431pp.)

          The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day, in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series by the History Press, by Ted Alexander, Chief Historian at the Antietam National Battlefield. The History Press: Charlestown, S.C. 2011 (190pp.)

           The Darkest Days of the War: The Battles of Iuka & Corinth, by Peter Cozzens. The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, N.C. 1997 (390pp.)

           Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle, by Kenneth W. Noe. The University Press of Kentucky: Lexington, KY 2011 (494pp.)

          The Fredericksburg Campaign, Winter War on the Rappahannock, by Francis Augustin O’Reilly. LouisianaStateUniversity Press: Baton Rouge, LA. 2006 (650pp.)

Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!, by George C. Rable. The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC 2002 (671pp.)

             Battle of StonesRiver, Larry J. Daniel. LouisianaStateUniversity Press: Baton Rouge, LA. 2012 (313pp.)

            Chancellorsville, 2nd Edition, by Gen. Edward J. Stackpole. Stackpole Books: Harrisburg, PA 1958, 1988 (398pp.)

             Chancellorsville 1863, The Souls of the Brave, by Ernest B. Furgurson. Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1992 (405pp.)

             Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church May 3, 1863, by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White. Savas Beatie: Savas Beatie, California 2013 (399pp.)

            The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864 by Gordon C. Rhea.LouisianaStateUniversity Press:Baton Rouge,LA. 1994 (512pp.)

            Gettysburg: Culp’s Hill & Cemetery Hill by Harry W. Pfanz. TheUniversity ofNorth Carolina Press:Chapel Hill,NC 1993 (507pp.)

            The Army of Tennessee, byStanley F. Horn.University ofOklahoma Press:Norman,OK. 1952, originally published in 1941 (503pp.)

            Shiloh: the Battle That Changed the Civil War, by Larry J. Daniel. Simon & Schuster: New York, 1997 (430pp.) Notice that this book along with McPherson’s Antietam both claim to cover THE battle that Changed the Civil War. Many would claim thatGettysburg was THE battle.

            The Last Cavaliers: Confederate and Union Cavalry in the Civil War, by Samuel Carter III. St.Martin’s Press:New York, 1979 (338pp.)

            Sherman’s March, by Burke Davis. Randm House:New York, 1980 (335pp.) I bought this book at theCycloramaMuseum of the Battle of Atlanta in 1991.

            Forts Henry and Donelson: The Key to the Confederate Heartland, by Benjamin Franklin Cooling. TheUniversity ofTennessee Press:Knoxville,TN 1987 (354pp). This book was purchased on a vacation to the Vicksburg Battleground National Park in 1991. Notice again that the author considers the battles he writes about as “The Key” battles in the Civil War. This is common amongst historians, especially military historians. Which battle was The Key battle in the Second World War? And so it goes…but that is one thing that makes history so much fun!

            Chattanooga: A Death Grip on the Confederacy, by James Lee McDonough. TheUniversity ofTennessee Press:Knoxville,TN 1984 (298pp.) I bought this volume at the Chickamauga Battleground Memorial in 1991.

            Chickamauga: Bloody Battle in the West, by Glenn Tucker. Press of Morningside Bookshop:Dayton,Ohio 1984 (originally published 1961) with 448 pages. Purchased at theChickamauga Battleground Memorial in 1991.

            The Final Fortress: The Campaign for Vicksburg 1862-1863, by Samuel Carter III. Broadfoot Publishing Company:Wilmington,North Carolina 1988 (originally 1980) with 354pp. Purchased at theVicksburgNationalMilitaryPark in 1991.

            Chancellorsville, by Stephen W. Sears. Houghton Mifflin Company:BostonMass. 1996 (593pp.)

           Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West, by William L. Shea & Earl J. Hess.University of North Carolina Press:Chapel Hill,N.C. 1992 (417pp.)

          The Battle of Belmont, Grant Strikes South, by Nathaniel Cheairs South. University ofNorth Carolina Press:Chapel Hill,N.C. 1991 (310pp.)

        To the Gates of Richmond, The Peninsula Campaign, by Stephen W. Sears. Ticknor & Fields: New York, 1992 (468pp.)

Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign, February 1862, by Kendall D. Gott. Stackpole Books:Mechanicsburg,PA. 2003 (346pp.)

Shiloh 1862, by Winston Groom. National Geographic:Washington,D.C. 2012 (443pp.)

Shiloh And The Western Campaign of 1862, by O. Edward Cunningham; Gary D. Joiner and Timothy B. Smith, editors. Savas Beatie: New York, 2007 though originally published as a dissertation at LSU in 1963, (480pp.)

Shenandoah 1862, Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign, by Peter Cozzrns. The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC.2008 (623pp.)

Return to Bull Run, The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas by John J. Hennessy. University of Oklahoma Press: Norman, OK. 1993.


The wonderful Osprey History series has their brief, illustrated, books on just about everything military in world history. I  have six volumes on the Civil War:

             The American Civil War: The War in the East 1861-May 1663, by Gary Gallagher. Osprey Publishing:Oxford,Great Britain, 2001 (95pp.)

            The American Civil War: The War in the West 1861-July 1863, by Stephen D. Engle. Osprey Publishing:Oxford,Great Britain, 2001 (95pp.)

            The American Civil War: The War in the East 1863-1865, by Robert K. Krick. Osprey Publishing:Oxford,Great Britain, 2001 (95pp.)

            Fredericksburg 1862, by Carl Smith and illustrated by Adam Hook. Osprey Publishing:Oxford,England 1999 (96pp.)

            Shiloh 1862, by James Arnold and illustrated by Michael & Alan Perry. Ibid, 1998 (100pp.)

            Chancellorsville 1863, by Carl Smith illustrated by Adam Hook. Ibid, (96pp.)


I have just a few biographies other than the above mentioned books by Grant and Sherman:

           Abraham Lincoln- The Prairie Years and the War Years, One-Volume Edition by Carl Sandburg. Galahad Books:New York, 1993, originally published in 1925-26 (762pp.)

            Fighting Rebels and Redskins: Experiences in Army Life of Colonel George B. Sanford 1861-1892.University of Oklahoma Press:Norman,OK. 1969, (355pp.)

            Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War, by Burke Davis. TheFairfax Press:New York, 1956 (466pp.) I got this book at the US Army Infantry Museum atFt. Benning,GA. in 1991. This was the old, smaller museum.

            Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman, abridged by Richard Harwell, in 1 volume. Simon & Schuster:New York, 1991 (the original abridged edition was from 1961 and the original four volume book by Freeman dates to 1934). 601pp.


I have three volumes on Reconstruction that I am including in this Civil War section:

            Reconstruction, America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877, by Eric Foner. Harper and Row:New York, 1988 (690pp.)

            The Story of Reconstruction, by Robert Selph Henry. Konecky and Konecky:New York, (originally published in 1961).

           Reconstruction after the Civil War, by John Hope Franklin. TheUniversity ofChicago Press:Chicago,ILL. 1961 (265pp.)


Here are some books on the political side of the North during the Civil War:

            Lincoln’s Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President’s Mission to Destroy the Press, by Jeffrey Manber and Neil Dahlstrom. Sourcebooks Inc.:Naperville,ILL. 2005 (356pp.)

            The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Change the Nation, by Howard Means. Harcourt Inc.:New York, 2006 (286pp.)

            The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, by Thomas J. Dilorenzo and a Foreword by Walter E. Williams. Three Rivers Press:New York, 2003 (361pp.)

And finally, I have a few  books about the history of America before the Civil War that are written to show what led up to the war:

            The Impending Crisis 1848-1861, by David M. Potter, completed and edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher. Harper & Row:New York, 1976 (638pp.)

            The Road To Disunion: Secessionists at Bay 1776-1854, by William W. Freehling.OxfordUniversity Press:New York, 1990 (640pp.) I, unfortunately, do not have volume two of Freehling’s work.

            Ordeal of the Union, Vol.1: Fruits of Manifest Destiny 1847-1852, by Allan Nevins. Charles Scribne’s Sons:New York, 1947 (593pp.) I really kick myself over this book. I had a chance to get the entire 8 volume set really cheap at Half-Price Books but was a little slow on the draw and ended up with only vol.1.

            America in 1857, A Nation on the Brink, by Kenneth M. Stampp. Oxford University Press: New York, 1990 (388pp.)

            The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861, by Stephen B. Oates. HarperCollinsPublishers:New York, 1997 (495pp.)


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I have books that would compliment yours.
Rebel Private: Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Conferate Soldier by William Fletcher isbn 0-525-93992-x
General A.P. Hill: Story of a Confederate Warrior by James I roberston, Jr isbn -394-55257-1
Lincoln the Unknown by Dale Carnegie (yes that is by same person of fame) pub 1959

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