• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area


    National Battlefield Park Virginia

Suggested Reading

Across Five Aprils; 1964; Hunt, Irene; a young soldier's experiences through the war are detailed; grades 5-8.

Arms & Equipment of the Civil War; 1990; Coggins, Jack; includes both Union and Confederate - infantry, cavalry, artillery and navy; great illustrations; grades 8-12.

Battle Cry of Freedom; 1988; McPherson, James, H.; prewar years including the political and social events leading up to and including the Civil War, photographs, maps, and illustrations; grades 9-12.

Battle in the Civil War; 1986; Griffith, Paddy; highlights strategy, tactics, and weaponry from the Civil War, illustrated; grades 8-12.

Billy Yank: The Union Soldier of the Civil War; 1995; Archambault, Alan; coloring book complete with stories of soldier life; grades 3-6.

Black Soldiers in the Civil War; 1995; Archambault, Alan; coloring book complete with stories of soldier life; grades 3-6.

Cannons: An Introduction to Civil War Artillery; 1985; Thomas, Dean C.; artillery, ammunition and its use during the war; photographs and illustrations; grades 6-12.

Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield; 1982; Bains, Rae, biography of one of the most famous nurses during the Civil War; grades 4-8.

Civil War! America Becomes One Nation; 1992; Robertson, James, I. Jr. Excellent overview of the war; maps, pictures and photographs; grades 5-8.

Civil War Heroines; 1994; Canon, Jill; short biographical sketches of many Civil War heroines; grades 4-8.

Civil War Songbook; 1977; (Introduction) Crawford, Richard; Civil War songs, history of Civil War music dealing with soldier life, patriotic songs, and home scenes; grades 5-12.

Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People; grades 4-6.

  • The Civil War Era, A House Divided, Vol. 1; 1996.
  • Children in the Civil War; 1999
  • Highlights of the Civil War; 1861-1865; 1981
  • Medicine in America; 1983
  • Robert E. Lee; 1993
  • Stonewall Jackson; 1997
  • Ulysses S. Grant; 1995

Cornerstones of Freedom: grades 4-6

  • The Emancipation Proclamation; January, Brendan; 1972
  • The Gettysburg Address; Richards, Kenneth; 1992
  • Reconstruction; January, Brendan; 1972

Fields of Fury: The American Civil War; 2002; McPherson, James M.; details the war that helped shape us as a nation; battles, leaders, anecdotes from battlefront and civilians at home; photographs and maps; grades 5-12.

Golden Book of the Civil War; 1961; Flate, Charles; covers the Civil War; maps, photographs, excellent for young readers; grades 4-6.

History Hunt at Cold Harbor; 1994; Cathcart, Pam; middle school detectives uncover the history of Cold Harbor; grades 4-8.

Johnny Reb: The Confederate Soldier in the Civil War; 1995; Archambault, Alan; coloring book complete with stories of soldier life, grades 3-6.

National Park Service Civil War Series: Eastern National; grades 5-12.

  • A Concise History of The Civil War; Davis, William C.; 1994.
  • Life in Civil War America; Clinton, Catherine; 1996.
  • The Battle of Cold Harbor; Rhea, Gordon; 2001.
  • The Battles for Richmond, 1862; Miller, William; 1996.
  • The Black Soldiers; Glatchaar, Joseph; 1996.
  • The Civil War's Common Soldier; Robertson, James I. Jr.; 1998.

Red Badge of Courage: 1895; Crane, Stephen; novel dealing with a soldier's fears of battle; grades 9 -12.

Red Cap; 1991; Wisler, Clifton G. novel - young boy's experiences during the war; captured and endures prison life; based on true story; grades 5-8.

A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War; 1991; Chang, Ina; female roles during the Civil War; grades 5-12.

A Southern Women's Story; 2002; Pember, Phebe Yates; personal account of the author's experience as a matron of Chimborazo Hospital; grades 6-12.

Too Young to Die; Keesee M. Dennis; story of boy soldiers of the Union Army 1861-1865; wide range of narratives and anecdotes; photographs, illustrations.; grades 6-12.

Did You Know?

Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond

Tredegar Iron Works produced almost 1,100 cannon, roughly one-half of all guns made in the South during the war. (It was second only to the Parrott foundry in Cold Springs, New York in production for the entire United States.)