Civil War Suggested Reading

North Carolina Resources

"Civil War on the Outer Banks." Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The Civil War in North Carolina. John G. Barrett

Ironclads and Columbiads: The Civil War in North Carolina, The Coast. William R. Trotter.

"Civil War Sites in North Carolina." Civil War Sites Advisory Commission.

The Civil War in Coastal North Carolina. John S. Carbone.

"North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial." North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Phantom Pain: North Carolina's Artificial-Limbs Program for Confederate Veterans. Ansley Herring Wegner.


General Resources

"The Civil War: 150 Years." National Park Service.

  • This website offers essay reflecting on various aspects of the war, a timeline comparing life today with life during the Civil War, an in-depth look at the war and its consequences, and the ability to search for soldiers, sailors, and prisoners of war.

The Civil War book series. Eastern National Bookstores.

  • A set of 26 books on the history of the American Civil War. Titles include A Concise History of the Civil War, The Civil War's Black Soldiers, The Civil War's Common Soldiers, Life in Civil War America, and histories of major battles and campaigns. Electronic copies of these books are available from the NPS e-History Library:

"Milestones: 1861-1865." Office of the Historian, Department of State.

"Civil War Battle Summaries." Civil War Sites Advisory Commission.

Battle Cry of Freedom: the Civil War Era. James M. McPherson

"America's Civil War - Challenges, Perspectives, Opportunities. National Park Service. Cultural Resource Management, Volume. 25, Issue. 04.

"Revisiting the Underground Railroad." Gary Collison. Cultural Resource Management, Volume. 21, Issue. 04.

"Civil War Archeology." National Park Service.

Rally on the High Ground: The National Park Service Symposium on the Civil War. Edited by Robert K. Sutton.


Other Civil War Reading Lists

"Civil War." National Park Service.

  • A literature review of Civil War histories. The essay is broken down into nine sections: Causes of the War, The Confederacy, Consequences of the War, Military History of the War-Introduction, Military Strategy, General Studies, Campaigns and Battles, Biographies, and Soldiers and Sailors.

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park.

Gettysburg National Military Park.

Petersburg National Battlefield Park.

Richmond National Battlefield Park.

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