25 Great Books on the Civil War Era–FREE!

Here are 25 books on the Civil War era with perspectives you can’t find anywhere else. They are postbellum 19th century and early 20th century products. And they’re all free Google e-books!

1. Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps (United States Navy Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1853)

2. Numbers And Losses in the Civil War in America,1861-65. Thomas Leonard Livermore (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. [The Riverside Press, Cambridge] 1901

3. A Dictionary of All Officers: who have been commissioned, or have been appointed and served, in the Army of the United States, since the inauguration of their first president in 1789, to 1 January, 1853,–with the commission of each,–including the distinguished officers of the volunteers and militia of the states, and of the Navy and Marine Corps, who served with the land forces. Charles Kitchell Gardner (New York: GP Putnam & Co., 1853)

4. The Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War in the United States of America. Benson John Lossing (T. Belknap, 1874)

5. Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America 1861-1865. United States of America (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1905)

6. De Bow’s Review of the Southern and Western States, Volume 10. James Dunwoody Brownson De Bow. (J. D. B. De Bow, 1851)

7. A Soldier’s Story of the War, including the Marches and Battles of the Washington Artillery, and other Louisiana troops. Napier Bartlett (New Orleans: Clark & Hofeline, 1874)

8. The Civil War from a Southern Standpoint. William Robertson Garrett and Robert Ambrose Halley (Philadelphia: George Barrie & Sons, 1905)

9. A History of Louisiana, Volume 3. Alcee Fortier. (Paris: Goupil & Co., Manzi, Joyant & Co., successors, 1904)

10. A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians. Lucian Lamar Knight. (Chicago & New York: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1917)

11. List of Officers of the Army of the United States, from 1799 to 1900. William Henry Powell. (Philadelphia: Henry T Coates & Co., 1900)

12. Men of Mark in Georgia. William Northen and John Temple Graves, eds. (Atlanta: A. B. Caldwell, 1907).

13. Picture of the Desolated States and The Work of Restoration 1865 to 1868. J. T Trowbridge (Hartford: L. Stebbins, 1868)

14. The South: A Tour of Its Battlefields and Ruined Cities. J. T. Trowbridge (Hartford: L Stebbins, 1866)

15. Chronicles from the Diary of a War Prisoner in Andersonville. John Worrell Northrop (Wichita: 1904)

16. The Black Phalanx: A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the wars of 1775-1812, 1861-’65. Joseph Thomas Wilson. (Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1890)

17. A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865. George Washington Williams (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1888)

18. A Political Textbook for 1860. Horace Greeley and John F Cleveland (New York: The Tribune Association, 1860)

19. History of the American Civil War. John William Draper (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1867)

20. Hungarians in the American Civil War. Eugene Pivany (1913)

21. The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War. Annie Heloise Abel (Cleveland: The Arthur H Clark Company, 1919)

22. Reminiscences of the Civil War. John Brown Gordon (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1904)

23. Deeds of Daring by the American Soldier, North and South. D. M. Kelsey (Rev.Ed.) (New York: The Saalfield Publishing Company, 1901)

24. The Popular History of the Civil War in America, 1861-1865. George B. Herbert (New York: F.M. Lupton)

25. The Photographic History  of the Civil War: Forts and Artillery. Francis Trevelyan Miller and Robert Sampson Lanier, eds. (New York: The Trow Press, 1911)


5 Responses to “25 Great Books on the Civil War Era–FREE!”

  • Wonderful list! I’ve printed it out and have it hanging on the wall next to my computer and I’m checking off the ones I want to read/download first. You might want to add this book “Brave Black Regiment: History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1863-1865”, by Luis F. Emilio (also on Google Book Search and entirely readable and searchable) This is the only first hand account of the famous Mass. 54th, being that Emilio was the only surviving officer. I’ve blogged quite a few times about Luis Emilio, whose family was from Spain and he married into a Salem, Massachusetts abolitionist family- very similar to my husband’s story!

  • Corrina says:

    Your list will be a big help. Thanks for posting it Craig! You rock!

  • Michael Hait says:

    Absolutely wonderful list!

    You can also find the Adjutant General’s reports for quite a few states on Google Books. Some of these issued during the years of the War contain some great details about enrollment and military actions. But some of the later Reports may also contain information relevant to the War. In New York, for example, several of the Adjutant General Reports issued during the 1890s compiled a list of all soldiers who served in NY regiments during the War, by regiment, with details on each of their service. Try a Google Books search for New York Adjutant General Report 1897 for an example.


  • Denise Olson says:

    WOW! Thanks, Craig. This is fabulous!

  • GrannyPam says:

    Thanks for this fabulous post. I will be linking this on our genealogy societies Facebook page, I know a lot of our members are interested.

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