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Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier Details
A wounded Confederate soldier leaves the war on an arduous trek to his mountain home and the woman he aims to marry. Meanwhile, his intended struggles to work her deceased father's hardscrabble farm. Depicts hardship, peril, and courage in the wartime South. Strong language and violence.
Ghost Riders
by Sharyn McCrumb Details
When her husband signs up with the Confederates, malinda Blalock disguises herself as his brother and joins him. After they scheme to get discharged, they turn into outlaws on the opposite side. Their story intertwines with that of Zebulon Vance, a mountain boy who becomes North Carolina's governor, and a present-day tale about ghosts appearing on the battlefield of a Civil War re-enactment.
Gods and Generals
by Jeff Shaara Details
Shaara depicts the onset of the Civil War up to the Battle of Gettysburg. The story is told primarily through the lives of Stonewall Jackson, Winfield Scott Hancock, Joshua Chamberlain, and Robert E. Lee. Describes significant battles fought at Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg.
Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell Details
A romantic Civil War epic in which Scarlet O'Hara, a forceful and ruthless heroine, and Rhett Butler, a war profiteer, play out their tempestuous love affair against the background of the war-torn South. This classic novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937.
Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War
by Donald McCaig Details
In 1857 Virginia, Duncan Gatewood falls in love with Maggie, a light-skinned, thirteen-year-old female slave, but when his father finds out, he sells Maggie south along with her baby son Jacob. While Duncan is sent off to the Virginia Military Institute and ends up fighting for Lee, Maggie is rescued by the slave-master who sold her off, Silas Omohundru, who rescues her from a southern brotherl and marries her. In the meantime, a Gatewood slave who also loved Maggie runs away and joins the Northern army to take revenge against his former masters.
Killer Angels
by Jeff Shaara Details
It's July 1863 and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia is invading the North. General Robert E. Lee has made this daring and massive move with seventy thousand men in a determined effort to draw out the Union Army of the Potomac and mortally wound it. Opposing them is an unknown factor: General George Meade, who has taken command of the Army only two days before what will be perhaps the crucial battle of the Civil War. In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fight for two conflicting dreams.
North and South
by John Jakes Details
This panoramic novel of two wealthy families tells the story of aristocratic slave-owning Mains of Carolina and the Hazards, industrialists from Pennsylvania. The lives of the two families are intertwined when their sons meet as West Point cadets and become fast friends. But the families, their fortunes, and their friendship are severely tried by the impending Civil War.
On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon
by Kaye Gibbons Details
Emma Garnet recounts her life story spanning the Civil War. She contends with a vexatious father, but is championed by Clarice, a free black housekeeper. Escaping her Southern plantation upbringing by marrying a Northern doctor, Emma's happiness is cut short by wartime horrors. Some strong language.
Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane Details
Henry Fleming, a young country boy, enthusiastically enlists with the Union army during the Civil War. Wanting to prove himself a hero, but experiencing shock and fear on the battlefront, he finally revives his courage and self-respect in a crucial advance.
The Crossing
by Will Henry Details
Lieutenant Jud Reeves, a well-bred grandson of Southern generals, joins the Confederate campaign to secure the southwestern territory in 1861. He encounters an embattled frontier contested by Union soldiers and Apaches avenging their stolen homelands.
The Exile
by Richard S. Wheeler Details
Banished to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) for his role in inciting the Irish to rebel against the English in 1848, Thomas Francis Meagher escapes and makes his way to New York. There he gets caught up in corrupt Tammany Hall politics and joins with other Irish to fight in the Union Army. Meagher is ruined and disillusioned by the war, and Andrew Johnson appoints him to be acting governor of the Montana Territory. There he faces even harsher conditions.
White Doves at Morning
by James Lee Burke Details
New Iberia, Louisiana, during the Civil War and Reconstruction is the setting for this traditional historical. Willie Burke, the author's ancestor, loyally defends his homeland by fighting for the Confederacy, reluctantly so. Interacting with him are Abigail Dowling, a Massachusetts native and abolitionist; Flower, a slave whom Willie teaches to read; and Ira Jamison, a southern plantation owner who is also Flower's father.
Updated 06/30/2016
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