Book Reviews: U.S. Civil War

These are links to reviews from all over the blogosphere.  Not all are participants in the challenge, but all participant reviews featured on War Through the Generations are linked here.

We are continually adding to this page, so if you’ve written a  review about a U.S. Civil War book and would like it linked here, please email us at warthroughgenerations at


Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman [reviewed by Becky’s Book Reviews]

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt [reviewed by The War Movie Buff]

All for the Union:  The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes edited by Robert Hunt Rhodes [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

All Other Nights by Dara Horn [reviewed by A Book a WeekThe Boston Bibliophile, Rhapsody in Books, Richard LeComte’s life at the keyboard, Scrappy Cat]

All Things New by Lynn Austin [reviewed by Becky’s Book Reviews, Under The Boardwalk]

Amelia’s War by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves, Diary of an Eccentric]

The American Civil War: A Military History by John Keegan [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves, 2606 Books and counting…]

American Scoundrel:  The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles by Thomas Keneally [reviewed by Today’s Reading List]

And One Wore Gray by Heather Graham [reviewed by not enough books]

And the War Came:  The Six Months That Tore America Apart by Jamie Malanowski [reviewed by Writing Wrongs]

April 1865: The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

At the Right Hand of Long Street:  Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer by G. Moxley Sorrel [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]


Battle Flag by Bernard Cornwell [reviewed by Reva]

Beauty From Ashes by Eugenia Price [reviewed by Reva]

Beechenbrook: A Rhyme of the War by Margaret Junkin Preston [reviewed by The Second Sentence]

Behind Rebel Lines:  The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit [reviewed by A Garden of Books]

Belle by Beverly Jenkins [reviewed by Silly Little Mischief]

Beyond all Measure by Dorothy Love [reviewed by All Grown Up?, By the Book, Cheryl’s Book NookA Chick Who Reads, Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Deb’s Book BagA Fair Substitute for Heaven, Journey Through Words, Life in Review, Life in the ThumbLuxury Reading, The Overweight Bookshelf, Peeking Between PagesReviews by Molly, Reviews From the Heart, Southern Sassy Things, 2 Kids and Tired]

The Black Flower by Howard Bahr [reviewed by Scrappy Cat, The War Movie Buff]

The Bloody Ground by Bernard Cornwell [reviewed by Reva]

Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall [reviewed by Bippity Boppity Book, Book Babe, Book Journey, BookNAround, Bookworm’s Dinner, The House of the Seven Tails, Library of Clean Reads, Man of la Book, On Page and Screen, Readin’ and Dreamin’]

Bohemian Girl by Terese Svoboda [reviewed by Beth Fish Reads, Page247]

Broken Promises by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman [reviewed by Silly Little Mischief]

Buffalo Gordon on the Plains by J.P. Sinclair Lewis [reviewed by Reva]


Call of Duty:  The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee by J. Steven Wilkins [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

Campaigning With Grant by Horace Porter [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Campaigns of a Non-Combatant and His Romaunt Abroad During the War by George Alfred Townsend [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Cause: Reconstruction America 1863-1877 by Tonya Bolden [reviewed by Impressions In Ink]

A Cavalryman With Custer by James Harvey Kidd [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War by David Herbert Donald [reviewed by Reva]

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson [reviewed by Book Snob]

The Civil War and the Wars of the Nineteenth Century by Brian Holden Reid [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

The Civil War: A Visual History: Rare Images and Tales of the War Between the States [reviewed by Man of la Book]

Civil War Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott [reviewed by Reading, Writing, Working, Playing]

The Civil War in 50 Objects by Harold Holzer and the New-York Historical Society [reviewed by Rhapsody in Books]

Civil War Soldiers by Reid Mitchell [reviewed by Impressions In Ink, Matt’s Book Blog]

Civil War Stories by Ambrose Bierce [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Civil War Wives:  The Lives & Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis & Julia Dent Grant by Carol Berkin [reviewed by Impressions In Ink]

Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Co. Aytch:  A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War by Sam R. Watkins [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead [reviewed by Irene’s Desk, JUST BOOKS]

The Coffin Quilt: The Feud Between the Hatfields and the McCoys by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Reva]

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier [reviewed by Beauty is a Sleeping Cat, Jules’ Book Reviews, Moored at Sea, Rose City Reader, The War Movie Buff]

The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History by Margaret S. Creighton [reviewed by Bookworm’s Dinner]

Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Beckys’ Book Reviews, Diary of an Eccentric]

A Confederate Girl’s Diary by Sarah Morgan Dawson [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz [reviewed by Books are my BoyfriendsA Bookshelf Monstrosity, Bookworm Baby, JUST BOOKS, Matt’s Book Blog]

The Confederate War Bonnet by Jack Shakely [reviewed by Mary Simonson]

Copperhead by Bernard Cornwell [reviewed by Reva]


Damage Them All You Can:  Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia by George Walsh [reviewed by The War Movie Buff]

Dearest Enemy by Nan Ryan [reviewed by JUST BOOKS]

The Destructive War: William Tecumseh, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans by Charles Royster [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]


1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

1861:  The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart [reviewed by Today’s Reading List]

Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden [reviewed by My Head Is Full of Books]

The Emancipator’s Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln by Barbara Hambly [reviewed by Mental Foodie]

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles [reviewed by Diary of an Eccentric, Irene’s desk, Paulas Bokblog, Reva, Savvy Verse & Wit, Scrappy Cat]

Envy’s Civil War by Miriam Brenaman [reviewed by Silly Little Mischief]

The Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877 by Kenneth M. Stampp [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

The Ever-After Bird by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Diary of an Eccentric]

Everyday Life During the Civil War:  A Guide for Writers, Students and Historians by Michael J. Varhola [reviewed by Impressions In Ink]


Father Abraham’s Children:  Michigan Episodes in the Civil War by Frank B. Woodford [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner [reviewed by Rhapsody in Books]

Fixin’ Things: A Novel of the Women of Gettysburg by Peggy Ullman Bell [reviewed by Reva]

Freedom’s Cap: The United States Capital and the Coming of the Civil War by Guy Gugliotta [reviewed by Bookworm’s Dinner]

Freedom Stone by Jeffrey Kluger [reviewed by Bloggin’ ’bout Books]

Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr. [reviewed by BermudaOnion]


Gabriel’s Horses by Alison Hart [reviewed by JUST BOOKS]

The Galvanized Yankees by Dee Brown [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Galveston by P.G. Nagle [reviewed by Reva]

Ganymede by Cherie Priest [reviewed by Silly Little Mischief]

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C. Guelzo [reviewed by Rhapsody in Books]

Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by The Children’s War, Diary of an Eccentric, Silly Little Mischief]

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell [reviewed by Book Addiction, Books and Other Stuff, Buried In Print, Fizzy Thoughts, Park Benches & Bookends, The Reading Life]


Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad by David A. Adler [reviewed by Randomly Reading]

Heart and Soul:  The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson [reviewed by BermudaOnion]

Hear the Wind Blow by Mary Downing Hahn [reviewed by JUST BOOKS]

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons [reviewed by Becky’s Book Reviews]

The Horse Soldiers by Harold Sinclair [reviewed by The War Movie Buff]

How I Found the Strong:  A Civil War Story by Margaret McMullan [reviewed by JUST BOOKS]


If the South Had Won the Civil War by MacKinlay Kantor [reviewed by Books and Other Stuff]

An Illustrated History of the Civil War: Images of an American Tragedy by William J. Miller and Brian C. Pohanka [reviewed by Impressions In Ink]

Inside War:  The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War by Michael Fellman [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Iron Thunder by Avi [reviewed by Bookworm’s Dinner, JUST BOOKS]

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (Dear America) by Joyce Hansen [reviewed by The Maiden’s Court]


Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon [reviewed by Savvy Verse & Wit]

Journal of a Civil War Nurse by Georgiann Baldino [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves, Layers of Thought]

Jubilee by Margaret Walker [reviewed by Reva]

The Judas Field: A Novel of the Civil War by Howard Bahr [reviewed by Bookworm’s Dinner]

Juliet’s Moon by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Diary of an Eccentric]


The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara [reviewed by Care’s Online Book Club, Layers of Thought, The War Movie Buff]

Killing Lincoln:  The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard [reviewed by Book Journey, Peggy Ann’s Post]


“Lament for Lost Atlanta” by Arlan Andrews (featured in the magazine Alt Hist, Issue 1, October 2011) [reviewed by Layers of Thought]

Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo [reviewed by Reviews by Molly]

The Last Confederate Battle by John Cline [reviewed by Reviews by Molly]

The Last Full Measure by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Becky’s Book Reviews]

Last Reveille by David Morrell [reviewed by Reva]

A Life of Gen. Robert E. Lee by John Esten Cooke [reviewed by Reva]

A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861 by Karen Hesse [reviewed by JUST BOOKS]

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald [reviewed by The Maiden’s Court]

The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O’Brien [reviewed by Book Dilettante, Book Drunkard, the bookworm, Impressions In Ink, Luxury Reading, Peppermint Ph.D., Unabridged Chick]

Lincoln’s Men: How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation by William C. Davis [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan, illustrated by Mike Benny [reviewed by Diary of an Eccentric]

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [reviewed by Scrappy Cat]

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman [reviewed by Rhapsody in Books]

Lorena by Frank G. Slaughter [reviewed by Reva]

Lose Your Mother:  A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]


The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands [reviewed by Rhapsody in Books]

March by Geraldine Brooks [reviewed by Bippity Boppity Book, Book Snob, Bookworm’s Dinner, Devourer of Books, Page Plucker, Reva, Scrappy Cat, Small World Reads]

The March by E.L. Doctorow [reviewed by Layers of Thought, Lit and Life, Scrappy Cat]

Midnight Rising:  John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz [reviewed by The Book Worm’s Library, Rhapsody in Books, Writing Wrongs]

Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America by David S. Reynolds [reviewed by Reading, Writing, Working, Playing]

Mr. Lincoln’s Drummer by G. Clifton Wisler [reviewed by Irene’s Desk]

Mr. Lincoln’s Forts:  A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington by Benjamin Franklin Cooling [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War by Thomas B. Allen and Roger MacBride Allen [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails:  The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War by Tom Wheeler [reviewed by Today’s Reading List]

Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton [reviewed by Scrappy Cat]

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly by Jennifer Fleischner [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira [reviewed by Book Club CheerleaderThe Book Nest, Books and Movies, Devourer of Books, Jules’ Book Reviews, Mrs. Q: Book Addict, Silly Little Mischief, SmallWorld Reads]

My Vicksburg by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Diary of an Eccentric, Tina Says…]


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass [reviewed by Reva]

Nevada! by Dana Fuller Ross [reviewed by Reva]

The Notorious Mrs. Winston by Mary Mackey [reviewed by Bookworm’s Dinner]

Numbering All the Bones by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Diary of an Eccentric]


Of Blood and Brothers: A Novel of the Civil War by E. Michael Helms [reviewed by Layers of Thought]

The One Who Waits for Me by Lori Copeland [reviewed by Reviews by Molly]


The Passing of the Armies: An Account of the Final Campaign of the Army of the Potomac by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell [reviewed by The Calico Critic, Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings, Diary of an Eccentric, Savvy Verse & Wit, Scrappy Cat]

Petticoat Spies:  Six Women Spies of the Civil War by Peggy Caravantes [reviewed by Diary of an Eccentric]

The Private History of a Campaign That Failed by Mark Twain [reviewed by The Second Sentence]



“…the real war will never get in the books”: Selections From Writers During the Civil War edited by Louis P. Masur [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Rebel by Bernard Cornwell [reviewed by Reva, The War Movie Buff]

The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites [reviewed by BermudaOnion, Raging Bibliomania, Jayne’s Books, S. Krishna’s Books, SmallWorld Reads, The True Book Addict, You’ve GOTTA read this!]

Receding Tide by Edwin C. Bearrs and J. Hills [reviewed by Today’s Reading List]

Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush [reviewed by The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader]

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane [reviewed by A Book Blog. Period., Jules’ Book Reviews, JUST BOOKS, Read Handed, The Reading Life, Rebecca Reads]

Redemption Falls by Joseph O’Connor [reviewed by Books and Other Stuff]

Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton [reviewed by The Second Sentence]

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith [reviewed by The War Movie Buff]


Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary of an Southern Woman edited by Charles East [reviewed by Impressions In Ink]

Sarah’s Ground by Ann Rinaldi [reviewed by Becky’s Book Reviews, Diary of an Eccentric]

Scarecrow in Gray by Barry Yelton [reviewed by Irene’s Desk, Mary Simonsen]

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen [reviewed by Bippity Boppity Book, Book Babe, Book Journey, Bookworms’ Dinner, 5 Minutes for Books, Life in Review, Peeking Between the Pages, Reading Lark, So Many Precious Books, So Little Time, That’s What She Read, Unabridged Chick]

A Separate Country by Robert Hicks [reviewed by Lit and Life, Silly Little Mischief]

Shadow of a Quarter Moon by Eileen Clymer Schwab [reviewed by Scrappy Cat]

The Siege of Washington: The Untold Story of the Twelve Days That Shook the Union by John Lockwood and Charles Lockwood [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

Sisters Against Slavery: A Story About Sarah and Angelina Grimke by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, illustrated by Karen Ritz [reviewed by Joy’s Book Blog]

Slant of Light by Steve Wiegenstein [reviewed by A Bookish Affair]

A Soldier’s Embrace by Julie Romero [reviewed by Reviews by Molly]

Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen [reviewed by The Girl @ Diary of an Eccentric]

A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss [reviewed by Victoria Janssen]

Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea by Noah Andre Trudeau [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

The Spy Lover by Kiana Davenport [reviewed by Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings]

Sunrise by Jacquelyn Cook [reviewed by JUST BOOKS]

Sweetsmoke by David Fuller [reviewed by Mrs. Q: Book Addict]

The Sword of Antietam by Joseph Altsheler [reviewed by The War Movie Buff]


They Fought Like Demons by DeAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook [reviewed by Silly Little Mischief]

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust [reviewed by Lit and Life]

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman [reviewed by Layers of Thought]

A Time to Dance by Mary Pope Osborne [reviewed by JUST BOOKS]

Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein [reviewed by Writing Wrongs]


Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves, Reading, Writing, Working, Playing]

The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini [reviewed by Life in the Thumb, Pudgy Penguin Perusals]

Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole [reviewed by Randomly Reading]



When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna [reviewed by Man of la Book]

When I Was a Slave:  Memoirs From the Slave Narrative Collection edited by Norman R. Yetman [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 by Barry Denenberg [reviewed by Diary of an Eccentric]

Where They Bury You by Steven W. Kohlhagen [reviewed by Unabridged Chick]

White Doves at Morning by James Lee Burke [reviewed by The War Movie Buff]

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks [reviewed by not enough books]

Wild Rose: The True Story of a Civil War Spy by Ann Blackman [reviewed by Chèli’s Shelves]

With Every Drop of Blood:  A Novel of the Civil War by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier [reviewed by The War Movie Buff]

With My Face to the Enemy:  Perspectives on the Civil War edited by Robert Cowley [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman [reviewed by Medieval Bookworm]

The Wounded River: The Civil War Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, M.D. by John Vance Lauderdale, edited by Peter Josyph [reviewed by Matt’s Book Blog]

Writing & Fighting the Confederate War: The Letters of Peter Wellington Alexa edited by William B. Styple [reviewed by several, four, many]




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