Monday, August 13, 2012

Civil War Reading and Watching

With the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War being marked from 1861 to 1865, I have been reading up on this "great cataclysm," as it is often dubbed. I studied the war in high school and have done focused reading on it from time to time since then.

Here's a really great reading list, alphabetized, from the War Through the Generations blog, which will be an excellent reference as I continue to build my reading/watching lists.

Here's what I've done so far, some more recently than others.  I'll be adding to this list as I see and hear about new books and movies that peak my interest, and as I remember other items already read that I don't remember now.



To Read
  • Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPherson
  • R.E. Lee, by by Douglas Southall Freeman
  • Lee's Lieutenants, by Douglas Southall Freeman
  • Mary Chestnut's Diary, by Mary Boykin Chestnut
  • The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace, by H.W. Brands
  • Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877, by Eric Foner, Richard B. Morris

Films, videos, documentaries

  • Gettysburg
  • The Civil War, Ken Burns
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Little Women
  • Glory
  • The Conspirator
  • Lincoln, with Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals
  • North and South - parts I and II were pretty good, but part III is atrocious.  Not sure I will finish it. 
  • Mercy Street - tremendous first season


Listened to:
  • Robert E. Lee and His High Command, taught By Professor Gary W. Gallagher via The Teaching Company
  • American Civil War, taught By Professor Gary W. Gallagher via The Teaching Company


  1. Thanks for the great list. I am very interested in American History. Though I have a good grasp of its "Basics," I have never really focused upon the American Civil War. I have Shelby Foote's Civil War Series sitting on my book shelf but have not read it yet.

  2. Thanks for linking to the list that we compiled on War Through the Generations. Feel free to email us links to any reviews you post on Civil War books, and we'll link those, too. warthroughgenerations at gmail dot com

  3. Anna and I are pleased that you've linked to the list of reviews we compiled for the Civil War. Please feel free to contribute your own review links and we'll get them posted.

    I hope, too, that you will consider joining our new reading challenges -- for 2012 it is WWI.

  4. Great lists! Ken Burns' Civil War was one of the most incredible things I've ever watched and Glory makes me cry every time I see it, even if I don't watch to the end!

  5. I loved The Class of 1846. You're the first fellow blogger I've seen that has read it. I even got emotional when reading about Stonewall Jackson's death, and I do NOT get emotional. :-)


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  7. This is SUCH a great list. :)