72nd New York State Volunteer Infantry
3rd Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Corps
Army of the Potomac
(Reenactors of the American Civil War)
The Coming Fury.
Volume 1 in the American Civil War Trilogy
by Bruce Catton
In this first volume of the trilogy, this book shows how the Union and the South inexorably moved toward war, and covers the start of the war.
Terrible Swift Sword.
Volume 2 in the American Civil War Trilogy
by Bruce Catton
In this second volume of the trilogy, this book shows how the Union and the South slowly reconciled themselves to all-out war.
Never Call Retreat.
Volume 3 in the American Civil War Trilogy
by Bruce Catton
The third and final volume in Bruce Catton's Centennial History of the Civil War covers the War from December 1862, to the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
Battle Cry of Freedom. The Civil War Era
by James McPherson
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
This book has been called the finest single volume on the Civil War and its background
With My Face to the Enemy
Edited by Robert Cowley, with essays by David Herbert Donald, Gary W. Gallagher, James M. McPherson, Stephen W. Sears, and others
This book examines the pivotal people and events of the Civil War, as told by some of the most respected historians of the Civil War. While this is a serious book, it fits in well with a first-time reader of Civil War literature as well. It is extremely well-written and very readable by reenactors of any level.
High Tide at Gettysburg
by Glenn Tucker
This book tells the story of the Army of Virginia from June 3, 1863, when they began the invasion of Pennsylvania, to July 13, 1863, when they crossed the Potomac back into Virginia.
To the Gates of Richmond. The Peninsula Campaign.
by Stephen M. Sears
The Peninsula Campaign of 1862 was the largest campaign of the Civil War. This book provides the first complete account of the disastrous (to the Union) Peninsula Campaign.
by Robert R. Mackey
A groundbreaking book telling an un-romanticized account of the guerrilla warfare waged by the South and the Union response.
Other suggested readings:
1858 by Bruce Chadwick
The Passing of the Armies by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
The Battered Stars by Howard Coffin
Personal Memoirs by Ulysses S. Grant
The Most Fearful Ordeal by James M. McPherson
McClellan's War by Ethan S. Rafuse
Shock Troops of the Confederacy by Fred L. Ray
River Run Red. The Fort Pillow Massacre by Andrew Ward
The Sword of Lincoln. The Army of the Potomac by Jeffrey D. WertThe 72nd New York Infantry in the Civil War by Rick Barram
Fictional works about the Civil War
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (made into the movie 'Gettysburg')
The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara (sequel to 'The Killer Angels')
Gone for Soldiers by Jeff Shaara (a prequel to 'The Killer Angels')
What if...? Fiction
1862 by Robert Conroy (what if England had gone in on the side of the Confederacy)
Gettysburg by Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen (what if Lee had gone to the right....part 1)
Grant Comes East by Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen (part 2)
Never Call Retreat by Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen (part 3)
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