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Although I'm only 27, I've managed to amass a pretty decent Civil War library for myself. This list keeps growing every month. Below you will find a list of every Civil War related book I own, and a brief description of what I thought of it along with the number of pages and maybe the number of maps. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have read any of the below books and want to comment on them. I'll be glad to post your comments on this page.

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Last Updated: 12/29/06

The War in the East:

The war in the East is extremely well-covered. In fact, until recently, everything except 1863 after Gettysburg and 1864-1865 was covered pretty completely. Now authors such as Noah Andre Trudeau and especially Gordon Rhea have rectified even that lack of coverage. Trudeau has already produced a set of books covering the Wilderness through Petersburg, and Gordon Rhea now has four books in his 1864 series covering the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. I hear he has plans for a fifth which would cover some part of the Petersburg Campaign which would come out around 2007 or 2008.

First Bull Run (First Manassas) Updated 2/24/05

1861 West Virginia Campaign Updated 9/06/06

Ball's Bluff Updated 6/17/06

Burnside's 1862 North Carolina Expedition Updated 9/11/06

Jackson's Valley Campaign of 1862 Updated 4/23/06

McClellan's Peninsula Campaign Updated 02/29/04

Campaigns Against Charleston, S.C. Updated 1/10/06

Second Bull Run (Second Manassas) Updated 11/18/05

Antietam (Sharpsburg) Updated 9/05/06

Fredericksburg Updated 5/31/04


Gettysburg Updated 12/16/06

Bristoe Station & Mine Run NEW 6/13/06

Early's and Sheridan's Valley Campaigns of 1864 Updated 10/18/05

The Wilderness Updated 8/18/03

Spotsylvania C.H. Updated 2/24/05

Bermuda Hundred Updated 1/02/06

Cold Harbor Updated 2/23/04

Petersburg Updated 12/29/06

Appomattox C.H. Updated 12/13/05

Miscellaneous Updated 5/20/06

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