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29 Best Civil War Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most true list of best Civil War books.

Our process:
1. Search for "best Civil War books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 3
    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 4
    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 5

    Cold Mountain

    A Novel

    Charles Frazier

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    8
    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 9
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 10
    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 12
    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 13
    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 14

    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell

    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 16

    The March

    A Novel

    E.L. Doctorow

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 21

    Lee's Lieutenants

    A Study in Command

    Douglas Southall Freeman

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 23

    Company Aytch

    Samuel R. Watkins

    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 25

    Sherman's March

    Burke Davis

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 27
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 28
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 29
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Civil War books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 29 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Civil War books on the internet.

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