Readers Dozen – July 2022

Four score and 79 years ago, on July 1st, the battle of Gettysburg began. This year, we’re asking you to take on a challenge not quite as fraught as that – reading a book that was set during the Civil War. Choose fiction or nonfiction, told from those who fought or those on the homefront, all of whom were witnessing momentous changes.

Below are some suggestions. Finish your book and the don’t forget to fill out the entry form before August 7.


Some of our favorites:

Battle Cry of Freedom – James McPherson (nonfiction)

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier (fiction)

The Good Lord Bird – James McBride (fiction)

An Extraordinary Union – Alyssa Cole (fiction)

The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara (fiction)

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy – Karen Abbott (nonfiction)

March – Geraldine Brooks (fiction)

The March – E.L. Doctorow (fiction)

This Republic of Suffering – Drew Gilpin Faust (nonfiction)

A Stillness at Appomattox – Bruce Catton (nonfiction)


Other Lists:

Civil War Fiction (Goodreads)

Civil War Book List (New York Times)

Start Reading About the Civil War (American Battlefield Trust)





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