Civil War Resources


Suzanne Li, Assistant Professor

Queens College Library





Bolotin, Norman. Civil War A to Z: A Young Readers' Guide to Over 100 People, Places, and Points of Importance. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 2002.


Davis, Burke. The Civil War: Strange & Fascinating Facts. New York: Wings Books:

 Distributed by Random House Value Publishing, 1996, 1960.


Haskins, James. The Day Fort Sumter Was Fired On:  A Photo History of the Civil War.

New York: Scholastic, 1995.


Katz, William Loren. An Album of the Civil War. New York: Franklin Watts, 1974.


McPherson, James M. Fields of Fury: The American Civil War. New York: Atheneum Books fo Young Readers, 2002.


Meltzer, Milton, ed. Voices from the Civil War: A Documentary History of the Great American Conflict. New York: Crowell, 1989.


Special Perspectives


Chang, Ina. A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War. New York: Lodestar Books, 1991.


Friedman, Robin. The Silent Witness: A True Story of the Civil War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.


Haskins, James. Black, Blue & Gray: African Americans in the Civil War.  New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998.


Mettger, Zak. Till Victory Is Won: Black Soldiers in the Civil War. New York: Lodestar Books, 1994.


Murphy, Jim. The Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War. New York: Clarion Books, 1990.


Murphy, Jim. The Long Road to Gettysburg. New York: Clarion Books, 1992.


Sinnott, Susan. Charley Waters Goes to Gettysburg. Brookfield CT: Millbrook Press, 2000.


Sullivan, George. The Civil War at Sea . Brookfield CT: Twenty-First Century Books, 2001.


Walker, Sally M. Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2005.


Wisler, G. Clifton. When Johnny Went Marching: Young Americans Fight the Civil War. New

York: HarperCollins, 2001.




Armstrong, Jennifer.  Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil War. New York: Atheneum Books For Young Readers, 2005.


Clinton, Catherine. Hold the Flag High. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2005.


Freedman, Russell. Lincoln: A Photobiography. New York: Clarion Books, 1987.


Fritz, Jean. Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: the Story of the Gettysburg Address. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1993


Marrin, Albert. Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1997.


Marrin, Albert. Unconditional Surrender: U.S. Grant and the Civil War. New York: Atheneum, 1994.


Marrin, Albert. Virginia’s General: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War.  New York: Atheneum, 1994.


Meltzer, Milton, ed. Lincoln: In His Own Words. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1993.


Robertson, James I. Standing Like a Stone Wall: The Life of General Thomas J. Jackson. New York: Atheneum Books For Young Readers, 2001.


Rutberg, Becky. Mary Lincoln’s Dressmaker: Elizabeth Keckley’s Remarkable Rise from Slave to White House Confidante. New York: Walker & Co., 1995.


Sullivan, George. Mathew Brady: His Life and Photographs. New York: Cobblehill Books, 1994.


Sullivan, George. Picturing Lincoln: Famous Photographs That Popularized the President.  New York: Clarion Books, 2000.

Historical Fiction – Picture Books


Bearden, Romare. Li'l Dan, the Drummer Boy: a Civil War Story. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003


Bunting, Eve. The Blue and the Gray.  New York: Scholastic, 1996.


Lewin, Ted. Red Legs: A Drummer Boy of the Civil War. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.


Polacco, Patricia. Pink and Say. New York: Philomel Books, 1994.


Historical Fiction- Chapter Books


Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. No Man’s Land : A Young Soldier’s Story.  New York: Blue Sky Press, 1999.


Clapp, Patricia. The Tamarack Tree: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg. New York: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard, 1986.


Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage.


Fleischman, Paul. The Borning Room. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.


Hunt, Irene. Across Five Aprils. Chicago: Follett, 1964.


Keith, Harold. Rifles for Watie. New York: HarperCollins, 1957.


Paulsen, Gary. Soldier's Heart: A Novel of the Civil War. New York: Delacorte Press, 1998.


Peck, Richard. The River Between Us. New York: Dial Books, 2003.


Music and the Civil War


Burns, Ken. The Civil War: Original Soundtrack Recording. New York, N.Y.: Elektra Nonesuch, 1990.


Burns, Ken. Songs of the Civil War. New York: Sony Music Video, 1991.

  A richer compilation accompanying a short documentary just on the music.


Downes, Olin. A Treasury of American Song, 2nd ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943.


Hakim, Joy. War, Terrible War: 1860-1865, 2nd ed. A History of US. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

  Chapter 31, After Words, has an excellent feature on songs. (Activities in the accompanying Teaching Guide.)


Primary Source Document Collections


Johnson, David. The Civil War. Amawalk NY: Jackdaw Publications, 1998,


Meltzer, Milton. Reconstruction. Amawalk NY: Jackdaw Publications, 1993.






Michelle Fraboni,
Feb 2, 2009, 7:14 PM