Suggested Reading List
Battle Cry of Freedom, The Civil War Era
Author: James McPherson
Description: A comprehensive, vivid history of the Civil War, its genesis, battles, politics and personalities from the war with Mexico to Appomattox. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the book may be 900 pages long but it reads like a good novel.
Chattanooga: Then and Now
Author: William F. Hull
Description: The history of this storied city in photographs, which volume document the landmarks that remain and the ones that exist only in images.
Henry Clay, The Essential American
Author: David and Jeanne Heidler
Description: David and Jeanne Heidler cover the sweep of the tumultuous life and career of Henry Clay. He was the Great Compromiser, a canny legislator, speaker of the House, senator, secretary of state, five-time presidential candidate -- and an idol to the young Abraham Lincoln.
Life on the Mississippi
Author: Mark Twain
Description: Twains return to the days of his youth spent on the Mississippi in this classic. Full of historical information, anecdotes, character sketches and fond memories, it's at once a romantic history of a mighty river and an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days.
Lincoln's Men, How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation
Author: William Davis
Description: A portrait of Lincoln as a wise and strong military leader using letters written by Civil War soldiers.
Old Hickory's War, Andrew Jackson and the Quest for Empire
Author: David and Jeanne Heidler
Description: A true tale of intrigue, prejudice, betrayal, and revenge. After the War of 1812 ans his success at the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson destroyed his opponents -- British, Spanish, Native Americans -- in his drive to expand the growing U.S. empire -- and to launch himself onto the national stage.
River of Dark Dreams
Author: Walter Johnson
Description: Using slave narratives, popular literature, legal records, and personal correspondence, Walter Johnson recreates the culture, commerce and history of the Mississippi Valley before the Civil War.
Author: Shelby Foote
Description: Told through the perspectives of a diverse cast of soldiers, Foote's brilliant novel transports the reader to Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee.
Shiloh, The Battle that Changed the Civil War
Author: Larry J. Daniel
Description: The first scholarly study of the battle of Shiloh in more than twenty years, this well researched historical account juxtaposes scenes from the battlefield with glimpses into the driving politics behind the respective capitals of Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia.
Six Armies in Tennessee
Author: Steven E. Woodworth
Description: Woodworth's astute, concise analysis of the bloody battle of Chickamauga and struggle for Chattanooga.
The Civil War, A Concise History
Author: Louis Masur
Description: Masur brings remarkable clarity to the origins of the terrible war, battles and outcome in this incisive pocket history.
The Civil War, An Illustrated History
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
Description: An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts.
The River Queen
Author: Mary Morris
Description: An engaging, meditative account of travels aboard a houseboat on the upper Mississippi (the journey ends in Paris Landing, Tennessee).
The Shipwreck of Their Hopes, the Battles for Chattanooga
Author: Peter Cozzens
Description: A well researched account of the battles for Chatanooga.
Trail of Tears, The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation
Author: John Ehle
Description: The history of the Cherokee, from their first settlement in the Southeast to their forced exile from Georgia to the West; it makes for a heartbreaking story of history, politics and power.
Voices on the River
Author: Walter Havighurst
Description: Havinghurst relates the colorful tale of famous steamboats and men who piloted them in this classic collection of tales of the Mississippi.
William Clark and the Shaping of the West
Author: Landon Y. Jones
Description: Jones captures the drama and significance of the life of Brigadier General William Clark in this vivid tale of the man and the ruthless, often lawless, expansion of the American frontier.