Suggested Reading List
"Bayonet! Forward" My Civil War Reminiscences
Author: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Description: A collection of professor and Civil War general Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's most noted writings, covering his experiences in Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Petersburg and Appomattox.
A Short History of Charleston
Author: Robert Rosen
Description: A third-generation Charlestonian, Rosen traces the history of Good King Charles's City from its founding to the present with flair.
Author: Thomas Keneally
Description: An elegant, brief biography of the Kentucky-born political hero.
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.
Civil War Petersburg, Confederate City in the Crucible of War
Author: A. Wilson Greene
Description: The noted Civil War historian Wil Greene's expertly researched, eloquently written history of the Virginia city that was second only to Richmond in size and strategic significance during the Civil War.
Fodor's Washington D.C.'s 25 Best
Description: A shirt-pocket guide with an excellent pull-out map and essential information on museums, sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, hotels and nightlife.
Lincoln on War
Author: Harold Holzer
Description: Holzer turns to Lincoln's own writings and speeches for this illuminating collection of the great president' thoughts on war.
Literary Charleston, A Lowcountry Reader
Author: Curtis Worthington (Editor), Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (Introduction)
Description: A lovingly edited anthology of writing about Charleston, arranged chronologically and including heavyweights such as Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe, as well as less known writers.
Moon Handbook Virginia, Including Washington D.C
Author: Julian Smith
Description: This compact guidebook covers Virginia and the Capital region. It combines text on history, culture and nature with practical information for travelers, and it features plenty of photographs, maps and illustrations.
Personal Memoirs, Ulysses S. Grant
Author: Ulysses S. Grant
Description: A remarkable (and big) account of a rich life, from a poor boy on the frontier to a great general and president, written by Grant on his deathbed -- and originally edited by none other than Mark Twain.
Richmond Burning, The Last Days of the Confederate Capital
Author: Nelson D. Lankford
Description: A narrative account of the fall of Richmond, which signaled the end of the Confederacy. Citing a variety of primary documents, Lankford creates a vivid portrait of events and personalities at the dusk of the Civil War.
Starving the South, How the North Won the Civil War
Author: Andrew F. Smith
Description: Smith chronicles the role food -- and the relative lack thereof by the confederates -- in determining the outcome of the Civil War.
Team of Rivals
Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Description: Goodwin explores how Lincoln transformed three former political opponents into essential members of his cabinet.
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 Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Author: Stephen L. Carter
Description: A professor of law at Yale, novelist Carter projects an alternate history, where Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford's Theater, in this thrilling, provocative novel.
Author: E. L. Doctorow
Description: In this powerful historical novel, Doctorow captures the drama and import of General William Tecumseh Sherman's devastating march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the final years of the Civil War.
This Republic of Suffering, Death and the American Civil War
Author: Drew Gilpin Faust
Description: Dr. Faust, President of Harvard University, explores in fascinating detail how the Civil War's unprecedented bloodshed changed America's cultural, political and spiritual attitudes towards death.
U.S. Grant, The Making of a General, 1861-1863
Author: Michael B. Ballard
Description: Ballard traces the evolution of Grant's strategic and tactical concepts from the outset of the Civil War to to overall commander.
United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map
Description: A map of the eastern United States from the northern half of Georgia to the southern part of New York, at a scale of 1,200,000.
Very Charleston, A Celebration of History, Culture, and Lowcountry Charm
Author: Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
Description: A quirky overview of the city and its attractions, this guide provides an original, entertaining and colorful paean to one of America's most historic and popular destinations.
Author: Gore Vidal
Description: The sixth installation in Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire" historical novel series. This tale of corruption follows the lives of a conservative senator and a newspaper publisher in Washington D.C.
Washington, DC Map
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A laminated, folded map of the capital at a scale of 1:15,000.