Books covering the soldiers, battles, causes of the war, impact of the war on civilians, and every other topic conceivable, includes thousands of titles. This page provides a listing of books specifically referenced by our monthly programs. For additional suggestions, please review the Books in Print section of the Confederate Veteran magazine.
Guilford County and the Civil War
Guilford County residents felt the brutal impact of the Civil War on both the homefront and the battlefield. From the plight of antislavery Quakers to the strength of women, the county was awash in political turmoil. Intriguing abolitionists, fire-breathing secessionists, peacemakers, valiant soldiers and carpetbaggers are some of the figures who contributed to the chaotic time. General Joseph E. Johnston's parole of the Army of Tennessee at Greensboro, as well as the birth of a free black community following the Confederate defeat, brought amazing changes. Local author and historian Carol Moore traces the romantic days in the lead-up to war, the horrors of war itself and the decades of aftermath that followed.
Carol Moore will present a discussion on her latest book at Barnes & Noble (Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408) on Thursday, July 9, at 7:00 PM.
The 21st North Carolina Infantry: A Civil War History, with a Roster of Officers
Lee W. Sherrill, Jr.
The 21st North Carolina Troops (11th North Carolina Volunteers) was one of only two Tar Heel Confederate regiments that in 1865 could boast “From Manassas to Appomattox.” The 21st was the only North Carolina regiment with Stonewall Jackson during his 1862 Valley Campaign and remained with the same division throughout the war. It participated in every major battle fought by the Army of Northern Virginia except the 1864 Overland Campaign, when General Lee sent it to fight its own intense battles near New Bern and Plymouth.
This book is written from the perspective of the 1,942 men who served in the regiment and is filled with anecdotal material gleaned from more than 700 letters and memoirs. In several cases it sheds new light on accepted but often incorrect interpretations of events. Names such as Lee, Jackson, Hoke, Trimble, Hill, Early, Ramseur and Gordon charge through the pages as the Carolina regiment gains a name for itself. Suffering a 50 percent casualty rate over the four years, only 67 of the 920 young men and boys who began the war surrendered to Grant at its end.
Guilford Under the Stars and Bars
C. Michael Briggs
Guilford County's role in the War for Southern Independence 1861-1865, with an introduction by William J. Moore.
Includes a driving tour of Guilford County's 24 Civil War historical sites.
"Michael Briggs' book Guilford Under the Stars and Bars is a great addition to the local history of Guilford County, NC. I think he has exhausted all of the known primary and secondary sources about what happened in the county during the War Between the States. He has created a brand new book that should be read by anyone interested in how the citizens of Greensboro, High Point and surrounding communities played roles in the end of the war. As a bonus, he tells us about the gun manufacturers in the county dating back to pre-Colonial days. There's something in this book for everyone; Guilford County residents, local historians, relic hunters, and history buffs interested in tracking the facinating history of the end of the war." - Clint Johnson (Civil War writer)
The Confederate Surrender at Greensboro
Robert M. Dunkerly
Drawing upon more than 200 eyewitness accounts, this work chonicles the largest troop surrender of the Civil War, at Greensboro—one of the most confusing, frustrating and tension-filled events of the war. Long overshadowed by Appomattox, this event was equally important in ending the war, and is much more representative of how most Americans in 1865 experienced the conflict's end.
The book includes a timeline, organizational charts, an order of battle, maps and illustrations. It also uses many unpublished accounts and provides information on Confederate campsites that have been lost to development and neglect.
Robert M. Dunkerly, a park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park, is an historian, author and speaker involved in historic preservcation and research.
Empire of the Owls
H.V. Traywick Jr.
In the middle of the nineteenth century steam power replaced muscle power as the prime mover of civilization, and the Industrial Revolution roared across the world. A new World-Cycle, the Machine Age, was born. But in the Southern United States men took up arms against the imperatives of the machine, and their Lost Cause marked the end of the Age of Agriculture.
By the editing of contemporary diaries, letters, essays, newspaper editorials, memoirs, histories and official records, and the collation of them into a narrative form, this work offers a contemporaneous portrait of the old Republic, the Old South, the storm-tossed Confederacy, and the revolution that swept it all away, transforming an agrarian Union into an industrial Empire.
Georgia Remembers Gettysburg: A Collection of First-Hand Accounts Written by Georgia Soldiers
During the Gettysburg Campaign, troops from Georgia formed a sizable portion of General Robert E. Lee's famed Army of Northern Virginia. From the first crossing of the Potomac River to the bravery and sacrifice exhibited in heavy fighting on July 1 and 2, and ultimately through the agonizing retreat back to Virginia, Georgians played a key role at every stage of the campaign. This collection of accounts written during and after the war by Georgia soldiers provides a unique view into the Gettysburg Campaign from the perspective of those who were in the ranks over the course of those momentous days in the Summer of 1863.