150th Civil War Anniversary

2015 marks a year of significant 150th Civil War anniversaries. We’re commemorating the anniversary of the end of the Civil War by reading and discussing Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women March-April, which is set in post-Civil War America. Here is some other Civil War era fiction you may also enjoy reading:

Untitled-4Joseph and his cousin Thomas are struggling to survive in the Confederate Army. But even as they face the horrors of war, they have a secret which could free them: they?re sisters, Josephine and Libby.


11-20 CDMavis Gallant Award-winning author Jack Todd—an American expat living in Canada—pens an epic work of historical fiction based partly on his own relatives. Spanning the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties, Sun Going Down details three generations of the Paint family as they work to find their places on the untamed American frontier.

Layout 1Gone with the Wind tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, a wealthy American southern Belle whose fortunes take a turn for the worse during the Civil War. From never working a day in her life to managing her nearly destroyed family homestead from the fields, Scarlett’s journey is at first unimaginable to a woman of her time.

Layout 1The finest novel of the Civil War, and one of the greatest battle stories ever toldThe question of courage enters Henry Fleming’s mind the moment he dons the blue uniform of the Union Army.



It is a story of a lesser — known part of the Civil War, the Western campaign, a part different in its issues and its problems, and fought with a different savagery.



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In this departure from her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, Chiaverini weaves a historical fiction tale profiling the life of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who would become a dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln.


61QZKb25CVL A stunning work of fictional history that recreates two days of intense battle in the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of the officers and foot soldiers in a single squad.



downloadGeorgia 1864: Sherman’s army marches inexorably from Atlanta to the sea. In its path: the charming old city of Savannah, where the Lester ladies-attractive widow Sara and her feisty twelve-year-old daughter Hattie-struggle to save the family rice plantation.


Layout 1The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world of the ancient Greeks. Within the story of our Iliad one battle stands forth above all others: Gettysburg.

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The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically acceptable.


Untitled-2A generation after the South wins the Civil War, it annexes critical territory in Mexico. Outraged, the United States declares total war.



Layout 1Against the breathtaking backdrop of Appalachia comes a rich, multilayered post—Civil War saga of three generations of families–their dreams, their downfalls, and their faith.



This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960’s.


Layout 1Raised in ruins and orphaned by the Civil War, Molly is a refugee who has no interest in self-pity. When a mysterious benefactor appears out her father’s past to rescue her, she never looks back.


Layout 1Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate New York, Liberty Fish is the son of fervent abolitionists as well as the grandson of Carolina slaveholders even more dedicated to their cause.


soldiers heratIn this captivating tale Paulsen vividly shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy’s eyes and one boy’s heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.





One thought on “150th Civil War Anniversary

  1. I enjoyed “Red Badge of Courage” and I’ve seen an adaptation of “Miss Jane Pittman.” I also love Gary Paulsen’s work (Hatchet, Woods Runner), so I can’t wait to read “Soldier’s Heart.” But I don’t see Shaara’s “Gettysburg” or “Gods and Generals” here; I’ve watched adaptations of both. Let’s not forget “Cold Mountain” either!


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