Civil War Library

The books listed below are all contained on a self-starting CD. They are read offline using your Internet browser. Many of these titles are not available new anywhere in regular book form, being out of print. Some are out of print because they were written in an era of different sensitivities and are now "politically incorrect."


CIVIL WAR LIBRARY
Collection on Self Starting CD


The Civil War Library Collection on CD is priced at $10 postpaid.
All of the following titles are included on one self starting CD

Title/Author

Description

Classification
Hospital Sketches
by
Louisa May Alcott
A volunteer nurse treats Union wounded and dying at a Washington hospital. Historical Novel
The Guns of Bull Run
by
Joseph A. Altsheler
A young person's novel about the beginning of the war. The battles of Sumter and Manassas accurately and vividly described. Historical Novel
The Star of Gettysburg
by
Joseph A. Altsheler
The same characters developed in Altsheler's previous novel now witness and participate in the war's climax. Historical Novel
The Valley Campaigns
by
Thomas Almond Ashby
The author was a boy of twelve when the war started.  His home was in the Shenandoah Valley.  He witnessed many of the events that are associated with that region, both the battles and the wanton destruction directed against the civil population by the Union strategy.   Ashby credits the bonds of mutual loyalty between the slaves and their masters with allowing the white menfolk to go to war while leaving their families and land in the trustworthy hands of their servants. Memoirs
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
by
Ambrose Bierce
Bierce was a Union veteran who rose to prominence as a writer of stories of the mysterious and supernatural.  This story of the Civil War is about a Southern civilian who was lured by a Yankee spy into attempting sabotage  He was trapped, captured, and condemned to be hanged on Owl Creek Bridge. Short Story, Fiction
Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison,
Volume 1
by
Belle Boyd
Belle Boyd was a very active and effective spy for the Confederacy. She risked her life many times to bring important intelligence to General Stonewall Jackson and other leaders. Autobiography
Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison,
Volume 2
by
Belle Boyd
Belle Boyd recounts many events from her adventurous life. She had repeated narrow escapes from both rifle fire and the hangman's noose. She wrote her autobiography as an exile in England. Autobiography
The Army of the Cumberland
by
Henry M. Cist
The story of the North's main Army in the central arena of the war. History
Red Badge of Courage
by
Stephen Crane
A classic novel about the thoughts and emotions of an inexperienced young Union soldier going into combat in the Civil War.

Historical Novel
My Escape from Slavery
by
Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was a very popular and influential speaker. He provided impetus to the abolitionist movement. Born a slave, in 1838 Douglas escaped to Massachusetts where he was influenced by William Lloyd Garrison to become active in the anti-slavery cause. Autobiography
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
by
Frederick Douglass
"This Narrative contains many affecting incidents, many passages of great eloquence and power; but I think the most thrilling one of them all is the description DOUGLASS gives of his feelings, as he stood soliloquizing respecting his fate, and the chances of his one day being a freeman, on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay--viewing the receding vessels as they flew with their white wings before the breeze, and apostrophizing them as animated by the living spirit of freedom." -- Wm. Lloyd Garrison Autobiography
Personal Memoirs,
Volume 1
by
U.S. Grant
President Grant's autobiography written shortly before his death. West Point, the Mexican War, and the beginning of the American Civil War are described from the perspective of an active participant and history maker.

Autobiography
Personal Memoirs,
Volume 2
by
U.S. Grant
Grant continues and concludes with the last part of the Civil War. An appendix gives his official reports to the War Department during the conflict. Autobiography
Uncle Remus
by
Joel Chandler Harris
Classic tales of Br'er Rabbit as told by the former slave, Uncle Remus, who also explains why he took up a rifle during the war to defend his owner's son from the Yankees. Novel
Old John Brown
by
Walter Hawkins
The life story of John Brown, whose anti-slavery fanaticism drove him to murder and treason. His failed raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, was an omen of the great war to follow two years later. A devil to most Southerners, a saint to many Northeners - just who was this man? Biography
With Lee in Virginia
by
G.A. Henty
A Victorian novel about the Civil War: runaway slaves, plantation life, codes of honor, kind and cruel slave owners, and the war itself. Designed to appeal chiefly to teen-agers.

Historical Novel
On the Trail of Grant and Lee
by
Frederick Trevor Hill
Parallel biographies of the two top generals on both sides of the War Between the States, their similarities and differences in character and in strategic thinking. Biography
A Boy's Experience in the Civil War
by
Thomas Hughes
Thomas Hughes was twelve years old when the war started. His father was a prominent Richmond physician, whose patients included the Lees and the Davises. Many famous military figures and politicians are described from first-hand observation. He was sixteen and a cadet at VMI when he witnessed the entrance into Richmond of the victorious Union army. Autobiography
Recollections and Letters of General Lee
by
Cpt. Robert E. Lee
A loving biography by General Robert E. Lee's son, it contains many personal letters and official documents written by the general. Biography
The Anti-Slavery Crusade
by
Jesse Macy
The historical roots and the development of the movement that precipitated the Civil War. History
The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby
by
John Singleton Mosby
John S. Mosby was one of the most colorful figures of the war. Well educated, but untrained militarily, he left his law practice to enlist as a private in the Confederate army, where he discovered his true talent. He played a key role in Stuart's famous ride around the Union army. As an exhanged prisoner of war he brought back information to Lee that led to the defeat of Pope. Finally, as a partisan, or guerilla commander, his daring exploits brought him international fame while interrupting Union supply lines and keeping thousands of Yankee soldiers occupied in that part of Virginia known as "Mosby's Confederacy." Autobiography
Personal Memoirs:
Volume 1 of 2
by
Philip H. Sheridan
In this volume Sheridan describes his childhood, his experiences at West Point, his role in the Mexican War, and the first half of the Civil War. Autobiography
Personal Memoirs: Volume 2 of 2
by
Philip H. Sheridan
Sheridan describes his contest with Confederate Gen. Early for the Shenandoah Valley, fighting Stuart at Yellow Tavern, and the Civil War to its conclusion. He then played a part in governing the South as a Reconstruction official, and as an Indian fighter on the western frontiers. He concludes with comments on the Franco-Prussian War, which he observed as a guest of Bismark. Autobiography
Abraham Lincoln and the Union
by
Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Lincoln's role as leader of the North. Biography, History
The Day of the Confederacy
by
Nathaniel W. Stephenson
A chronicle of the embattled South. The founding, growth, and death of the Confederate States of America. History
Morgan's Men, A Narrative of Personal Experience
by
Henry Lane Stone
In this short work, originally given as a speech, the author recounts some of his personal experiences serving under the famous Confederate raider, General John Hunt Morgan.  Stone's adventures include being captured twice and escaping twice from Yankee prisons, fleeing into Canada, and returning to the Confederacy to fight again.  
Uncle Tom's Cabin
by
Harriet Beecher Stowe
"So you're the little lady who started the war," Lincoln said when he met the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Indeed, the influence of fictional characters created by a woman who had no first-hand experience with slavery, or even the South, is amazing. Historical Novel
Destruction and Reconstruction
by
Richard Taylor
In recounting his personal experiences, General Taylor produced a masterful history of the war, with special attention to the often neglected western theatre. Taylor first served under Stonewall Jackson, whose methods he later adapted in defeating Banks in his Red River Campaign. A brilliant commander and an astute observer, Taylor's severe judgments of high officers, North and South, and his comments about Reconstruction are particularly valuable. Autobiography
The War - 'Stonewall' Jackson, His Campaigns and Battles
by
James H. Wood
Memoirs of the Captain of Company "D," 37th Virginia Infantry Regiment.  Wood was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institue at Lexington where he saw the war's approach transform the mild mannered Professor Jackson into a fiery warrior admonishing the cadets to prepare to "draw the sword and throw away the scabbard!"

Memoirs
Captains of the Civil War
by
William Wood
A fast-moving, unbiased narrative of the Civil War, written in the 1920's by a noted Canadian historian and military officer. History

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