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29 Best Civil War Books of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Civil War books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best civil war books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2023)

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  1. 1

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

  2. 3
  4. 7

    Cold Mountain

    A Novel

    Charles Frazier

  5. 12
  6. 14

    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell

  7. 16

    The March

    EL Doctorow

  8. 20
  9. 22

    Company Aytch

    Samuel R. Watkins

  10. 24

    Lee's Lieutenants

    A Study in Command

    Douglas Southall Freeman

  11. 29

    Sherman's March

    Burke Davis


  • How was this Civil War books list created?

    We searched for "best Civil War books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Civil War books are in this list?

    There are 29 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Civil War books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Civil War books on the internet.

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