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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 2022)

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  1. 1

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

  2. 3
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  4. 7

    Cold Mountain

    A Novel

    Charles Frazier

  5. 12
  6. 14

    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell

  7. 16

    The March

    A Novel

    E.L. 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

FAQ

  • 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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