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A House Divided: The American Civil War
 

FICTION:

No Man’s Land: A Young Soldier’s Story by Susan Campbell Bartoletti 
Because he had been unable to fight off the gator that injured his father, 14-year-old Thrasher joins the Confederate Army hoping to prove his manhood.

Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty
12-year-old Hannalee, forced to relocate in Indiana along with other Georgia millworkers during the Civil War, leaves her mother with a promise to return home as soon as the war ends.

Jayhawker by Patricia Beatty
When Lije’s father is killed during a raid on a slaveholding plantation, he vows to carry through his father’s work and becomes a Union spy.

Second Sight by Gary Blackwood
In Washington, D.C., during the last days of the Civil War, a teen boy who performs in a mind reading act befriends a clairvoyant girl whose frightening visions foreshadow an assassination plot. 

Evvy’s Civil War by Miriam Brenaman
In Virginia in 1860, on the verge of the Civil War, 14-year-old Evvy chafes at the restrictions that her society places on both women and slaves.

March Toward the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac
Louis, a 15-year-old Abenaki Indian from Canada, is recruited to fight in the northern Irish Brigade in the Civil War--despite being too young, and neither American nor Irish.

The Tamarack Tree: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg by Patricia Clapp
An 18-year-old English girl finds her loyalties divided and all her resources tested as she and her friends experience the terrible physical and emotional hardships of the forty-seven day siege of Vicksburg in the spring of 1863.

With Every Drop of Blood by James Lincoln Collier
While trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, for Confederate soldiers, 14-year-old Johnny is captured by Cush, a black Union soldier.

The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War by Stephen Crane
Henry Fleming’s personal journey through the Civil War sees him transform from a child eager for adventure into a man.

My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier by Lynda Durrant
Jennie, a young Irish immigrant, dresses as a boy and serves in the 95th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War, surviving three years in combat with her true identity undiscovered.

Annie, Between the States by Laura Elliott
Instead of spending her teen years at parties and balls, Annie, an idealistic, poetry-loving patriot, finds herself nursing soldiers, hiding valuables, and running the household as the Civil War rages around her family’s Virginia home.

A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott 
Genna desperately wants to escape from a drug-infested world of poverty, and every day she wishes for a different life. One day, Genna’s wish is granted and she is instantly transported back to Civil War-era Brooklyn.

Bull Run by Paul Fleischman
Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys and worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War. 

Becca’s Story by James D. Forman
15-year-old Becca has two suitors, one offers stability and the other adventure, but when both men leave to fight in the Civil War, all Becca can do is pray for their safety.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl 
In a modern day small South Carolina town, 16-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection.  While getting to know each other, they both experience strange flashbacks to the Civil War.

Sequel: Beautiful Darkness 

Promises to the Dead by Mary Downing Hahn 
12-year-old Jesse leaves his home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to help a young runaway slave find a safe haven in the early days of the Civil War. 

Hear the Wind Blow by Mary Downing Hahn 
With their mother dead and their home burned, 13-year-old Haswell and his little sister set out across Virginia in search of relatives during the final days of the Civil War.

Which Way Freedom? by Joyce Hansen 
Obi escapes from slavery during the Civil War, joins a black Union regiment, and soon becomes involved in the bloody fighting at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. 

Sequels: Out From This Place, The Heart Calls Home

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
The story of Jethro Creighton, who comes of age during the Civil War. 

 

Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein
When the Civil War breaks out, two cousins, Lizzie and Rosanna, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict until the war reunites them in the town of Gettysburg. 

 

Time’s Memory by Julius Lester
Ekundayo, a Dogon spirit brought to America from Africa, inhabits the body of a young African American slave on a Virginia plantation, where he experiences loss, sorrow, and reconciliation in the months preceding the Civil War.

 

Dear Ellen Bee: A Civil War Scrapbook of Two Union Spies by Mary E. Lyons & Muriel M. Branch 
A scrapbook kept by a young black girl details her experiences and those of the older white woman, “Miss Bet,” who had freed her and her family, sent her north from Richmond to get an education, and then worked to bring an end to slavery. 

 

The War Within: A Novel of the Civil War by Carol Matas
In 1862, after Union forces expel Hannah’s family from their Mississippi home because they are Jewish, Hannah reexamines her views regarding slavery and the war.

When I Crossed No-Bob by Margaret McMullan
Ten years after the Civil War's end, 12-year-old Addy, abandoned by her parents, is taken from the horrid town of No-Bob, Mississippi, by a schoolteacher and his bride, but when her father returns to claim her she must find another way to leave her past behind.

Stonewall’s Gold by Robert J. Mrazek
When Jamie Lockhart uncovers a secret about the desecration of soldiers' graves near Stonewall Jackson's former headquarters in the Shenandoah Valley, he and two companions must traverse the war-torn valley and survive a monstrous blizzard in the winter of 1864.

Assassin by Anna Myers
A young White House seamstress named Bella and the actor John Wilkes Booth describe the events that lead to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
Follows a family’s history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.

Riot by Walter Dean Myers
In 1863, 15-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy “swells” of New York City.

The Cruisers by Walter Dean Myers
Four friends, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, The Cruiser, to try to make peace.

Sarny: A Life Remembered by Gary Paulsen 
Sarny, a 94-year-old former slave, recalls the years after the Civil War.
Sequel to: Nightjohn

Soldier’s Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers by Gary Paulsen 
Eager to enlist, 15-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat. 

The River Between Us by 
Richard Peck 
During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.

Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story by Andrea Davis Pinkney
In 1862, 11-year-old Summer and her 13-year-old brother Rosco take turns describing how life on the quiet Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the Civil War.

In My Father’s House by Ann Rinaldi
For two sisters growing up in Virginia surrounded by the Civil War, there is conflict both outside and inside their house.

An Acquaintance with Darkness by Ann Rinaldi 
When her mother dies and her best friend’s family is implicated in the assassination of President Lincoln, 14-year-old Emily must go live with an uncle she suspects of being involved in stealing bodies for medical research.

Amelia’s War by Ann Rinaldi 
When a Confederate general threatens to burn Hagerstown, Maryland, unless it pays an exorbitant ransom, 12-year-old Amelia must find a way to save her town.

The Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinaldi
During the Civil War in Virginia, Susan finds a way to help the Confederate Army and uncovers a series of mysterious family secrets. 

Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi 
To escape an abusive father and an arranged marriage, 16-year-old Sarah, dresses as a boy and leaves home to enlist in the Union Army, and becomes a soldier on the battlefields of Virginia as well as a Union spy working in the house of a Confederate sympathizer in Washington, D.C.

Numbering All the Bones by Ann Rinaldi
In the last year of the Civil War, 13-year-old Eulinda, the daughter of a slave and a slave owner on a Georgia plantation, waits for news of her older brother, who ran away to join the Union Army.

Sarah’s Ground by Ann Rinaldi 
In 1861, 18-year-old Sarah Tracy comes to work at Mount Vernon, the historic Virginia home of George Washington, where she tries to protect the safety and neutrality of the site during the Civil War.

An Unlikely Friendship: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley by Ann Rinaldi
Mary Todd and Elizabeth Keckley grew up in very different circumstances, but the black seamstress and the First Lady became best friends and confidantes during the turbulent years of the Lincoln administration.

My Vicksburg by Ann Rinaldi 
During the siege of Vicksburg, 13-year-old Claire Louise struggles with difficult choices when family and friends join opposing sides of the Civil War.

Leigh Ann’s Civil War by Ann Rinaldi
Spunky young Leigh Ann, just 11 when the Civil War breaks out, watches as her brothers go to war, helps care for her mentally ill father, and falls in love with a boy determined to be a soldier.

Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells
12-year-old India Moody must summon courage she didn’t know she had to plunge into one of the Civil War’s most tragic and terrifying events—the Battle of Antietam—to get medicine to her desperately sick father.

Black Storm Comin’ by Diane Lee Wilson 
12-year-old Colton, son of a black mother and a white father, takes a job with the Pony Express in 1860 after his father abandons the family on their California-bound wagon train, and risks his life to deliver an important letter that may affect the growing conflict between the North and South.

NON-FICTION:

Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War: Authentic Accounts of the Strange and Unexplained by
Christopher Coleman
133.1 COLEMAN

Outrageous Women of Civil War Times by Mary Furbee

920.72 FURBEE

Break Those Chains at Last: African Americans, 1860-1880 by Noralee Frankel

Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Iron-Clads, High Powered Weapons and More to Win the Civil War by Thomas Allen
973.7 ALLEN

The Civil War: Opposing Viewpoints by William Dudley

The Civil War by Michael Golay

The Civil War: A House Divided by Zachary Kent

Fields of Fury: The American Civil War by James McPherson

Behind the Blue and Gray: The Soldier’s Life in the Civil War by Delia Ray

Civil War Medicine by Douglas Savage

The Everything Civil War Book: Everything You Need to Know About the War that Divided the Nation by Brooke Stoddard
973.7 STODDARD

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

Voices from the Civil War: A Documentary History of the Great American Conflict by Milton Meltzer

Women in the Civil War by Douglas Savage

Life in the North During the Civil War by Timothy L. Biel

Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War, 1831-1861 by Christopher Collier

The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War by Jim Murphy

Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil War by Jennifer Armstrong

Civil War Forts by Victor Brooks

Unconditional Surrender: U.S. Grant and the Civil War by Albert Marrin

Virginia’s General: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War by Albert Marrin

The Civil War by Don Nardo

War Between Brothers by Time-Life Books

The Battle of Antietam by James P. Reger

Secret Weapons in the Civil War by Victor Brooks

Never Were Men So Brave: The Irish Brigade During the Civil War by Susan Provost Beller

African Americans in the Civil War by Victor Brooks

“We'll Stand by the Union”: Robert Gould Shaw and the Black 54th Massachusetts Regiment by Peter Burchard

Billy Yank & Johnny Reb: Soldiering in the Civil War by Susan Provost Beller

Confederate Generals of the Civil War by Carl R. Green

The Soldier’s Life in the Civil War by Douglas Savage

Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment by Clinton Cox

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M.  Walker

Dancing Along the Deadline: The Andersonville Memoir of a Prisoner of the Confederacy by Ezra Hoyt Ripple

Women Doctors and Nurses of the Civil War by Lesli J. Favor

Spies in the Civil War by Albert A. Nofi

Women Civil War Spies of the Union by Lois Sakany 

Women Civil War Spies of the Confederacy by Larissa Phillips