Recommended Reading

Our recommended reading page is an ever-expanding list of the best and most authoritative books on the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Park at Gettysburg, Gettysburg in general and the Civil War as a whole.  If you have a suggestion for the list, please visit our Contact page and send us a note with your thoughts. We appreciate your support!

Gettysburg / Civil War Books


Time Life: Civil War

(Complete 28 Volume set including index)
This series of books chronicles in great detail the American Civil War, each volume focusing on a different topic. It’s a classic set of books that every Civil War nerd should have in their library!


The Killer Angels

by Michael Shaara

The classic novel of the Civil War. This is a fictionalized work but serves as a great primer for the Gettysburg newbie.


A Killer Angel’s Companion

by D. Scott Hartwig

For the Gettysburg newbie who finished “The Killer Angels” and wants to know what to believe.


General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Controversial Soldier

by Jeffry D. Wert


Stand Firm, Ye Boys From Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign

by Thomas A. Desjardin


An Environmental History of the Civil War

by Judkin Browning & Timothy Silver


A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac

by Zachery A. Fry

Books By Our Guests


Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11

by Tom McMillan


Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers

by Tom McMillan


Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Gettysburg Legend of Two Friends at the Turning Point of the Civil War

by Tom McMillan


111th New York Volunteer Infantry: A Civil War History

by Martin Husk


Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain and Harpers Ferry

by Matt Borders and Joseph Stahl


Gettysburg July 1

by David Martin


Gettysburg a Testing of Courage

by Noah Andre Trudeau


Lee Is Trapped and Must Be Taken

by Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus


Battle Tested!

by Jeffrey D. McCausland and Tom Vossler


The Shrivers’ Story: Eyewitnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg

by Nancie Gudmestad


The Last To Fall: The 1922 March, Battles & Deaths of U.S. Marines at Gettysburg

by Richard D. L. Fulton and James Rada, Jr.


Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History

by James A. Hessler and Wayne Motts


Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard

by James A. Hessler and Britt C. Isenberg


Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg

by James A. Hessler


National Park Series — The Battle of Gettysburg

by D. Scott Hartwig


To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862

by D. Scott Hartwig


Devil’s Den: A History and Guide

by Timothy H. Smith and Garry E. Adelman


John Burns: ‘The Hero’ of Gettysburg

by Timothy H. Smith


The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies

by Dr. Peter S. Carmichael


Men Is Cheap: Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America

by Brian Luskey


Death, Disease, and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, 111th and 98th New York Infantry Regiments, 1862-1865

by Christopher E Loperfido


Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment

by Cory M. Pfarr


Faces of Union Soldiers

by Joseph Stahl & Matthew Borders


Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg

by Ronald D. Kirkwood

Other Great Books