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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Controversial Soldier

by Jeffry D. Wert

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

by Thomas A. Desjardin

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An Environmental History of the Civil War

by Judkin Browning & Timothy Silver

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

by Zachery A. Fry

Books By Our Guests

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111th New York Volunteer Infantry: A Civil War History

by Martin Husk

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Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain and Harpers Ferry

by Matt Borders and Joseph Stahl

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Gettysburg July 1

by David Martin

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Gettysburg a Testing of Courage

by Noah Andre Trudeau

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Lee Is Trapped and Must Be Taken

by Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus

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Battle Tested!

by Jeffrey D. McCausland and Tom Vossler

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The Shrivers’ Story: Eyewitnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg

by Nancie Gudmestad

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

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

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

by James A. Hessler and Wayne Motts

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Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard

by James A. Hessler and Britt C. Isenberg

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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

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National Park Series — The Battle of Gettysburg

by D. Scott Hartwig

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To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862

by D. Scott Hartwig

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Devil’s Den: A History and Guide

by Timothy H. Smith and Garry E. Adelman

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John Burns: ‘The Hero’ of Gettysburg

by Timothy H. Smith

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

by Dr. Peter S. Carmichael

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

by Brian Luskey

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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

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Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment

by Cory M. Pfarr

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Faces of Union Soldiers

by Joseph Stahl & Matthew Borders

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

by Ronald D. Kirkwood

Other Great Books