Guns & Roses:
Novels of the Civil War

Richard Adams. Traveller. Knopf, 1988.
A view of the stark reality of war as seen through the eyes of Robert E. Lee's closest companion-his devoted horse, Traveller.

John Edward Ames. Soldier's Heart. Bantam, 1996.
Corinne Price enlists the aid of a former rebel soldier and a Yankee aristocrat to clear the named of her brother, Channing, a rebel soldier imprisoned in a brutal asylum who has been accused of a cowardly massacre at the war's end.

Allen Appel. In Time of War. C&G, 2003.
Historian and reluctant time traveler (he has no control over when and where "time" will take him) Alex Balfour is transported into the middle of a Civil War battle and makes a desperate attempt to save Abraham Lincoln from assassination.

Lynn N. Austin. A LIght to My Path. Bethany House, 2004.
Young Kitty struggles with the decision to run away to freedom when it is learned that the Yankees are advancing upon the plantattion where she is a house slave.

Howard Bahr. Black Flower. N&A, 1997.
After Hood's Army of Tennessee is all but obliterated at the Battle of Franklin, Bushrod Carter, a wounded 26-year old Confederate rifleman, comes under the care of Anna Hereford, who tentatively returns his advances. But when he leaves with his comrades, she is left to grieve for what might have been.

Allen B. Ballard. Where I'm Bound. S&S, 2000.
Tells of the experiences of runaway slave Sgt. Joe Duckett of the 3rd U.S. Colored Cavalry and of the family he left behind.

Geraldine Brooks. March. Viking, 2004.
An idealistic Concord preacher (Mr. March of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women) leaves his impoverished family behind to serve as a Chaplain in the Union Army.

Dee Alexander Brown. Conspiracy of Knaves. Wings, 1986.
Confederate agents, Northern Copperheads, and an ambitious double agent named Belle Rutledge, plot to free rebel prisoners in Chicago.

Rita Mae Brown. High Hearts. Bantam, 1986.
Geneva Chattfield disguises herself as a man in order to follow her husband to war and proves herself more of a soldier than he is. Meanwhile, Maj. Mars Vickers is shocked to find himself attracted to the young soldier named Jimmy.

Alden R. Carter. Bright Starry Banner. Soho, 2003.
A meticulous re-creation of the bloodt Battle of Stone Rover in December of 1862 in which the armies of Rosecrans and Bragg battered each other for three days.

Bernard Cornwell. Rebel. HarperCollins, 1993.
Nathaniel Starbuck, the son of a well-known Boston abolitionist preacher, finds himself stuck in Virginia in April 1861. After a Richmond landowner rescues him from a Yankee-hating mob, Nate joins the newly formed Faulconer's Legion and prepares to fight against his native North--more out of rebellion against his father than out of belief in States' Rights. Followed by: Copperhead (1994); Battle Flag (1995); The Bloody Ground (1996).

Harold Coyle. Look Away. S&S, 1995
Brothers James and Kevin Bannon, sons of a prosperous but tyrannical New Jersey businessman, see their fierce loyalty to each other shattered when they both fall in love with the same woman who dies a shocking death. Afterwards, James is sent to VMI while Kevin goes to a school in the North. When war breaks out, they find themselves fighting on opposite sides. Followed by: Until the End (1996).

Stephen Crane. Red Badge of Courage
Young Henry Fleming has his baptism of fire at Chancellorsville and runs in fear but eventually finds within himself the courage to fight.

Richard Croker. To Make Men Free. Morrow, 2004.
Croker dramatically re-creates the bloodiest day ever witnessed on American soil (22,000 killed or wounded), as the armies of Robert E. Lee and George McClellan clash near Antietem Creek, Maryland in 1862, as seen through the eyes of Stonewall Jackson's young adjutant, Kyd Douglas, and a little-known Northern reporter named George Smalley.

Janet Dailey. Legacies. Little, Brown, 1995.
While Lije Stuart, scion of a wealthy Cherokee plantation family, serves as a Confederate soldier, his finacé, Diane Parmelee, the daughter of a Union officer, sides with her father.

Sandra Dallas. Alice's Tulips. St. Martin's, 2000.
After her husband enlists in the Union Army, 18-year-old newlywed Alice Bullock faces life's challenges--runnig the family farm, dealing with her ornery mother-in-law, facing a murder charge--by finding solace in quilting and writing letters to her sister.

David Delman. Ain't Goin' to Glory. St. Martin's, 1991.
Stephen Jardine, a reporter for Horace Greeley's Tribune is among those caught in the turmoil of the July, 1863, New York City Draft riots.

Elizabeth Nell Dubus. Twilight of the Dawn. St. Martin's, 1989.
Louisiana siblings Tom and Gabrielle Cannon are accused of disloyalty to the South because of the people they love.

Tom Dyja. Play for a Kingdom. Harcourt, Brace, 1997.
In 1864, just before the bloody battle of Spotsylvania, a Union company from Brooklyn is challenged by one from Alabama to a series of baseball games held between skirmishes.

Mignon G. Eberhart. Bayou Road. Random, 1979.
Mary Chastain struggles to care for her home and family during the Union occupation of New Orleans. She soon finds her loyalties divided by the presence of a former spark, Yankee major John Farrell, who is billeted in her house and threatened by a mysterious menace.

Elena Yates Eulo. Southern Woman. St. Martin's, 1993.
Elizabeth Crocker is shunned by her neighbors after her husband leaves to fight for the North. When her husband is subsequently murdered and she shoots his attacker in the back she is charged with murder.

Ed Gorman (ed.) The Blue and the Gray Undercover. T. Doherty, 2001.
18 tales depicting the high-stakes exploits of Union & Confederate spies.

Thomas Fleming. When This Cruel War is Over. Forge, 2001.
In 1864, a war-weary Union major and a woman who has allied herself with a conspiracy to form a western confederacy, struggle to find love amidst the ruins.

Shelby Foote. Shiloh. Dial, 1952.
The battle of Shiloh unfolds through the eyes of the common soldiers-both North and South-who fight, suffer and die during the brutal contest.

Robert H. Fowler. The Battle of Milroy Station. Forge, 2003.
In 1896, Southern senator Andrew Jackson Mundy is urged to jump parties to become William McKinley's running mate. He refuses because of an incident from his past when, during the Civil War, he witnesses an atrocity but remains silent...a decision that will haunt him.

Charles Frazier. Cold Mountain. Atlantic Monthly, 1997.
After being seriously wounded, a disillusioned Confederate soldier deserts and begins the long trek home to the remote hills of North Carolina for a reunion with his beloved Ada, who has been struggling to maintain the family farm she inherited.

Newt Gingrich, William Forstchen & Albert S. Hanner. Gettysburg. T. Dunne, 2003.
Lee victorious at Gettysburg? A fascinating "what if" account of the pivotal battle of the Civil War. Followed by: Grant Comes East (2004).

Heather Graham. One Wore Blue. Dell, 1991.
Proud Southern belle Kiernan McKay is horrified when Jesse Cameron, the man she loves, joins the Union army. Meanwhile, his brother Daniel, a Confederate officer, falls for Callie Michaelson, a staunch supporter of the Union. Followed by: And One Wore Gray (1992) & And One Rode West (1992).

Also by Heather Graham:

Rebel. Fawcett, 1998.
Ordered to capture the South's most notorious spy known as Moccasin, Major Ian McKenzie learns that his quarry is his own wife.

Surrender. Topaz, 1998.
Jerome McKenzie, the captain of a boat out of Florida, captures a Union general's daughter trying to sneak a message to a friend behind Confederate lines. Their initial animosity leads to feelings of quite another species.

Julian Green. The Stars of the South. M. Boyars, 1996.
A sequel to The Distant Lands (1991). Her husband and lover having killed each other in a duel, Englishwoman Elizabeth Escridge now lives in reduced splendor in Savannah with her son and tries to fit in with the strictures of genteel high society. She is rescued from her despair by a cousin whom she marries, but tragedy soon follows.

David Healey. Sharpshooter. Jove, 1999.
Lucas Cole--the best sharpshooter in the Confederate Army--is assigned the most challenging mission of his career: to kill General Ulysses S. Grant.

Lorraine Heath. Always to Remember. Jove, 1997.
Sculptor Clayton Holland is shunned as a coward after he refuses to fight for the Southern cause. Determined to punish him, Meg Warner, whose husband and brothers died in the war, commissions him to create a war memorial to the fallen heroes, but as the months go by she begins to see the strength and courage behind Holland's decision.

Will Henry. Journey to Shiloh. Random, 1960.
With a rag-tag band of youths who call themselves the Concho County Comanches, Buck Burnet sets out to drive the Yankees from the South and face their greatest challenge at a place called Shiloh Church in Tennessee.

Mildred Barger Herschler. Walk Into Morning. Doherty, 1993.
Chad, a Louisiana slave, flees to Northern occupied New Orleans in order to join the Union army where he finds that the hatred of blacks is no less prevalent.

Robert Hicks. The Widow of the South. Warner, 2005.
After witnessing the carnage at the Battle of Franklin from her nearby farmhouse, Carrie McGavock--who is still mourning the deaths of three of her young children--transforms her property into a burial ground for the hundreds of dead.

John Jakes. North and South. HBJ, 1982.
Follows the triumphs and tragedies of two American families-the Mains from Pennsylvania and the Hazards from the South Carolina-before, during and after the Civil War. Followed by: Love and War (1984) and Heaven and Hell (1987).

Marie Jakober. Sons of Liberty. Forfe, 2005.
As Provost Marshal, it is up to former Austrian revolutionary Brandon Rolfe to keep Baltimore safely in Union hands. When he learns that a secret group of Secessionists known as the Sons of Liberty are planning to to capture the city and perhaps turn the tide of the war, he must stop them at all costs, both professinal and personal.

Paulette Jiles. Enemy Women. Morrow, 2002.
Although her family has remained neutral 18-year-old Adair Colley sees her home destroyed, her father taken away, and then she herself is falsely accused by being a spy.The Union major charged with interogating her instead falls in love with her and helps her escape, vowing to find her again when the war is over

Douglas C. Jones. Barefoot Brigade. HRW, 1982.
Follows a handful of men from different backgrounds in the 3rd Arkansas Infantry drawn together in their struggle for survival in the war's most cataclysmic battles.

By the same author:

Elkhorn Tavern. HRW, 1980.
After her husband marches off to war Ora Hasford is left with their two children to care for their small Arkansas farm.

Ted Jones. Hard Road to Gettysburg. Lyford, 1995.
Two identical twins separated at birth and unaware of each other's existence fight for different sides and causes until a dramatic turn of events brings them face-to-face on Cemetery Ridge at the Battle of Gettysburg. Followed by: The Fifth Conspiracy (1995).

Cameron Judd. The Shadow Warriors. Bantam, 1997.
After Tennessee secedes, a large number of mountain folk remain loyal to the Union, including Amy Deacon, the daughter of a rabid Secessionist, who works on the Underground Railroad and as a spy. Followed by: The Phantom Legion (1997) and Season of Reckoning (1997).

MacKinlay Kantor. Andersonville. Franklin, 1976.
Story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered, and 14,000 died.

Also by MacKinlay Kantor:

Long Remember. Forge, 2000, 1934.
The daily lives of the citizens of sleepy Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, are disrupted when the armies of Robert E. Lee and George Meade unexpectedly collide.

Michael Killan. Murder at Manassas. Berkley, 2000.
Good-natured Virginia wastrel Harrison Grenville Raines is enlisted to investigate the mysterious death of a Union officer whose death few mourn. Followed by: Killing at Ball's Bluff (2001); The Ironclad Alibi (2002); and A Grave at Glorieta (2003).

Benjamin King. Bullet for Lincoln. Pelican, 1993.
Another conspiracy thriller from the author of Bullet for Stonewall (1990) which blames the assassination of Lincoln on a cabal of Northern businessmen headed by J.P. Morgan.

Jane Langton. The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg. T. Dunne, 2003.
Homer and Mary Kelly set out to prove that Mary's ancestor did NOT desert his unit during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Perry Lentz. Falling Hills. Scribner, 1967.
Inspired by the death of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, an idealistic young New Englander volunteers to become a white officer in a regiment of black troops and meets his fate at the infamous Fort Pillow.

Donald McCaig. Jacob's Ladder. Norton, 1998.
Sprawling saga of the Gatewoods, a Virginia slave-owning family, their neighbors, and their slaves during the Northern "invasion" of the South.

Sharon McCrumb. Ghost Riders. Dutton, 2003.
Malinda Blalock follows her husband off to war by psoing as a young man. Meanwhile, Zebulon Vance who rose from nothing to be governor of North Carolina, fights for his people and the Confederacy, in spite of his initial opposition to Secession.

Alison McLeay. Sea Change. S&S, 1992.
In 1862 New Orleans, Kate Summerbee escapes her tyrannical father's ramshackle river boat after she meets and falls for Englishman Matthew Oliver, then becomes embroiled in his bitter rivalry with his father, Adam.

Ann McMillian. Dead March. Viking, 1998.
First in a mystery series featuring the unlikely duo of Narcissa Powers, a young well-to-do Virginia widow and Judah Daniel, a free black herbalist and "conjure woman." Followed by: Angel Trumpet (1999); Civil Blood (2001); and Chickahominy Fever (2003).

David Madden. Sharpshooter. Univ. of TN, 1996.
13-year old Tennessee lad Willis Carr is taken prisoner by the Confederates but gains his freedom by becoming a sharpshooter for Gen. James Longstreet.

Kirk Mitchell. Fredericksburg. St. Martin's, 1996.
Chronicles the fates of Union General Thomas Meagher's Irish Brigade and Confederate Colonel Robert MacMillan's 24th Georgia-also Irish-during Ambrose Burnside's disastrous assault on Marye's Heights.

Also by Kirk Mitchell:

Shadow on the Valley. St. Martin's, 1994.
There's a mad killer on the loose in Phil Sheridan's army and Union surgeon Simon Wolfe begins to suspect that Sheridan himself may be involved.

Margaret Mitchell. Gone With the Wind. Macmillan, 1936.
The timeless saga of beautiful, spirited, and proud Southern belle Scarlet O'Hara and the lives destroyed by her selfishness.

C. X. Moreau. Promise of Glory. Forge, 2000.
Generals Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, George McClellan and Joseph Hooker meet on a bloody battlefield near Antietam Creek, Maryland.

Robert J. Mrazek. Stonewall's Gold. St. Martin's, 1999.
When 15-year old Jamie Lockhart discovers a map leading to a cache of Confederate gold buried somewhere in the vicinity of Stonewall Jackson's former headquarters he finds his life in danger. Befriended by a mysterious one-armed soldier and a beautiful young woman, Jamie embarks on a quest that will test the limit of his courage and endurance.

James L. Nelson. Glory in the Name. Morrow, 2003.
When war breaks out, Lt. Samuel Bowater, an officer on the United States Navy and a native of South Carolina, must decide where his loyalties lie.

Patricia O'Brien. The Glory Cloak. S&S, 2004.
Louisa May Alcott and her (fictional) cousin, Susan Gray, volunteer as nurses during the Civil War and strike up a friendship with the remarkable Clara Barton..

Owen Parry. Faded Coat of Blue. Avon, 1999.
Welsh immigrant Captain Abel Jones, a Union officer who formerly served in the British army, is assigned by Gen. George McClellan to solve the murder of an officer who was also a crusading abolitionist. Followed by: Shadows of Glory (2000); Call Each River Jordan (2001); Honor's Kingdom (2002; and The Bold Sons of Erin (2003)).

By the same author:

Our Simple Gifts: Civil War Christmas Tales. Morrow, 2002.
Four uplifting stories of hope & miracles even in the midst of civil war.

Jane Peart. The Pattern. Zondervan, 1996.
From the mountains of North Carolina, through the Civil War, across the country by wagon train to California, and finally to Hawaii in the late 19th century, Peart's American Quilt trilogy follows three generations of a family through its adventurous young women-heroines of courage, character, and faith. Followed by: The Pledge (1996); The Promise (1996)

Michael Phillips. Angels Watching Over Me. Bethany, 2003.
Two girls--Katie, a plantation-owner's daughter, and Mayne, a slave--both lose their families to tragedy and subsequently resolve to run Katie's plantation themselves until she is of legal age to claim it.

Belva Plain. Crescent City. Delacorte, 1984.
Having fled from Germany to Louisiana, Miriam Raphael's wealthy family hobnobs with the best of New Orleans society. But an unhappy marriage, the banishment of her brother from the Raphael home for his Northern sympathies, and the outbreak of war put Miriam's strength and courage to the test.

David Poyer. Fire on the Waters. S&S, 2001.
In 1861, against the wishes of his wealthy, over-bearing father, Elisha Eaker joins the Navy both out of patriotism and to evade an arranged marriage. Folllowed by: A Country of Our Own. (2003) and That Anvil of Our Souls (2005).

Charles F. Price. Hiwassee. Academy Chicago, 1996.
Follows the struggles of the once wealthy family of Judge Madison Curtis, whose North Carolina mansion lies in the path of dangerous men from both armies. While they hide their wounded oldest son, Andy, from a gand of Union partisans, their two younger sons are caught up in the great battle of Chickamauga. Followed by Freedom's Altar (Blair, 1999).

James Reasoner. Manassas. Cumberland, 1999.
The Civil War as experienced by the Brannon clan of Culpepper County, Virginia, who finds themselves in the throes of the desperate conflict, forcing each of the six Brannon siblings to face the inevitable choice between conscience or honor. Followed by: Shiloh (1999); Antietem (2000); and Chancellorsville (2000).

Marie R. Reno. When the Music Changed. NAL, 1980.
In 1860 New York City, as the United States heads towards civil war, 16-year old society lass Miranda Chase becomes swept up in the burning issues of the day and finds it frustrating that no one takes her idealism and commitment seriously. And as the guns of war roar, she finds her heart under siege by three very different men.

Clara Rising. In the Season of the Wild Rose. Villard, 1986.
Tells the story of fearless Confederate cavalryman John Hunt and his famous Raiders.

David Robertson. Booth. Doubleday, 1998.
In 1916, film-maker D.W. Griffth asks John Surratt-the only conspirator in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln not to be killed or executed--to relate his part in the assassination.

Don Robertson. Prisoners of Twilight. Crown, 1989.
During the first two weeks of April, 1865, a group of ragged and exhausted Confederate soldiers struggle south from Richmond, Virginia, bent on survival and only dimly comprehending that their war for independence is over.

William Safire. Freedom. Doubleday, 1987.
Massive re-telling of the events from Abraham Lincoln's inauguration to the Emancipation Proclamation.

Douglas Savage. The Court Martial of Robert E. Lee. Combined, 1993.
Speculates what might have happened if the Confederate government had held Lee responsible for his failure at Gettysburg.

Duane P. Schultz. Glory Enough for All. St. Martin's, 1993.
Recreates the debacle when the Union army attempted to break the deadlock at Petersburg by digging a massive tunnel to blow a hole in the Confederate defenses.

Jeff Shaara. Gods and Generals. Ballantine, 1996.
Shaara's pre-quel to his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels, traces the careers of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson and the Union's Winfield Scott Hancock & Joshua Chamberlain up until the battle of Gettysburg. Followed by: The Last Full Measure (1998)

Michael Shaara. The Killer Angels. McKay, 1974.
Vivid recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg as experienced by Confederates Lee and Longstreet and Union officers Chamberlain and Buford.

Doris Shannon. Cain's Daughters. St. Martin's, 1978.
Three women-one Southern, one Northern, and one a slave-struggle for survival in a world gone mad.

James Sherbourne. The Way to Fort Pillow. Houghton Mifflin, 1972.
In this sequel to Hacey Miller (1971), Hacey Miller, a teacher at Berea College and the son of a slave owner, decides to ride with the Union in the war that splits the loyalties of his native Kentucky. In the climactic, notorious battle of Fort Pillow, Lt. Miller commands black troops fighting for more than Ol' Abe.

Robert Skimin. Gray Victory. St. Martin's, 1988.
In 1866, the Confederate States of America is a recognized country and slavery is still a way of life. While General J.E.B. Stuart stands trial for the devastating Southern loss at Gettysburg, a new wave of abolitionists in the North is striving to rekindle the war and reestablish the old United States.

By the same author:

Ulysses. St. Martin's, 1994.
Follows Grant's life and career from his days as a West Point cadet to his military success during the Mexican War, from his troubles with peacetime army life to his rebirth as a Civil War hero and his troubled presidency.

Frank G. Slaughter. Passionate Rebel. Doubleday, 1979.
A southerner by birth, Countess Maritza LeClerc sails into Mobile harbor with a cargo of smuggled arms and cannot resist the challenge of spying for the Confederacy under the cover of her press credentials. But amid the thrill of espionage there is still time for romance with two persistent lovers-one a Confederate intelligence officer, the other a daring blockade runner.

Also by Frank G. Slaughter:

The Stonewall Brigade. Pocket, 1976.
While David Preston, a young medical officer with the famed "Stonewall Brigade," faces the awesome carnage of armed conflict, the life of the Cherokee-born woman he loves becomes endangered through the intrigues of war.

Brian Thomsen & Martin H. Greenberg (eds.) Alternate Gettysburgs. Berkley, 2002.
An intriguing collection of short stories and essays on how alternate decisions made at the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1963 resulted in a different victory and a different America.

William R. Trotter. Sands of Pride. C&G, 2002.
An epic novel depicting the life in an around Fort Fisher, a formidable fortress protecting the North Carolina coast against attack by the Yankees. Followed by: The Fires of Pride (2003)t.

Harry Turtledove. Guns of the South. Ballantine, 1992.
And now for something completely different...Just as it seems that Robert E. Lee is on the verge of defeat, South African white supremacists travel back in time and provide his army with AK-47s and altar the course of the Civil War.

Other books by Harry Turtledove:

How Few Remain. Del Rey, 1997.
In this latest entry from the fertile imagination of Harry Turtledove, twenty years have passed since the Northern defeat during the War Between the States. James Longstreet is president of the Confederate States of America; Lincoln, having lost the war and his office, is a roving socialist speech maker, and a second Civil War breaks out over the annexation of part of Mexico. Everyone gets into the act: blue & gray, France & England, the Apaches, Samuel Clemens, George Armstrong Custer, and a cocky young Teddy Roosevelt.

Sentry Peak. Baen, 2000.
Intent upon keeping its "serfs" the North secedes from the South, leading opposing armies to clash at Chickmagua. Followed by: Marching Through Peachtree (2001) and Advance and Retreat (2002)..

Gore Vidal. Lincoln. Random, 1984.
Abraham Lincoln, the man and the president, as seen through the eyes of those around him-his wife, Mary Todd; his rival Salmon P. Chase and beautiful daughter, Kate; his Machiavellian Secretary of War, William H. Seward; by David Herold, the druggist's clerk at the center of the plot that will eventually take his life; and his loyal young secretary, John Hay.

Tom Wicker. Unto This Hour. Viking, 1984.
It's Lee, Longstreet, Stuart & Jackson vs. Pope, Porter & McDowell plus a cast of colorful secondary characters in this vivid recreation of the two day battle of Second Bull Run in August of 1982.

Connie Willis. Lincoln's Dreams. Bantam, 1987.
Annie, a modern woman, seeks psychiatric help because she keeps having violent dreams about events during the Civil War-about which she has little personal knowledge.

Daniel Woodrell. Woe to Live On. Holt, 1987.
While armies clash in the East, the border states of Kansas and Missouri are turned into a wasteland by clashing Jayhawkers and bushwhackers. 16-year old Jake Roedel joins the 1st Kansas Irregulars-men who serve under no colors and recognize no authority. Finally, the brutal acts preformed in the name of retribution cause Jake to question his loyalties.

Short Stories

Alternate Gettysburgs, edited by Brian Thomsen & Martin H. Greenberg. Berkley, 2002.
The Blue and the Gray Undercover, ed. by Ed Gorman. T. Doherty, 2001.
Mr. Lincoln's Wars, by Adam Braver. Morrow, 2003.

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