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Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University



The following resources reflect the current holdings in Horace W. Sturgis Library on the campus of Kennesaw State University. These resources are available to support students and teachers, as well as the programs conducted by the Center. If you have books or other printed matter that will enhance our collection, donations are welcome.

Civil War Soldier Life

The Home Front

John Brown

Boyer, Richard O. The Legend of John Brown: A Biography and a History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1973.

Compilation of Sources. The Life, Trial, and Execution of Captain John Brown known as ‘Old Brown of Ossawatomie’. New York: Da Capo Press, 1969.

Dubois, W. E. Burghardt, Ph.D. John Brown. New York: International Publishers, 1962.

Finkelman, Paul [edited]. His Soul Goes Marching on: Responses to John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995.

Hinton, Richard. John Brown and his Men: With some Account of the Roads they traveled to Reach Harper’s Ferry. New York: Funk & Wagnalis Co., 1894.

Nelson, Truman. The Old Man: John Brown at Harper’s Ferry. New York: Holt Rinchart Winston, 1973.

Oates, Stephen B. To Purge this Land with Blood: A biography of John Brown. New York: Harper & Row, 1970.

Peterson, Merrill D. The Legend Revisited: John Brown. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2002.

Quarles, Benjamin [edited]. Blacks on John Brown. Urbana: University of Illinois, 1972.

Ronda, Bruce A. Reading the Old Man: John Brown in American Culture. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2008.

Rossbach, Jeffrey. Ambivalent Conspirators: John Brown, The secret Six, and a Theory of Slave Violence. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982.

Stavis, Barrie. John Brown: The Sword and the Word. South Brunswick: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1970. (c 2 )

Twenty-seventh Annual Report of the American Anti-Slavery Society. The Anti-Slavery History of the John Brown Year. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969.

Villard, Oswald Garrison . John Brown 1800-1859: A Biography Fifty years after. Glouchester, Mass.: Peter Smith, 1910 [reprinted 1965].

Abraham Lincoln

Anderson, David D. Abraham Lincoln. New York: Twayne Publishers Inc., 1970.

Angle, Paul M. The Lincoln Reader. News Bruswick: Rutgers University Press, 1947.

Angle, Paul M. The Lincoln Reader. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1964.

Agar, Herbert. Makers Of History: Abraham Lincoln. Hamden, Conn: Archon Books, 1965.

Ballard, Colin R. The Military Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Cleveland: The World Publishing Co., 1965.

Barrett, Joseph H. Life of Abraham Lincoln. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole , 2006.

Baringer, William E. Lincoln Day by Day: A Chronology 1809-1865. Washington: Lincoln sesquicentennial Commission, 1960. [Vol. 1-2]

Bartlett, David W. Life and Public Services of Hon. Abraham Lincoln: With a Portrait on Steel to which added a Biographical Sketch of Hon. Hannibal Hamlin. Freeport: Books for Libraries, 1969.

Barton, William E. Lincoln at Gettysburg: What he intended to say; What he said; What he was reported to have said; What he wishes he had said. New York: Peter Smith, 1950.

Basler, Roy P. Lincoln. New York: Octagon Books, 1975.

Basler, Roy P. The Lincoln Legend: a Study in Changing Conceptions. New York: Octagon Books, 1969.

Bassett, Margaret. Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln. Freeport, Maine: The Bond Wheelwright Co., 1973.

Belz, Herman. Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era. New York: Fordham University Press, 1998.

Bennett Jr., Lerone. Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream. Chicago; Johnson Publishing Co., 1999. (c2)

Braden, Waldo W. Abraham Lincoln: Public Speaker. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.

Contosta, David R. Rebel Giants: The Revolutionary Lives of Abraham Lincoln & Charles Darwin. New York: Prometheus Book, 2008.

Cox, Lawanda. Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership. Columbia: University of South Carolina, 1981. (c2)

Current, Richard N. The Lincoln Nobody Knows. West Port, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1980.

Davis, Michael. The Image of Lincoln in the South. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1971.

Donald, David Herbert. We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and his Friends. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995 (c 2)

Donovan, Frank. Mr. Lincoln’s Proclamation: The Story of the Emancipation Proclamation. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1964.

Douglas, William. Mr. Lincoln & The Negroes: The Long Road to Equality. New York: Atheneum, 1966.

Duff, John J. A. Lincoln: Prairie Lawyer. New York: Bramhall House, 1948.

Farber, Daniel. Lincoln’s Constitution. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Fletcher, George P. Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Frank, John P. Lincoln as a Lawyer. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1961.

Garrison, Webb. The Lincoln No One Knows; The Mysterious Man Who Ran the Civil War. Nashville, Tenn: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993.

Guelzo, Allen C. Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President. Michigan: W.B. Eerdman Publishing Co., 1999.

Handlin, Oscar and Lilian. Abraham Lincoln and The Union. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1980.

Harkness, David J. and Mc Murtry Gerald G. Lincoln’s Favorite Poets. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee, 1959.

Harrison, Lowell H. Lincoln of Kentucky. Kentucky: The University of Press of Kentucky, 2000.

Hendrick, Burton J. Lincolns War Cabinet. Glouchester, Mass: Peter Smith, 1965.

Herndon, William H. and Weik, Jesse W. Herndon’s Life of Lincoln. Cleveland: The World Publishing Co., 1965.

Holzer, Harold. The Lincoln Anthology; Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now. New York: Literary Classics of the United States Inc., 2009. (c 2)

Keckley, Elizabeth. Behind the Scenes: Thirty years and Four Years in the White House. New York: Arno Press and The New York Times, 1968.

Kigel, Richard. The Frontier Years of Abe Lincoln: In the words of his Friends and Family. New York: Walker & Co., 1986.

Kunhardt, Peter; Kunhardt III, Philip; Kunhardt Jr., Philip. Lincoln. New York: Portland House, 1992. (c 2)

Lincoln, Abraham. ABE Lincoln’s Legacy of Laughter: Humorous Stories by and about Abraham Lincoln. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2007. [edited by Zaul, Paul M.]

Lincoln, Abraham. The Abraham Lincoln Companion: A celebration of His Life and Times through a Selection of Remembrances, Poems, Songs, and Tributes by Relatives, Friends, Colleagues, and Citizens, including Important speeches and Writings by Lincoln, along with a chronology and contact Information for Relevant Organizations. Detroit: Omnigraphics 2008. [edited by Henderson, Helene]

Lincoln, Abraham. Lincoln’s Birthday: A Comprehensive view of Lincoln as given in the most note worth Essays, Orations and Poems, In Fiction and in Lincoln’s own writings. Miami, Florida: Granger Books, 1909. [reprinted 1976, edited by Robert Haven Schauffler]

Lincoln, Abraham. Abraham Lincoln: The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007. [edited by Board of Michael Burlingame]

Lincoln, Abraham. Lincoln-Lore. Lincoln in the Popular Mind. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1974. [edited Ray B. Browne]

Lincoln, Abraham. The Lincoln Laughing: Humorous Anecdotes from original sources by and about Abraham Lincoln. Berkeley: The Regents of the University of California Press, 1982. [edited by Zaul, P.M.]

Lincoln Herald. The Many Faces of Lincoln: Selected Articles from the Lincoln Herald. Illinois: Mayhaven Publishing, 1997.

Longford, Lord. Abraham Lincoln. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1975.

McClintock, Russell. Lincoln and The Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession. Monticello: The University of North Carolina, 2008.

McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln. New York: Oxford University Press Inc., 2009.

Neely Jr., Mark E. The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993.

Newman, Ralph Geoffrey. Abraham Lincoln: His Story in His Own Words. New York: Doubleday & Co. Inc., 1975.

New York Times. Lincoln in the Times: The Life of Abraham Lincoln as originally reported in The New York Times. New York: St. Martins Press, 2005. [edited by David Herbert Donald and Harold Holzer]

Nicolay, John G. and Hay, John. Abraham Lincoln: A History. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1966.

Oates, Stephen B. Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1984. (c2)

Oates, Stephen B. With Malice toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1977. (c2)

Paludan, Phillip Shaw. The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1994.

Pinsker, Mathew. Abraham Lincoln. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press A division of Congressional Quarterly Inc., 2002.

Randall, J.G. Lincoln The President: Springfield to Gettysburg. Glouchester, Mass: Peter Smith, 1976 [reprinted] (Vol. I-II) [original copy-Dodd, Mead & Co. Inc., 1945]

Randall, J.G. Mr. Lincoln. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1945.

Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years. New York: The Pictorial Review Co., 1925. [reprinted] Harcourt, Brace & Co. Inc, 1926. (c3)

Strozier, Charles B. Lincoln’s Quest For Union: Public and Private Meanings. New York: Basic Books Inc. Publishers, 1982. [reprinted] original copy University of Oklahoma Press, 1963.

Stoddard, William O. Dispatches from Lincoln’s White House: The Anonymous Civil War Journalism of Presidential Secretary William O. Stoddard. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002. [edited by Michael Burlingame]

Strunsky, Rose. Abraham Lincoln. New York: The Macmillan Co., 1914.

Stephenson, Nathaniel W. Abraham Lincoln and The Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North. Toronto: Glasgow, Brook & Co., 1918.

Thomas, Benjamin P. Abraham Lincoln. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1952. (c2)

White Jr. Ronald L. A. Lincoln: A Biography. New York: Random House, 2009.

Williams, T. Harry. Lincoln and the Radicals. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1941.  [reprinted in 1965]


Abolitionist Sisterhood: Women's Political Culture in Antebellum America. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994. [edited by Jean Fagin Yellin and John C. Van Horne]

Bode, Frederick and Donald E. Ginter. Farm Tenancy and the Census in Antebellum Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986.

Bonner, James C. Milledgeville, Georgia's Antebellum Capital. Athens: University of Georgia Presss, 1978.

Brundage, W. Fitzhugh. Where These Memories Grow: History, Memory, and Southern Identity. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Carey, Anthony Gene. Parties, Slavery, and the Union in Antebellum Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997.

Cornelius, Janet Duitsman. When I Can Read My Title Clear: Literacy, Slavery, and Religion in the Antebellum South. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

Dill, Floyd Richard. The Institutional Possibilities and Limitations of Economic Progress in Antebellum Georgia: A Social Systems Approach. Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Microfilms, 1977, 1973.

Finseth, Ian Frederick. Shades of Green: Visions of Nature in the Literature of American Slavery, 1770-1860. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009.

Gurr, Charles Stephen. Social Leadership and the Medical Profession in Antebellum Georgia. (Thesis) Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1973.

Gyascutus: Studies in Antebellum Southern and Sporting Writing. Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1978. [edited by James L.W. West, III]

Hilliard, Sam Bowers. Atlas of Antebellum Southern Agriculture. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1984.

Jones, Bernie D. Fathers of Conscience: Mixed-Race Inheritance in the Antebellum South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009.

Jones, Jacqueline. Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War. New York: Alfred Knopf, 2008.

Negotiating Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers That Be. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2000. [eidted by Janet L. Corydell]

Neither Lady Nor Slave: Working Women of the Old South.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2002. [edited by Susanna Delfino and Michele Gillespie]

Schott, Thomas Edwin. Alexander H. Stephens: Antebellum Statesman. (Thesis) Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1978.

Stephan, Scott. Redeeming the Southern Family: Evangelical Women and Domestic Devotion in the Antebellum South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Formation of the Confederacy

Beers, Henry Putney. The Confederacy: A Guide to the Archives of the Government of the Confederate States of America. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1986.

Black, Robert C. The Railroads of the Confederacy. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Callahan, James Morton. Diplomatic History of the Southern Confederacy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1964.

Confederate States of America. President.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Confederacy, Including the Diplomatic Correspondence, 1861-1865. [microform] Nashville: United States Publishing Company, 1905.

Confederate States of America. Constitution. Provisional and Permanent Constitutions of the Confederate States. [microform] Richmond: Tyler, Wise, and Smith Printers, 1861.

De Leon, T. C. Four Years in Rebel Capitals: An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1975, 1890.

Dowdey, Clifford. The Land They Fought For: The Story of the South as the Confederacy, 1832-1865. Garden City, New York: Double Day, c.1955.

Eaton, Clement. A History of the Southern Confederacy. New YorkL Macmillan, 1954.

Genovese, Eugene D. A Consuming Fire: The Fall of the Confederacy in the Mind of the White Christian South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998.

Goodloe, Albert Theodore. Confederate Echoes: A Voice from the South in the days of Secession and of the Southern Confederacy. Nashville, Tenn: Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Smith & Lamar, 1907.

Graves, Kerry A. Going to School During the Civil War: The Confederacy. Makato, Minn.: Blue Earth Books, 2002.

Hodgson, Joseph. The Cradle of the Confederacy. [microform] Mobile: Printed at the Register Publishing Office, 1876.

La Bree, Ben. The Confederate Soldier in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Louisville, KY: Courier-Journal Job Print Co., 1895.

Lonn, Ella.Foreigners in the Confederacy. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Massey, Mary Elizabeth. Refugee Life in the Confederacy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1964.

Moore, Albert Burton. Conscription and Conflict in the Confederacy. New York: The Hillary House, 1924.

Ramsdell, Charles W. Behind the Lines in the Southern Confederacy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1997.

Tatum, Georgia Lee. Disloyalty in the Confederacy. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

Thomas, Emory M. The Confederate Nation, 1861-1865. New York: Harper Row, c1979.

Thomas, Emory M. The Confederacy as a Revolutionary Experience. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, c1991.

Wakelyn, Jon L. Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977.

Wakelyn, Jon L.Confederates Against the Confederacy: Essays on Leadership and Loyalty. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.

Wiley, Bell Irvin. The Plain People of the Confederacy. Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1963, c1943.


Adams, Charles. When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000.

Barney, William. The Road to Secession: A New Perspective of the Old South. New York, NY: Praeger, 1972.

Botsford, Theophilus F. Memoirs of the War of Secession [microform]. Bethesda, MD: University Publication of America, 1990.

Candler, Allen Daniel. The Confederate Records of the State of Georgia. New York: AMS Press, 1972.

Crofts, Daniel W. Reluctant Confederates. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

Potter, David M. Lincoln and his Party in the Secession Crisis. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

Davis, William C. A Government of Our Own: The Making of the Confederacy. New York: Free Press, 1994.

Dew, Charles B. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2001.

Dumond, Dwight Lowell. The Secession Movement, 1860-1861. New York: Octagon Books, 1973.

Escott, Paul D. After Secession: Jefferson Davis and the Failure of Confederate Nationalism. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1992.

Freehling, William W. Road to Disunion. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Freehling, William W. and Craig M. Simpson. (editors) Secession Debated: Georgia's Showdown in 1860. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Hunnicutt, James W. The Conspiracy Unveiled [microform]. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1863.

Johnson, Michael P. Toward a Patriarchal Republic: The Secession of Georgia. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1977.

Link, William A. Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia. [Electronic Resource]. Chapel Hill: University of Chapel Hill Press, 2003.

Mohr, Clarence Lee. Georgia Blacks During Secession and Civil War. Thesis (Ph.D.) University of Georgia, 1975.

Paquette, Robert Louis and Louis A. Ferleger. Slavery, Secession, and Southern History. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000.

Pearce, Haywood J. Benjamin H. Hill, Secession and Reconstruction. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969.

Potter, David Morris. The South and the Sectional Conflict. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University, 1968.

Rozwec, Edwin C. The Causes of the American Civil. Lexington, MA: Heath, 1972.

Personalities of the Civil War

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America

Allen, Felicity. Jefferson Davis, Unconquerable Heart. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1999.

Ballard, Michael B. A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997.

Cashin, Joan E. First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis' Civil War. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.

Catton, William and Bruce Catton. Two Roads to Sumter. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963.

Craven, John J. Prison Life of Jefferson Davis. [microform] New York: Carleton, 1866.

Davis, Jefferson. The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. [Foreword by James M. McPherson] New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press, 1990.

Escott, Paul D. After Secession: Jefferson Davis and the Failure of Confederate Nationalism. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1992.

King, Perry Scott. Jefferson Davis. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 1990.

Patrick, Rembert W. Jefferson Davis and His Cabinet. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1944.

Pollard, Edward A. Life of Jefferson Davis: With A Secret History of the Southern Confederacy. Philadelphia: National Publishing Company, 1869.

Wentworth, Steven E. Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1990.

Maurice, Frederick Sir. Statesmen and Soldiers of the Civil War. [microform] Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1926.

Bibliography compiled by the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era.