Civil War The Best Novels About the Civil War  

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List Rules Fiction books that use the American Civil War as a setting or major theme

This is a list about the best novels about the Civil War; this list answers the question, "What are the best historical fiction books about the Civil War?" Also known as the War Between the States or the American Civil War, this battle lasted from 1861 – 1865 in the United States. This list of the best Civil War novels includes classics set during the war, like Little Women, to antebellum novels like Gone with the Wind and The Sound and the Fury. The issue of slavery caused several Southern states to succeed from the union and form the Confederate States of America, also known as the “Confederacy” or the “South”. The states that remained a part of the union were called the “North” or “Union”. After four years of combat and 600,000 slain soldiers from the battlefield, the process of Reconstruction to restore national unity and guarantee rights to freed slaves began. Some of the most popular war stories of all time were formed during this time, including: “Gone with the Wind”, “Cold Mountain”, “Little Women” and the “Red Badge of Courage”. Each novel depicts a time when families had to pull resources together to survive; communities had to watch each other’s back; a nation divided took its toll on every resident of the United States. The Civil War remains the deadliest war in American history; an estimated 10% of all Northern males and an estimated 30% of all Southern males died in the battlefield. 

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The Killer Angels: A Novel of ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

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The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

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Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Gods and Generals Jeff Shaara

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Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Shiloh Shelby Foote

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The Last Full Measure is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
The Last Full Measure Jeff Shaara

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Andersonville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Andersonville MacKinlay Kantor

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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North and South is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
North and South John Jakes

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A Blaze of Glory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
A Blaze of Glory Jeff Shaara

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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier

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The Black Flower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
The Black Flower Howard Bahr

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The March is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
The March E. L. Doctorow

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
2probb added Lincoln Gore Vidal

The Best Novels About World War 2

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The Year of Jubilo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
The Year of Jubilo Howard Bahr

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Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Heaven and Hell John Jakes

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Woe to Live On is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Woe to Live On Daniel Woodrell

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Ambrose Bierce's Civil War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War

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Rebel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Rebel Bernard Cornwell

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Battle Flag is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Battle Flag Bernard Cornwell

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Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Copperhead Bernard Cornwell

The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

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Rifles for Watie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Rifles for Watie Harold Keith

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Love and war is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Love and war John Jakes

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The widow of the south is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
The widow of the south Robert Hicks

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The bloody ground is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
The bloody ground Bernard Cornwell

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March is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
March Geraldine Brooks

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Savannah, or, A gift for Mr. L... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War

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Until the End is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Until the End Harold Coyle

The Most Iconic Civil War Weapons

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Enemy Women is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Enemy Women Paulette Jiles

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Miss Ravenel's Conversion from... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
2probb added Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty John William De Forest

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Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War William R. Forstchen, Newt Gingrich

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Two girls of Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Two girls of Gettysburg Lisa M. Klein

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An Elm Creek Quilts Album is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
An Elm Creek Quilts Album Jennifer Chiaverini

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The Perilous Road is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
The Perilous Road William O. Steele

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My Name Is Mary Sutter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
My Name Is Mary Sutter Robin Oliveira

The Best Books Written Under Pen Names

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Look Away is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Look Away Harold Coyle

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Faded Coat of Blue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Faded Coat of Blue Owen Parrt

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Grant Comes East is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Grant Comes East William R. Forstchen, Newt Gingrich

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Never Call Retreat: Lee and Gr... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory William R. Forstchen, Newt Gingrich

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Broken Promises: a Novel of th... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War

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The haunting of Swain's Fancy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War

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Sweetsmoke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Sweetsmoke David Fuller

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Pemberley Ranch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Pemberley Ranch Jack Caldwell

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In the fall is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
In the fall Jeffrey Lent