Civil War The Best Novels About the Civil War  

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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
Margaret Mitchell

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47 13
Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Jeff Shaara

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46 13
The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Stephen Crane

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34 10
Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Shelby Foote

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31 9
The Last Full Measure is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Jeff Shaara

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28 8
Andersonville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
MacKinlay Kantor

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30 13
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Louisa May Alcott

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22 9
North and South is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
John Jakes

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27 14
Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Charles Frazier

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19 8
A Blaze of Glory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Jeff Shaara

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12 5
The Black Flower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Howard Bahr

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17 10
Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
2probb added Gore Vidal

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The Year of Jubilo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Howard Bahr

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The March is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
E. L. Doctorow

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12 8
Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
John Jakes

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8 5
Woe to Live On is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Daniel Woodrell

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9 7
The widow of the south is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Robert Hicks

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7 5
Savannah, or, A gift for Mr. L... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War

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

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9 8
Ambrose Bierce's Civil War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War

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8 7
Battle Flag is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Bernard Cornwell

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7 6
Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
Bernard Cornwell

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8 8
Love and war is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About the Civil War
John Jakes

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