The War Between the States: 5 Books on Civil War History

By Nicky M. | Arcadia Staff
The Civil War was one of the bloodiest and darkest times of the 19th century. With the highest death toll of any American-fought war, the Civil War remains one of the most well-remembered wars in American history. Fought between brothers and neighbors, the war fractured the nation for decades to come. In honor of Memorial Day, and those that lost their lives in the bloody battle, we’re featuring 5 books on America during the Civil War.

The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day1) The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day

The heavy fog that shrouded Antietam Creek on the morning of September 17, 1862, was disturbed by the boom of Federal artillery fire. The Battle of Antietam is widely considered to the be deadliest of the Civil War, leaving over 22,000 casualties from both sides. In The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day, historian Ted Alexander describes the battle and its ripple effects in detail. The book is one of over 30 in our Sesquicentennial Series, a close up look at the major Civil War battles.


Maryland in the Civil War2) Maryland in the Civil War

As a border state between the North and South during the Civil War, Maryland's loyalties were strong for both sides. Being a border state was also dangerous, as many major battles were fought in them for territory – Maryland itself saw over 75 battles during the war. Maryland in the Civil War depicts the effects of these battles through vintage images, capturing the vivid military and Civil War history within the Old Line State.


New Bern and the Civil War3) New Bern and the Civil War

On March 14, 1862, Federal forces under the command of General Ambrose Burnside overwhelmed Confederate forces in the Battle of New Bern, capturing the town and its important seaport. The city became one of the focuses of the Confederate campaign, and at least three attempts were retake the city from Union forces. New Bern and the Civil War talks about how the city fared during this time, and how the many retake attempts and battles affected this Southern town.


Hidden History of Civil War Charleston4) Hidden History of Civil War Charleston

So many amazing Charleston Civil War stories have faded over time. From the state’s plotted secession in the Holy City to Charleston blockade runners, the city is a hub of Civil War history and heritage. Hidden History of Civil War Charleston sets out to revive these forgotten war stories, and the Charlestonians who both fought and aided others during the war.


James Garfield and the Civil War: For Ohio and the Union5) James Garfield and the Civil War: For Ohio and the Union
When the United States was divided by war, future president James Abram Garfield was one of many who stepped forward to defend the Union. Garfield began in the lower ranks of the Union troops, but eventual rose to become a major general in the army. His military career set the background for his later Presidential campaign, marking him as a war hero. James Garfield and the Civil War explores Garfield’s military history, bringing a little-known story to full light.

Although the Civil War was a time of deep despair for the country, we remember and honor those who lost their lives each year on Memorial Day. Now through Thursday 5/23, receive 25% off all Civil War history books, from the Battle of Antietam to the surrender of General Lee.