Books About the U.S. Civil War

There's plenty of drama to be found in the 19th-century conflict that erupted after seven Southern states seceded from the United States of America. From 1861 to 1865, the Union Army of the North fought the Confederate Army of the South to reunite the country and eventually abolish slavery. The books on this list -- fiction, nonfiction, classics, and recent releases -- can help kids understand the Civil War and its legacy. For more books about history, check out our lists of Historical Fiction and Graphic Novels That Teach History.

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Abraham Book Poster Image
Powerful bio of Abraham Lincoln uses his own words.
By Frank Keating
(2016)
(2017)
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All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom Book Poster Image
Sensitive imagining of day slaves learned they were free.
By Angela Johnson
(2014)
(2014)
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The Civil War Book Poster Image
Brings Civil War to life; some gruesome photos.
By Martin W. Sandler
(2003)
(1996)
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Little Women Book Poster Image
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(2009)
(1868)
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The Red Badge of Courage Book Poster Image
Compelling Civil War novel questions morality of battle.
By Stephen Crane
(2016)
(1895)
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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
(2003)
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Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers Book Poster Image
Vividly realistic depiction of war.
By Gary Paulsen
(2004)
(1998)
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My Name Is Not Friday Book Poster Image
Powerful, intense tale of slave life near end of Civil War.
By Jon Walter
(2016)
(2016)
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Crossing Ebenezer Creek Book Poster Image
Heartbreaking novel follows freed slaves on Sherman's March.
By Tonya Bolden
(2017)
(2017)
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