Recommended Reading: Civil War Fiction

Posted May 27, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 5 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Civil War Fiction 101

Early Review – Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall & Becky Hepinstall HillikerIf you’re looking for two sisters who choose to join the battle…

When Libby’s husband dies in the war, she vows to avenge him by joining in the war effort. Her sister is unable to let her go alone so disguises herself as well and the Josephine and Libby become Joseph and Thomas. The two sister writing team crafted a truly sorrowful yet memorable tale in Sisters of Shiloh.


Paperback Release Day Feature + Giveaway! I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabeIf you’re looking for a woman who disguises herself to fight beside her husband…

I Shall Be Near to You is another moving story of a woman disguising herself in order to join in the war effort. It’s heartrending and inspiring and Rosetta was a truly remarkable character that was  inspired by the letters of a real-life female soldier who fought in the Civil War.


Book Review – Fallen Land by Taylor BrownIf you’re looking for a behind the scenes tale set during the Civil War…

Fallen Land is a more subdued tale of the era, removed from any actual battle but no less fraught with brutality. It’s a harrowing tale of two people who fell in love in the midst of war while being chased by bounty hunters. It’s a slow, meandering tale with a positively sumptuous writing style.


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5 responses to “Recommended Reading: Civil War Fiction

  1. High-five for a Civil War theme! The war was my area of focus in school (history nerd here) and back in 2014 I put together my own list of Civil War reads – 3 years later so many new books (fiction AND non-fiction) have come out that I think it’s time for an updated list!

    ALSO, if you’re a fan of I Shall Be Near to You, I co-host a bi-monthly twitter chat/book club with Erin!
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