Brooklyn in the Civil War


The books and Web sites in this list cover the American Civil War. Fought from 1861 to 1865, the "War between the States" changed the course of United States history. These books include general histories, as well as books focused on New York City and Brooklyn.

Internet Links
American Civil
Brooklyn in the Civil War
Explore Brooklyn's involvement in the Civil War through the Brooklyn Public Library's own Web site!
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service
Library of Congress Civil War Photographs
National Archives: Research Room: Pictures of the Civil War
New York State and the Civil War
New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center
The 14th Brooklyn company E (14th N.Y. State Militia)
The 14th Regiment N.Y.S.M. Company E Living History Association is a non profit living history organization incorporated in the State of New York. Their primary goal is to preserve the history of the 14th Regiment N.Y.S.M in the American Civil War. However, they also gather information on the 14th's involvement in other campaigns throughtout it's history, such as the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII. The regiment is actively involved in reenactments and the site provide a schedule of events,links,genealogy and "adopt a soldier" program.
The American Civil War Homepage
The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns
The Valley of the Shadow


Articles & Databases
Brooklyn's premier newspaper from 1841 to 1955. Every issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from October 26, 1841 to December 31, 1902 is now available online, offering an exciting resource for students, teachers, historians, genealogists, or anyone interested in Brooklyn and American history.


Print Resources
A Brave Black Regiment: the History of the fifty-fourth regiment of Massachusetts volunteer infantry, 1863-1865
Luis Emilio
From its creation in 1863, through its decisive contributions at Fort Wagner, to it disbandment, the definitive study of this gallant regiment.
Battle Cry of Freedom
by James McPherson
Narrative history of the war in one volume. Considered the best one-volume study in print.
Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880
W.E.B. DuBois
The first in-depth study of African Americans’ contribution to the post-war period by the pre-eminent African American intellectual.
Black Soldiers in Blue: African Americans in the Civil War Era
John David Smith, ed.
Fourteen original essays elucidate the military, political, and social significance of black soldiers who fought for the union.
Don’t Know Much About the Civil War
Kenneth Davis
Basic facts for a quick overview of the war.
Gotham at War: New York City, 1860-1865
Edward K. Spann
NYC was solidly pro-union but not unanimously so, a split that led to the draft riots of ’63. This study highlights the tension that existed in the city during the war.
Landscape Turned Red: the Battle of Antietam
Stephen Sears
One of the best single volume histories of the bloodiest day in American history.
Lee’s Lieutenants: a Study in Command
Douglas Southall Freeman
One of the classics in Civil War historiography.
Lincoln at Gettysburg
Garry Wills
Pulitzer Prize winning study of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. The definitive work on this address.
Mary Chesnut’s Civil War
Mary Chesnut
Diary of the wife of a member of Jefferson Davis’ staff. Good for behind-the-scenes look at effects of the war on civilian population of the south. Also good for understanding the inner workings of the Confederate government.
Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.
Ulysses S. Grant
Considered among the best memoirs ever written by a military leader. Originally serialized in a popular magazine of the 1880s.
New York City Draft Riots
Iver Bernstein
Combines social, military, and labor history to highlight one of the ugliest episodes of NYC and Civil War history.
President Lincoln’s Third Largest City: Brooklyn and the Civil War
E. A. Livingston
On the eve of the Civil War, only New York (Manhattan) and Philadelphia were larger than the city of Brooklyn. The ironclad Monitor was built in her navy yard. These and many other little known facts emerge in this rare volume.
The Centennial History of the Civil War
Bruce Catton
Narrative history in three volumes. The standard work in this field. V.1,The Coming Fury; V.2, Terrible Swift Sword; V.3, Never Call Retreat.
The Civil War
Shelby Foote
Narrative history in three volumes. More detailed than Catton’s series, and the inspiration for Ken Burns’ PBS series on the war. 1. Fort Sumter to Perryville 2. Fredericksburg to Meridian 3. Red River to Appomattox
The Civil War: an Illustrated History
Geoffrey Ward
The companion large format book to Ken Burns PBS series. Excellent period photographs.
They Fought Like Demons : Women Soldiers in the Civil War
DeAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook
Experiences of women who disguised themselves as men and fought in the Civil War.