11 October 2008

Challenge: American Civil War

I've signed up for this great challenge for 2009. I've committed to several upcoming challenges (see the sidebar), but this one sounds so great I can't resist. It is being hosted by Marny, and the rules can be found here.

Here's the challenge: Read 12 books in 2009 that deal with the American Civil War. This happens to be one of the time periods that I am most interested in. Not just the Civil War, but the mid-1800s in general: Transcendentalism, Darwin, pioneers, the California Gold Rush. Fascinating time. Anyway, here is an alphabetical list of 19 books that interest me. I plan to read only 12 (one a month), and I may stray from this list when I see what others are reading.

  1. Battle Flag: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book III, by Bernard Cornwell
  2. The Black Flower, by Howard Bahr
  3. Bloody Ground: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book IV, by Bernard Cornwell
  4. Candle in the Darkness, by Lynn Austin
  5. Copperhead: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book II, by Bernard Cornwell
  6. Crossroads to Freedom: Antietam, by James M. McPherson
  7. Grant: Great Generals, by John Mosier
  8. In the Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War, by Alice Rains Trulock
  9. Jordan Country, by Shelby Foote
  10. Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, by Stephen W. Sears
  11. Last Flag Down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship, by John Baldwin and Ron Powers
  12. The March: A Novel, by E. L. Doctorow
  13. On Agate Hill, by Lee Smith
  14. Rebel: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book I, by Bernard Cornwell
  15. The River between Us, by Richard Peck
  16. They Called Him Stonewall: A Life of the Lieutenant General T. J. Jackson, C.S.A., by Burke Davis
  17. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin
  18. The Twentieth Maine, by John J. Pullen
  19. With Lee in Virginia, by George Alfred Henty
This is a mix of fiction and nonfiction (and even one YA book). I've been wanting to read the Cornwell series, so I know I'll read the first one, Rebel. If I like it, I'll read the others. On Agate Hill takes place just after the war, I believe, so I'm not sure that it counts in the strictest sense--but because I own it and it's on my TBR pile, I'm counting it here.

Thanks so much, Marny!


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