View Full Version : "Southern" books/summer reading

05-10-2009, 08:48 PM
I am putting together a stack of books I wan't to read on my summer vacation and I want to read some books about the southern view point.

Does anyone have any suggestions, I have "life of johnny reb" but I was looking for something else, and possibly one or two good biographies on a southern general. But if you have any other civil war books to suggest I am all ears.

05-10-2009, 08:55 PM
I am in the process of reading "The Robert E. Lee Reader," edited by Stanley F. Horn, which I am finding to be a very detailed look at the general's life before, during, and after the WBTS. I'd highly recommend this book to you.

05-10-2009, 09:16 PM
If you want something about the cultural effects of the Civil War on the south you could try "Confederates in the Attic" by Tony Horwitz.

05-10-2009, 09:35 PM
Oh yes, I had quite forgotten about Confederates in the attic, thank you. I will have to check into the Robert E. Lee book that was mentioned, Thanks!

05-11-2009, 09:10 AM
I have several with Texas in mind listed on my website http://www.geocities.com/txcwcivilian/bibliographies/Primary.html

05-11-2009, 09:34 AM
If you are looking for the Southern viewpoint of why the first wave of states seceded, I would recommend Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War by Charles Dew published by University of Virginia Press. The website for the book can be found at http://www.upress.virginia.edu/books/dew.html .

05-11-2009, 10:11 AM
A Southern Star for Maryland: Maryland and the Secession Crisis, by Lawrence M. Denton.

This is a really great study on the social/political climate in Maryland, particularly Baltimore, on the eve of the ACW.

It is a decent overview of how “Secession Fever” affected the State and how the state was compelled to stay in the Union. Denton provides Statistics and analysis to support his thesis that Marylanders, particularly Central Maryland and Southern Maryland were inclined to join the Confederacy, but he could have spent a bit more time detailing the general Union nature of Western Maryland.

His main concern is the Election of 1860 and its effect on MD.

Hey, I thoroughly enjoyed it though...and the above review is from memory, so I may have omitted something but this is what stayed on the sticky side of my mind.