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Trying to stimulate your brain while at home but you’ve read through all your books, blasted through your Netflix binge, AND went through all your go-to podcast episodes? Here are some suggestions from the American Civil War Museum Staff to keep you occupied and up on your history!

For those who want to read more, but don’t want a dense scholarly tome

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  • In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1864 by Edward L. Ayers
    > Get It!
  • The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America by Edward L. Ayers
    > Get It!
  • The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation by Thavolia Glymph
    > Get It!

Biographies we can’t put down

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  • American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles by Thomas Keneally > Get It!
  • Jesse James: The Last Rebel of the Civil War by T. J. Stiles > Get It!

If you want unexpected or surprising stories

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  • A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War by Lesley J. Gordon > Get It!
  • Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz > Get It!
  • Unruly Women by Victoria E. Bynum > Get It!

Civil War Adjacent:

  • American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad > Get It!
  • Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar > Get It!
  • Stamped from the Beginning by  Ibram X. Kendi > Get It!

We have a big list for the little ones!

No school got you scrambling for lessons? Check out the new HomefrontEd section of our website where we will update with book readings, daily activities and educator resources for the students at home! This week we are premiering our first Book Reading Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley.


What are your favorite books that you can’t put down about the Civil War? What should we read next for our next storytime? Let us know at [email protected]!