Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
				Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.


Civil War Books

Compiled by

Bennie J. McRae, Jr.
LWF Network


A Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War

  • Munden, Kennth W. and Henry Putney Beers. THE UNION. Washington: National Archives and Records Administration, 1986.




Suggested Reading List

  • Asbell, Samuel. Lost Black Legion: A search for the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors of Camden County, New Jersey. eBook.
  • Ash, Stephen V.  FIREBRAND OF LIBERTY: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War. New York and London: W. W. Norton and Company, 2008. (1st and 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiments)
  • Ballard, Alan B. WHERE I'M BOUND (A Civil War Novel) New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
  • Berlin, Ira, ed. FREEDOM: A Dcumentary History of Emancipation 1861-1867 - Series II - The Black Military Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
  • Billington, Ray Allen, Editor. THE JOURNAL OF CHARLOTTE L. FORTEN: A Young Black Woman's Reaction to the White World of the Civil War Era. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1953.
  • Blackett, R.J.M., ed. THOMAS MORRIS CHESTER: Black Civil War Correspondent - His Dispatches from the Virginia Front. New York: Da Capo Press - First Published by Louisiana State University Press, 1989.
  • Blight, David W. FREDERICK DOUGLASS' CIVIL WAR: Keeping Faith in Jubilee. Baton Rouge: Lousiana State University Press, 1989.
  • Boatner, Mark M., III. THE CIVIL WAR DICTIONARY. New York: Vintage Books, 1959.
  • Bradford, Sarah. HARRIET TUBMAN: The Moses of Her People. Sacaucus, New Jersey: Carol Publishing Group, 1997.
  • Brown, William Wells. THE NEGRO IN THE AMERICAN REBELLION: His Heroism and His Fidelity. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1867. [New York: Kraus Reprint Company, 1969.]
  • Burchard, Peter. ONE GALLANT RUSH: Robert Gould Shaw and His Brave Black Regiment. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1965.
  • Callum, Agnes Kane. COLORED VOLUNTEERS OF MARYLAND: Civil War - 7th Regiment United States Colored Troops, 1863-1866. Baltimore: Mullac Publishers, 1990.
  • Clark, Peter H. THE BLACK BRIGADE OF CINCINNATI. New York: Arno Press and the New York Times, 1969.
  • Cornish, Dudley Taylor. THE SABLE ARMS: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865. Lawrence: The University Press of Kansas, 1987.
  • Cowden, Robert. A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE FIFTY-NINTH REGIMENT OF UNITED STATES COLORED INFANTRY. Salem, NH.: Ayer Company, Publishers, Inc., Reprinted 1971. (First Published 1883).
  • Current, Richard Nelson. LINCOLN'S LOYALISTS: Union Soldiers From the Confederacy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Davis, Burke. TO APPOMATTOX: Nine April Days, 1865. New York: Eastern Acorn Press, 1959.
  • Denney, Robert E. THE CIVIL WAR YEARS: A Day-by-Day Chronicle. New York: Gramercy Books, 1992.
  • Dyer, Frederick H. A COMPENDIUM OF THE WAR OF THE REBELLION. 3 Volumes. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  • Editors of Combined Books. THE CIVIL WAR BOOK OF LISTS. Conshohocken, PA.: Combined Books, Inc., 1993.
  • Emilio, Luis F. A BRAVE BLACK REGIMENT. New York: Bantam Books, 1992.
  • Foner, Jack. BLACKS AND THE MILITARY IN AMERICAN. New York: Praeger, 1974.
  • Franklin, John Hope, and Alfred A. Moss, Jr. FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM: A History of Negro Americans. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1947 (Sixth Edition 1988).
  • Garrison, Webb. CIVIL WAR CURIOSITIES: Strange Stories, Oddities, Events, and Coincidences. Nashville, TN.: Rutledge Hill Press, 1994.
  • Gladstone, William A. MEN OF COLOR. Gettysburg: Thomas Publications, 1993.
  • Gladstone, William A. UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS 1863-1867. Gettysburg: Thomas Publications, 1990.
  • Glatthaar, Joseph T. FORGED IN BATTLE: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers. New York: Meridian, 1991.
  • Glatthaar, Joseph T. THE MARCH TO THE SEA AND BEYOND: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985.
  • Gourdin, John R. BORROWED IDENTITY: 128th United States Colored Troops, Multiple-name Usage by Black 
    Civil War Veterans who served with Union Regiments Organized in South Carolina. Westminster, MD: Heritage 
    Books, 2009.
  • Gourdin, John R. VOICES FROM THE PAST: 104th Infantry Regiment, USCT, Colored Civil War Soldiers from 
    South Carolina. Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2007 (1997).
  • Gragg, Rod. CIVIL WAR QUIZ AND FACT BOOK. New York: Harper & Row, 1985.
  • Greenberg, Martin H. and Waugh, Charles G., Editors. THE PRICE OF FREEDOM: Slavery and the Civil War. Volume 1 - The Demise of Slavery. Nashville: Cumberland House, 2000.
  • Greenberg, Martin H. and Waugh, Charles G., Editors. THE PRICE OF FREEDOM: Slavery and the Civil War. Volume 2 - The Preservation of Liberty. Nashville: Cumberland House, 2000.
  • Hansen, Joyce. BETWEEN 2 FIRES: Black Soldiers in the Civil War. New York: Franklin Watts, 1993.
  • Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. ARMY LIFE IN A BLACK REGIMENT. Williamstown, MA.: Corner House Publishers, 1984.
  • Hollandsworth, James G. Jr. THE LOUISIANA NATIVE GUARDS: The Black Military Experience During the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.
  • Hollandsworth, James G. Jr. PRETENSE OF GLORY: The Life of General Nathaniel P. Banks. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998.
  • Humphreys, Margaret. INTENSELY HUMAN: The Health of the Black Soldiers in the American Civil War. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  • Jordan, Ervin L., Jr. BLACK CONFEDERATES AND AFRO-YANKEES IN CIVIL WAR VIRGINIA. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995.
  • Josephy, Alvin M. THE CIVIL WAR IN THE AMERICAN WEST. New York: Vintage Books, 1991.
  • Katz, William Loren. EYEWITNESS: The Negro in American History. New York: Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1967.
  • Lanning, Lt. Col. Michael Lee (Ret.). THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIER: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell. Sacaucus, NJ.: Carol Publishing Group, 1997. (Chapter 3 -- The American Civil War)
  • Long, Richard A., ed. BLACK WRITERS AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: Black Involvement and Participation in the War Between the States. Secaucus, NJ.: The Blue and Grey Press, 1988.
  • Lowry, Thomas P., M.D. THE STORY THE SOLDIERS WOULDN'T TELL: Sex in the Civil War. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 1994.
  • Main, Edwin M. THE STORY OF THE MARCHES, BATTLES, AND INCIDENTS OF THE THIRD UNITED STATES COLORED CAVALRY. Louisville: Globe Printing Company, 1908. Reprinted, New York: Negro Universities Press, 1970.
  • Massachusetts Adjutant General's Office. MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AND MARINES IN THE CIVIL WAR. Norwood: The Norwood Press, 1932.
  • Massey, Mary Elizabeth. WOMEN IN THE CIVIL WAR. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1966.
  • McPherson, James M. MARCHING TOWARD FREEDOM: Blacks in the Civil War 1861-1865. New York: Facts on File, 1965.
  • McPherson, James M. THE NEGRO'S CIVIL WAR: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union. New York: Ballatine Books, 1982.
  • McRae, Bennie J. Jr., Miller, Curtis and Trowbridge-Miller, Cheryl. NINETEENTH CENTURY FREEDOM FIGHTERS: First South Carolina Volunteers. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2007.
  • Mohr, Clarence L. ON THE THRESHOLD OF FREEDOM: Masters and Slaves in Civil War Georgia. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1986.
  • Mullen, Robert W. BLACKS IN AMERICA'S WARS. New York: Anchor Foundation, 1973.
  • Munden, Kennth W. and Henry Putney Beers. THE UNION: A Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War. Washington: National Archives and Records Administration, 1986.
  • Nalty, Bernard C. STRENGTH FOR THE FIGHT: A History of Black Americans in the Military. New York: The Free Press, 1986.
  • Newby, M. Dalyce (Series Editor: T. P. Morley, M.D.). ANDERSON RUFFIN ABBOTT: First Afro-Canadian Doctor. Markham, Ontario: Associated Medical Services, Incorporated and Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1998. [Chapter 6 - The Civil War Years]
  • Ochs, Stephen J. A BLACK PATRIOT AND A WHITE PRIEST: Andre Cailloux and Claude Paschal Maistre in Civil War New Orleans. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000.
  • O'Connor, Robert J. CATESBY: EYEWITNESS TO THE CIVIL WAR. West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania: Infinity Publishing, ----.
  • O'Connor, Robert J. THE PERFECT STEEL TRAP HARPERS FERRY 1859. West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania: Infinity Publishing, ----.
  • O'Connor, Robert J. THE U. S. COLORED TROOPS AT ANDERSONVILLE PRISON. West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania: Infinity Publishing, 2009.
  • O'Connor, Robert J. THE VIRGINIAN WHO MIGHT HAVE SAVED LINCOLN. West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania: Infinity Publishing, ----.
  • Ohio Adjutant General's Office. OFFICIAL ROSTER OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE STATE OF OHIO IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION 1861-1866. Akron: The Werner Company, 1893.
  • Quarles, Benjamin. THE NEGRO IN THE CIVIL WAR. New York: Da Capo Press, 1953.
  • Paradis, James M. STRIKE THE BLOW FOR FREEDOM: The 6th United States Colored Infantry in the Civil War. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: White Mane Books, 1998.
  • Redkey, Edwin S., Editor. A GRAND ARMY OF BLACK MEN: Letters from African American Soldiers in the Union Army, 1861-1865. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
  • Regimental Association. RECORD OF THE SERVICE OF THE FIFTY-FIFTH REGIMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY. Cambridge: Press of John Wilson and Son, 1868. (Reprinted 1991 by Ayer Company, Publishers, Inc., Salem, NH.)
  • Rhodes, Robert Hunt. ed. ALL FOR THE UNION: The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes. New York: Vintage Books, 1985.
  • Romero, Patricia, and Willie Lee Rose, Editors. SUSIE KING TAYLOR: Reminiscences of My Life - A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs. New York: Markus Wiener Publishing, Inc., 1988.
  • Tabor, Chris. THE SKIRMISH AT ISLAND MOUND, MISSOURI: October 28, 1862. Independence, Missouri: The Blue and Gray Book Shoppe, 2001.
  • Todd, Glenda McWhirter. FIRST ALABAMA CAVALRY, USA: Homage to Patriotism. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1999.
  • Trudeau, Noah Andre., ed. VOICES OF THE 55TH: Letters from the 55th Massachusetts Volunteers 1861-1865. Dayton, OH.: Morningside House, Inc., 1996.
  • United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. 128 Volumes. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.
  • Weaver, C. P., Editor. THANK GOD MY REGIMENT AN AFRICAN ONE: The Civil War Diary of Colonel Nathan W. Daniels. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998.
  • Westwood, Howard C. BLACK TROOPS WHITE COMMANDERS AND FREEDMEN DURING THE CIVIL WAR. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992.
  • Wiley, Bell Irvin. THE LIFE OF JOHNNY REB: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1943.
  • Wiley, Bell Irvin. THE LIFE OF BILLY YANK: The Common Soldier of the Union. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1952.
  • Wilson, Joseph T. THE BLACK PHALANX: A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the Wars of 1775-1812, 1861-'65. Hartford, CT.: American Publishing Company, 1890. (Copyright 1968 by Arno Press, Inc., and reprinted by Ayer Company Publishers, Inc., 1992.)
  • Wright, Roberta Hughes. A TRIBUTE TO CHARLOTTE FORTEN (1837-1914). Southfield, Michigan: Charro Book Company, 1993.



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