Civil War Primary Sources: Memoirs, Letters, and Writings

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The list author says: "No study of the American Civil War can ignore the recollections of its participants. However, these are frought with difficulty because of the Lost Cause (Southern) and Good War (Northern) mentality that arose after the cessation of hostilities. I encourage that these sources be used together."
Lincoln : Speeches and Writings : 1859-1865 (Library of America)
1.  Lincoln : Speeches and Writings : 1859-1865 (Library of America) by Abraham Lincoln
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  "This is a good solid collection of some of the most important Lincoln items."
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The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (2 volume set).
2.  The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (2 volume set). by Jefferson Davis
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  "Jefferson Davis apologetic account of what happened.  Very self-serving, very dry.  Use with caution.  William Cooper's biography of Davis (Jefferson Davis, American) is a good corrective."
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Ulysses S. Grant : Memoirs and Selected Letters : Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant / Selected Letters, 1839-1865 (Library of America)
3.  Ulysses S. Grant : Memoirs and Selected Letters : Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant / Selected Letters, 1839-1865 (Library of America) by Ulysses S. Grant
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  "Very good reading.  Assembled by the ex-President/retired General to provide for his family.  Grant was dying of cancer when he composed this memoir.  He was assisted in its publication by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).  This memoir is frequently quoted/cited."
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The Wartime Papers Of Robert E. Lee (A Da Capo paperback)
4.  The Wartime Papers Of Robert E. Lee (A Da Capo paperback) by Robert E. Lee
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  "This is probably the best one-volume collection of Lee material."
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Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman (Library of America)
5.  Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman (Library of America) by William T. Sherman
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  "Excellent Memoir by the second most important Union general."
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From Manassas to Appomattox. Memoirs of the civil war in America ... Illustrated, etc.
6.  From Manassas to Appomattox. Memoirs of the civil war in America ... Illustrated, etc. by James. Longstreet
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  "Longstreet's Memoirs are at the core of the "Killer Angels" version of Gettysburg.  Lee's principal lieutenant wrote this memoir long after he had become the villian of the Confederacy.  As such, it is apologetic (Longstreet is defending his reputation)."
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Narrative of the War Between the States (A Da Capo paperback)
7.  Narrative of the War Between the States (A Da Capo paperback) by Jubal Anderson Early
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  "This is a good counterpoint to Longstreet.  Early was at the heart of creatiing the Lee mythology (The Marble Man).  However, Early was a division, not Corps commander for the early years of the war, and was not as highly placed as Longstreet."
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The Civil War Papers Of George B. Mcclellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865 (Quality Paperbacks Series)
8.  The Civil War Papers Of George B. Mcclellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865 (Quality Paperbacks Series) by Stephen W. Sears
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  "McClellan was a key figure in the shaping of Union military policy.  A great organizer and strategic thinker, he often bungled at the tactical level.  His antagonism with Lincoln eventually led to his dismissal in Nov 1862.  Thereafter he was a vocal critic, running against Lincoln on the Democratic ticket in 1864.  Sears is his best biographer to date."
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Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War: During the Civil War (Da Capo Paperback)
9.  Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War: During the Civil War (Da Capo Paperback) by Joseph E. Johnston
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  "Dry and apologetic, but useful"
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