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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."