What are the best diaries, memoirs, and letter collections about the Civil War?

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    #1John Ransom's Andersonville Diary

    John Ransom's Andersonville Diary

    John Ransom's Andersonville Diary: Life Inside the Civil War's Most Infamous Prison is a memoir written by John Ransom, a 20-year-old Union soldier. It was originally released in 1881. It is about his experience as a prisoner of war.

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    Linda Watkins
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "John Ransom's Andersonville Diary: Life Inside the Civil War's Most Infamous Prison is a memoir written by John Ransom a 20 year old union soldier. It is about a soldier and his experience as a prisoner of war. This is a diary book with a high rating of at least 4.5 or 5 stars. "
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    #2Company Aytch

    Company Aytch

    Company Aytch: A Classic Memoir of the Civil War is a collection of real-life stories written by Samuel R. Watkins. It was originally released in 1881. It contains the author's real experience from the Civil War.

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    Laura Luna
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Wow! I learned so much from this. It has amazing details of what happened in this era. I assure you will learn lots from reading this."
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    #3Reading the Man

    Reading the Man

    Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters is a collection of essays and letters written by Robert E. Lee, the famous Confederate leader. It was compiled by Elizabeth Pryor and was released in 2007.

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    Louis Rose
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book will give some true insight into the Civil War and the Confederacy. It's a collection of Robert E. Lee's letters and writing so you get it first-hand instead of with some liberal re-writing of history and facts."
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    #4A Full Blown Yankee of the Iron Brigade

    A Full Blown Yankee of the Iron Brigade
    A Full Blown Yankee of the Iron Brigade: Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers is a biography based on the diaries of Rufus R. Dawes. It was released in March 2014. It is about the Union officer who fought in Gettysburg.
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    Arjun Powar
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I'm sure how this ranks compared to all of the diaries, memoirs, and letters from the American Civil War. However, it is a great memoir. If you have an interest in the Civil War I'd suggest giving it a read. "
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    #5Soldiering

    Soldiering

    Soldiering: The Civil War Diary of Rice C. Bull is a memoir written by Civil War soldier Rice C. Bull. It is a firsthand account of the soldier's traumatic experiences from the war.

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    Richard Lane
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A memoir by Rice C. Bull, Soldiering deals with a first-hand account of a soldiers attempt to survive as a member of the Union Army during the civil war. Not very pretty overall but an accurate and realistic picture of conflict and the struggles that go along with it."
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    #6Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States

    Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States

    Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States is a book containing memoirs and journals from those who fought in the American Civil War. The book was originally released in 1923 and have lost some pages in further reprints.

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    Johnny Tran
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you enjoy reading memoirs you really should check this out. It is a great collection from the civil war."
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    #7Sarah Morgan

    Sarah Morgan

    Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary Of A Southern Woman is a memoir written by Sarah Morgan about the effect of the war on their lives. It was partly released in the past but was compiled and released wholly by Charles East in 1992.

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    Randy Stevens
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary Of A Southern Woman is an interesting look into a time period that is usually only covered by the viewpoints of the male politicians and soldiers. It's a solid read to Civil War buffs, histories, and general people who are interested with section of time in America."
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    #8Two Years on the Alabama

    Two Years on the Alabama
    Two Years on the Alabama is a memoir written by Arthur Sinclair. It was originally published in 1896. It is about the ship named Alabama, which was built for the Confederate Army.
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    Christian Wells
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Two Years on the Alabama is a great book dealing with the best diaries, memoirs, and letter collections about the Civil War! You really can't go wrong with this one, it has a little bit for everything."
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    #9A Rebel War Clerk's Diary (Vol. 1)

    A Rebel War Clerk's Diary (Vol. 1)

    A Rebel War Clerk's Diary is the first volume of the memoir written by John B. Jones, a clerk in the War Department of the Confederacy. It was originally published in 1866. 

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    Patrick Alvarado
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you are interested in an engrossing view into the Civil War, look no further than this book. John Jones has a unique perspective on the war because he was in charge of opening and reviewing all the mail that came into his office. You can tell where he stands on multiple issues - the war, government, slavery - and it is apparent in his writings. While it does drag on at some times, I consider this one of the finest I have read from this time period."
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    #10Sherman's Civil War

    Sherman's Civil War
    Sherman's Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860-1865 is a book containing more than 400 letters written by William T. Sherman, a prominent leader in the American Civil War.
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    Marilyn Curtis
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "For a Civil War buff, you just can't beat this collection of first-person accounts. This is a great compilation of the writings of William T. Sherman giving insights into what it was like to be a Union General during one of the most tragic wars that could pit brother against brother. I was taken back to the 1860s and learned several things I did not know about the Civil War while reading this book. "
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    #11Mary Chesnut's Civil War

    Mary Chesnut's Civil War
    Written by a Southern aristocrat, this book narrates the American Civil War from a very personal point of view, recording the downfall and destruction of the Confederacy and the abolition of slavery. 
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    Teresa Douglas
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I love reading about history a lot and I found this novel to be fascinating. I really liked hearing a woman's voice throughout this novel and reading all the letters she wrote. Who knew how much the Civil War affected women and this one seemed to portray it really well. I recommend it to anyone to read."

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Best What are the best diaries, memoirs, and letter collections about the Civil War
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1John Ransom's Andersonville DiaryBooks 42 Paid
2Company AytchBooks 38 Paid
3Reading the ManBooks 37 Paid
4A Full Blown Yankee of the Iron BrigadeBooks 34 Paid
5SoldieringBooks 31 Paid
6Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the StatesBooks 28 Paid
7Sarah MorganBooks 27 Paid
8Two Years on the AlabamaBooks 24 Paid
9A Rebel War Clerk's Diary (Vol. 1)Articles 21 Paid
10Sherman's Civil WarBooks 20 Paid
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