Exploring the Civil War

Exploring the Civil War

Books

Grant & Lee

Two great men who fought for opposite sides...Take a closer look at each of their histories to get a better understanding of the Civil War.

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Letters and Diaries

Beyond the history books and conventional accounts, letters and diaries can reveal a deeper perspective. From poor soldiers to wealthy landowners' wives to the previously unheard voices of slaves, these letters and diaries - real and imagined - will illuminate the war experience.

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The War in (West) Virginia

Before the Civil War, our home state was just another part of Virginia. Issues of slavery and states' rights tore counties apart during secession and after West Virginia was granted statehood. West Virginia's rich Civil War history can be found everywhere, from large monuments to small hillside markers. These books will guide you through West Virginia Civil War history, from statehood to your own back yard.

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Books for Children

It can be difficult for children to understand the nature of war, let alone a war that had neighbors fighting each other in their own back yard. These books, most told from a child's perspective, cover the entire Civil War, from slavery and Harpers Ferry to the lives of young soldiers.

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