Three of my favorites ( in no particular order):

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by  Drew Gilpin Faust

The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy by Sally Jenkins & John Stauffer

Each of these books provides a truly unique perspective and insight, as well as wonderfully fresh takes on this war. . .

In regard to local Rochester, NY history and the role its citizens played in the war a must read is Where They Fell: Stories of Rochester Area Soldiers in the Civil War by Robert Marcotte.  The author is a phenomenal columnist for Rochester’s own newspaper The Democrat & Chronicle.  Writing articles that focus on the history of Rochester of course.

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