Here we are, right in the midst of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. It seems that I have written as many stories set during that conflict as I have in the Old West -and for the same reason, I think. It is a compelling backdrop for a story, especially when that story focuses on human passions. I also realize that my nonfiction is often centered on the Civil War -from magazine articles, journal articles I'm currently working on, my dissertation/ book-to-be, and even the field trip through Upper Cumberland Tennessee I embarked on last weekend with other Civil War historians and archaeologists of my acquaintance. 150 years on, and I'm not the only one still fascinated by the subject.
Off the top of my head, I can think of several works of fiction about the war that are especially noteworthy for various reasons (and let me note, I'm a huge fan of some of these and not so much a fan of others):
Andersonville, by MacKinley Cantor
Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
Band of Angels, by Robert Penn Warren
The March, by E. L. Doctorow
(you thought I was gonna forget Gone with the Wind, didn't ya?)
What are some of your favorites that I missed?
And if you haven't read mine, here is a link to some of my Civil War related titles: http://www.troyduanesmith.com/civilwar