Welcome!

Enrich Your Travels with Longitude

We've got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.

SIGN UP FOR

Longitude News

Get our monthly e-mail update

GET A

Catalog

SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

  • E-MAIL
  • PRINT

Kids

Books for

Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

Item EXWAR15. Buy these 4 items as a set for $86 including shipping, 15% off the retail price.
With free shipping on anything else you order.

ADD SET
TO BOOKBAG

The Civil War, A Visual History

The Civil War, A Visual History

by Jemi Dunne

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER

Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this enticing illustrated survey draws on the unparalleled collections of the Smithsonian Institution, giving insight into 1860s America, battles and troops on both side of the divide. With excellent maps, battles scenes and photographs of hundreds of artifacts from the war, camp life, weapons and military paraphernalia, it brings the conflict to life. (WAR154, $40.00)

The Civil War in the East, Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory

The Civil War in the East, Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory

by Brooks D. Simpson

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 162 PAGES

Simpson's slim account fills in some gaps in Civil War history as he focuses on the Eastern theater, its geography (including the Shenandoah Valley and the Chesapeake Bay), its generals and decisive battles. (USE612, $19.95)

Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields

Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields

by Jeff Shaara

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

Featuring maps and photos, this authoritative history is also a practical guide to the ten most significant Civil War sites, including Shiloh, Gettysburg, New Market, Vicksburg and Chickamauga. (USA414, $20.00)

The Blue Valley, A Collection of Stories

The Blue Valley, A Collection of Stories

by Robert Morgan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Thirteen tales evoking life in the Southern Appalachians. Morgan delves into the region's Civil War past as well as quotidian contemporary life for his rich cast of characters. (USS303, $13.95)

 
Insiders' Guide to Virginia's Blue Ridge

Insiders' Guide to Virginia's Blue Ridge


by Mary Alice Blackwell | Anne Causey

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

A practical, comprehensive guide to the region, now in its eighth edition. (USS302, $16.95)

Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War

Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War


by Ernest B. Ferguson

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

The story has been told many times before: Jefferson Davis versus Robert E. Lee. However, this detailed account of the Confederacy Capital provides details portray the little pictures within the big picture. (USS102, $16.00)

Battle Cry of Freedom, The Civil War Era

Battle Cry of Freedom, The Civil War Era


by James McPherson

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 904 PAGES

A comprehensive, vivid history of the Civil War, its genesis, battles, politics and personalities from the war with Mexico to Appomattox. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the book may be 900 pages long but it reads like a good novel. (USS37, $19.95)

Chancellorsville

Chancellorsville


by Stephen W. Sears

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

A revisionist history of the battle of Chancellorsville that details Stonewall Jackson's 12-mile march as well as his tragic accidental death at the hand of his own troops. (WAR71, $18.00)

Civil War Petersburg, Confederate City in the Crucible of War

Civil War Petersburg, Confederate City in the Crucible of War


by A. Wilson Greene

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 363 PAGES

The noted Civil War historian Wil Greene's expertly researched, eloquently written history of the Virginia city that was second only to Richmond in size and strategic significance during the Civil War. (USS526, $34.95)

Great Civil War Heroes and Their Battles

Great Civil War Heroes and Their Battles


by Walt Rawls

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

A complete illustrated overview of the battles and biographies of 50 Civil War leaders, released in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the war. (USA449, $29.95)

Richmond Burning, The Last Days of the Confederate Capital

Richmond Burning, The Last Days of the Confederate Capital


by Nelson D. Lankford

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A narrative account of the fall of Richmond, which signaled the end of the Confederacy. Citing a variety of primary documents, Lankford creates a vivid portrait of events and personalities at the dusk of the Civil War. (WAR66, $18.00)

Richmond During the War: Four Years of Personal Observation

Richmond During the War: Four Years of Personal Observation


by Virginia Scharff | Sallie Brock Putnam

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 389 PAGES

Having lived in the Confederate Capital of Richmond during the Civil War, Sallie Brock Putnam gives a personal account of the Antebellum South. Originally published in 1867, this is a rare perspective of a Southern woman in a crucial period in the history of the South. (USS103, $19.95)

Stonewall in the Valley

Stonewall in the Valley


by Robert G. Tanner

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 599 PAGES

A history of Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. (USS297, $24.95)

The Civil War in 50 Objects

The Civil War in 50 Objects


by Harold Holzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 380 PAGES

Lincoln scholar Holzer uses 50 pieces of important Civil War memorabilia, including Grant's handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox, a Confederate Palmetto flag and a daguerreotype of an elderly ex-slave, as a point of departure for this history of the Civil War. (WAR183, $36.00)

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

The Civil War, An Illustrated History


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts. (USS27, $29.95)

The Fall of the House of Dixie, The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

The Fall of the House of Dixie, The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South


by Bruce Levine

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, Levine discusses what happened to the South through the eyes of ordinary citizens. A multi-faceted look at how the Civil War changed the region's society and economy forever. (WAR191, $17.00)

The Fourth Battle of Winchester, Toward a New Civil War Paradigm

The Fourth Battle of Winchester, Toward a New Civil War Paradigm


by Richard M. McMurry

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A reassessment of the Civil War using counterfactual events. (WAR65, $16.95)

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects


by Richard Kurin

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 762 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Explore American history through 101 objects from the Smithsonian museums. Dr. Richard Kurin relates fascinating stories about historical objects like Neil Armstrong's space suit, the Wright brothers' plane and Dorothy's ruby red slippers, reminding us that history still has a vital presence in our day and age. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs throughout, the book takes readers on a rich journey through America's collective memory. (USA549, $50.00)

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

The entertaining account of Bryson's hike up the Appalachian trail, combining biting satire with a certain warmth. A fond memoir and a very entertaining read. (USE01, $15.99)

Another Country, Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains

Another Country, Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains


by Christopher Camuto

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 386 PAGES

Christopher Camuto makes a journey into the southern Appalachians, the land from which the Cherokee Indians were expelled. Camping at the heights of the Smoky Mountains during the winter, Camuto uses his days of solitude to try to reflect on the land as the Cherokees might have. (USE32, $20.95)

Lee, A Biography

Lee, A Biography


by Douglas Southall Freeman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

Abridged version of Freeman's four volume biography of Robert E. Lee. (USS338, $23.00)

Personal Memoirs, Ulysses S. Grant

Personal Memoirs, Ulysses S. Grant


by Ulysses S. Grant

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 674 PAGES

A remarkable (and big) account of a rich life, from a poor boy on the frontier to a great general and president, written by Grant on his deathbed -- and originally edited by none other than Mark Twain. (USS33, $18.00)

Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend

Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend


by James Robertson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 950 PAGES

The gold-standard for biographies of Stonewall Jackson. (WAR69, $89.25)

The Height of Our Mountains, Nature Writing from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley

The Height of Our Mountains, Nature Writing from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley


by Michael P. Branch | Daniel J. Philippon

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 460 PAGES

A diverse anthology and portrait of the region, covering from 1612 to 1996. (USS295, $30.00)

The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels


by Michael Shaara

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

It's the summer of 1863. Fresh from a victory at Chancellorsville, General Robert E. Lee heads north in a daring attempt to draw Union forces away from the Potomac. He is met by Union regiments at Gettysburg for the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. (USS36, $16.00)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States


by Peter Alden | Brian Cassie

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Mid-Atlantic States. (USE73, $22.00)

More Recommendations

Here are some other groups of books that might be of interest

Longitude provides recommended reading for travelers in partnership with the leading tour operators and travel programs for hundreds of destinations worldwide. We've got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.