Suggested Reading for LBG Test

Note: This list is suggested reading to help you prepare for the Guide Exam. The list is not all inclusive nor will all or even most questions derive from this list. We thank LBG Ellen Gonsalves for developing this document.  Please note that the NPS has developed its own suggested reading list authored by Professor (Retired) Carol Readon.  Click HERE to access the resource that contains it. 


Guide Reference Books
The Battle of Gettysburg
Bachelder, John
(David L. Ladd, ed)
History of the
Battle of Gettysburg
Bennett, Gerald R. Days of Uncertainty
and Dread: The Ordeal Endured by the Civilians at Gettysburg
Busey, John W and
Martin, David S.
Regimental Strengths
and Losses at Gettysburg
Busey, John W. The Last Full Measure
Busey, John W. These Honored Dead:
The Union Casualties at Gettysburg
Cleaves, Freeman Meade of Gettysburg
Coco, Gregory A. A Strange and
Blighted Land: The Aftermath of Battle
Coco, Gregory A. A Vast Sea of
Misery: A History and Guide to the Union and Confederate Field
Hospitals at Gettysburg
Coco, Gregory A. Gettysburg
Confederate Dead
Coddington, Edwin The Gettysburg
Campaign: A Study in Command
Cole, James M and
Frampton, Roy E.
Gettysburg National
Frassanito, William Gettysburg: A
Journey in Time
Frassanito, William Early Photography at
Freeman, Douglas S. Lee’s Lieutenants,
Volume III
Gallagher, Gary (ed) The First Day at
Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership
Gallagher, Gary (ed) The Second Day at
Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership
Gallagher, Gary (ed) The Third Day at
Gettysburg: Gettysburg and Beyond
Nothing But Glory,
Pickett’s Division at Gettysburg
Hartwig, D. Scott Gettysburg: The
Complete Pictorial of Battlefield Monuments
Hassler, Jr. Warren
Crises at the
Crossroads: The First Day at Gettysburg
Hawthorne, Frederick
Gettysburg: Stories
of Men and Monuments
Longacre, Edward G. The Cavalry at
Patterson, Gerald A. Debris of Battle:
The Wounded of Gettysburg
Pfanz, Harry W. The First Day
Pfanz, Harry W. Gettysburg: The
Second Day
Pfanz, Harry W. Gettysburg: Culp’s
Hill and Cemetery Hill
Reardon, Carol Pickett’s Charge in
History and Memory
Sauers, Richard A. Gettysburg: The
Meade-Sickles Controversy
Sears, Stephen W. Gettysburg
Stewart, George Pickett’s Charge: A
Micro History of the Final Attack at Gettysburg July 3, 1863
Tucker, Glenn High Tide at
Tucker, Glenn Lee and Longstreet
at Gettysburg
Trudeau, Noah Andre Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage
General Bibliography of the Civil War
Billings, John D. Hard Tack and Coffee
Catton, Bruce Glory Road: Army of
the Potomac Trilogy
Catton, Bruce Mr. Lincoln’s Army:
Army of the Potomac Trilogy
Catton, Bruce A Stillness at
Appomattox: Army of the Potomac Trilogy
Catton, Bruce The Coming Fury:
Centennial History of the Civil War
Catton, Bruce Terrible, Swift
Sword: Centennial History of the Civil War
Catton, Bruce Never Call Retreat:
Centennial History of the Civil War
Commager, Henry The Blue and the
Gray (2 volumes)
Cunningham, H. H. Doctors in Gray
Adams, George W. Doctors in Blue
Dowdey, Clifford Lee’s Last Campaign:
The Story of Lee and His Men Against Grant – 1864
Foote, Shelby The Civil War: A
Narrative (3 Volumes)
Freeman, Douglas S. R. E. Lee (4 Volumes)
Johnson, R. U and
Buel, Clarence C.
Battles and Leaders
of the Civil War
Linderman, Gerald F. Embattled Courage:
The Experience of Combat in the Civil War
McFeely, William S. Grant – A Biography
McPherson, James Battle Cry of Freedom
Power, J. Tracy Lee’s Miserables:
Life in the Amry of the Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to
Quarles, Benjamin The Negro’s Civil War
Robertson, Jr.,
James I.
Soldiers Blue and
Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Blue
Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Gray
Wiley, Bell I. The Life of Billy
Wiley, Bell I. The Life of Johnny
Memoirs and Reminiscences
Bellard, Alfred (DH
Donald, ed)
Gone for a Soldier
Berekely, Henry L.
(W. H. Runge, ed)
Four Years in the
Confederate Army
Carter, Robert G. Four Brothers in Blue
Casler, John O. (J.
I. Robertson, ed.)
Four Years in the
Stonewall Brigade
Douglas, Henry Kidd I Rode with Stonewall
Fletcher, William A.
(Bell I. Wiley, ed)
Rebel Private, Front
and Rear
Galway, Thomas L. The Valiant Hours
Gordon, John T. Reminiscences of the
Civil War
Haley, John W (R. L.
Silliker, ed)
The Rebel Yell and
the Yankee Hurrah
Livermore, Thomas L. Days and Events
McAllister, Robert
(J. I. Robertson, ed)
The Civil War
Letters of Robert McAllister
Stearns, Auston C.
(R. L. Silliker, ed)
Three Years with
Company K
Wainwright, Charles
(Allan Nevins, ed)
A Diary of Battle


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