Virginia History Books

Browse selected volumes on popular topics, such as the Civil War, the American Revolution, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding counties. These titles are updated frequently, so check back often for more recommendations. Most books can be requested and checked out from your home library branch. Use the menu below to limit your search to areas that interest you.

For students wanting historical tales--true and otherwise--check out our lists of Virginia History Books for Kids.

Dear Mr. Jefferson: Letters from a Nantucket Gardener

By Laura Simon

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A modern gardener/historical romance novelist combines her thoughts on creating a thriving garden with Jefferson's own writings on the subject to craft a dialogue between avid horticulturalists, past and present. Also available on audio.

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Dictionary of Building Preservation

By Ward Bucher

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Definitions to thousands of architectural terms that are helpful for both the professional and the layman. Includes architectural styles, finishes, structural systems, conservation treatments, and more.

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Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War

By George Worthington Adams

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Considered a classic work on the medical history of the Union Army, Adams account has many fascinating statistics and tells the story behind them. For example, only 1/3 of the 300,000 Union soldiers who died during the Civil War were killed by the Confederate Army. Disease took the rest. Also available: Doctors in Gray.

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Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee-houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Poverty and Press-gangs, Freakshows and Female Education

By Liza Picard

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Coffee shops have been used as gathering places for a long time. During their mid-eighteenth century incarnation, they served as a meeting place for middle class up and comers and political radicals.

As might be surmised from the title, Dr. Johnson's London gives glimpses into the various sights, smells, and practical matters of life in long ago London for criminals, the poor, the middle class, high society and royalty. The author draws largely from original sources.

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Duel Between the First Ironclads

By William C. Davis

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The author weaves fascinating personal and historical detail into his narrative.
Also available as an eBook.

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Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia

By Patrick O'Brien

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A short book (36 pages) that is appropriate for elementary students who are just beginning to develop a taste for history.

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Empires in the Forest: Jamestown and the Beginning of America

By Avery Chenoweth ; photographs, Robert Llewellyn

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"This beautiful work of photography and prose traces the ways in which American culture grew out of the conflict that characterized the first contact between Native Americans and Europeans."
(From the publisher's description)

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Emyl Jenkins' Appraisal Book: Identifying, Understanding, and Valuing Your Treasures

By Emyl Jenkins

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Has a guide to making personal inventories and appraisals, as well as stating where to find additional information on appraising.

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Eye of the Raven

By Eliot Pattison

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In 1760, with the aid of the Indian Shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to heal from the massacre of his Highland clan by the British. His new life is shattered when he and Conawago discover a dying Virginian officer nailed to an Indian shrine tree. To their horror, the authorities arrest Conawago and schedule his hanging. As Duncan begins a desperate search for the truth, he finds himself in a maelstrom of deception and violence.
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