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.

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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Court House

By John F. Cummings III

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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County both witnessed the ravages of America's defining drama. This is the story of a town forced into exodus by the harsh hand of war and of the strength that helped its residents find rebirth from the ashes of destruction. This shared experience would bring people like John Henry Myer and Joseph Walker into a united community, despite diverse backgrounds and racial differences. Fredericksburg had enjoyed prosperity as a colonial-era tobacco port, but economic and agricultural changes diminished this importance.
By the 1850s, Fredericksburg had been eclipsed by Richmond to the south and Alexandria to the north. Shortly before the Civil War, a small industrial boom revitalized the town only to be cast asunder by the events of 1861-1865. Ten miles south is Spotsylvania Court House, the county seat. Here too, fate would deal a blow as warring armies raged over the pastoral setting, leaving destruction in their wake.
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Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!

By George C. Rable

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Rable offers a detailed history of the Fredericksburg campaign and shows how the horrific carnage (with 13,000 casualties on the Union side and 5,000 Confederate casualties) haunted military and civilian survivors on both sides.
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Fredericksburg, Virginia: Eclectic Histories for the Curious Reader

By Ted Kamieniak

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People who visit Fredericksburg can be entranced with its sometimes quirky ways and people. This volume tells tales not oft repeated from the city's and its surroundings' past.
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Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War

By Scott Christianson

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Down the old plank road from Fredericksburg towards Culpeper--today's Route 3 West, you'll find the still-standing and ruined remains of many a grand Virginia plantation. One of these was home to Charles Nalle, who escaped from slavery in hopes of reuniting with his already-freed wife and children. In 1860, the streets of Troy, New York, became the scene of a struggle between the Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad supporters and the slave hunters who had been sent to retrieve him.

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Furniture of Williamsburg and Eastern Virginia, 1710-1790

By Wallace B. Gusler

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"Furniture of Williamsburg and Eastern Virginia, 1710–1790, originally published in 1979 by the Virginia Museum, has been considered a milestone in southern furniture research." (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

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Gangrene and Glory: Medical Care During the American Civil War

By Frank R. Freemon

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A very readable work that looks at both sides of the conflict and particular areas of interest: Medicine at Sea, Stonewall Jackson Struck by Friendly Fire, The Introduction of Women Nurses, and more. Many photos.

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Gardens and Landscapes of Virginia

By Richard Cheek

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The Garden Club of Virginia presents a photographic tour of some of the finest gardens in the state.
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Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War

By Alexander Gardner

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This unabridged reprint of the 1866 edition contains 100 photographs, all of which are the original size. Plates 29 through 33 relate to the Fredericksburg area. An explanatory page of text introduces each plate.

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Genealogy Online

By Elizabeth Powell Crowe

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Provides a guided tour of online resources and communities to help anyone begin or delve deeper into a family history project. Thoroughly revised, this new edition shows you how Web 2.0 tools can help you get more done in less time. Older editions are also available as eBooks.

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