Fiction in the Springfield City Library
- Banks, Russell. Cloudsplitter.
- An epic retelling of the events leading up to abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry.
- Busch, Frederick. The Night Inspector. (Harmony Books, 1999).
- Revelations of illicit slave-trading in the seamy underworld of late-19th-century New York and New Orleans.
- Cooper, J. California. The Wake of the Wind. (Doubleday, 1998).
- The saga of a black family struggling to survive in Reconstruction-era Georgia and Virginia.
- Dann, Jack. The Silent.
- A young boy who watches Yankee invaders murder his parents becomes mute, but makes his way across the war-torn South with the help of several memorable survivors. He records it all in this graphic diary.
- Gibbons, Kaye. On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon.
- Ellen Garnet Tate looks back on her Southern childhood, the War, and her marriage to a Boston surgeon. By the author of the acclaimed Ellen Foster.
- Higgins, Joanna. A Soldier's Book.
- Following the Battle of the Wilderness, a Maine foot soldier suffers the horrors of a crowded Confederate prison camp.
- McCaig, Donald. Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War.
- A dark and vivid novel that follows the various residents of one plantation, black and white, across years of upheaval.
- McMillan, Ann. Angel Trumpet.
- In the sequel to Dead March, the bloody massacre of a plantation family raises the specter of slave rebellion. Mystery with lots of period detail.
- McMillan, Ann. Dead March. (Viking, 1998).
- Wartime Richmond is the setting for this period mystery; a young medical student dies under mysterious circumstances, and his sister becomes involved with a black conjurer in her efforts to unravel the tangled story of his final days.
- Monfredo, Miriam Grace. The Stalking Horse. (Berkley Prime Crime, 1998).
- Fifth in a series set in Seneca Falls, New York just before the Civil War, this mystery features an intrepid feminist librarian as heroine.
- Mrazek, Robert J. Stonewall's Gold.
- A band of cutthroats led by a Confederate deserter pursue Jamie and Katherine across Virginia, competing with a crew of newly emancipated slaves for a pot of gold rumored to be in the pair's possession. Fast-paced with plenty of violence.
- O'Nan, Stewart. A Prayer for the Dying.
- A veteran returns to a small Wisconsin town beset by plagues of disease and fire, presenting him with moral dilemmas.
- Parry, Owen. Faded Coat of Blue.
- The sturdy hero of this historical thriller is a Welsh immigrant, a moral crusader toughened by his experiences in the colonial wars in India. He must make his way through the corrupt landscape of wartime Washington to find the killer of a prominent abolitionist.
- Price, Charles. Freedom's Altar.
- In the war's aftermath, Judge Price's plantation lies in ruins. His former slave takes up its reclamation, but local prejudice and a band of rogues threaten their idealistic alliance.
- Reasoner, James. Manassas.
- As First Manassas looms, a young Confederate soldier knows that among his compatriots are members of the violent and vengeful Fogarty gang,
- Santangelo, Elena. By Blood Possessed. (St. Martin's Minotaur, 1999).
- A modern-day woman is faced with a 150-year old mystery, concerning a plot of land which was the site of a Civil War battle.
- Shaara, Jeff. The Last Full Measure.
- The second of his son's sequels to Michael Shaara's classic Killer Angels, this novel focuses on Robert E. Lee, Union general Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and Ulysses S. Grant.
- Shaara, Michael, The Killer Angels.
- Penetrating portraits of Lee, Longstreet, and other Civil War leaders are interwoven with historical detail to provide a fictional recreation of the bloody battle at Gettysburg. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
- Smiley, Jane. The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton.
- The memoirs of a woman who marries an abolitionist from New England, moving to the volatile Kansas territory in 1855.