Thinking Lincoln

If you liked Oscar-winning film Lincoln, you'll love these Civil War tales

Daniel Day-Lewis took home a record third best actor gong for his performance as the16th US president in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln at last night's Oscars. The film was inspired by the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns, but here are some other reads to try.

Wilderness by Lance Weller

Abel Truman, a Yankee who fought on the side of the Rebels during the Civil War, is haunted by his experiences during the bloody Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. He is living out his last days on the ragged edges of the Pacific when he must face one more quest.


Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

As the War Between the States draws to a close, a wounded soldier starts his long walk home through a ravaged, unrecognisable country to the woman he loves. Anthony Minghella's film version starred Jude Law and Nicole Kidman as the separated lovers.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

This wonderful novel is based on the true story and memoir of Elizabeth Keckly, a former slave who became First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker, confidante and trusted friend throughout her husband’s tumultuous presidency.

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

In November 1864, in Franklin, Tennessee, a local widow finds her fate entwined with that of a young, wounded Southern soldier when the Confederates turn her house into a field hospital.


The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter

What if Lincoln had survived the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865? Carter plots a thriller around the possible consequences, with Lincoln facing political collapse and weaving his fate with that of a young black woman who aspires to be an attorney.


Wilderness is published by Bloomsbury Circus, Cold Mountain is published by Sceptre, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker is published by Dutton, The Widow of the South is published by Black Swan, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln is published by Knopf.


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