- Who wore What? by Juniata Leisch This book is short and expensive but well worth it to the begginner who will save a lot of money
- The Way They Were: Dressed in 1861-1865 by Donna J. Abraham.
- An introduction to Civil War Civilians by Juniata Leisch
- Hardtack and Coffee by John Billings, This book was written by a veteran after the war. There are numerous illustrations. This can be read free online but a hard copy is nice to have. It is a vital resource on army life.
- Co. Aytch by Sam Watkins, can be read online for free, written by a Tennessean veteran after the war.
- My Life in the Irish Brigade by William McCarter. Written by an Irish-American in Philadelphia.
- Sarah Morgan; A Southern Woman's Diary. This was written by Sarah Morgan, an 18 year old from a wealthy family during the war. Her and her family were among the Southern refugees from Baton Rouge. This can be read for free, but without helpful footnote explanations as A Confederate Girl's Diary.
- Kate Cummings: Journal of a Confederate Nurse. This can be read online free as Gleanings from Southland.
- Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz