One of the challenges in learning about literature from the Civil War era is knowing where to get started. The three titles by Jack Matthews (Gambler's Nephew, Soldier Boys and the unpublished Boys from Elm Grove) are interesting additions, but the body of fictional works about this time period has been growing steadily (to say nothing of movies, TV shows, poetry, songs, visual art, memoirs and critical histories). Here's a brief overview of the more notable fiction with a Civil War theme. This list is certainly not comprehensive (so please don't fret about omissions). You can download for free a lot of public domain (PD) ebooks about the Civil War from Project Gutenberg (PG). Books which are in the public domain wil have the abbreviation (PD) next to publication date. PG maintains a Civil War bookshelf which contains a lot of fiction and essays about that time period. The reader can use a search engine to download public domain ebooks from Project Gutenberg, so specific links will not be included.
Even though a lot of Civil War texts are public domain titles (and thus downloadable as free ebooks), it helps to have a modern overview or anthology to introduce you to names and titles. At the time of this writing (2016), there are no topics specifically on Civil War fiction on Wikipedia. It is relatively easy to find online essays with titles like "Best Books about the Civil War," but these kinds of lists tend to emphasize history books over fiction. 2b1af7f3a8