I created this list first as a separate blog post, then decided it would make a good individual page as well. This list will help me remember these books in case I want to look something up and might help others interested in Kentucky find some interesting or informative reading as well. This is in no particular order, other than how I thought of them when compiling this list.
The links are to my reviews, except for Kentucky Rising. I wrote a long review of it, but accidentally hit a delete button and lost it all so that link is simply to the book’s amazon.com page.
I do realize there likely are many books I have not read or even heard of on this subject, so I will appreciate any suggestions in the future and can easily update this page.
Pre-War:Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture From the Early Republic to the Civil War by James Ramage and Andrea Watkins. (I consider it to be a good “prequel” to the books listed below and wish I had read it before the others.)
War and Post-War:Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana & Harrison County by William Penn
Wild Wolf: The Great Civil War Rivalry by Ronald Wolford Blair
How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders by MaryJean Wall
Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State by Anne Marshall
My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans by Rusty Williams
Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate Joseph Holt of Kentucky by Elizabeth D. Leonard
(Kentucky politics is not a main focus of this book, but it does touch on the topic and Holt’s life story is a wonderful example of how this state’s mixed political identity, especially late in and after the war, affected individual lives and families.)