The following titles are recommended for more information on the Civil War in general, Confederate shipbuilding, ironclads, and the naval aspect of the Civil War in eastern North Carolina.
Anderson, Bern. By Sea and By River: The Naval History of the Civil War. A general history of the naval war.
Barrett, John G. North Carolina as a Civil War Battleground. General history of the state during the Civil War.
**Bright, Leslie, et. al. CSS Neuse: A Question of Iron and Time. The only definitive history of the gunboat.
**Campbell, R. Thomas. Storm Over Carolina: The Confederate Navy's Struggle for Eastern North Carolina. A good general overview of naval issues in coastal North Carolina.
Durkin, Joseph T. Confederate Navy Chief: Stephen Mallory. Biography of the Secretary of the Confederate Navy who was a big proponent of ironclad construction.
Elliott, Robert. Ironclad of the Roanoke: Gilbert Elliott's Albemarle. The definitive history of the CSS Neuse's sister ship.
McPherson, James. Battle Cry of Freedom. One of the best general histories of the war.
Shingleton, Royce Gordon. John Taylor Wood: Sea Ghost of the Confederacy. Biography of the Confederate naval commander who conducted the raid on the USS Underwriter.
Still, William. Confederate Shipbuilding. The story of the Confederate Navy's efforts to build warships.
Still, William. Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads. General history of all the Confederacy's ironclads.
Symonds, Craig L. The Civil War at Sea. A general history of the naval war.
**Trotter, William R. Ironclads and Columbiads: The Coast (The Civil War in North Carolina, Volume 3). A general overview of the war on the coast.
Yearns, W. Buck. North Carolina Civil War Documentary. A collection of primary source documents relating to North Carolina.
** Suitable for 8th grade level readers.