Listed below is a selected bibliography relating to New Bern during the Civil War. Many contain passages that will be very beneficial to eighth grade readers. However, please note that some of these texts and pictures may contain offensive language or deal with sensitive subjects. It is highly recommended that teachers review them first and use them at their discretion. Prices are noted for materials available in the Tryon Palace Museum Store.
A Few Scenes in the life of a "SOJER" in the Mass 44th (1863). The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Anderson, Lucy London. North Carolina Women of the Confederacy. Fayetteville, N. C.: United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), 1926 [Revised edition Wilmington, N. C.: Winoca Press with Cape Fear Chapter #3 UDC, 2006].
Barden, John (ed.). Letters to the Home Circle: The North Carolina Service of Private Henry A. Clapp. Raleigh: N. C. Department of Cultural Resources (DCR), Division of Archives and History, 1998. *Available for $28.00 in the Tryon Palace Museum Store.Bryan, Mary Norcott. A Grandmother's Recollection of Dixie. New Bern, N.C.: Owen G. Dunn, Printer. *Available digitally here.
Farnham, Thomas J., and Francis P. King. "'The March of the Destroyer': The New Bern Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1864,'" in The North Carolina Historical Review, 73:4 (October 1996), 435-483.
Gadski, Mary Ellen. The History of the New Bern Academy. New Bern, N. C.: Tryon Palace Commission, 1986. *Available for $8.00 in the Tryon Palace Museum Store.Green, John B. A New Bern Album. New Bern, N. C.: Tryon Palace Commission, 1985. *Available for $45.00 in the Tryon Palace Museum Store.
Mobley, Joe A. James City: A Black Community in North Carolina, 1863-1900. Raleigh, N. C.: DCR, Division of Archives and History, 1981. *Available for $8.00 in the Tryon Palace Museum Store.
Singleton, William Henry. Recollections of My Slavery Days. Edited and annotated by David, Cecelski and Katherine Mellen Charron. Raleigh, N. C.: DCR, Division of Archives and History, 1999. *Available for $16.00 in the Tryon Palace Museum Store. Also available digitally here.
Thornton, Mary Lindsay. New Bern, North Carolina, 1862-1865: A Southern Town under Federal Occupation. Private manuscript, North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ca. 1959.
Twain, Mark. "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It." Atlantic Monthly, November 1874. * Available digitally here.
Watson, Alan D. A History of New Bern and Craven County. New Bern, N. C.: Tryon Palace Commission, 1987. *Available for $30.00 in the Tryon Palace Museum Store.