HIST 345 - Civil War Era

  • 3 credits

U.S. history between 1848 and 1865 emphasizing causes and results of the Civil War.

The Civil War is a subject of fascination for many Americans and it is arguably one of the most important events in the nation's history. Effects of the war can be seen in modern society and popular culture. This course will seek to understand why the Civil War holds such a salient position. It will examine the causes of the war, the strategies of the Union and the Confederacy, the life of soldiers, the battles, the generals, and the war's consequences. But it will also study the lesser known--but no less important--aspects of the war: the homefronts, the role of African-Americans, the changes to gender roles, modes of finance and supply, diplomatic relations, the irregular or guerrilla war, and the enduring myth of the Lost Cause.


3 credits of HIST; completion of 45 credits.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • The American War: A History of the Civil War Era*
    Gallagher, Gary W. and Waugh, Joan

*Students may select one book format; there are three book format options.

(1) ISBN 978-0991037537 - Paperback edition.

(2) ISBN 978-0991037513 - Hardcover edition.

(3) ISBN 978-0991037520 - Digital edition.


Robert Gudmestad

(970) 491-6050 | robert.gudmestad@colostate.edu

Robert Gudmestad has taught at Colorado State University since 2007. He has been fascinated with the Civil War since his childhood in Minnesota and is currently writing a book about the naval conflict along the Mississippi River during the war. Besides the Civil War, his research and teaching interests include American Military History, the American South, and American Sport History. His previous publications include a book about Mississippi River steamboats, a book about the domestic slave trade, and an article about baseball in late nineteenth-century Richmond. Dr. Gudmestad earned his undergraduate degree in history at North Dakota State University, his master's degree at the University of Richmond, and his PhD at Louisiana State University.