Ash, Stephen. A Year in the South: Four Lives in 1865. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
This book, beginning on January 1, 1865, follows the lives of four people for the course of the entire year.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It coincided with what I was teaching at the time, so it offered four insights to that pivotal year. The portraits Ash created helped me understand things that a history book has yet to teach me.