Historical Fiction about the Southern U.S.


I have recently been adding a Fiction section on the Century Past Library, with over 200 novels as of today. Most were published between 1850 and 1923. You can find the Fiction by scrolling to the bottom of the catalog on the Century Past home page. Books are arranged by author’s names, and nearly every entry has a brief description.

This growing fiction collection already contains many historical novels about places or themes in U.S. history. Below are some novels about the southern U.S., from early settlement to the period shortly before the Civil War (1861-65).

For tips on reading online and downloading, see the note at the bottom of this page.


Historical Fiction – Virginia & Maryland

Cooke, John Esten, Henry St. John, Gentleman of “Flower of Hundreds” in the County of Prince George, Virginia. A Tale of 1774-’75

Cooke, John Esten, My Lady Pokahontas; a True Relation of Virginia. Writ by Anas Todkill, Puritan and Pilgrim

Cooke, John Esten, Stories of the Old Dominion; from the Settlement to the End of the Revolution

Goodwin, Maud Wilder, Sir Christopher; a Romance of a Maryland Manor in 1644

Goodwin, Maud Wilder, White Aprons; a Romance of Bacon’s Rebellion: Virginia 1676

Johnston, Mary, The Old Dominion

Johnston, Mary, To Have and to Hold

Rives, Hallie Erminie, Hearts Courageous

Scott, John Reed, The Impostor; a Tale of Old Annapolis

Smith, Francis Hopkinson, Kennedy Square

Thruston, Lucy Meacham, Mistress Brent; a Story of Lord Baltimore’s Colony in 1638


Historical Fiction – New Orleans

Cable, George Washington, The Grandissimes; a Story of Creole Life

Carpenter, Edward Childs, The Code of Victor Jallot

Read, Opie Percival, By the Eternal

Winn, Mary Polk and Hannis, Margaret, The Law and the Letter: a Story of the Province of Louisiana


Historical Fiction – Other Locations in the South

Cooke, Grace MacGowan and MacGowan, Alice, Return; a Story of the Sea Islands in 1739

Devereux, Margaret, Plantation Sketches

Kester, Vaughan, The Prodigal Judge

Rayner, Emma, Doris Kingsley, Child and Colonist


Also see: Baker, Ernest Albert, A Guide to Historical Fiction in Section 016.8 Literature in Subject Book Catalogs & Books on Librarianship


Tips for Reading Online and Downloading

More than half the books on our website at History of the Great Lakes States are hosted by Internet Archive or Open Library. They are sister organizations and use the same online viewer application. In most cases this viewer will give you nearly perfect text if you;

1. switch from the double-page to the single-page view by using the icons in the bottom right corner, and;

2. Keep zooming in until the text snaps into a clear focus.

Using the single-page view allows you to scroll pages down with your mouse wheel.

You can download books from these two sites by clicking on the book name at the top-left corner of the page (in the viewer) to get to the download menu.



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