civil war history

The History of the Rebel Yell

By Terryl W. Elliott. Detailed here are the origin and nature of the Rebel Yell, a piece of history largely lost to time. The text offers a substantial theory of the derivation of the yell, analyzes its variations, and assesses the few documented descriptions and recorded versions in their historical context. The book includes stories and poems featuring the yell and concludes with a list of references. 160 pages. Paperback. Item # 20396

To the Bitter End

by Robert M. Dunkerly. Offering a fresh look at the various surrenders that ended the war, Dunkerly shows how each surrender—starting at Appomattox and continuing through Greensboro, Citronelle, and the Trans Mississippi—unfolded on its own course. Many involved confusing and chaotic twists and turns. As the surrenders unfolded, daunting questions remained. Appomattox was just the beginning. Paperback,

Iron Maker to The Confederacy

Charles Dew's unsurpassed Ironmaker to the Confederacy tells the story of the South's premier ironworks and its intrepid owner, Joseph Reid Anderson. Dew masterfully describes Tredegar's struggle to supply the Confederate nation with the weapons of war and is a seminal study of southern manufacturing and industrial slavery. This revised edition includes a new preface by the author, additional illustrations, and redesigned maps of the ironworks based on new site research and archeology.

The Green and the Gray,The Irish in the Confederate States of America

Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? Taking a broad view of the subject, Gleeson considers the role of the Irish southerners in the debate s over secession and the formation of the Confederacy their experiences as soldiers, the effects of the Confederate defeat for them, and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology.

Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War

Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House evokes a highly gratifying image in the popular mind -- it was, many believe, a moment that transcended politics, a moment of healing, a moment of patriotism untainted by ideology. But as Elizabeth Varon reveals in this vividly narrated history, this rosy image conceals a seething debate over precisely what the surrender meant and what kind of nation would emerge from war.

Civil War Acoustic Shadows

Civil War Acoustic Shadows explains how the strange behavior of sound waves impacted the decisions made at the Battles of Gaine's Mill, Fort Donelson, Seven Pines, Iuka, Perryville, Chancellorsville, and Five Fork. Charles D. Ross successfully intertwines scientific reasoning and historical research is an easily understood format. The careers of Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and a number of other prominent Civil War generals were dramatically affected by unusual battlefield acoustics.

Remembering the Civil War

As early as 1865, survivors of the Civil War were acutely aware that people were purposefully shaping what would be remembered about the war and what would be omitted from the historical record. In Remembering the Civil War, Caroline E. Janney examines how the war generation--men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates--crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict. Janney maintains that the participants never fully embraced the reconciliation so famously represented in handshakes across stone walls.

We Have the War Upon Us

In this carefully researched book William J. Cooper gives us a fresh perspective on the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 and the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, during which all efforts to avoid or impede secession and prevent war failed. Here is the story of the men whose decisions and actions during the crisis of the Union resulted in the outbreak of the Civil War.


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