civil war history

The Passing of the Armies

The race begins when the Union armies of General Ulysses S. Grant finally break through Confederate General Robert E. Lee's lines at Petersburg. The Confederates, hoping for a last chance at survival, are doggedly pursued. Appomattox tells the story of the last days of the American Civil War from the viewpoints of the presidents, generals, soldiers, and civilians who were there. Fighting running battles, as the armies collide, the soldiers of both armies await the end to the long struggle.

Fort Monroe: The Key to the South

Fort Monroe: The Key to the South, by John V. Quarstein and Dennis P. Mroczkowski. A powerful pictorial portraying the exciting history of the only fort in the Upper South to remain under Union control throughout the Civil War, thereby influencing many of the Civil War's greatest events. (126 pages, 9.25 x 6.5, Paperback)

Uniforms of the Civil War

Uniforms of the Civil War, by Francis A. Lord. Shattering the myth that the Civil War was fought between soldiers in blue or in gray, this complete history details the rainbow of colors and styles worn. From the Army of the United States to the Confederate Navy, it presents a wealth of blouses, frock coats, chevrons, chapeaux, shoes, and more. 108 rare photographs and illustrations. (176 pages, 11 x 8.5, Paperback)


Gettysburg, by Stephen W. Sears. Based on years of research, this is the first book in a generation that brings everything together, sorts it all out, makes informed judgments, and takes stands. In short, this is the one book on Gettysburg that anyone interested in the Civil War should own. (623 pages, 9.25 x 6.25, Paperback)

A Long Shadow

A Long Shadow is a fascinating narrative account of the fall of the Confederacy told from the perspective of Jefferson Davis, his official entourage, and his family as they tried to hold the government together while staying one step ahead of their Union Army pursuers. The "martyred" Davis is one of the most enduring symbols of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Michael B.

Crucible of the Civil War

Crucible of the Civil War' presents a fine collection of essays by a talented group of young historians. Brimming with insights about social, economic and religious life in Virginia, this book is a valuable addition to a growing body of work that carries far beyond the battlefields. George C. Rable edited by Edward L. Ayers, Gary W. Gallagher, Andrew J. Torget

What Caused the Civil War?

What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History, by Edward L. Ayers. Ayers offers a fresh approach to the nation's central historical event. He sees no inevitable clash of civilizations North and South but a highly charged mix of emotion and pragmatism fed by an imperfect knowledge of events. (222 pages, 8.25 x 5.5, Paperback)


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