civil war history

Richmond Burning:The Last Days of the Confederate Capital

Richmond Burning:The Last Days of the Confederate Capital, by Nelson Lankford, describes the first four days of April 1865 in the capital of the Confederate States of America. Handled in detail is the withdrawl of the Confederate army, the evacuation of the Confederate government, and eventual occupation of the city by Union forces. (248 pages, 8 x 5.5, Paperback)

In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

Over a decade ago, Edward Ayers first proposed writing a comparative study of two similar communities divided by slavery and the Civil War. Ayers's stated goal is to tell the story of the war "from the viewpoints of everyday people who could glimpse only parts of the drama they were living" (p. xvii). On the eve of civil war, they had much in common. Slavery divided Augusta from Franklin, but comparable crops, politics, and racial attitudes aligned with proximity to create both moderation and relative sympathy for the other side.

The New Civil War Handbook

The New Civil War Handbook offers a complete guide for American Civil War enthusiasts of all ages. Author Mark Hughes uses clear and concise writing, broken down into short, easy to understand chapters, complete with tables, charts, and nearly 150 photographs to trace the history of the war from the beginning of the conflict through the final surrender. By Mark Hughes, 158 pages.

The Union War

Today, many believe that the war was fought over slavery. This answer satisfies our contemporary sense of justice, but as Gary Gallagher shows in this brilliant revisionist history, it is an anachronistic judgment. In a searing analysis of the Civil War North as revealed in contemporary letters, diaries, and documents, Gallagher demonstrates that what motivated the North to go to war and persist in an increasingly bloody effort was primarily preservation of the Union.

Civil War Blunders

There was little funny about a war in which 620,000 humans died. But it was finding humor amid devastation that kept Civil War soldiers marching toward the enemy. This is a look at human errors, foibles, and shortcomings that caused blunders and comical mistakes during the war. 328 pages Paperback Union or Confederate, those in command proved adept at making mistakes.

Battle Cry of Freedom

Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPherson. This Pultizer Prize-winning title remains without question the definitive one-volume history of the Civil War. The fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political,social,and military events that filled the 2 decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox. (909 pages, 9 x 6.25, Paperback)

Rebels At The Gate: Lee And McClellan

Rebels At The Gate: Lee And Mcclellan On The Front Line Of A Nation Divided, by W. Hunter Lesser. Rebels at the Gate is the dramatic story of the first Union victories of the Civil War and the events that caused Virginians to divide their state. In a defiant act to sustain President Lincoln's war effort, Virginia Unionists created their own state government in 1861- destined to become the new state of West Virginia. (375 pages, 8.75 x 5.75, Paperback)

Capital Navy

Capital Navy: The Men, Ships and Operations of the James River Squadron, by John Coski. The first book to examine the importance of Confederate naval operations on the James River, and their significant impact on the war in Virginia. This exciting and groundbreaking original study, complete with dozens of photos and detailed drawings of all four James River ironclads, is a must for every naval enthusiast. (344 pages, 9 x 6, Paperback)

A Stillness at Appomattox

In this, the final volume of the Army of the Potomac Trilogy, Bruce Catton, America's foremost Civil War historian, recounts the final year of this heartbreaking, cruel, and bitter conflict. With unmatched brilliance, Catton takes the reader through the battles of the Wilderness, the Bloody Angle, Cold Harbor, the Crater, and on through the horrible months to one moment at Appomattox. Grant, Meade, Sheridan, and Lee vividly come to life in all their failings and triumphs. By Bruce Catton. Paperback, 420 pages.


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