civil war history

Clash of Extremes: The Economic Origins of the Civil War

Clash of Extremes takes on the reigning orthodoxy that the American Civil War was waged over high moral principles. Marc Egnal contends that economics, more than any other factor, moved the country to war in 1861. Drawing on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, Egnal shows that between 1820 and 1850, patterns of trade and production drew the North and South together and allowed sectional leaders to broker a series of compromises. After midcentury, however, all that changed as the rise of the Great Lakes economy reoriented Northern trade along east-west lines.

The Horrid Pit

The Horrid Pit: The Battle of the Crater, the Civil War's Cruelest Mission, by Alan Axelrod Alan Axelrod's gripping new narrative of the battle spares no one from criticism for failure, which Gen. Grant described as 'the saddest affair I have witnessed in the war.' James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

Valley Thunder

Charles R. Knight's Valley Thunder: is the first full-length account in more than three decades to examine the combat at New Market on may 15, 1864 - the battle that opened the pivotal 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Kinght's balanced and objective approach includes a detailed examination of the complex prelude leadding up to the day of the battle. His entertaining prose introduces a new generation of readers to a wide array of soldiers, civilians, and politicians who found themselves swept up in one of the war's mosty gripping engagements. 6 x 9 Pback 264 pp.

War Crimes Against Southern Civilians

This is the untold story of the Union's "hard war" against the people of the Confederacy. Styled the "Black Flag" campaign, it was agreed to by Lincoln in a council with his generals in 1864. Cisco reveals the shelling and burning of cities, systematic destruction of entire districts, mass arrests, forced expulsions, wholesale plundering of personal property, and even murder of civilians.Carefully researched largely from primary sources, this examination also gives full attention to the suffering of Black victims of Federal brutality.

101 Civil War Battles Slide-A-Fact

All the pertinent facts concerning 101 major battles of the Civil War are immediately accessible with this sliding reference guide. Just slide the card to find the battle you are interested in. Statistics shown include: Name of battle (both Confederate and Union names); Date of battle; Opposing commanders; Victor; and Casualties for both sides. Also includes other important Civil War information on both front and back, making this an invaluable quick reference tool. Measures 10 x 4.

General Lee's Army

From Victory to Collapse.Author Joseph Glatthaar draws on a range of sources - from letters & diaries, to war records, to a definitive data base of statistics -to rewrite the history of the Civil War's most important army. 600 pages

A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

In this brilliant narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War—and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies.

Confederate Torpedos

Edited by Herb M. Schiller. The Confederacy led the way in developing torpedoes, a term that in the nineteenth century referred to contact mines floating on or just below the water's surface. With this book, these valuable weapons become available for the first time. A detailed accounting of the vessels sunk or damaged by Confederate torpedoes complete this significant compilation. Paperback 193pps

Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War: Authentic Accounts of the Strange and Unexplained

Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War: Authentic Accounts of the Strange and Unexplained, by Christopher K. Coleman. From haunted battlefields to phantom soldiers, this book is a fascinating collection of chilling and intriguing stories of Civil War ghosts. It contains thirty-six such stories, including an encounter by both Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Grace Coolidge with Abraham Lincoln in the White House. (178 pages, 9 x 6, Paperback)


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