civil war history

Weirding the War:Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges

Taking a "freakonomics approach to Civil War studies, each contributor uses a seemingly unusual story to cast a new light on the nature of the war itself. Collectively the essays remind us that the war is always about damage. Here are those who profited and lost by the war.Here are the cowards, the belles, and the scavengers. Here are dark topics like torture, hunger and amputation. Here, in short, is "war."

The Civil War at Sea

Acclaimed naval historian Craig L. Symonds presents a masterful history of the Civil War navies--both Union and Confederate--and places them within the broader context of the emerging industrial age. Symonds begins with an account of the dramatic pre-war revolution in naval technology--the advent of steam propulsion, the screw propeller, and larger and more powerful rifled guns that could fire explosive shells as well as solid shot.

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


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