civil war history

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)

The Appomattox Campaign

This book features a tactical approach to the final drama of the Civil War. Innovative maps, sidebars, and charts complement a dramatic narrative. The fall of Petersburg and Richmond, the last battles at Dinwiddie Court House, Five Forks, Sutherland Station, Namozine Church, Amelia Springs, High Bridge, Sailor's Creek, Cumberland Church, Appomattox Station, and Appomattox Court House as well as the surrender are all described by the author. By Chris M. Calkins. Paperback, 237 pages.

The CSS Virginia

When the CSS Virginia (Merrimack) slowly steamed down the Elizabeth River toward Hampton Roads on March 8, 1862, the tide of naval warfare turned from wooden sailing ships to armored, steam-powered vessels. Little did the ironclad's crew realize that their makeshift warship would achieve the greatest Confederate naval victory. The trip was thought by most of the crew to be a trial cruise. Instead, the Virginia's aggressive commander, Franklin Buchanan, transformed the voyage into a test by fire that forever proved the supreme power of iron over wood.

A History of Ironclads

Documents the dramatic history of Civil War ironclads and reveals how warships like the Monitor and Virginia revolutionized naval warfare. Author John V. Quarstein, an award-winning historian, director of the Virginia War Museum and a historical consultant to the Monitor Center at the Mariner's Museum, calls upon a breadth of archival resources top resent a comprenhensive account that explores in depth the impact of ironclads during the Civil War and their colossal effect on naval history. By John V. Quarstein. Paperback, 284 pages.


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