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Wes Mayhle's Civil War Library

At some point I realized I had photographed quite a few US Civil War reenactments and needed to learn more about the time, main characters, battles, issues, weapons and much much more. I wanted to be knowledgeable when talking reenactors or writing reports, and when asked to speak in public settings on the US Civil War . So I began to study everything I could get my hands on. Public libraries and the internet were valuable but I needed resources I could go back to time and again. So I began to collect the following library of US Civil War books. I was especially interested in first-person accounts, battle maps and period photography. I also purchased hundreds of magazines which provided articles by serious historians on a wide array of topics.
My library is not exhaustive nor complete but it may provide you with some ideas for your own. Yes I have read each and every book and some I refer to over and over. I would welcome donations if you have unwanted US Civil war books that are not in my library. Contact me at

Wes Mayhle's US Civil War Library (pt.1)
(listed by author alphabetically)

TheCivilWarThe Civil War: Chronicle of America's Wars by James R. Arnold
Amazon link - Description:The Civil War (1861-1865) is the bloodiest conflict the U.S. has ever faced. Battles raged between the Union (the North) and the Confederate States of America (the South) over slavery and states¿ rights. After four long years of war and the loss of more than 620,000 lives, the North prevailed and the U.S. remained intact. This book leads readers through the complex issues that divided North and South and introduces the mighty generals, major battles, weaponry, medical techniques, and other details of the war that brought an end to slavery and shaped a nation. Full-color illustrations.

item2Last Flag Down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship by John Baldwin (Author), Ron Powers (Author)
Amazon link - Description: As the Confederacy felt itself slipping beneath the Union juggernaut in late 1864, the South launched a desperate counteroffensive to shatter the U.S. economy and force a standoff. Its secret weapon? A state-of-the-art raiding ship whose mission was to prowl the world’s oceans and sink the U.S. merchant fleet. The raider’s name was Shenandoah, and her executive officer was Conway Whittle, a twenty-four-year-old warrior who might have stepped from the pages of Arthurian legend. Whittle would share command with a dark and brooding veteran of the seas, Capt. James Waddell, and together with a crew of strays, misfits, and strangers, they would spend nearly a year sailing two-thirds of the way around the globe, destroying dozens of Union ships and taking more than a thousand prisoners, all while continually dodging the enemy.Then, in August of 1865, a British ship revealed the shocking truth to the men of Shenandoah: The war had been over for months, and they were now being hunted as pirates. What ensued was an incredible 15,000-mile journey to the one place the crew hoped to find sanctuary, only to discover that their fate would depend on how they answered a single question. Wondrously evocative and filled with drama and poignancy, Last Flag Down is a riveting story of courage, nobility, and rare comradeship forged in the quest to achieve the impossible.

item3The Battle of Bull Run: July 21, 1861 by Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
Amazon link - Description: The Confederate commanding General's firsthand account and personal description of this early and significant battle of the War Between the States. It also includes a section designated "Subsequent Relations of Mr. [Jefferson] Davis and the Writer." Here one meets with many soon-to-become-famous names of Federal and Confederate personalities. Beauregard's personal philosophy regarding Confederate military and political strategies which he had advised and believed should have been used to ensure victory for the Southern cause are also discussed.

DeedsofValorDeeds of Valor: How America's Civil War Heroes Won the Congressional Medal of Honor by W. F. Beyer (Author, Editor), O. F. Keydel (Editor), Oscar F. Keydel (Editor)
Amazon link - Description: Personal reminiscences and records of Civil War soldiers who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.




item1Testament: A Soldier's Story of the Civil War by Benson Bobrick
Amazon link - Description: Not since Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage have the trials and tribulations of a private soldier of the Civil War been told with such beguiling force. The Red Badge of Courage, however, was fiction. This story is true. In Testament, Benson Bobrick draws upon an extraordinarily rich but hitherto untapped archive of material to create a continuous narrative of how that war was fought and lived. Here is virtually the whole theater of conflict in the West, from its beginnings in Missouri, through Kentucky and Tennessee, to the siege of Atlanta under Sherman, as experienced by Bobrick's great-grandfather, Benjamin W. ("Webb") Baker, an articulate young Illinois recruit. Born and raised not far from the Lincoln homestead in Coles County, Webb had stood in the audience of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, become a staunch Unionist, and answered one of Abraham Lincoln's first calls for volunteers. The ninety-odd letters on which his story is based are fully equal to the best letters the war produced, especially by a common soldier; but their wry intelligence, fortitude, and patriotic fervor also set them apart with a singular and still-undying voice. In the end, that voice blends with the author's own, as the book becomes a poignant tribute to his great-grandfather's life -- and to all the common soldiers of the nation's bloodiest war.

item4Chickamauga and Chattanooga: The Battles That Doomed the Confederacy Paperback by John Bowers
Amazon link - Description: John Bowers, the man who brought one of the Confederacy's most capable and eccentric commanders to life in Stonewall Jackson, now tells the riveting story of two brutal months in the life of a young nation at war with itself.From the opening volleys at Chickamauga Creek to the final, shocking outcome several miles north at Chattanooga, Bowers brilliantly recreates the fire and fury of the decisive battles of America's Civil War.More than a dramatic account of stunning master strokes and fatal missed opportunities, it is also the unforgettable story of real people: Grant, Longstreet, Sherman, the fiery gambler Nathan Bedford Forrest, George H. Thomas, the tormented Union officer despised and disowned by his Virginia family, and the tragic, tenacious General Braxton Bragg, who, through incompetence, miscalculation, and blind folly, almost single-handedly doomed the Confederate cause.

item5Morgan's Raiders by Dee Brown
Amazon link - Description: In 1861, Morgan's Raiders rode into the Civil War and within months attained almost legendary fame. Officially organized as the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, C.S.A., they called themselves the "Alligator Horses" and were the farthest ranging unit in the war--riding, skirmishing and fighting full-scale battles in ten states. Riding the finest horses in the country, Morgan's men were heroes in the South and outlaws in the North. Captured or imprisoned, they usually escaped--and promptly returned to raiding, recruiting and "borrowing" horses and supplies. But in 1865, Morgan's Raiders were a shattered regiment of foot soldiers, making their last formation to escort Jefferson Davis on his flight southward from Richmond. Morgan's Raiders is the story of the men who made the legend: cavalier John Morgan himself; Ellsworth, the reckless telegrapher; Quirk, the scout; Basil Duke, one of the hardiest of all the "alligator horses." There was also St. Leger Grenfell, a mysterious Englishman who explained simply: "If England is not at war, I go elsewhere to find one."

item6Lost Triumph: Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg--and Why It Failed by Tom Carhart
Amazon link - Description: This is a fresh and fascinating new look at one of the most pivotal moments in American history: the Battle of Gettysburg, when Union forces repelled the brilliant Robert E. Lee, who had already thrashed a long line of Federal opponents—just as he was poised at the back door of the nation’s capital. Conventional wisdom holds that Lee made one profoundly wrong decision on the last day of the battle—launching “Pickett’s Charge” uphill across an open field against the heart of the Union defense. But why would he have employed only a fifth of his forces at such a crucial moment? Now, Tom Carhart offers a bold thesis—that Lee’s heretofore unknown strategy at Gettysburg was to combine Pickett’s frontal attack with a daring rear assault by the great Jeb Stuart to break the Union Army in half. Only in the battle’s final hours was Stuart stopped by a force half the size of his own, led by a young, unproven general—George Armstrong Custer—who helped turn the tide of the war. Destined to be controversial, Lost Triumph is a provocative reassessment of this monumental battle and a vivid, indispensable contribution to Civil War literature.

item7Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America by Evan Carton
Amazon link - Description: With a combination of scrupulous original research, new perspective, and a sensitive historical imagination, Patriotic Treason vividly recreates the world in which John Brown and his compatriots lived as well as the biography of John Brown and the history of the events leading up to the Civil War. Evan Carton narrates the dramatic life of the first U.S. citizen committed to absolute racial equality. In defiance of the culture around him, Brown lived, worked, ate, and fought alongside African Americans. Inspired by the Declaration of Independence and the Golden Rule, he collaborated with black leaders such as Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, and Harriet Tubman to overthrow slavery. Carton captures the complex, tragic, and provocative story of Brown the committed abolitionist, Brown the tender yet demanding and often absent father and husband, and Brown the radical American patriot who attacked the American state in the name of American principles. Carton’s fresh archival research, his attention to overlooked family letters, and his reinterpretation of documents and events reveal a missing link in American history. A wrenching family saga, Patriotic Treason positions Brown at the heart of our most profound and enduring national debates on patriotism, treason, religion, and race relations.

item8MR. LINCOLN ARMY: The Army of the Potomac Vol. 1 by Bruce Catton
Amazon link - Description: The Army of the Potomac Trilogy recounts the bitter struggle between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Virginia, and this first volume chronicles the early years under the command of General McClellan.




item9A Stillness at Appomattox: Army of the Potomac Vol. 3 by Bruce Catton
Amazon link - Description: When first published in 1953, Bruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction.  This final volume of The Army of the Potomac trilogy relates the final year of the Civil War.




TheComingFuryThe Coming Fury (American Civil War Trilogy, Vol. 1) by Bruce Catton
Amazon link - Description: A thrilling, page-turning piece of writing that describes the forces conspiring to tear apart the United States--with the disintegrating political processes and rising tempers finally erupting at Bull Run.




TerribleSwiftSwordTerrible Swift Sword (American Civil War Trilogy, Vol. 2) by Bruce Catton
Amazon link - Description: The second episode in this award-winning trilogy impressively shows how the Union and Confederacy, slowly and inexorably, reconciled themselves to an all-out war--an epic struggle for freedom.




NeverCallRetreatNever Call Retreat (American Civil War Trilogy, Vol. 3) by Bruce Catton
Amazon link - Description: The final work in this series begins in December of 1862. Four months before, the Union Army tasted long-awaited victory at the bloody battle of Antietam. Grant continued on towards Vicksburg, Mississippi. The grim battles that lay ahead would be costly: the Vicksburg campaign, Chattanooga, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Atlanta and the March to the Sea, the siege of Petersburg. There would be two and a half more years of war before Lee's surrender at Appomattox, followed by Lincoln's death just six days later.


TheCivilWarArchiveThe Civil War Archive: The History of the Civil War in Documents by Henry Steele Commager (Editor), Erik Bruun (Editor)
Amazon link - Description: The Civil War Archive presents the full story of the war between the states in documents direct from the minds, pens and hearts of the men and women who experienced it.
Hundreds of papers, letters, memoirs -- culled from family records, private correspondences, public archives and a variety of other sources -- trace the war from the nomination of Abraham Lincoln, through violent battles at Bull Run, to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, Reconstruction and beyond. Messages from lonely mothers at home, stories from soldiers on the front lines, lyrics to rousing battle hymns, confidential communications among officers - these primary documents render history in its rawest form and depict the war's impact on every spectrum of American society.
Expanding upon Henry Steele Commager's critically-acclaimed two-volume The Blue and the Gray, editor Erik Bruun brings to light new material that presents the Civil War through a contemporary lens, taking into account previously under-represented perspectives of blacks in the Civil War and including new sections on the war's aftermath and Reconstruction.
Entries are arranged chronologically, allowing The Civil War Archive to be read as a start-to-finish narrative of the war and its aftermath. In addition, each document is indexed by author and title, so history buffs can reference each piece by source or subject.

item11Abraham Lincoln: In His Own Words [Audible Audio Edition] by The Great Courses (Author), David Zarefsky (Author), Professor David Zarefsky (Narrator)
Amazon link - Description: Abraham Lincoln was one of America's greatest public orators. The cadence, argument and power he brought to his speeches, like those of the Gettysburg address almost every American learns in school, still stir the hearts of not only Americans, but countless millions around the world. This series of 24 lectures examines Lincoln's rhetoric - the public messages in which he evolved his views on slavery and the preservation of the Union and by which he sought to persuade others.

item12The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War by H. W. Crocker III
Amazon link - Description: Think you know the Civil War? You don't know the full story until you read The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War. Bestselling author and former Conservative Book Club editor H. W. Crocker III offers a quick and lively study of America's own Iliad--the Civil War.



item13The Long Surrender by Burke Davis
Amazon link - Description: A panoramic history of the collapse of the Confederacy.







item14Don't Know Much About the Civil War: Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis
Amazon link - Description: This fresh look at America's greatest conflict will dispel all those misconceptions you acquired by watching "Gone With the Wind". Davis has a genius for bringing history to life, sorting out the players, the politics and the key events -- Harpers Ferry, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Emancipation, Reconstruction -- in a way that will enlighten even the most dedicated back-of-the-class napper. A brilliant crash course, this book vividly brings to life the people -- from Dred Scott to Abraham Lincoln -- and the everyday details that make up History with a capital H


CivilWarAlbumCivil War Album: A Complete Photographic History: Fort Sumter to Appomattox by William C. Davis (Editor), Bell Irvin Wiley (Editor)
Amazon link - Description: Monumental album offers nearly 4000 rare photographs from the war era. Brings to life not only the battles, bunkers, soldiers, and parades, but also the farms, cities, and towns as they appeared at the time. This singular volume is enhanced with numerous essays by our country's finest Civil War historians, who provide an overview of each battle, and describe each image. 4000 illustrations. Size 9 x 12 inches.

item15The Orphan Brigade: The Kentucky Confederates Who Couldn't Go Home by William C. Davis
Amazon link - Description: This is the story of the brigade (in the Civil War, from 5000 to 2000 men or so depending on the stage of the war) of Kentuckians who fought for the Confederacy. Kentucky being occupied relatively early in the war, they fought on far from home through the war. Davis does well at covering the breadth of experience of soldiers: the life of the private in the ranks, as well as of the senior officer, is well researched. He captures the unique cultural distinctions of Kentucky quite nicely: masters at obtaining bourbon, an informal approach, raw courage, and love of horses. The bungling of generals is not soft-pedaled, which is just as well considering how much the Orphans suffered from it. Worth adding to any Civil War library, but of particular interest to Kentuckian history buffs.

item16From the Alec Thomas Archives: Gone for a Soldier- The Civil War Memoirs of Private Alfred Bellard by David Herbert Donald (Author), Alfred Bellard (Editor)
Amazon link - Description: This memoir of the Civil War is written by a private soldier who was both an adept primitive artist and a natural writer. The document is illustrated with drawings by the author and was found in a Pennsylvania attic in 1963, along with a companion volume of letters written by the same man. At the age of 15 he enlisted in the Fifth New Jersey Infantry, saw action in many of the important Virginian campaigns with the Army of the Potomac and was wounded at Chancellorsville.

item17Lee's Endangered Left: The Civil War in Western Virginia, Spring of 1864 by Richard R. Duncan
Amazon link - Description: In the spring of 1864, Ulysses S. Grant as general-in-chief of the Union armies devised a plan of concerted action to bring down the Confederacy. As part of that strategy, Grant aimed to destroy General Robert E. Lee’s supply source for his Army of Northern Virginia in western Virginia and to use military activity there as an extended turning movement to threaten Lee from the west. In this outstanding study, Richard R. Duncan offers a riveting overview of these military operations we well as their impact on the civilian population, shedding light on an often overlooked chapter of the Civil War in Virginia.








The West Point Atlas of War: The Civil War by Vincent J. Esposito (Editor)

Amazon link - Description: The Civil War is considered a classic of military history. The original volumes were prepared by distinguished members of the Department of Military Art and Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy and used as instructional tools for the cadets. This mammoth and invaluable work was created under the direction of Brigadier General Vincent J. Esposito, a faculty member at West Point for more than twenty years. His highly respected endeavor allows readers to easily follow the entire course of a campaign or battle in detail while gaining a greater understanding of the Civil War.

Wes Mayhle's US Civil War Library (pt.2)
(listed by author alphabetically)

item18This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
Amazon link - Description: Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God. Throughout, the voices of soldiers and their families, of statesmen, generals, preachers, poets, surgeons, nurses, northerners and southerners come together to give us a vivid understanding of the Civil War's most fundamental and widely shared reality.

item19A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner
Amazon link - Description: An abridged version of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive study of the aftermath of the Civil War.





item20The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863 by Shelby Foote
Amazon link - Description: This marvelous account of Grant's siege of the Mississippi port of Vicksburg continues Foote's narrative of the great battles of the Civil War--culled from his massive three-volume history--recounting a campaign which Lincoln called "one of the most brilliant in the world."



item21The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote
Amazon link - Description: In 1954, Shelby Foote was a young novelist with a contract to write a short history of the Civil War. It soon became clear, however, that he had undertaken a long-term project. Twenty years later Foote finally completed his massive and essential trilogy on the War Between the States. His three books are prose masterpieces with lively characterizations and gripping action. Although Foote never sacrifices the truth of what happened to his penchant for artistry, his skills as a novelist serve him well. Reading all three of these books will take some time, but they are worth the investment--especially if you, like Foote, have a touch of sympathy for the South's lost cause.

item22The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian by Shelby Foote
Amazon link - Description: "Though the events of this middle year of the Civil War have been recounted hundreds of times, they have rarely been re-created with such vigor and such picturesque detail."




item23The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox by Shelby Foote
Amazon link - Description: "I have never read a better, more vivid, more understandable account of the savage battling between Grant's and Lee's armies.... Foote stays with the human strife and suffering, and unlike most Southern commentators, he does not take sides. In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail in beauty of language and feeling for the people involved, this work surpasses anything else on the subject.... It stands alongside the work of the best of them."


item24Shiloh: A Novel by Shelby Foote
Amazon link - Description: This fictional re-creation of the battle of Shiloh in April 1862 fulfills the standard set by his monumental history, conveying both the bloody choreography of two armies and the movements of the combatants' hearts and minds.





item25Lee's Lieutenants: A Study In Command by Douglas Southall Freeman
Amazon link - Description: This is the most colorful and popular of Douglas Southall Freeman's works. A sweeping narrative that presents a multiple biography against the flame-shot background of the American Civil War, it is the story of the great figures of the Army of Northern Virginia who fought under Robert E. Lee. The Confederacy won resounding victories throughout the war, but seldom easily or without tremendous casualties. Death was always on the heels of fame, but the men who commanded -- among them Jackson, Longstreet, and Ewell -- developed as leaders and men. Lee's Lieutenants follows these men to the costly battle at Gettysburg, through the deepening twilight of the South's declining military might, and finally to the collapse of Lee's command and his formal surrender in 1865. To his unparalleled descriptions of men and operations, Dr. Freeman adds an insightful analysis of the lessons learned and their bearing upon the future military development of the nation. Accessible at last in a one-volume edition abridged by noted Civil War historian Stephen W. Sears, Lee's Lieutenants is essential reading for all Civil War buffs, students of war, and admirers of the historian's art as practiced at its very highest level.


item28Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command, Vol. 3 by Douglas Southall Freeman
Amazon link - Description: Freeman closely tracks the last two years of the Civil War, as attrition of leadership forced Lee to reach deeper into the ranks for commanders. Some, such as John Gordon, shone as commanders. Some others were less than equal to the challenge. Worst of all, in Union General Grant, Lee faced an opponent prepared to fight to the death, that of the Army of Northern Virginia. The ending of the narrative has all the qualities of a tragedy, as Lee's army is bled nearly death at the Siege of Petersburg. Freeman tells the story with superb narrative skills, but wisely places his conclusions up front, lest they detract from the story of the road to Appomattox. His conclusions remain relevant to Civil Historians, while the narrative should continue to appeal to the general reader; highly recommended.

item29South to Posterity: An Introduction to the Writing of Confederate History by Douglas Southall Freeman (Author), Gary W. Gallagher (Introduction)
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item30Strange Battles of the Civil War by Webb Garrison
Amazon link - Description: Strange Battles of the Civil War is a captivating look at 23 battles from the War Between the States that did not unfold as anticipated. From unexpected victories to devastating tactical blunders, from mistaken marching orders to unlikely participants (including animals!), this collection of surprising but true stories offers an unusual perspective on one of the bloodiest conflicts in United States history.


item31General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse by Joseph Glatthaar
Amazon link - Description: This sweeping history of the Civil War and the Confederacy is told through the lens of its most crucial army, the Army of Northern Virginia commanded by Robert E. Lee. General Lee's Army takes readers across the Rebel landscape, from campfires to battlefields to their homes, as it portrays a world of life, death, healing, and hardship. Detailing the feelings and conduct of officers and enlisted men throughout the course of the war, it demonstrates how effectively Lee's men served their country and just how close the South came to winning the great war between the states--and why it ultimately lost. Glatthaar investigates the South's commitment to the war and its gradual erosion, and he analyzes Lee's army in triumph and defeat. Fourteen years in the making, this scholarly tour-de-force upends much of the conventional wisdom about the Civil War.

item32Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Amazon link - Description: Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war. We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

item33Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher by Rod Gragg
Amazon link - Description: The only comprehensive account of the Battle of Fort Fisher and the basis for the television documentary Confederate Goliath, Rod Gragg’s award-winning book chronicles in detail one of the most dramatic events of the American Civil War. Known as "the Gibraltar of the South," Fort Fisher was the largest, most formidable coastal fortification in the Confederacy, by late 1864 protecting its lone remaining seaport—Wilmington, North Carolina. Gragg’s powerful, fast-paced narrative recounts the military actions, political maneuvering, and personality clashes involved in this unprecedented land and sea battle. It vividly describes the greatest naval bombardment of the war and shows how the fort’s capture in January 1865 hastened the South’s surrender three months later. In his foreword,

item34Shrouds of Glory - From Atlanta to Nashville: The Last Great Campaign of the Civil War by Winston Groom
Amazon link - Description: The author of Forrest Gump recreates the brave, desperate campaign of Confederate General John Bell Hood to turn the tide of war, from the fall of Atlanta to the tragic climax at Nashville. 40,000 first printing.




item35Annie Harper's Journal: A Southern Mother's Legacy by Annie Harper

Amazon link - Description: A Journal from the time of the US Civil War






PoemsandSongsPOEMS AND SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR by Editor - Lois Hill
Amazon link - Description: Patriots, historians, and poets will find this original and stirring anthology of poetry and songs from the Civil War era both enlightening ad enjoyable. From the secession of South Carolina and the opening battle at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination, this moving literature records a remarkable period in American history in a contemporary perspective.


item36Diary of a Confederate Soldier: John S. Jackman of the Orphan Brigade by John S. Jackman (Author), William C. Davis (Editor)
Amazon link - Description: The Civil War journal of John Jackman is one of the richest and most literate of all Confederate soldier narratives to survive the war. It is also the only surviving war period diary of a soldier in the famed First Kentucky or "orphan" Brigade. Jackman follows his brigade across the war-torn South, from Shiloh to Vicksburg, to Baton Rouge, through all the battles for Tennessee, and on through the Atlanta Campaign and the resistance to Sherman's march to the sea. Jackman is an observer right up to the end, when Jefferson Davis and his fleeing cabinet meet for the last time at Washington, Georgia. Written with wit and insight, and unfailingly entertaining. Jackman's journal catches the spirit of the common soldier of the Confederacy in camp and field, as well as some of the excitement and confusion of battle. His opinions are frank, his prejudices few, and his warm and generous nature show through in his remarks on his fellow "orphans". Especially significant for its behind-the-lines vignettes of the Army of Tennessee, this journal is one of the most important soldier journals to come from that troubled yet fascinating army.

item3725 Best Civil War Sites by Clint Johnson
Amazon link - Description: Follow the footsteps of history with this comprehensive guide to the war that shaped the American nation. For the casual traveler or dedicated history enthusiast, this unique, all-encompassing guide is an essential part of any Civil War historical trip.. Meticulous, up-to-date research makes getting to sites easy. Includes more than 200 individual points of interest, detailed histories and maps of all sites. More than 40 color photos. Directions to everything from monuments and museums to cemeteries and battlefields. In-depth travel and logistical information, including accommodations close to major sites. Details of when and where reenactments take place.

item38The Civil War in the American West by Alvin M. Josephy Jr.
Amazon link - Description: The first comprehensive history of the Civil War as it was fought in the West. A leading historian fills a large gap in our knowledge of the Civil War as it was fought on the far side of the Mississippi, as well as the personalities and issues involved. 20 maps.



TheCompleteCivilWarThe Complete Civil War: The Definitive Fact File of the Campaigns, Weapons, Tactics, Armies and Key Figures by Philip Katcher
Amazon link - Description: The Campaigns, chronology, battles; the Weaponry, arms, strategy, tactics on land & sea; the Warring Sides, armies, navies, leaders & led; the Commanders, the significant leaders & characters; the Sources, contemporary records, books, the graphic arts, photography, video; Miscellanea, statistics, pay, clothing issues, weapons performance, etc.; Glossary of Period & Technical Terms; plus more than 200 illustrations, maps & charts.


item39Field of Battle: The Civil War Letters of Major Thomas J. Halsey by K. M. Kostyal (Author), Thomas J. Halsey (Author)
Amazon link - Description: More than two hundred period photographs, maps, and Civil War memorabilia accompany a collection of seventy letters by an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, offering a fascinating eyewitness account of the war from the perspective of a soldier who fought in it.


item40The Devil Knows How To Ride: The True Story Of William Clarke Quantril And His Confederate Raiders by Edward E. Leslie (Author)
Amazon link - Description: Brilliantly weaving together eyewitness accounts, letters, memories, newspaper articles, and military reports into a riveting narrative, this definitive biography reveals the personality of William Clarke Quantrill (1837–1865) and the events that transformed a quiet Ohio schoolteacher from a staunchly Unionist family into a virulent pro-slavery Confederate soldier and the most feared and despised guerrilla chieftain of the Civil War. This groundbreaking work includes the most accurate account ever written of the 1863 Lawrence, Kansas massacre (the greatest atrocity of the Civil War), when Quantrill and 450 raiders torched the Unionist town and executed roughly 200 unarmed, unresisting men and teenage boys. It also details the postwar outlaw careers of those who rode with him—Frank and Jesse James, and Cole Younger. No other history so fully penetrates the myth of a cardboard-cutout psychopath to expose Quantrill in all his brutality and human complexity.

item41Captain Sam Grant/1822-1861 by Lloyd Lewis
Amazon link - Description: Originally published in 1950, this is an account of Ulysses S.Grant's youth and young manhood.

Wes Mayhle's US Civil War Library (pt.3)
(listed by author alphabetically)

TheHistoricalAtlasThe Historical Atlas of the Civil War by John MacDonald
Amazon link - Description: This book explains the seeds of the conflict, and examines important topics such as the development and use of new tactics and weapons, the roles of the great commanders, the maritime war, and the war’s painful aftermath. The illuminating text is supported by over 100 full color maps, beautiful illustrations and photographs, and original black and white archive photographs presenting stark imagery from the front line.


DetailedMinutiaeDetailed Minutiae of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 by Carlton McCarthy (Author), William L. Sheppard (Illustrator), Brian S. Wills (Introduction)
Amazon link - Description: This Civil War classic of soldiering in the ranks debunks all the romantic notions of war. Like his Northern counterpart, the Confederate soldier fought against bullets, starvation, miserable weather, disease, and mental strain. But the experience was perhaps even worse for Johnny Reb because of the odds against him. Never as well equipped and provisioned as the Yankee, he nevertheless performed heroically.
Carlton McCarthy, a private in the Army of Northern Virginia, describes the not-always-regular rations, various improvisations in clothing and weaponry, campfire entertainments, the jaunty spirits and the endless maneuvering of the men in gray. Real but forgotten faces are glimpsed momentarily in famous battles, and the tramp of feet on the way to Appomattox is heard. Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life does for the Confederate side what John Billings’s Hardtack and Coffee, also a Bison Book, does for the Northern. David Donald wrote in the New York Herald Tribune that McCarthy’s book, too, was "as fresh, as amusing, and as revealing" as the day it was first published in 1882.
In a new introduction Brian S. Wills considers the book’s niche in Civil War literature.


TheAtlasoftheCivilWarAtlas Of The Civil War Hardcover by James M. McPherson
Amazon link - Description: Here is the definitive reference to the battles of the Civil War, written by America’s leading military historians and edited by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War expert James M. McPherson. This authoritative volume includes gripping eyewitness accounts plus 200 specially commissioned, full-color maps that detail all of the major campaigns and many of the smaller skirmishes of the war between the states. Maps provide a superb visual reference to troop movement, battlefield terrain, and communication lines. Dynamic reconstructions depict battles fought on land, river, and ocean, and time-line descriptions provide play-by-play commentary of the action. With more than 200 photographs and many personal accounts that vividly recount the experiences of soldiers in the fields, this book brings to life the human drama that pitted the north against the south.



Wes Mayhle's US Civil War Library (pt.4)
(listed by author alphabetically)

JeffShaarasCivilWarBattlefields1Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground by Jeff Shaara
Amazon link - Description: Jeff Shaara, America’s premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of the ten Civil War battlefields every American should visit: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness/Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg/Appomattox. Shaara explores the history, the people, and the places that capture the true meaning and magnitude of the conflict and provides


imagesfromthestorm1Images from the Storm: 300 Civil War Images by the Author of Eye of the Storm by Robert Sneden (Author), Jr. Charles F. Bryan (Editor), James C. Kelly (Editor), Nelson D. Lankford (Editor)
Amazon link - Description: The Civil War legacy of Robert Knox Sneden is an unparalleled treasure trove of words and pictures. The publication of the bestselling "Eye of the Storm" in the fall of 2000 first brought his memoir to light, accompanied by a sample of his artwork. In all, however, he crafted some 900 watercolors and sketches. Now, with the 300 watercolors, sketches, maps, and diagrams in "Images from the Storm, " his artistic legacy can be appreciated on its own terms -- an achievement equal in magnitude to his writings, and unsurpassed by any other Civil War soldier-artist. "Images from the Storm" presents the best of Sneden's art throughout his odyssey of combat, capture, imprisonment, and deliverance, a pictorial record of the war that puts the viewer in the shoes of a Union soldier as nothing else can. Sneden aimed for vivid detail and documentary accuracy in his maps, landscapes, battles, and scenes of camp life. He sketched the camps and surroundings of the Union army, the siege of Yorktown, the battle of Williamsburg, the approach of the army to within sight of the church spires of Richmond, and the tumultuous fighting retreat of the Seven Days' battles as the Union army shrank before a relentless Confederate offensive. He drew dozens of maps and sketched daily life around Washington, D.C., before his capture in autumn 1863. For the next thirteen months, Sneden was a prisoner of the Confederacy. In a drafty tobacco warehouse in Richmond, he sketched prison life and Confederate scenes before being packed with others aboard cattle cars for a jolting train ride south. In a remote corner of rural Georgia, he survived the outdoor prison at Andersonville and drew some of his most astonishing images of camp life and its suffering. When Andersonville was evacuated, he continued to make secret pencil sketches of Confederate prisons in Savannah and Millen, Georgia, and in Florence and Charleston, South Carolina. Finally freed in a massive prisoner exchange in Charleston harbor, he returned home to New York at Christmas 1864. He made little use of his architectural training thereafter, but devoted himself to compiling his memoir of the war and converting his pencil sketches into watercolors. A solitary man who never married, Sneden died at an old soldiers' home in Bath, New York, in 1918. His watercolors and his story were forgotten for nearly a century. Images from the Storm reproduces the best of Sneden's art in sharp colors, so we can appreciate fully the mastery of a miniaturist who saw it all, and sketched whenever and wherever he could.



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