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1. A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation
Author: by John Matteson
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company (February 9, 2021)
Pulitzer Prizewinning author John Matteson illuminates three harrowing months of the Civil War and their enduring legacy for America. December 1862 drove the United States toward a breaking point. The Battle of Fredericksburg shattered Union forces and Northern confidence. As Abraham Lincoln’s government threatened to fracture, this critical moment also tested five extraordinary individuals whose lives reflect the soul of a nation.
The changes they underwent led to profound repercussions in the country’s law, literature, politics, and popular mythology. Taken together, their stories offer a striking restatement of what it means to be American. Guided by patriotism, driven by desire, all five moved toward singular destinies.
A young Harvard intellectual steeped in courageous ideals, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. confronted grave challenges to his concept of duty. The one-eyed army chaplain Arthur Fuller pitted his frail body against the evils of slavery. Walt Whitman, a gay Brooklyn poet condemned by the guardians of propriety, and Louisa May Alcott, a struggling writer seeking an authentic voice and her father’s admiration, tended soldiers’ wracked bodies as nurses.
2. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
Author: by S. C. Gwynne
Published at: Scribner; First Edition/First Printing (September 30, 2014)
From the author of the prize-winning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling account of how Civil War general Thomas Stonewall Jackson became a great and tragic American hero. Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance.
As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies.
Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future. In April 1862 Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause.
By June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. He had, moreover, given the Confederate cause what it had recently lackedhopeand struck fear into the hearts of the Union.
3. The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America
Author: by Edward L. Ayers
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 23, 2018)
Winner of the Lincoln Prize A landmark Civil War history told from a fresh, deeply researched ground-level perspective. At the crux of America’s history stand two astounding events: the immediate and complete destruction of the most powerful system of slavery in the modern world, followed by a political reconstruction in which new constitutions established the fundamental rights of citizens for formerly enslaved people.
Few people living in 1860 would have dared imagine either event, and yet, in retrospect, both seem to have been inevitable. In a beautifully crafted narrative, Edward L. Ayers restores the drama of the unexpected to the history of the Civil War.
From the same vantage point occupied by his unforgettable characters, Ayers captures the strategic savvy of Lee and his local lieutenants, and the clear vision of equal rights animating black troops from Pennsylvania. We see the war itself become a scourge to the Valley, its pitched battles punctuating a cycle of vicious attack and reprisal in which armies burned whole towns for retribution.
4. Battle Maps of the Civil War: The Eastern Theater (1) (Maps from the American Battlefield Trust)
Author: by American Battlefield Trust
Published at: Knox Press (May 26, 2020)
From the American Battlefield Trust comes the collection of their popular maps of the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War. I just love those maps that you guys send to me. It is a phrase that the staff of the American Battlefield Trust hears on a weekly basis.
The expression refers to one of the cornerstone initiatives of the organizationmapping the battlefields of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the American Civil War. The American Battlefield Trust is the premier battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Over the last thirty years, the American Battlefield Trust and its members have preserved more than 52,000 acres of battlefield land across 143 battlefields in twenty-four statesat sites such as Antietam, Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, Shiloh, and Gettysburg.
Outside of physically walking across the hallowed battle grounds that the American Battlefield Trust preserves, the best way to illustrate the importance of the parcels of land that they preserve is through their battle maps. Through the decades, the American Battlefield Trust has created dozens of maps detailing the action of hundreds of battles.
5. The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo–and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation
Author: by James Donovan
Published at: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault.
The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry “Remember the Alamo!” and eventual triumph. Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S.
And Mexican archives, The Blood of Heros is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters – including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis – this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.
6. The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian
Author: by Shelby Foote
Published at: Vintage Books (November 12, 1986)
Focused on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume of Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history brings to life the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant’s Vicksburg campaign and covers some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War.
Includes maps throughout. “This, then, is narrative historya kind of history that goes back to an older literary tradition…. The writing is superb… One of the historical and literary achievements of our time.” The Washington Post Book World ” Mr. Foote has an acute sense of the relative importance of events and a novelist’s skill in directing the reader’s attention to the men and the episodes that will influence the course of the whole war, without omitting items which are of momentary interest.
His organization of facts could hardly be better.” Atlantic “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.” The New York Times Book Review “The lucidity of the battle narratives, the vigor of the prose, the strong feeling for the men from generals to privates who did the fighting, are all controlled by constant sense of how it happened and what it was all about.
7. War Ain't No Picnic: 30 Civil War Stories & Devotionals
Author: by Tom Letchworth
Published at: Fermata House; 1st edition (August 17, 2017)
An entertaining and easy-to-read collection of Civil War stories, with footnoted primary sources for the more serious reader who enjoys historical research. Award-winning storyteller and Methodist pastor, Tom Letchworth, retells some of the most fascinating stories from the American Civil War.
Each chapter includes historical photos and spiritual applications. These are some of the interesting stories Tom Letchworth discovered in his research of the American Civil War. And since he’s a United Methodist minister, it’s only natural that he saw the spiritual analogies.
The mystery of the glow-in-the-dark wounds after the Battle of Shiloh. How the Battle of Manassas “invaded” a civilian picnic. The volunteer nurse whose orders even General Sherman followed. How a slave sailed his way to freedom and later served as a U.S.Congressman.
The bullet that passed through General Cleburne’s open mouth as he yelled orders. Lula McLean’s doll “witnessing” the peace talks. The tragic maritime Sultana Disaster. Lincoln’s official presidential memo in which he described a general’s wife as a “saucy woman.”Thirty stories in all.
8. The Maps of Fredericksburg: An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, September 18, 1862 – January 22, 1863
Author: by Bradley M. Gottfried
Published at: Savas Beatie (June 25, 2018)
Finalist, 2018, Reference, Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book AwardThe Maps of Fredericksburg: An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, September 18, 1862 – January 22, 1863 continues Bradley M. Gottfried’s efforts to study and illustrate the major campaigns of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater.
This is his sixth book in the ongoing Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series.After Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was forced out of Maryland in September 1862, President Abraham Lincoln grew frustrated by Maj. Gen. George McClellan’s failure to vigorously purse the Rebels and replaced him with Ambrose Burnside.
The opening stages of what would come to be the Fredericksburg Campaign began in early October when the armies moved south. After several skirmishes, it became clear Burnside would force a crossing at Fredericksburg and drive south. Delays in doing so provided General Lee with time to get his troops into position behind the city.
9. Pickett's Charge: Revised and Updated: A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack
Author: by Phillip Thomas Tucker
Published at: Skyhorse; Updated, Revised edition (November 24, 2020)
“The book is most interesting for the bright nuggets of information Tucker presents as he unfolds the attack minute by minute, foot by foot. The account is a mosaic of thousands of tiny pieces that, seen whole, amounts to a fascinating picture of what probably was the most important moment of the Civil War.
The New York Times Book Review “[Pickett’s Charge] contains much to interest and provoke Civil War enthusiasts.” Kirkus Reviews “Takes issue with many long-held assumptions and analysis of the famous attack and seeks to revise many of the long-held misconceptions about Lee’s plans, the course of the attack, and the ultimate reasons for its failure….
Overall, the author does a workmanlike job.” New York Journal of Books The Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War’s turning point, produced over 57,000 casualties, the largest number from the entire war that was itself America’s bloodiest conflict. On the third day of fierce fighting, Robert E.
Lee’s attempt to invade the North came to a head in Pickett’s Charge. The infantry assault, consisting of nine brigades of soldiers in a line that stretched for over a mile, resulted in casualties of over 50 percent for the Confederates and a huge psychological blow to Southern morale.
10. The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock
Author: by Francis Augustín O'Reilly
Published at: LSU Press; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2006)
The battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December 1862 involved hundreds of thousands of men; produced staggering, unequal casualties (13,000 Federal soldiers compared to 4,500 Confederates); ruined the career of Ambrose E. Burnside; embarrassed Abraham Lincoln; and distinguished Robert E. Lee as one of the greatest military strategists of his era.
Francis Augustn O’Reilly draws upon his intimate knowledge of the battlegrounds to discuss the unprecedented nature of Fredericksburg’s warfare. Lauded for its vivid description, trenchant analysis, and meticulous research, his award-winning book makes for compulsive reading.
11. Civil War Word Search – Large Print Edition: Educational Brain Workouts Featuring Unique No-Spoiler Solution/Hints Pages, Historical Photos, and over 1,000 Hidden Words
Author: by Celesta Letchworth
Published at: Fermata House (June 1, 2020)
Give your brain a workout and have fun at the same time with a month’s worth of Large Print Civil War puzzles! Learn about American Civil War history while searching for over 1,000 cleverly hidden words!PLUS! Each theme includes 4 pages:1.
A Historical Photo2. The List of hidden words (30-41 words)3. The Puzzle on a large, 1713 grid4. Unique “No-Spoiler Solution Page” on back of puzzle with directional arrow hints. Here’s more information:EASY ON THE EYES – Large margins, 20-point font, and no-glare paper help those with sight struggles enjoy solving the puzzles.
FLEXIBLE – Each 4-page puzzle theme is designed with 1-inch inside margins so you can tear it out if you like. (The solution page is on the back of the puzzle grid. KEEPS YOU BUSY Work one puzzle a day for a month.
Thirty-one puzzles in all! CHALLENGING, HAND-CRAFTED puzzles. More diagonals and overlapping words than most word search puzzle books. EACH HISTORICAL PHOTO IS FOOTNOTED. View and print information about the photos at www.Fermatahouse.Com/resources. Order one for yourself and a couple more to give as gifts.
12. Lincoln's Lieutenants: The High Command of the Army of the Potomac
Author: by Stephen W. Sears
Published at: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (April 25, 2017)
From the best-selling author of Gettysburg, a multilayered group biography of the commanders who led the Army of the Potomac The high command of the Army of the Potomac was a changeable, often dysfunctional band of brothers, going through the fires of war under seven commanding generals in three years, until Grant came east in 1864.
The men in charge all too frequently appeared to be fighting against the administration in Washington instead of for it, increasingly cast as political pawns facing down a vindictive congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. President Lincoln oversaw, argued with, and finally tamed his unruly team of generals as the eastern army was stabilized by an unsung supporting cast of corps, division, and brigade generals.
With characteristic style and insight, Stephen Sears brings these courageous, determined officers, who rose through the ranks and led from the front, to life.
13. A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation
Author: by David W. Blight Ph. D.
Published at: Mariner Books; First edition (January 15, 2009)
Slave narratives, some of the most powerful records of our past, are extremely rare, with only fifty-five postCivil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group with the publication of A Slave No More, a major new addition to the canon of American history.
Handed down through family and friends, these narratives tell gripping stories of escape: Through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of the occupying Union troops.David W. Blight magnifies the drama and significance by prefacing the narratives with each man’s life history.
Using a wealth of genealogical information, Blight has reconstructed their childhoods as sons of white slaveholders, their service as cooks and camp hands during the Civil War, and their climb to black working-class stability in the north, where they reunited their families.
14. The Chisholm Trail: A History of the World's Greatest Cattle Trail
Author: by Sam P. Ridings
Published at: Skyhorse (April 21, 2015)
This frontier classic is one of the best books written about the world’s greatest cattle trail, the Chisholm Trail, a trail that was approximately eight hundred miles long, running from San Antonio, Texas to Abilene, Kansas. It is a comprehensive book about the cattle drives of our western frontier and the interesting characters associated with them.
Such characters include Charles Goodnight, Charles A.Siringo, Joseph G. McCoy and various Indian Chiefs and gunslingers. After the Civil War, many cattlemen saw that there was money to be made in moving cattle northward.Joseph G. McCoy built shipping pens at Abilene, which became known as the terminating point of the Chisholm Trail.
When the trial was most active, millions of cattle and mustang accompanied their drivers on the two to three month journey that it took to travel across. This book is the story of those cattle and their drivers, who fought through Indian ambushes, stampedes and cattle rustlers.
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15. Railroads of the Civil War: An Illustrated History
Author: by Michael Leavy
Published at: Westholme Publishing; 1st edition (August 15, 2019)
The Photographic Record of the First Wide-Scale Mechanization of War Over the course of the first half of the nineteenth century, America would find itself following two increasingly divergent tracks: an industrialized North and an agricultural South. By 1860 railroads were firmly entrenched in our culture, reshaping our cities and steering us through the industrial age towards worldwide prominence.
From sleepy post towns to the largest east coast cities, the distant hooting of the locomotive whistle drew ever closer and louder, filling listeners with fascination while brightening the eyes of profit-driven industrialists. But this admirable invention, lavishly adorned in brass and iron trimmings, was about to take on a new and deadly role.
America’s regional differences would result in a spectacular collision over slavery, and between 18611865, the nation fought a savage war. The iron horse became a major weapon in the first war fully dependent on railroads. Moreover railroads would escalate and prolong the war, leading to its terrible carnage.
16. Guns of the Old West: An Illustrated Reference Guide to Antique Firearms
Author: by Charles Edward Chapel
Published at: Skyhorse; 1st edition (March 6, 2013)
Written by one of the foremost firearms experts of the twentieth century, Charles Edward Chapel’s Guns of the Old West is an exhaustively researched document that not only boasts a significant collection of antique Western guns, but also categorizes the firearms into easy-to-reference sections.
Starting with an introductory chapter on the origins of guns and their earliest uses on the frontier, Chapel covers everything from muskets to rifles, pistols to revolvers, and shotguns to martial arms. Three whole chapters are dedicated to the rise and fall of the famous Deringer pistol.
And as much as Guns of the Old West is an encyclopedic reference manual, it’s also fascinating historical literature that frames the world in which these guns were used. Buffalo guns and hunters are covered, along with martial arms of the postCivil War era.
The gun collection of famous collector and hunter President Theodore Roosevelt is given its own chapter. Illustrated with nearly 500 illustrations, as well as important artwork from the Western period from artists such as Frederic Remington, Guns of the Old West is an essential work for gun collectors and American history enthusiasts.