books about: 1861-1865
Marching Through Culpeper : A Novel of Culpeper, Virginia, Crossroads of the Civil War
Virginia Beard Morton
A historical novel with a twist
I think Marching Through Culpeper was a great book about the Civil War. It described many places in Culpeper County where battles were fought. It was a great book about the battles of the war, but it also had a wonderful story entangled within it. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn about the Civil War it was a fabulous book that i really enjoyed. I would describe it ...
Penguin Classic, 2000
Sherman reveals himself
W T Sherman, General, U S Army was a most impresive commander. His memoirs go a long way in explaining some of the 'whys' of the great campaigns he led. And lead he did. The general went so far, on occason, as to eschew use of a tent and slept on the ground with his men using only a tent-half. The letters in the book provide insight into Lincoln's, Grant's, Sherman's et al's thinking on many ...
The Civil War: A Narrative (3 Vol. Set)
If my high school and college history courses used this set of books I certainly would not have slept through those classes. The narrative brings the Civil War to life; not just a bunch of facts.
The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War (Modern Library)
Absolutely INCREDIBLE. A book to be read when you are ready for an adventure. Only book which describes what may have happened at Gettysburg, and a lay person can understand. Simply written, and you feel like you were right there. This is my 2nd copy- 1st one borrowed and not returned. We just returned from a visit to Gettysburg where we went on the kids tour-another incredible adventure. The ...
Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II (Bantam Classics)
Alexis de Tocqueville
The Classic Text on American Democracy
1. Introduction Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was a French aristocrat whose family lost its estate under the French Revolution. He came to America in 1831 after being commissioned by the French government to study the American prison system, but his study turned out to be a much more extensive study that examined the nature of the American people and democracy in America. His history and ...
Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire Series #1)
Bethany House Publishers
An Intriguing Story of the Civil War
Candle in the Darkness is well written and maintains high interest throughout the story. It grapples with the real struggles of Christians in the North and the South as they faced the difficult repercussions of war, suffering, separation, and struggle. It challenges the reader to ask themselves if their own actions are based in habit and cultural opinion or love for their fellow human beings. ...
Stars in Their Courses : The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863
His reading makes it even better, if that's possible.
First, I heartily agree with the rave reviews of the book (actually, as the other reviewers point out, only one long chapter of one of the three volumes of his whole narrative history), and the view that this chapter, combined with Michael Shaara's novel The Killer Angels and the Ken Burns videos, may be the single best way to get introduced to (and very possibly hooked on!) Civil War history. ...
A stillness at Appomattox
Superbly Moving Narrative
This superb narrative about the Union's Army of the Potomac in the war's final year captured the 1954 Pulitzer Prize. The book is one of several superbly readable volumes on the Civil War by author/historian Bruce Catton (1899-1978). This narrative covers the Army of the Potomac from the start of the brutal 1864 wilderness campaign through the war's end a year later at Appomattox. The ...
Last Silk Dress
A Great Book for EVERYONE
The Last Silk Dress is a great historical novel. Although it started out slowly, the excitement in the story quickly picked up. The story, however, did not build excitement because of the plot. The story sped up because of the ideas, the description of the characters, and the historical references. Susan, a staunch Confederate girl, questions some of the key, underlying concepts of the Civil War ...
Rifles for Watie
Harpercollins Childrens Books
COULD BE A MOVIE!!!
I FIRST READ R-F-W IN 1992, I HAVE SINCE READ THE NOVEL 10 TIMES. AS A CIVIL WAR BUFF I REALLY ENJOYED THE WESTERN FRONTIER BATTLES. IN HISTORY CLASS ONE USUALLY NEVER GETS MUCH INSIGHT ON THOSE AREAS OF THE CIVIL WAR. I LOVE THE PASE OF THIS NOVEL, IT SEEMS AS IF IT NEVER SLOWS DOWN. I REMEMBER AS A KID FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE CHARECTERS AND WANTING TO BE THEM. WHEN I DEPLOYED TO IRAQ IN 03 ...
Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander
Edward Porter Alexander
The University of North Carolina Press
Great Account from Army of Northern Virginia Artillery officer, 1861-1865
'Fighting for the Confederacy' is one of the more fascinating personal accounts from the Confederate point of view ever written. If E. Porter Alexander said something happened a certain way it probably happened that way. In Porter Alexander's book there is just a great amount of fascinating information on the Army of Northern Virginia and its actions during the war. Alexander begins with a ...
War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta
Russell S. Bonds
The Last Hope Goes Up in Flames
Russell Bonds set the bar high for himself with his first book Stealing the General. In War Like the Thunderbolt he has leaped even higher and is setting huge expectations for whatever his third book may be. War Like the Thunderbolt tells the story of William T. Sherman and the burning of the city of Atlanta. This is done from the interesting perspective of the city itself rather than being a ...
Eyewitness to the Civil War
Invaluable Resource Book
I decided to buy "Eyewitnesses to the Civil War" based on the reviews - and am very glad I did. Found a new copy from an Amazon-affiliated dealer for under $10.00, which is a wonderful deal for a nice coffee table book of over 400 pages, filled with interesting Civil War articles and 375 photos of battle fields, daguerrotype portraits, uniforms and gear. It is with pleasure that I recommend it to ...
All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Neat first-hand view of the Civil War
We have works on the Civil War written by generals (e.g., the memoirs of Ulysses Grant and James Longstreet) and other officers (E. P. Alexander, Moxley Sorrell). However, equally valuable is the view from the bottom, by the foot soldiers. From the Confederate side, the paradigm example is Sam Watkins, "Company Aytch". From the Union side, Elisha Hunt Rhodes fills the bill. He rose through the ...
The Army of the Potomac: Mr. Lincoln's Army
Even better the second time
I first read Catton's trilogy at age 17, before I went to Vietnam. I enjoyed the books tremendously and Catton started a lifetime interest in the American Civil War. I thought he was an outstanding writer, but with the hubris of youth, I rated him as a bit of a lightweight, a fine storyteller and nothing more. In the past month, at age 60, I read Mr. Lincoln's Army again. I was amazed at how ...
The life of Johnny Reb,: The common soldier of the Confederacy (Charter books)
Bell Irvin Wiley
Provides a perspective so often neglected.
Through genealogical research I discovered that many of my ancestors fought for the Confederacy. While they all served a common cause, they had a variety of different experiences. Some died in battle, some died of sickness, some were captured, and some were still around for the bitter end. But, what the all shared was the experience of serving in the ranks as common soldiers. There was not an ...
Ben Ames Williams
Chicago Review Press
Civil War Afficinado
This was purchased for my cousin and she has told me over and over how much she has enjoyed reading it. I will read it next!
CHAMPION HILL: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg
Timothy B. Smith
Maps and more Maps
I am what is commonly referred to as a Civil War buff, what ever that means, and I feel compelled to write you about the work of Timothy B. Smith. My biggest frustration about a lot of books on the civil is the lack of good quality maps that allows the reader to get a sense of who was where and what was happening on the battlefield. How one could write an account of a battle with out good maps ...
Call Each River Jordan
The Mystery of a Wartime Atrocity
This is the third, excellent volume in the author's series that follows the detective work of Major Abel Jones during the Civil War. This time, the author's masterful style immerses you in April, 1862, with its odd speech (to the 2007 ear), its stomach-turning savagery in the Battle of Shiloh, and its well-mannered relationship between Union and Confederate officers off the battlefield. Someone ...
Impending Crisis (Torchbooks)
David M. Potter
A refreshing approach to the pre-Civil War era
Written in the 1970's, and finished by a colleague, David Potter's depiction of the 1848-1861 timeframe is a finely researched book on the subject. Most importantly though, unlike other writers and historians (in particular James McPherson) who look back on this time with modern day hindsight, Potter writes a book which follows this time as it was, with all the issues and ebbs and flows of that ...
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