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Jefferson Davis: His Rise and Fall

by Allen Tate

Written early in Tate's career, this study of the Confederacy's fallen leader is highly critical of his flaws yet ultimately sympathetic to the Southern cause.


USS Constellation on the Dismal Coast: Willie Leonard's Journal, 1859-1861

by C. Herbert Gilliland & Jr. William N. Still

A first-hand account of daily life aboard an American warship intercepting slave-trading vessels


The Fort Pillow Massacre: North, South, and the Status of African Americans in the Civil War Era

by Bruce Tap

On April 12, 1864, a small Union force occupying Fort Pillow, Tennessee, a fortress located on the Mississippi River just north of Memphis, was overwhelmed by a larger Confederate force under the command of...


A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War

by Brian Craig Miller

Private Silas W. Haven, a native New Englander transplanted to Iowa, enlisted in 1862 to fight in a war that he believed was God's punishment for the sin of slavery. Only through the war's purifying bloodshed,...


Conflict and Command

by John Hubbell

Fifteen groundbreaking essays from Albert Castel, Gary Gallagher, Mark Neely, Richard M. McMurry, and othersFor more than fifty years the journal Civil War History has presented the best original scholarship...


States at War, Volume 1: A Reference Guide for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont in the Civil War

The Antebellum Crisis and America's First Bohemians

by Mark A. Lause

Amid the social and political tensions plaguing the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War, the North experienced a boom of cultural activity. Young transient writers, artists, and musicians...


Baseball in Blue and Gray: The National Pastime during the Civil War

by George B. Kirsch

During the Civil War, Americans from homefront to battlefront played baseball as never before. While soldiers slaughtered each other over the country's fate, players and fans struggled over the form of the national...


Decided on the Battlefield: Grant, Sherman, Lincoln and the Election of 1864

by David Alan Johnson

In the summer of 1864, the American Civil War had been dragging on for over three years with no end in sight. Things had not gone well for the Union, and the public blamed the president for the stalemate against...


Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader

by Various & Mason Lowance

Assembles more than forty speeches, lectures, and essays critical to the abolitionist crusade. Features William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe,...


The Mind and Art of Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman: Texts and Interpretations of Twenty Great Speeches

by David Lowenthal

The Mind and Art of Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman provides the original texts for 20 of Lincoln's speeches alongside a critical analysis of each speech. Arranged in chronological order, these speeches...


The North Fights the Civil War: The Home Front

by Matthew J. Gallman

A fresh look at how Northern society mobilized to fight the first great modern war. From Gallman's analysis of continuity and change, it seems clear that the conflict was not the great watershed in political,...


Abraham Lincoln: A Life

by Thomas Keneally

The ideal concise biography of an American icon- now available in paperback for the bicentennial of his birth

The self -mad e man from a log cabin, the great orator, the Emancipator, the Savior of the Union,...


The Imperfect Revolution: Anthony Burns and the Landscape of Race in Antebellum America

by Gordon S. Barker

On June 2, 1854, crowds lined the streets of Boston, hissing and shouting at federal authorities as they escorted the fugitive slave Anthony Burns to the ship that would return him to his slaveholders in Virginia....


Literary Dollars and Social Sense: A People's History of the Mass Market Book

by Ronald J. Zboray & Mary Saracino Zboray

Prior to the Civil War, publishing in America underwent a transformation from a genteel artisan trade supported by civic patronage and religious groups to a thriving, cut-throat national industry propelled by...


Conflicting Memories on the "River of Death": The Chickamauga Battlefield and the Spanish-American War, 1863 1934

by Bradley S. Keefer

On September 19 and 20, 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland and the Confederate Army of Tennessee fought a horrific battle along Chickamauga Creek in northern Georgia. Although the outcome of this chaotic...


Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters

by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

To most , Robert E. Lee is a beloved tragic figure of a bygone war-remembered by history as stoic and brave but without a true emotional life. Recently, however, historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor uncovered important...


The Portable Abraham Lincoln

by Abraham Lincoln & Andrew Delbanco

Celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth with this new edition of his greatest speeches and writings

Abraham Lincoln endowed the American language with a vigor and moral energy that has all but...


Desperate Engagement

by Marc Leepson

The Battle of Monocacy, which took place on the blisteringly hot day of July 9, 1864, is one of the Civil War’s most significant yet little-known battles. What played out that day in the corn and wheat fields...


At Custer's Side: Civil War Writing on James Harvey King

by Eric J. Wittenberg

During the Civil War, James Harvey Kidd fought along side the General George Armstrong Custer as a member of the 6th Michigan Cavalry, the Wolverines. A student at the University of Michigan at the outbreak...