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Books Currently Available

Embattled Capital: A Guide to Richmond During the Civil War. By Robert M. Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw. Savas Beatie, 2021. A look at life Richmond during the Civil War, and the legacy the war wrought in the city’s history.

Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station: The Army of the Potomac’s First Post-Gettysburg Offensive, From Kelly’s Ford to the Rapidan, October 21 to November 20, 1863. By Jeffrey Wm Hunt. Savas Beatie 2021. A follow-up and the third of four volume’s covering Meade’s sole control of the Army of the Potomac, Hunt examines the warfare of maneuver that defined the Meade-Lee standoff in late 1863.

Massacring Indians: From Horseshoe Bend to Wounded Knee. By Robert L. Nichols. University of Oklahoma Press, 2021. An examination of ten significant massacres committed by U.S. Army units against Native Americans. 

Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command. By Kent Masterson Brown. University of North Carolina Press, 2021. A look at Meade’s leadership during the campaign at Gettysburg in July 1863.

Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg. By Edward G. Longacre. Potomac Books, 2021. An examination of a Union Cavalry officer’s contributions to the defense of the Union right flank at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.

Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution. By Steven Elliot. University of Oklahoma Press, 2021. An examination of the logistics, politics, and weather elements involved in keeping the young American Army alive and fit when during periods of malaise and bad weather.

Securing the MRAP: Lessons Learned in Marketing and Military Procurement. By James M. Hasik. Texas A&M University Press, 2021. A look into the campaign to get the Army to procure Mine Resistant Ambush protected vehicles. 

Southern Strategies: Why the Confederacy Failed. Edited by Christian B. Keller. University Press of Kansas, 2021. A collection of essays examining the South’s strategies and leadership.

The Siege of Vicksburg: The Climax of the Campaign to Open the Mississippi River, May 23-July 4, 1863. By Timothy B. Smith. University Press of Kansas, 2021. A look at the decisive campaign of the Western Theater.

Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg: The Creation of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and Lincoln’s Gettysburg. By Bradley M. Gottfried and Linda I. Gottfried. Savas Beatie, 2021. A look at the early attempts to honor the 8,000 dead after the largest battle in the nation’s history.

Passing through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War. By Brian F. Swartz. Savas Beatie 2021. A look at the mythical figure of Joshua Chamberlain. 

The Summer of ’63: Vicksburg & Tullahoma: Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War. Edited by Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch. Emerging Civil War, 2021. A collection of essays examining two pivotal battles in the Western Theater.

Men of Armor: The History of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II. By Jeff Danby. Casemate, 2021. A look at a unit’s service from inception to the occupation of Germany.

The Carnage was Fearful: The Battle for Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862. By Michael E. Block. Savas Beatie, 2022. Part of the “Emerging Civil War Series,” this volume chronicles the battle of Cedar Mountain.

A Private in the Texas Army: At War in Italy, France, and Germany with the 111th Engineers, 36th Division, in World War II. By John A. Pierce. State House Press, 2021. This book follows the life and Army service of Frank Webster Pearce in the 26th Infantry Division’s deployments in Western Europe during World War II.

The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldier, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots over the Soul of a Nation. By Zachary M. Schrag. Pegasus Books, 2021. An examination of civil unrest and xenophobia in one of the United States’ largest cities and the legacy it left on the notion of civil defense in the country.

Ritchie Boy Secrets, How a Force of Immigrants and Refugees Helped Win World War II. By Beverly Driver Eddy. Stackpole Books, 2021. A look at the improbable story of how the Untied States leveraged its large resources in first and second generation immigrants to provide key advantages in the war in Europe. 

First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. By Meg Groeling. Savas Beatie, 2021. The life story behind the first mythologized Civil War hero. 

Parker Hitt: The Father of American Military Cryptology. By Betsy Rohaly Smoot. The University Press of Kentucky, 2022. A look at the early beginnings of applied American intelligence code-breaking.

A Fire in the Wilderness: The First Battle Between Ulysses S. Grant And Robert E. Lee. By John Reeves. Pegasus Books, 2021. A look at one of the most important battles of the Civil War and the beginning of Grant’s generalship against Robert E. Lee.

Winning Independence. By John Ferling. Bloomsbury, 2021. A look at the four years of 1778-1781 that were key in the Revolutionary War. 

The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion: Fighting on Both Fronts. By Samuel De Korte. Pen and Sword Military Books, 2022. A detailed history of the all-black 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion during World War II. 

A Military History of Texas. By Loyd Uglow. University of North Texas Press, 2022. A look at the development of military activity in Texas.

Decision at Brandywine: The Battle on Birmingham Hill. By Robert M. Dunkerly. Westholme Publishing, 2021. A close examination of the third bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War.

Civil War Witnesses and Their Books: New Perspectives on Iconic Works. Edited by Gary W. Gallagher and Stephen Cushman. Louisiana State University Press, 2021. A collection of memoirs and texts from military and civil figures in the Civil War.

John J. Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, 1917-1919, Volume 1. Edited by John T. Greenwood. The University Press of Kentucky, 2021. A collection of letters following Pershing’s appointment to command the American Expeditionary Force.

Cedar Mountain to Antietam: A Civil War Campaign History of the Union XII Corps, July-September 1862. By M. Chris Bryan. Savas Beatie, 2022. A blending of unit history, leadership and character assessments of the XII Corps’.

Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917-1945. By Allison S. Finkelstein. The University of Alabama Press, 2021. This text highlights American women activists and their role in the military.

Their Maryland: The Army of Northern Virginia from the Potomac Crossing to Sharpsburg in September 1862. By Alexander B. Rossino. Savas Beatie, 2021. A reassessment of the Maryland Campaign using primary sources that challenge existing narratives.

Robert E. Lee: A Life. By Allen C. Guelzo. Knopf, 2021. A thrilling biography of Robert E. Lee.

Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, soldiers, and campaigns in the American Civil War. By Lorien Foote. University of North Carolina Press, 2021. An examination into the Civil War regarding how Americans fought over what it meant to be civilized and who should be extended the protections of a civilized world.

No Wider War: A history of the Vietnam War, Volume 2: 1965-75. By Sergio Miller. Osprey, 2021. An examination of how the US became trapped by the ground war in Vietnam and the consequences that affected the soldiers and civilian population of the war.

The Bonds of War: A story of immigrants and esprit de corps in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. By Diana L. Dretske. Southern Illinois University Press, 2021. A unique collective biography regarding men who fought in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Hugh Lenox Scott: 1853-1934. By Armand S. La Potin. University of Oklahoma Press, 2021. An interesting biography on Hugh Lenox Scott regarding his role as a negotiator and advocate for the Great Plains Indian nations.

The Great “What Ifs” of the American Civil War. Edited by Chris Mackowski and Brian Matthew Jordan with a Foreword by Peter G. Tsouras. Savas Beatie, 2022. A collection of fourteen essays by the historians at Emerging Civil War.

Proud Warriors: African American Combat Units in World War II. By Alexander M. Bielakowski. University of North Texas Press, 2021. An examination of the contribution of African American combat units in World War II.

Army Medicine Starts Here! The U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence and its Origins. By Adriane Askins Neidinger and Nolan A. Watson. U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, 2021. A pictorial history of Army medicine and the contributions of that history by the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence.

Grant vs. Lee: Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War. Edited by Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch, Foreword by Christopher Kolakowski. Savas Beatie, 2022. These essays recount some of the most famous episodes and compelling human dramas of the Civil War.

Hearts Torn Asunder: Trauma in the Civil War’s Final Campaign in North Carolina. By Ernest A. Dollar Jr. Savas Beatie, 2022. A recounting of the closing days of the Final Campaign in North Carolina.

Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department. By Guy R. Hasegawa. Southern Illinois University Press, 2021. This text investigates how political considerations, personalities and diminishing availability of resources influenced the Confederate medical department.

 

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