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Books Currently Available

Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi: Volume 3 – Essays on America’s Civil War. By Lawrence Lee Hewitt and Thomas E. Schott. University of Tennessee Press, 2019. The third volume of essays on Confederate generals in the Trans-Mississippi theater and their operations.

James Riley Weaver’s Civil War: The Diary of a Union Cavalry Officer and Prisoner of War, 1863-1865. By John T. Schlotterbeck, Wesley W. Wilson, Midori Kawaue, and Harold A. Klingensmith. Kent State University Press, 2019. Diary of a Union officer held in a POW camp for seventeen months.

The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26-December 2, 1863. By Chris Mackowski. Savas Beatie, 2018. A guide and history of the Mine Run Campaign in late Autumn 1863.

“My Brothers Have My Back”: Inside the November 1969 Battle on the Vietnamese DMZ. By Lou Pepi. McFarland Publishers, 2018. A history of an intense two-day battle in November 1969 involving three companies from Task Force 1-61 and NVA forces along the DMZ.

General E.A. Paine in Western Kentucky: Assessing the “Reign of Terror” of the Summer of 1864. By Dieter C. Ullrich and Berry Craig. McFarland Publishers, 2018. An analysis of General E.A. Paine’s controversial tenure as commander of the District of Western Kentucky in the summer of 1864.

A Yankee Regiment in Confederate Louisiana: The 31st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the Gulf South. By Larry Lowenthal. Louisiana State University Press, 2019. The story of the first federal unit, made up primarily of men from central and western Massachusetts, to enter and occupy New Orleans during the Civil War. 

Texas Brigadier To the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood. By Stephen Davis. Mercer University Press, 2019. The first of a two-volume examination of Hood’s career, the first volume covering his rise from Lieutenant to General in 1861-1864.

Blaze of Light: The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient. Waterbrook, 2020. The narrative story of a Green Beret Medic’s life in Vietnam and afterward.

Carrying the Colors: The Life and Legacy of Medal of Honor Recipient Andrew Jackson Smith. By W. Robert Beckman and Sharon S. MacDonald with Andrew S. Bowman and Esther L. Bowman. Westholme Publishing, 2020. A look into the life of the soldier who saved the colors of the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment during its fight at the battle of Honey Hill and earned the Medal of Honor for his heroics.

The Quaker Sergeant’s War: The Civil War Diary of Sergeant David M. Haworth. Edited by Gene Allen. TCU Press, 2020. The diary of a Civil War soldier, accompanied by commentary and context provided by the editor. 

Vicksburg Besieged. Edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear. Southern Illinois University Press, 2020. An anthology collection of essays examining multiple aspects of the final phase of the Vicksburg campaign.

The US Volunteers in the Southern Philippines: Counterinsurgency, Pacification, and Collaboration, 1899-1901. By John Scott Reed. University Press of Kansas, 2020. This work tells the story of the United States Volunteers, 25 regiments raised to fill the role of occupation troops until the Regular Army relieved them.

Tempest over Texas: The Fall and Winter Campaigns of 1863–1864. By Donald S. Frazier. State House Press, 2020. The fourth installment of Frazier’s series on the Western theater, Frazier examines the confused post-Vicksburg world west of the Mississippi for the Confederacy.  

Phoenix Rising: From the Ashes of Desert One to the Rebirth of U.S. Special Operations. By COL Keith M. Nightingale (Ret.). Casemate, 2020. An examination of the beginnings of the Special Operations Forces with Operation Eagle Claw and its aftermath. 

The Liberation of Marguerite Harrison: America’s First Female Foreign Intelligence Agent. By Elizabeth Atwood. Naval Institute Press, 2020. The story of one of the nation’s first international female intelligence operatives. (Electronic copy)

Physician Soldier: The South Pacific Letters of Captain Fred Gabriel from the 39th Station Hospital. Edited by Michael P. Gabriel. Texas A&M University Press, 2020. A collection of letters from a soldier physician serving in the Pacific theater.

The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis. By Gary W. Gallagher. Louisiana State University Press, 2020. A historiographical look into the United States’ relationship with, and understanding of, the Civil War.

Civil War Supply and Strategy: Feeding Men and Moving Armies. By Earl J. Hess. Louisiana State University Press, 2020. An examination of the links between distribution of provisions and the movement of armies during the Civil War.

The Hardest Lot of Men: The Third Minnesota Infantry in the Civil War. By Joseph C. Fitzharris. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019. A look at the history of a Union unit that saw action throughout the Western theater of the Civil War, as well as in actions against the Dakota Indians.  

Behind the Lines: A Critical Survey of Special Operations in World War II. By Michael F. Dilley. Casemate Publishers, 2013. A look at employment of special-purpose forces and mission organizations during World War II.

Useful Captives: The Role of POWs in American Military Conflicts. Edited by Daniel Krebs and Lorien Foote. University Press of Kansas, 2021. A wide-ranging investigation of the role POWs played in various aspects of American warfare.

To War with the 4th: A Century of Frontline Combat with the US 4th Infantry Division, From the Argonne to the Ardennes to Afghanistan. By Martin King, Michael Collins, and Jason Nulton. Casemate Publishers, 2016. A look at the iconic history of the US 4th Infantry Division From World War I to the Global War on Terror.

My Brothers have my Back: Inside the November 1969 Battle on the Vietnamese DMZ. By Lou Pepi. McFarland & Company, 2018. A look at the action in early November 1969 told by one of the Soldiers who lived through it. 

The Vermont Brigade in the Seven Days: The Battles and their Aftermath. By Paul G. Zeller. McFarland, 2018. A close look at the men and families of the “First Vermont Brigade” and their first actions in the Civil War.

World War II Infographics. By Jean Lopez, Nicolas Aubin, Vicnent Bernard, and Nicolas Guilerat. Thames & Hudson, 2019. A deep illustrative look at the statistics and figures involved in the Second World War.

D-Day Cover-Up at Pointe Du Hoc: The History of the 2nd and 5th US Army Rangers 1st May – 10th June 1944 Volume 2. By Gary Sterne. Pen & Sword, 2018. A critical examination of the circumstances surrounding the Ranger’s famed attack at Utah beach.

The Fight for the Old North State: The Civil War in North Carolina, January-May 1864. By Hampton Newsome. University Press of Kansas, 2019. A look at the broader context of the fighting in North Carolina and the political and social forces involved.

Scouting with the Buffalo Soldiers: Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke, Frederic Remington, and the Tenth U.S. Cavalry in the Southwest. By John P. Langellier. University of North Texas Press, 2020. A look at an officer with the Buffalo Soldiers in the late 19th century.

Decisions at Gettysburg: The Twenty Critical Decisions that Defined the Battle. By Matt Spruill. The University of Tennessee Press, 2019. A step-by-step examination of Gettysburg’s key inflection points.

The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War. By Kenneth W. Noe. Louisiana State University Press, 2020. Noe takes a look at the climatic and other environmental impacts that influenced events in the Civil War.

The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station through Falling Waters, June 9-July 14, 1863. By Bradley M. Gottfried. Savas Beatie, 2020. An illustrated guide with color maps of the routes and various actions fought by Union and Confederate Cavalry.

Loss and Redemption at St. Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge. By Gregory Fontenot. University of Missouri Press, 2019. A unit battle history of the 7th division as it responded to the German Ardennes offensive of late 1944.

The Sexual Economy of War: Discipline and Desire in the U.S. Army. By Andrew Byers. Cornell University Press, 2019. A look at how the U.S. Army has regulated matters of sexuality throughout its history.

The US Volunteers in the Southern Philippines: Counterinsurgency, Pacification, and Collaboration, 1899-1901. By John Scott Reed. University Press of Kansas, 2020. A look at the unique US volunteer structure created by the Army in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. 

Twenty Years of Service: The Politics of Military Pension Policy and the Long Road to Reform. By Brandon J. Archuleta. University Press of Kansas, 2020. A history of the Military Pension and the fraught politics surrounding changes to it.

Head Hunter: 5-73 CAV and Their Fight for Iraq’s Diyala River Valley. By Peter C. Svoboda. Casemate, 2020. A battle history of the 73d Cavalry Regiment beginning with its deployment to Diyala in 2006. 

Suddenly Soldiers: The 166th Infantry Regiment in World War I. By Robert Thompson. Westholme Publishing, 2020. A unit history of the 166th Infantry Regiment. 

Hang Tough: The WWII Letters and Artifacts of Major Dick Winters. Edited by Erik Door and Jared Frederick. Permuted Press, 2020. A collection of Major Winters’ letters and other correspondence from World War II.

My Dear Nelly: The Selected Civil War Letters of General Orlando M. Poe To His Wife Eleanor. Edited by Paul Taylor. Kent State University Press, 2020. A collection of letters between a Civil War icon and his wife in Ohio.

Storming Vicksburg: Grant Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863. By Earl J. Hess. University of North Carolina Press, 2020. A look at the initial assaults on the Vicksburg fortifications before grant settled into a siege.

Obstinate Heroism: The Confederate Surrenders after Appomattox. By Steven J. Ramold. The University of North Texas Press, 2020. The end of the Civil War after the Civil War had ended. 

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