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Books Currently Available

Alpha One Sixteen: A Combat Infantryman’s Year in Vietnam. By Peter Clark. Casemate Publishers, 2019. A look at Peter Clark’s experience with Company A, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division’s at Lai Khe, in Long Binh province during the Vietnam War in 1966.

Call Out the Cadets: The Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864. By Sarah Kay Bierle. Savas Beatie, 2019. A guided history of the Battle of New Market from the perspective of the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, who took part in the battle.

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.

Shattered Minds: How the Pentagon Fails Our Troops with Faulty Helmets. By Robert H. Bauman & Dina Rasor. Potomac Books, 2019. A look at the controversy surrounding Sioux Manufacturing’s bad faith practices of Kevlar helmet production and the military’s resistance in upgrading the combat helmet.

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.

Five or Ten Minutes of Blind Confusion: The Battle of Aiken, South Carolina, February 11, 1865. By Eric J. Wittenberg. Fox Run Publishing, 2018. A look at one of the last Confederate battlefield victories of the war and its strategic failure to prevent the fall of Columbia to Major General William T. Sherman.

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.

Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan. By Eileen Rivers. Da Capo Press, 2018. A look at three leaders of Female Engagement Teams and their crucial missions in Afghanistan.

“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.

Colonels in Blue: Missouri and the Western States and Territories. By Roger D. Hunt. McFarland, 2019. A biograhical dictionary of Union Army colonels throughout the Western territories of the united States, including portraits where available.

Just Another Day in Vietnam. By COL (Ret.) Keith M. Nightingale. Casemate Publishers, 2019. A memoir of Colonel Nightingale’s time as an advisor to South Vietnamese forces, written from the perspectives of the various actors involved in the conflict.

The Civil War in the South Carolina Lowcountry: How a Confederate Artillery Battery and a Black Union regiment Defined the War. By Ron Roth. McFarland, 2019. This book looks at two different units both organized in Beaufort, South Carolina, and their roles in the closing days of the Civil War.

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.

The Petersburg Regiment in the Civil War: A History of the 12th Virginia Infantry from John Brown’s Hanging to Appomatox, 1859-1865. By John Horn. Savas Beatie, 2019. A unit history following a confederate infantry regiment from before the war to its very end.

Tango 1-1: 9th Infantry Division LRPs in the Vietnam Delta. By Jim Thayer. Casemate Publishers, 2020. A narrative description of the Long Range Patrols of the 9th Division told by one of their own.

Taking Fire! Memoir of an Aerial Scout in Vietnam. By David L. Porter. McFarland, 2020. An aerial scout’s short memoir of his time in Vietnam, accompanied by some black and white pictures.

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.

An American Uprising in Second World War England: Mutiny in the Duchy. By Kate Werran. Pen & Sword History, 2020. The incredible story of racial violence between American soldiers and the strain on the “special relationship” between the US and UK it produced. 

American Datu: John J. Pershing and Counterinsurgency Warfare in the Muslim Philippines, 1899-1913. By Ronald K. Edgerton. The University Press of Kentucky, 2020. This book chronicles the first large foray into counterinsurgency operations for the US Army with a focus on General Pershing’s role.

A Combat Engineer with Patton’s Army: the Fight Across Europe with the 80th “Blue Ridge” Division in World War II. By Lois Lemba & Leon Reed. Savas Beatie, 2020. Written by the subject’s daughter, this is the personal narrative history of a combat engineer who was a part of one of the decisive strategic drives in the Second World War.

Mount Up! One Cavalryman’s World War II Diary: Europe & Beyond. By LTC Jerome F. Gough, USA-Ret. Jerome F. Gough, 2020. A narrative account of one soldier’s journey from his early years in the Great Depression all the way through World War II and its aftermath.

The Freedom Shield: The 191st Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam. By Major John D. Falcon, USA-Ret. Casemate Publishers, 2020. A unit history by one of the members of the 191st and a veteran of Vietnam. 

January Moon: The Northern Cheyenne Breakout from Fort Robinson, 1878-1879. By Jerome A. Greene. University of Oklahoma Press, 2020. An in-depth examination of a devastating event for the North Cheyenne people and one that shapes US and American Indian relationships to this day.

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. 

Watching over Yellowstone: The US Army’s Experience in America’s First National Park, 1886-1918. By Thomas C. Rust. The University of Kansas Press, 2020. A look into the Army’s surprisingly long foray as environmental warden and steward of America’s natural treasure.

In their Letters, In their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home. By Mark Flotow. Southern Illinois University Press, 2019. The lives and experiences of 165 Illinois servicemen during the Civil War as recorded in their personal letters.

Duty beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870–1920. By Le’trice Donaldson. Southern Illinois University Press, 2020.  A look at African-American soldiers as they used their military service to challenge white notions of an African-American second-class citizenry in the struggle for the rights of full citizenship and manhood.

A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution. April 19, 1775. By Phillip Greenwalt. Savas Beatie, 2018.  A play-by-play account of the pivotal day that started the Revolutionary War in earnest.

Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway. By Louis Kraft. University of Oklahoma Press, 2020. Through testimony and deeds as reported by government officials, newspapers, and the military, major and supporting players give a broad and nuanced view of the discovery of gold on Cheyenne and Arapaho land in the 1850s, followed by the land theft condoned by the U.S. government, and the actions leading to the massacre and subsequent investigations.

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.

The 10 Key Campaigns of the American Revolution. Edited by Edward G. Lengel. Regnery History, 2020. A collection of narrative essays examining the most important campaigns of the Revolutionary War. 

John Finerty Reports the Sioux War. Edited by Paul L. Hedren. University of Oklahoma Press, 2020. A collection of letters and telegrams from Chicago Times journalist in the field with George Crook during his 1876 campaign against the Sioux people.

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.  

From Horses to Horsepower: The Mechanization and Demise of the U.S. Cavalry, 1916-1950. By Alexander Bielakowski. Fonthill Media, 2020. An examination of the demise of the horse cavalry in the aftermath of the First World War.

Atomic Salvation: How the A-Bomb Saved the Lives of 32 Million People. by Dr. Tom Lewis. Casemate, 2020. A rebuttal of the idea that the use of the Atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima was not necessary for saving more lives. 

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.