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Books Currently Available

The Battle of Harlem Heights, 1776. By David Price. Westholme, 2022. A detailed analysis of the Continental Army’s first victory of the American Revolution, including the challenges faced by the fledgling military.

Patton in Mexico, Lieutenant George S. Patton, the Hunt for Pancho Villa and the Making of a General. By Michael Lee Lanning. Stackpole Books, 2022. Utilizing the personal journals of Patton, Michael Lee Lanning aims to reveal the formative experience of Patton’s lesser-known Hunt for Pancho Villa and how it shaped the future General’s tactics and military doctrine.

The Civil Wars of General Joseph E. Johnston, Confederate States Army, Volume 1: Virginia and Mississippi, 1861-1863. By Richard M. McMurry. Savas Beatie, 2023. Tackling what is arguably one of the most controversial Confederate generals in Civil War history, McMurry provides a gripping rebuke of the existing narrative around Joseph E. Johnston and his activities during the war.

Great American Civil War Stories. Edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press, 2023. A collection of writings from the beginning of the Civil War to its conclusion, from Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln, to Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, to name a few. Look into this chaotic conflict with a variety of reflections upon one of our most personal military engagements.

The Tale Untwisted, General George B. McClellan, the Maryland Campaign and the Discovery of Lee’s Lost Orders. By Gene M. Thorp & Alexander B. Rossino. Savas Beatie, 2023. A thorough examination into McClellan’s acquisition of Lee’s Lost Orders, and the actions which the General took as a result of such discovery in an effort to divert from contemporary historical analysis of this important action.

John J. Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, 1917-1919, October 1- December 31, 1917, Vol. 2. Edited by John T. Greenwood. The University Press of Kentucky, 2022. The second volume to a correspondence analyzing the challenges of Pershing’s command of the American Expeditionary Force and in the international pressure placed upon his command by the French and British heads-of-state, the establishment of the Supreme War Council and the House’s American War Mission, the withdrawal of Russia from the war and Italy’s defeat at Caporetto. 

Small but Important Riots, The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville. Potomac Books, 2023. A thorough examination of cavalry engagements throughout the Civil War.

Black Hearts and Painted Guns, A battalion’s journey into Iraq’s Triangle of Death. By Kelly Eads and Daniel S. Morgan. Casemate, 2023. A gripping combat memoir of a soldier twice deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, offering a first hand account of the soldiers of “Strike Force.”

Brothers in Liberty, The Forgotten Story of the Free Black Haitians Who Fought for American Independence. By Phillip Thomas Tucker. Stackpole Books, 2023. This text follows the incredible contributions of The Chasseurs who gave their lives to fight against the British forces at Savannah in 1779. These experiences in warfare helped shape the move for the Haitian Revolution little more than a decade later.

Vietnam Combat, Firefights and Writing History. By Robin Bartlett. Casemate, 2023. The story of a 22 year old First Lieutenant of the famed 1st Cavalry Division. Over a period of seven months, Bartlett details a first-person narrative of the challenges the highly mobile helicopter assaults of the 1st Cavalry Division faced in that climactic war.

SOG Kontum, Top Secret Missions in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, 1968-1969. By Joe Parnar and Robert Dumont. Casemate, 2022. A story of the teams operating out of FOB-2 Kontum spanning a year, highlighting the highly classified missions undertaken by these soldiers.

The Battle of Musgrove’s Mill, 1780. By John Buchanan. Westholme, 2022. An examination of the critical rebel victory over loyalist forces in the South Carolina backcountry as part of the Southern Theatre of the Revolutionary War.

Senseless Secrets, The Failures of U.S. Military Intelligence from the Revolution to Afghanistan. By Lt. Col (Ret.) Michael Lee Lanning. Stackpole Books, 2022. A military history of intelligence operations, highlighting the chaos, controversy and challenges intelligence faced over its lengthy importance in military matters.

The Greatest Military Mission Stories Ever Told. Edited by Tom McCarthy. Lyons Press, 2023. A collection of stories that capture the essence of military bravery, courage and discipline in the face of overwhelming danger.

Mother of the Company, Sgt. Percy M. Smith’s World War II Reflections. Edited by Philip M. Smith. Texas A&M University Press, 2022. The letters of Sgt. Percy Smith, a World War II soldier, capturing the soldier’s experience in both warfare and personal life.

The Confederate Military Forces, In the Trans-Mississippi West, 1861-1865: A Study in Command. By William Royston Geise and edited by Michael J. Forsyth. Savas Beatie, 2022. Studying this remote department and analyzing the failure to function efficiently, this text attempts to explain why the war unfolded the way it did in this region.

“If We Are Striking For Pennsylvania”, The Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac March to Gettysburg, Volume 1: June 3-21, 1863. By Scott L. Mingus Sr and Eric J. Wittenberg. Savas Beatie, 2022. Hundreds of primary accounts, newspaper and other sources provide a powerful campaign study of these two armies.

Six Miles from Charleston, Five Minutes to Hell: The Battle of Secessionville, June 16, 1862. By James A. Morgan. Savas Beatie, 2022. An examination of the James Island Campaign and its aftermath. 

The Secret POW Diary of Walter J. Hinkle: Life in Japanese Captivity during World War II. By J. Forrest Pollard. Schiffer Military, 2022. The personal diary of Lieutenant Walter J. Hinkle, a soldier who was wounded and taken to a hospital in the Philippines in early December 1941. This 136,000 word diary offers a horrifying experience of a POW during that cataclysmic war.

Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence in Germany, 1944-1949. By Thomas Boghardt. U.S. Army Center of Military History, 2022. This book explores the method Army Intelligence pursued Nazi war criminals, recruited scientific minds of Germany’s top military programs and shaped American perceptions of Soviet policy during the start of the Cold War. 

Thirteen Months in Dixie, or, the Adventures of a Federal Prisoner in Texas. By W.F. Oscar Federhen. Savas Beatie, 2022. Oscar Federhen’s tale of bravery, heroism, captivity and hardship while serving in the 13th Independent Battery of the Massachusetts Light Artillery during the Civil War. His experience in the largest POW camp west of the Mississippi River is a must read.

Victory Through Influence: Origins of Psychological Operations in the U.S. Army. By Jared M. Tracy. Texas A&M University Press, 2022. Examining the development of psychological operations from World War I through the Korean War. This text argues that psychological operations occurred throughout those wars despite opposition.

The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi, May 14, 1863. By Chris Mackowski. Savas Beatie, 2022. A rich accounting of campaign literature and the second book in the Battles and Leaders Series, this text examines the important battle of Jackson, Mississippi.

Forging the Anglo-American Alliance, The British and American Armies, 1917-1941. By Tyler R. Bamford. University Press of Kansas, 2022. This narrative seeks to answer a variety of questions regarding the internal workings of an alliance wrought by conflict and setbacks, yet attained victory all the same.

The Battle of Gloucester, 1777. By Garry Wheeler Stone and Paul W. Schopp. Westholme, 2022. This narrative tells the story of the skirmish that promoted Marquis de Lafayette to a senior commander of George Washington’s Continental Army.

Yours Affectionately, Osgood: Colonel Osgood Vose Tracy’s Letters Home from the Civil War, 1862-1865. Edited by Sarah Tracy Burrows and Ryan W. Keating. Kent State University Press, 2022. Utilizing a collection of letters from Osgood Vose Tracy of the 122nd New York Infantry, this narrative follows the historical context of this soldier amidst the Civil War.

Lost Causes: Confederate Demobilization and The Making of Veteran Identity. By Bradley R. Clampitt. Louisiana State University Press, 2022. Clampitt’s analysis highlights the Confederate demobilization and reinforcement of Confederate identity after the Civil War, including the resistance to African American civil rights.

North Carolina: A Military History. By John R. Maass and Mark L. Bradley. Westholme, 2021. This narrative provides readers with a comprehensive overview of North Carolina’s long and storied martial past. 

Unceasing Fury, Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863. By Scott L. Mingus Sr. and Joseph L. Owen. Savas Beatie, 2022. This narrative includes hundreds of primary sources and seeks to highlight the experiences of specific brigades, regiments and state-affiliated troops during that climactic battle at Chickamauga.

At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery and an Amazing Horse. By Walt Larimore and Mike Yorkey. Knox Press, 2022. An emotional tale of a soldier in charge of an Ammunition Pioneer Platoon in the 3rd Infantry Division. 

Dreams of Victory: General P.G.T. Beauregard in the Civil War. By Sean Michael Chick. Savas Beatie, 2022. This text explores the life of P.G.T. Beauregard and the interpersonal conflict he often faced throughout his life.

Drawn Swords in a Distant Land: South Vietnam’s Shattered Dreams. By George J. Veith. Enounter Books, 2021. A thorough in-depth review of the South Vietnamese successes and failures in building and defending their state during the Vietnam War.

War in the Far East: Asian Armageddon, 1944-1945. By Peter Harmsen. Casemate, 2021. Focusing upon the last year of the war against Japan, Harmsen comprises a general history of that cataclysmic final year.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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

 

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