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Books Currently Available

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. 

Early Struggles for Vicksburg: The Mississippi Central Campaign and Chickasaw Bayou, October 25-December 31, 1862. By Timothy B. Smith. University of Kansas Press, 2022. Timothy Smith covers the first phase of the Vicksburg campaign and provides a thorough study of that vital and wide-ranging campaign.

When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and Its Impact on the Civilians Who Called It Home. By Steven Cowie. Savas Beatie, 2022. An investigative narrative about the emotional, physical and financial havoc thrust upon the civilians of Sharpsburg in the brutal battle of Antietam.

James Longstreet and the American Civil War: The Confederate General Who Fought the Next War. By Harold M. Knudsen. Savas Beatie, 2022. This narrative examines the tactical mind of Longstreet, demonstrating a modern thinker within the Confederate Army who directed his tactics away from the Napoleonic method, and the resulting bitter postwar skewing of his legacy.

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.

Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Innovative Military Strategist. By F. Gregory Toretta. Casemate Publishers, 2022. Utilizing Longstreet’s own writings and other contemporary works, this narrative attempts to expose the suggestions of a pragmatic general who could have generated a better outcome for the South.

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.

On the Plains in ’65, The 6th West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry in the West. By George H. Holliday. Ohio University Press, 2021. An examination of the twelve months of Volunteer Cavalry Service in the American West of George H. Holliday in the 6th West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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