What ACW Books Are You Planning On Buying/Reading Next?


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When finished with One Continuous Fight, recommend Retreat From Gettysburg, by Kent Masterson Brown. The 2 books compliment each other in that they cover the retreat differently. Brown goes with a logistical view, while Wittenberg covers the fighting during the retreat.
Will start Cozzen's "This Terrible Sound" with the Sunday night discussion group on Feb 10. At least the group will start it, I will join in, unless I have the same issues with the right eye as I did with the left eye, after Cataract surgery on the 24th.
Sunday should find me starting Point Lookout Prison Camp for Confederates, after I finish The Liberators, by Hirsh.
With the tues book group, finding Lance Herdegen's comments with our discussion of "The Iron Brigade in Civil War and Memory" interesting and helpful in the reading of his book.
 
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You got a double post there, Mobile. That's okay though, it was a good one. Hopefully your eye surgery goes well.

I just finished Cozzens' The Shipwreck Of Their Hopes. It was a little slow going at first but then I got used to his writing style and the amount of information he puts in there. I feel as if I know where every regiment was at any given time during the various battles.:D But he really hit his stride when he got to the charge to the rifle pits at the base of Missionary Ridge and the subsequent charge up to the top. Really got a good picture of it in my mind.

Please let me know what you think of This Terrible Sound. I plan on getting that soon and completing his trilogy on The Army Of The Cumberland.
 

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Doubles do happen. When I hit post reply, there was a pause, then laketakers post appeared. Hit mine again, and got message had to wait 17 secs; waited, then hit post, only 1 post appeared at this time, so left the page. Coming back, find it there twice. Think it happens more with dialup than highspeed.
Anyway, Read This Terrible Sound some years ago, thought reading again, and this time with a group, would both refresh my 'mind' and be interesting also. Just too bad we can't have Cozzens join in with us. as Lance is doing with his book.
Same group is planning a Chick/Chatt muster in June, but thinking I'm off to Shiloh/Brice's Crossroads instead. Maybe even get in Parkers Crossroads this time.
 
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I'm continuing my personal 150th commemoration by reading about the battles/campaigns in historical order on or about their anniversary. I have 1863 covered, perhaps to overkill. I'm lining up for 1864 with the Atlanta campaign and am considering Castle and McMurry. I have the Overland Campaign covered with Rhea. I also want a general history of the naval war and perhaps "Bleeding Blue and Greg" about CW medicine. I think Corinth 1862 by T. Smith is a must in the near future.
 

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Looking for the best, definitive book on R.E. Lee. Have read a couple, but always felt there was more to know about this man.
Just recently finished Personal reminiscences of General Robert E. Lee while not comprehensive when added with other books on him Freeman's book Lee for example, it does help to paint a pretty darned good picture of the man...the more I read of him, the more impressed I am by him and his character.
 
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Have already read most of the books mentioned but will comment

looking to get ed bearrs 3 volume set on Vicksburg

Just finished Volume 1 you will not be disappointed.


1864 with the Atlanta campaign
Still looking for recommendations on the best sources here.
 

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I"m reading The Civil War and American Illiad presently (it was a gift), I'm really hoping to start Battles and Leaders of The Civil War (another very anticipated gift)...it's amazing how many books on the ACW you get when people realize you are an aficionado.
 
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Have already read most of the books mentioned but will comment

looking to get ed bearrs 3 volume set on Vicksburg

Just finished Volume 1 you will not be disappointed.


1864 with the Atlanta campaign
Still looking for recommendations on the best sources here.
Decision in the West by Albert Castel is the best that I've seen on the Atlanta Campaign.

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I just started reading Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, by James Oakes. The book's thesis is that, rather than destroying slavery as a wartime necessity, the Republican Party (including President Lincoln) destroyed the institution in line with its antislavery/free labor society beliefs.

I am also reading Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Representative Identity by Robert Levine. Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass were prominent black abolitionists, and also recruiters for the Union army. Delaney was one of the highest ranking black men in the Union army. The book looks at their conflicts in their roles as leaders of the African descent community before, during, and after the Civil War.

- Alan
 

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Iam planning on getting a few more of the TimeLife Voices of the Civil War series. They focus on certain battles or campaigns and are filled with soldier's, general's, and civilian's accounts of the battle in order from start to finish. The accounts fallow the timeline of the battle and are organized by certain events, regiments, or brigades. I currently have Gettysburg, 2nd Manassas, Antietam, Chickamauga, The Wilderness Campaign, and the Atlanta Campaign. I was thinking of getting either the Seven Days or 1st Manassas next. http://www.amazon.com/Voices-Civil-War-Time-Life/lm/R3P7O4MX6ZNC6S
 

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