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

Union_Buff

Major
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I have currently been browsing online and my current must-read list is as follows:

  • Rebel Private, Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate soldier by W.A. Fletcher
  • Military Memoirs Of A Confederate: A Critical Narrative by E.P. Alexander
  • Lady Rebel: The Story of Private Jane Perkins C.S.A. by Patty Bell
  • Detailed Minutiate of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 by Carlton McCarthy
 

Virginia Dave

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Waynesboro, Virginia
Working on this one now.

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Bruce Vail

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I have currently been browsing online and my current must-read list is as follows:

  • Rebel Private, Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate soldier by W.A. Fletcher
  • Military Memoirs Of A Confederate: A Critical Narrative by E.P. Alexander
  • Lady Rebel: The Story of Private Jane Perkins C.S.A. by Patty Bell
  • Detailed Minutiate of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 by Carlton McCarthy

These titles are all free on-line?
 

Hannover

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I would like to recommend 'The Bristoe Campaign' by Adrian Tighe.

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Firstly because this book is an exhaustive lovingly researched work on the little-covered autumn 1863 campaign in the East that has generally been ignored. You could argue that Tighe was so involved with researching this period he perhaps overstates its relative importance although he does a good job of describing the details of corps, divisional, and regimental activity and the interactions between the commanders involved. There are many maps with generally good detail. I noticed that reviews of the book state that it could have been slightly better edited, largely a result of missing commas, misuse of semi-colons but this is easy to ignore once you become involved. This is a book from an ACW enthusiast covering what has been an almost unknown part of the civil war.
 

Fairfield

First Sergeant
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Dec 5, 2019
Expecting Yankee Correspondence by Drs. Silber and Sievens (should arrive in February). Nina Silber is Chair of the Dept. of History at Boston University, past president of the Society of Civil War Historians and a member of the Southern Historical Assn. Mary Beth Sievens is a historian (Revolution to ACW) and researcher; she teaches at the State University of New York (Fredonia). I've read a good many letters written by Maine soldiers but this book expands the field to New England soldiers.
 

Katy

Cadet
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Sep 29, 2020
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.
Can't do better than Douglas Southall Freeman's four volumes! It did take me several years to finish them, but he writes beautifully and is not worshipful as some have said.
 

Jamieva

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I would like to recommend 'The Bristoe Campaign' by Adrian Tighe.

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Firstly because this book is an exhaustive lovingly researched work on the little-covered autumn 1863 campaign in the East that has generally been ignored. You could argue that Tighe was so involved with researching this period he perhaps overstates its relative importance although he does a good job of describing the details of corps, divisional, and regimental activity and the interactions between the commanders involved. There are many maps with generally good detail. I noticed that reviews of the book state that it could have been slightly better edited, largely a result of missing commas, misuse of semi-colons but this is easy to ignore once you become involved. This is a book from an ACW enthusiast covering what has been an almost unknown part of the civil war.

I would highly recommend Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station by Jeffrey Hunt about that same time period. Came out a year or 2 ago
 

Andersonh1

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Not quite ACW, but I've been looking for a good biography of John C. Calhoun. I read one Calhoun biography several years ago, but it's always good to get different perspectives on the same historical figure. I bought a copy of "John C. Calhoun: American Portrait" by Margaret L. Coit, which won a Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1951, so hopefully it's a good one. Clyde Wilson lists it as a recommended biography for Calhoun, and if anyone's an expert on Calhoun, it's the guy who organized and edited his papers for years.
 

mobile_96

First Sergeant
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Feb 20, 2005
Location
Ill.
Just finished "Heroines of Mercy Street-the real Nurses of the Civil War" by Pamela D. Toler,
and started "Lincoln's Melancholy-How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
by Joshua Shenk.
 

Pete Longstreet

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Hartford, CT
I have currently been browsing online and my current must-read list is as follows:

  • Rebel Private, Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate soldier by W.A. Fletcher
  • Military Memoirs Of A Confederate: A Critical Narrative by E.P. Alexander
  • Lady Rebel: The Story of Private Jane Perkins C.S.A. by Patty Bell
  • Detailed Minutiate of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 by Carlton McCarthy
I just bought the E.P. Alexander book and hopefully will be reading it soon..
 

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