What American Civil War Books Are You Planning On Buying/Reading Next?

R. Evans

Sergeant
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Jan 19, 2013
Location
Salem, Ohio
Forgive me if there is a thread like this around. I did a search and couldn't find anything.:smile:

So here goes. These 3 should be here tomorrow or Saturday. Can't wait to dive in.​
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Union_Buff

Major
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Oct 14, 2009
Location
New Zealand
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
 

Harman Farm

Private
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Jan 3, 2021
Location
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
A buddy of mine from the Marine Corps was getting rid of some things and asked if I’d like these for my bookshelf. At over 600 pages for each of Freeman’s volumes, it looks like I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me!

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Good score!! I had "A Civil War Treasury" when I was a kid. It is a pretty good book if I remember correctly.
 

Bruce Vail

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Joined
Jul 8, 2015
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

Private
Joined
Jan 30, 2020
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

Sergeant Major
Joined
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.
 

Jamieva

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Feb 7, 2006
Location
Midlothian, VA
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

Brigadier General
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Jan 12, 2016
Location
South Carolina
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.
 

Pete Longstreet

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Mar 3, 2020
Location
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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