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

R. Evans

Sergeant
Joined
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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Eric Wittenberg

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Jun 2, 2013
Location
Columbus, OH
All of Gordon Rhea's books are very good - I read all 5 one after another. One of the reasons I got 'Carry the Flag'.
Is Gordon Rhea stopping there or is he going to continue with the battles for Petersburg?
No, Gordon's done. He's an old friend, and we've discussed the subject more than once. He says that he's done and ready to move on to other topics.

His most recent manuscript, which I read for him last year, is a biography of a member of the 54th Massachusetts who became the first black man ever commissioned as an officer in the US Army. After the war, he became an attorney and politician. He settled in South Carolina. It's a really interesting study that will be published by the LSU Press.
 

Bruce Vail

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Jul 8, 2015
I've started a serious effort at Extraordinary Circumstances: The Seven Days Battles by Brian K. Burton. I say a "serious effort" because I've skimmed the book in the past, or concentrated on a handful of short passages.

I rec'd a nice copy of my own as a Christmas present from my son, so I intend to read through slowly and methodically, paying attention also to the source notes.

This isn't the first book I've read about the Seven Days Battles, but the consensus around here seems to be that Burton's is the most detailed, and probably the best.
 

DaveBrt

2nd Lieutenant
Joined
Mar 6, 2010
Location
Charlotte, NC
Just finished Kemp P. Battle's Memories of an Old Time Tar Heel. He was president of the Chatham Railroad during the war -- trying to get it built to the North Carolina coal and iron district on Deep River.

After the war he was the driving force in repairing and reopening the University of NC. He taught there about 15 years. He is called the second father of UNC.

The book is not exactly an autobiography, but a collection of events and people. Very enjoyable.
 

mobile_96

First Sergeant
Joined
Feb 20, 2005
Location
Ill.
Started "The Petersburg Regiment in the Civil War, A History of the 12 Virginia Infantry from John Brown's Hanging to Appomattox, 1859 to 1865." by John Horn. Purchased it from him when he spoke at our RT in March. He will be speaking with us again
in either Nov. or Dec. (not sure which at this time),
I also got his "The Siege of Petersburg-The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864"
 

ErnieMac

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May 3, 2013
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Pennsylvania
I am starting 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, the third of a four volume set by Jeffrey Wm Hunt. Hopefully it will be as good as the first two which dealt with the aftermath and Gettysburg and with the Bristoe Station campaign.
 

Jamieva

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Midlothian, VA
Has anyone read A Wilson Greene’s book on Petersburg? the CWT trust has been doing videos at Petersburg and he has been the primary speaker and I have to say he was really good to listen to. highly recommend their videos on YouTube As something to watch
Yes it is excellent. It is volume 1 of a multi volume work he is doing on Petersburg
 

Lincoln56

Private
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Jul 24, 2016
Location
Texas
Has anyone read A Wilson Greene’s book on Petersburg? the CWT trust has been doing videos at Petersburg and he has been the primary speaker and I have to say he was really good to listen to. highly recommend their videos on YouTube As something to watch
I had started reading 'The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion' (2008). Are referencing this or the more recent (2018) 'A Campaign of Giants - The Battle of Petersburg Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater'?

He has another Petersburg themed book as well, 'Civil War Petersburg: Confederate City in the Crucible of War' (2007).

From what I've read, Greene is considered a Subject Matter Expert on Petersburg. He has been a Park Ranger, also director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, all at Petersburg.
 

dlavin

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Location
North Balt Co., MD
I had started reading 'The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion' (2008). Are referencing this or the more recent (2018) 'A Campaign of Giants - The Battle of Petersburg Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater'?

He has another Petersburg themed book as well, 'Civil War Petersburg: Confederate City in the Crucible of War' (2007).

From what I've read, Greene is considered a Subject Matter Expert on Petersburg. He has been a Park Ranger, also director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, all at Petersburg.
I was referencing volume 1 campaign of giants. I’ve watched every ABT video from Petersburg and he was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Figured if his books were half as good then I should give a read
 
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