Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War

By Stephen V. Ash

A approximately forgotten Civil battle episode is restored to historical past during this masterful account.

In March 1863, 9 hundred black Union infantrymen, led through white officials, invaded Florida and seized town of Jacksonville. They have been one of the first African American troops within the Northern military, and their day trip into enemy territory was once like no different within the Civil warfare. It was once meant as an attack on slavery through which hundreds of thousands will be freed. on the middle of the tale is famous abolitionist Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led one of many regiments. After waging conflict for 3 weeks, Higginson and his males have been mysteriously ordered to withdraw, their project a seeming failure. but their successes in resisting the Confederates and taking part with white Union forces persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to start full-scale recruitment of black troops, a momentous determination that helped grew to become the tide of the warfare. utilizing long-neglected basic resources, historian Stephen V. Ash’s stirring narrative re-creates this occasion with perception, bright characterizations, and a prepared feel of drama.

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The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero

By James S Robbins

The genuine Custer takes a superb tough examine the existence and storied army occupation of George Armstrong Custer—from slicing his the teeth at Bull Run within the Civil battle, to his recognized and premature dying at Little Bighorn within the Indian Wars.

Author James Robbins demonstrates that Custer, having graduated final in his category at West element, went directly to turn out himself time and again as a really expert cavalry chief. Robbins argues that Custer's undoing used to be his daring and cocky angle, which triggered the Army's bloodiest defeat within the Indian Wars.

Robbins additionally dives into Custer’s own existence, exploring his letters and different own files to bare who he used to be as anyone, beneath the army chief. The actual Custer is a thrilling and important contribution to the legend and historical past of Custer that may pride Custer enthusiasts in addition to readers new to the legend.

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Rebels Resurgent: Fredericksberg to Chancellors

By Time-Life Books

Time-Life Civil struggle sequence thirteen of 27

A gripping, complete account of the Civil battle, together with eyewitness testimony, profiles of key personalities, interval images, illustrations and artifacts, and particular conflict maps. absolutely researched, fantastically written.

The Time Civil conflict sequence is a brilliant accomplished evaluate of the the Civil warfare from the factors up via reconstruction. Rebels Resurgent: Fredericksburg to Chancellorsville is a crucial a part of this sequence as this is often the interval while Lee's military of Northern Virginia used to be at its most sensible, not just defeating the military of the Potomac, yet actually struggling with circles round them regardless of being at an severe numerical drawback.

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Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

By Russell S. Bonds

Selected through Civil battle Interactive as one of many best Civil conflict Books of All Time

"The definitive publication in regards to the nice Locomotive Chase."—Charlotte Observer

"Magnificent and definitive."—Wall road Journal

"The nice Locomotive Chase has been the stuff of legend and the darling of Hollywood. we have a pretty good heritage of the Andrews Raid. Russell S. Bonds' stirring account makes transparent why the raid failed and what occurred to the raiders."—James M. McPherson, writer of conflict Cry of Freedom, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"In this gripping, smooth-running account, Bonds zooms without difficulty from broad-stroke overviews of Civil warfare technique to minute-by-minute scrutiny of unfolding occasions at the flooring. He units up the tale with a fast, punchy define of the 1st 12 months of the struggle. What follows is a fast paced, tremendous well-told story of espionage, trap, trial and escape."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Phenomenally good written, geared up, and presented."—Civil conflict Books and Authors

On April 12, 1862—one yr to the day after accomplice weapons opened on citadel Sumter and commenced the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union undercover agent named James J. Andrews and nineteen infantry volunteers infiltrated north Georgia and stole a steam engine known as the General. Racing northward at speeds drawing close sixty miles an hour, slicing telegraph strains and destroying song alongside the way in which, Andrews deliberate to open East Tennessee to the Union military, removing males and matériel from the accomplice forces in Virginia. in the event that they succeeded, Andrews and his raiders may perhaps switch the process the warfare. however the General's younger conductor, William A. Fuller, chased the stolen educate first taking walks, then by way of handcar, and eventually aboard one other engine, the Texas. He pursued the General till, operating out of wooden and water, Andrews and his males deserted the doomed locomotive, finishing the experience that may quickly be recognized as the good Locomotive Chase. yet the ordeal of the warriors concerned used to be simply starting. within the days that undefined, the "engine thieves" have been hunted down and captured. 8 have been attempted and accomplished as spies, together with Andrews. 8 others made a bold break out to freedom, together with assisted via a community of slaves and Union sympathizers. for his or her activities, ahead of a private viewers with President Abraham Lincoln, six of the raiders grew to become the 1st males in American background to be provided the Medal of Honor—the nation's optimum ornament for gallantry.

Americans north and south, either on the time and ever for the reason that, were astounded and eager about this bold raid. yet earlier, there has now not been a entire background of the full episode and the fates of all these concerned. according to eyewitness debts, in addition to correspondence, diaries, army files, newspaper experiences, deposition testimony and different basic resources, Stealing the final: the nice Locomotive Chase and the 1st Medal of Honor through Russell S. Bonds is a mix of meticulous examine and compelling narrative that's now thought of to be the definitive background of "the boldest event of the war."

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A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

By Amanda Foreman

10 most sensible BOOKS • THE ny instances booklet REVIEW • 2011

NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months BY
The Washington publish • the hot Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • • Library magazine • Publishers Weekly
during this awesome narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the attention-grabbing tale of the yank Civil War—and the key function performed through Britain and its voters in that epic fight. among 1861 and 1865, millions of British voters volunteered for provider on either side of the Civil battle. From the 1st cannon blasts on fortress Sumter to Lee’s give up at Appomattox, they served as officials and soldiers, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. via own letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters either humble and grand, whereas crafting a breathtaking but intimate view of the struggle at the entrance traces, within the legal camps, and within the nice towns of either the Union and the Confederacy. within the drawing rooms of London and the workplaces of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman unearths the choices made, the ideals held and contested, and the non-public triumphs and sacrifices that eventually resulted in the reunification of America.

“Engrossing . . . a sprawling drama.”—The Washington Post

“Eye-opening . . . immensely formidable and immensely accomplished.”—The New Yorker

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American Civil War Armies (1): Confederate Troops (Men-at-Arms, Volume 170)

By Philip Katcher

While the Southern states seceded to shape their very own govt in 1861, one in every of their first strikes was once to organise a military. The South's struggling with males served from the time in their enlistment until eventually the top of the conflict, receiving negative rations, or even worse garments – and this even though one of many first steps taken by means of the hot military was once to layout a uniform and identify criteria for accoutrements and guns. during this first of 5 volumes interpreting American Civil battle armies, Philip Katcher profiles the uniforms issued via the nationwide accomplice govt to its artillery, cavalry and infantry troops.

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Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship

By Russell Freedman

From the writer of Lincoln: A Photobiography, comes a clear-sighted, conscientiously researched account of 2 unusually parallel lives and the way they intersected at a serious second in U.S. historical past. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass have been either self-taught, either nice readers and believers within the value of literacy, either males born bad who by way of their very own efforts reached positions of strength and prominence—Lincoln as president of the USA and Douglass because the most famed and influential African American of his time. although their conferences have been few and short, their alternate of principles helped to finish the Civil conflict, reunite the state, and abolish slavery. contains bibliography, resource notes, and index.

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Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War

By T.J. Stiles

During this really good biography T. J. Stiles deals a brand new knowing of the mythical outlaw Jesse James. even though he has usually been portrayed as a Robin Hood of the outdated west, during this ground-breaking paintings Stiles areas James in the context of the bloody conflicts of the Civil struggle to bare a way more complex and demanding determine.

Raised in a fiercely pro-slavery family in bitterly divided Misssouri, at age 16 James turned a bushwhacker, one of many savage accomplice guerrillas that terrorized the border states. After the top of the struggle, James persevered his crusade of theft and homicide into the brutal period of reconstruction, whilst his reckless bold, his partisan pronouncements, and his alliance with the sympathetic editor John Newman Edwards positioned him squarely on the vanguard of the previous Confederates’ bid to recapture political energy. With meticulous examine and shiny debts of the dramatic adventures of the well-known gunman, T. J. Stiles indicates how he resembles no longer the apolitical hero of legend, yet particularly a determine able to use violence to command awareness for a political cause—in some ways, a forerunner of the fashionable terrorist.

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Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865

By James B. Conroy

[Read by means of Malcolm Hillgartner]

Our One universal Country explores the main serious assembly of the Civil conflict. Given brief shrift or ignored via many historians, the Hampton Roads convention of 1865 was once an important turning aspect within the battle among the States. during this good written and hugely documented booklet, James B. Conroy describes in attention-grabbing element what occurred while leaders from either side got here jointly to attempt to finish the hostilities. The assembly used to be intended to finish the combating on peaceable phrases. It failed, even if, and the warfare dragged on for 2 extra bloody, harmful months.

via meticulous study of either fundamental and secondary resources, Conroy tells the tale of the doomed peace negotiations throughout the characters who lived it. With a clean and quick viewpoint, Our One universal Country bargains an exhilarating and eye-opening investigate the shortcoming of our nation's leaders to discover a relaxed answer. The failure of the Hampton Roads convention formed the process American historical past and the way forward for America's wars to come back.

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The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers

By John C. Waugh

No unmarried workforce of guys at West Point--or potentially any academy--has been so indelibly written into heritage because the category of 1846. The names are mythical: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash sofa, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. the category fought in 3 wars, produced twenty generals, and left the country an enduring legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed.

This attention-grabbing, remarkably intimate chronicle lines the lives of those unforgettable men--their education, their personalities, and the occasions during which they made their names and met their fates. Drawing on letters, diaries, and private debts, John C. Waugh has written a collective biography of masterful proportions, as brilliant and engrossing as fiction in its new edition of those remarkable figures and their pivotal roles in American background.

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