ACWGC
* ACWGC     * Dpt. of Records       * CSA HQ    * VMI    * Join CSA    
   * Union HQ    * UMA    * Join Union     ACWGC Memorial
CSA Armies:    ANV    AotW
Union Armies:    AotT     AotC      AotP      AotS     Union Army Forums
     Link Express
American Civil War Books, Magazines and Games for sale (See other items)
Club Forums:     NWC    CCC     Home Pages:     NWC    CCC    ACWGC
It is currently Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:33 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Civil War books
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:03 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:52 am
Posts: 951
Location:
I have been very impressed with the books I have been reading about Civil War battle and campaigns lately. Each of the following four books has been instrumental in helping me understand why things happened the way they did.

No Quarter-Richard Slotkin-The Crater

Champion's Hill: Decisive Battle of the Vicksburg Campaign-Timothy Smith

Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign- William Shea

Mountains Touched with Fire-Wiley Sword-the Chattanooga Campaign

I have found each of these books fascinating, and I am sure there are many more just a good. Used to be Brette Schulte would give in-depth book reviews in this forum. That was why I got the Champion's Hill book by Smith. Hope one day he will resume.

_________________
MG Mike Mihalik
Forrest's Cavalry Corps
AoWest/CSA


Top
 Profile Send private message E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Civil War books
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:15 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:53 am
Posts: 59
Location: USA
I have also read many, many good books on the ACW, but wanted to point out 3 that really stand out in my mind.
The Peter Cozzens Tennessee campaign trilogy.
No Better Place to Die - The Battle of Stones River
This Terrible Sound - The Battle of Chickamauga
The Shipwreck of Their Hopes - The Battles for Chattanooga

You will come away from these books with a good understanding of the battles. Cozzens chronicles in detail the campaign from the view at the top of command level, drilling all the way down to the experience of the private soldier. I also enjoy his exploration of command personalities and how that affects events.

_________________
Lt. Mark Davis
Army of the Potomac

ImageImage


Top
 Profile Send private message E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Civil War books
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:58 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Dec 17, 2001 6:59 am
Posts: 266
Location: USA
Finished This Terrible Sounds back in January and I have to agree that it is one of the best Civil War books I have read. The level of detail in unsurpassed. I have never read anything like it. It is an account of the huge battle of Chickamagua down to the regiment level. Because the battle was fought largely as actions by individual brigades, with some level of division level coordination, this level of detail makes sense.


Top
 Profile Send private message E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Civil War books
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:05 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:30 pm
Posts: 22
Location: Poland
Jim Pfleck wrote:
Finished This Terrible Sounds back in January and I have to agree that it is one of the best Civil War books I have read. The level of detail in unsurpassed. I have never read anything like it. It is an account of the huge battle of Chickamagua down to the regiment level. Because the battle was fought largely as actions by individual brigades, with some level of division level coordination, this level of detail makes sense.

Cozzens book on Chickamauga is good but for even more level of detail see recently published "THE MAPS OF CHICKAMAUGA: An Atlas of the Chickamauga Campaign, Including the Tullahoma Operations, June 22 - September 23, 1863" by David Powell which is simply amazing:

http://www.amazon.com/MAPS-CHICKAMAUGA- ... -1-catcorr

_________________
Major General Aleksander Krolikowski
Commander 2nd Infantry Division,
XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee


Top
 Profile Send private message E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Civil War books
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:11 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2001 10:43 am
Posts: 159
Location: USA
I started back in the '50s with the Bruce Catton books. They are still great reads and good history. I reread them every so often. It is always fun to get together with old friends. :D
Jim Gleason LG 3-3-I AoP


Top
 Profile Send private message E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Civil War books
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:00 am 
Gentlemen,
My first book experiences with the Civil War were the Bruce Catton series and a Matthew Brady paperback
of photographs when I was a pre-teen.
Since I have enjoyed and own Shelby Footes 3 Vol narrative, several of Stephen W Sears books, McPhereson's
Battle Cry of Freedom, the accompanying book to Ken Burns Civil War, Lee's Lieutenants, the West Point Atlas
to the Civil War, Trudeau's Gettysburg, Mark Adkin's Gettysburg Companion (along with his Waterloo Companion),
Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs, National Geographics Eyewitness to the Civil War, and NG's Atlas of the Civil War.
I recently purchased and was overwhelmed by the quality of the Echoes of Glory series by the Editors of Time Life Books, Arms and Equipment of the Union, Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy and Civil War Battle Atlas.
The actual photographs of uniforms, weapons, flags, accoutrements of daily life of actual soldiers many times accompanied by their photographs, not merely illustrations, many well known officers along with rank and file
were amazing and don't know how I missed these gems. This has led me to order the 28 volume Time Life Civil War series, published in the '80's. I have also reordered Don Troiani's Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War Don Troiani's Civil War (paintings of battles and my favorite Civil War artist) I had a new puppy and left these volumes
on the floor one night and they were shredded the next morning. My fault and certainly worth replacing, they are a must have for any Civil War library.


Top
  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 16 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: