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 among their first strikes used to be to organise a military. The South's combating males served from the time in their enlistment till the tip of the conflict, receiving bad rations, or even worse garments – and this although one of many first steps taken via the recent military was once to layout a uniform and identify criteria for accoutrements and guns. during this first of 5 volumes reading American Civil conflict armies, Philip Katcher profiles the uniforms issued by means of the nationwide accomplice executive to its artillery, cavalry and infantry troops.

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Hell or Richmond

By Ralph Peters

Winner of the yank Library Association's 2014 Boyd Award for Literary Excellence in army Fiction.
Between may perhaps five and June three, 1864, the Union and accomplice armies suffered 88,000 casualties. Twenty-nine thousand have been killed, wounded or captured within the first days of wrestle. The savagery surprised a tender, divided kingdom.

Against this backdrop of the delivery of recent battle and the painful rebirth of the U.S., New York Times bestselling novelist Ralph Peters has created a panoramic narrative that surpasses the drama and depth of his contemporary severely acclaimed novel, Cain at Gettysburg.

In Hell or Richmond, thirty days of ceaseless carnage are obvious in the course of the eyes of a compelling solid, from the Union's Harvard-valedictorian "boy general," Francis Channing Barlow, to the brawling "dirty boots" insurgent colonel, William C. Oates. From Ulysses S. supply and Robert E. Lee to an easy laborer destined to win the Medal of Honor, Peters brings to lifestyles a captivating array of leaders and straightforward squaddies from either North and South, fleshing out historical past with beautiful, a professional realism.

From the awful collision of armies within the desolate tract, the place neither part desired to struggle, to the surprising slaughter of the grand cost at chilly Harbor, this epic novel gives you a compelling, real, and suspenseful portrait of Civil conflict combat.

Commemorating the upcoming a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of this grim come across among valiant americans, Ralph Peters brings to endure the teachings of his personal army occupation, his lifelong learn of this conflict and the lads who fought it, and his abilities as a bestselling, prize-winning novelist to painting awful battles and stylish heroism as no different writer has done.

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Manet and the American Civil War: The Battle of U.S.S Kearsarge and C.S.S. Alabama

By Juliet Wilson-Bareau

A research of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's acquisition, "The "Kearsarge" at Boulogne", via Edouard Manet (1832-1883). in the course of the American Civil conflict, while Union forces blocked accomplice ports, the Confederacy countered by way of waging guerrilla conflict on Union service provider transport. probably the most expert accomplice raiders used to be the sloop-of-war "Alabama". at the nineteenth June 1864, the USS Kearsarge and the CSS Alabama fought off the coast of Cherbourg, France. The Alabama sank lower than hours after the 1st shot was once fired. The conflict captured the eye of the French humans, and Manet, who as had served within the French army, raced to Boulogne to work out the positive Kearsarge. He painted an outline of the conflict (which he didn't witness), now in Philadelphia, in addition to a portrait of the Kearsarge, now within the selection of The Metropolitan Museum of artwork. This quantity includes essays in regards to the Metropolitan's photo and 5 extra seascapes painted through Manet in Boulogne through the summer time of 1864. comparable works through different artists, images and newspaper articles also are integrated.

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To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign

By Stephen W. Sears

To the Gates of Richmond charts the Peninsula crusade of 1862, normal George McClellan's grand scheme to march up the Virginia Peninsula and take the accomplice capital. for 3 months McClellan battled his means towards Richmond, yet then Robert E. Lee took command of the accomplice forces. In seven days, Lee drove the wary McClellan out, thereby altering the process the struggle. clever and good researched, To the Gates of Richmond vividly recounts one of many bloodiest battles of the Civil battle.

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Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War

By Harry S. Stout

A well timed reconsideration of "just war," this landmark historical past heavily examines the ethical underpinnings of the struggle among the States

whilst the state tore itself aside through the Civil struggle, the North and the South marched below the banner of God. but the real ethical elements of this struggle have bought little observe from historians of the interval. during this gripping quantity, Yale spiritual historian Harry S. Stout demonstrates how either teams’ claims they had God on their part fueled the ferocity of the clash and its enduring legacy this present day.

continuing chronologically from the election of Lincoln to the beginning of Reconstruction, Stout explores how the basic ethical behavior of the conflict shifted from a restricted clash fought over constitutional concerns to a complete battle within which slaughter either off and on the battlefield was once justified because the simply skill to unconditional victory. As North and South alike enshrined their explanations as sacred, a type of nationwide faith emerged according to martyrdom and rebirth via violence.

Drawing on a desirable array of Civil warfare letters, sermons, editorials, diaries, and conflict images, Stout finds how women and men have been ensnared within the time’s patriotic propaganda and ideological grip and the way those wartime regulations proceed to echo within the debates at the present time. certain to galvanize an enormous reevaluation of this bloody and tormented interval and entice readers of James McPherson, Garry Wills, and David Herbert Donald, Upon the Altar of the Nation is a provocative and magnificent exam of rationale and behavior, either off and on the battlefield.

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

By Russell S. Bonds

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

"The definitive booklet concerning 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 now have a high-quality 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 easily from broad-stroke overviews of Civil battle technique to minute-by-minute scrutiny of unfolding occasions at the flooring. He units up the tale with a speedy, punchy define of the 1st yr of the battle. What follows is a fast paced, super well-told story of espionage, trap, trial and escape."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Phenomenally good written, prepared, and presented."—Civil struggle Books and Authors

On April 12, 1862—one yr to the day after accomplice weapons opened on castle 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 forthcoming sixty miles an hour, slicing telegraph traces and destroying tune 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 swap the process the conflict. however the General's younger conductor, William A. Fuller, chased the stolen educate first walking, then via handcar, and at last aboard one other engine, the Texas. He pursued the General till, working out of wooden and water, Andrews and his males deserted the doomed locomotive, finishing the experience that might quickly be well-known as the nice 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 finished as spies, together with Andrews. 8 others made a bold break out to freedom, together with assisted through 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 heritage to be provided the Medal of Honor—the nation's optimum ornament for gallantry.

Americans north and south, either on the time and ever considering that, were astounded and desirous about this bold raid. yet before, there has now not been a whole background of the full episode and the fates of all these concerned. in line with eyewitness money owed, in addition to correspondence, diaries, army files, newspaper studies, deposition testimony and different fundamental resources, Stealing the final: the nice Locomotive Chase and the 1st Medal of Honor by way of Russell S. Bonds is a mix of meticulous learn and compelling narrative that's now thought of to be the definitive background of "the boldest experience of the war."

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Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters

By Elizabeth Brown Pryor

For the two hundredth anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s beginning, a brand new portrait drawing on formerly unpublished correspondence

Robert E. Lee’s battle correspondence is widely known, and right here and there own letters have stumbled on their manner into print, however the nice majority of his so much intimate messages have by no means been made public. those letters demonstrate a much more advanced and contradictory guy than the one that comes so much easily to the mind's eye, for it truly is along with his kinfolk and his acquaintances that Lee is at his such a lot candid, most tasty, and such a lot weak. over the last a number of years historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor has exposed a wealthy trove of unpublished Lee fabrics that have been held in either deepest and public collections.

Her new ebook, a different mix of research, narrative, and historiography, provides dozens of those letters of their entirety, so much through Lee yet a couple of by means of kinfolk. each one letter turns into a departure aspect for an essay that exhibits what the letter uniquely finds approximately Lee’s time or personality. the cloth covers all points of Lee’s life—his early years, West element, his paintings as an engineer, his relationships along with his little ones and his slaves, his determination to hitch the South, his options on army method, and his disappointments after defeat within the Civil warfare. the result's possibly the main intimate photograph up to now of Lee, person who deftly analyzes the that means of his activities in the context of his character, his relationships, and the social tenor of his times.

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