A collection of memorials, biographical sketches, articles, personal letters, photographs and wartime reminiscences by and about those brave young men who both matriculated at VMI and rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry - Mosby's Rangers. 9 x 11 Hardback,
Making Do: Substitutions of Scarce Items During the Civil War, by Virginia Mescher. As the war progressed, the Union blockade of Southern ports became tighter, and more and more everyday items became unavailable. This booklet contains a sample of some of the ways the people of the South coped with shortages. It includes ways to produce clothing items, food makeshifts (including some of the exotic meats), replacements for household supplies, and miscellaneous ways to replace ordinarily common items, e.g., glue, or stretch the available supply of scarce items like paper.
The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy, by Bell Irvin Wiley. Still regarded as one of the best available accounts of the ordinary citizens who made up the Confederate army. It is not about the battles and skirmishes fought by the Confederate foot soldier. Rather, it is an intimate history of the soldier's daily lifethe songs he sang, the foods he ate, the hopes and fears he experienced, the reasons he fought. (444 pages, 9 x 6, Paperback)
Letters Home: A Collection of Original Civil War Soldiers' Letters. There were no telephones, no radios, no television in the 1860's, so the only record we have of the conflict and the day-to-day life of the soldiers is from newspapers and books of the time and from surviving original letters from the soldiers themselves. This booklet is designed to provide a brief insight of some of the major battles from the soldiers' point of view. (27 pages, 8.5 x 5.5, Paperback)
The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union, by Bell Irvin Wiley. Draws upon the letters and diaries of innumerable Union soldiers and on other first-hand accounts. Describes well the rigors of training and camp life, the diseases and unhealthy living conditions which plagued the Union army, the boredom and enforced routines, the bad food, temptations to vice, and experience of combat. (454 pages, 9 x 6, Paperback)
Filled with numerous period images, this booklet traces the movements of John Wilkes Booth from his assassination of Abraham Lincoln right up to his capture and death twelve days later. The fate of his fellow conspirators is also included. By Edward Steers, Jr. Paperback, 72 pages.
The Jewish Confederates, by Robert Rosen. Rosen introduces readers to the community of Southern Jews of the 1860's, heretofore lost to historians and the general public. He reveals the remarkable breadth of Southern Jewry's commitment to the Confederate Cause.(374 pages, 7.5 x 10, Hardcover)
Lee's quiet demeanor and military persona often obscured his lighter side, and many Civil War buffs are unaware of the diverse range of his humorous observations and antics. He joked about himself, academia, military food, spiritualism, courtship and marriage, artists, newspaper editors, fashion, and more. By Thomas Forehand, Jr. Paperback, 112 pages.
An essential to-do list for the Civil War. Inside this book, pictures, places, objects, and stories of the Civil War weave a hard-won lesson of loss and triumph on a continental scale. Ranging across nearly two dozen states, former territories, and the District of Columbia, this simple-to-use guidebook gives concise descriptions and key images for each entry plus clear directions on where to look or how to get there. Paperback, 261 pages.