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.
In Fields of Honor, 14 key battles have been recorded and preserved, deftly capturing the heroes, scoundrels, and vivid stories that have made the Civil War America's enduring national epic. By Edwin C. Bearss. Paperback, 448 pages.
William Marvel offers the first history of the Appomattox campaign written primarily from contemporary source material, with a skeptical eye towards memoirs published well after the events they purport to describe. By William Marvel. Paperback, 308 pages.
The race begins when the Union armies of General Ulysses S. Grant finally break through Confederate General Robert E. Lee's lines at Petersburg. The Confederates, hoping for a last chance at survival, are doggedly pursued. Appomattox tells the story of the last days of the American Civil War from the viewpoints of the presidents, generals, soldiers, and civilians who were there. Fighting running battles, as the armies collide, the soldiers of both armies await the end to the long struggle.
In this, the final volume of the Army of the Potomac Trilogy, Bruce Catton, America's foremost Civil War historian, recounts the final year of this heartbreaking, cruel, and bitter conflict. With unmatched brilliance, Catton takes the reader through the battles of the Wilderness, the Bloody Angle, Cold Harbor, the Crater, and on through the horrible months to one moment at Appomattox. Grant, Meade, Sheridan, and Lee vividly come to life in all their failings and triumphs. By Bruce Catton. Paperback, 420 pages.