Not War But Murder: Cold Harbor 1864, by Ernest B. Furgurson. Examines the Union attack on the Confederate entrenchments at Cold Harbor, Virginia on June 3, 1864. Instead of breaking through to Richmond, the reinforced Army of the Potomac lost over 10,000 men, most of them in a single morning. Confederates called it the easiest victory of the war. In the North, it confirmed Grant's reputation as a butcher, heedless of casualties. (328 pages, 8 x 5.25, Paperback)
Retreat from Gettysburg in July 1863, Brown draws on previously unknown materials to chronicle the massive effort of General Robert E. Lee and his army as they sought to move fifty-seven miles of quartermaster, subsistence, ordnance and ambulance trains and tens of thousands of seized horses, mules, cattle, sheep and other livestock across the South Mountain Range to and across the Potomac River while no less than three Union armies were closing in.
Mosby's Rangers, by Jeffry D. Wert. In 1863, John Singleton Mosby and his band of irregulars, recruited in Union-occupied northern Virginia, began raiding Yankee outposts, wagon trains, troop detachments, headquarters and railroad lines. This first comprehensive study of Mosby's Rangers offers new material about its organization, membership and tactics, plus biographical information about Mosby himself. (384 pages, 8.5 x 5.5, Paperback)
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)