The American Civil War

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The single most important volume for anyone interested in the Civil War to own and consult. (From the foreword by James M. McPherson) The first guide to Civil War literature to appear in nearly 30 years, this book provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and informative survey and analysis of the vast body of Civil War literature. More than 40 essays, each by a specialist in a particular subfield of Civil War history, offer unmatched thoroughness and discerning assessments of each work's value. The essays ...

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Overview

The single most important volume for anyone interested in the Civil War to own and consult. (From the foreword by James M. McPherson) The first guide to Civil War literature to appear in nearly 30 years, this book provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and informative survey and analysis of the vast body of Civil War literature. More than 40 essays, each by a specialist in a particular subfield of Civil War history, offer unmatched thoroughness and discerning assessments of each work's value. The essays cover every aspect of the war from strategy, tactics, and battles to logistics, intelligence, supply, and prisoner-of-war camps, from generals and admirals to the men in the ranks, from the Atlantic to the Far West, from fighting fronts to the home front. Some sections cover civilian leaders, the economy, and foreign policy, while others deal with the causes of war and aspects of Reconstruction, including the African-American experience during and after the war.

Breadth of topics is matched by breadth of genres covered. Essays discuss surveys of the war, general reference works, published and unpublished papers, diaries and letters, as well as the vast body of monographic literature, including books, dissertations, and articles. Genealogical sources, historical fiction, and video and audio recordings also receive attention. Students of the American Civil War will find this work an indispensable gateway and guide to the enormous body of information on America's pivotal experience.

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Forty-seven essays, each by a specialist in a particular subfield of Civil War history, cover every aspect of the war from strategy, tactics, and battles to logistics, intelligence, supply, and prisoner- of-war-camps, from generals and admirals to the men in the ranks, from the Atlantic to the Far West, from fighting fronts to the home front. Some sections cover civilian leaders, the economy, and foreign policy, while others deal with the causes of war and aspects of Reconstruction, including the African-American experience during and after the war. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313290190
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/1996
  • Pages: 770
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN E. WOODWORTH is Associate Professor of History at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by James M. McPherson

Preface

Introduction

General Secondary Sources

Surveys and Textbooks by Steven E. Woodworth

General Reference Works by Daniel E. Sutherland

Bibliographies By T. Michael Parrish

Periodical Indexes by Alan C. Aimone

Genealogical Sources by Alan C. Aimone

General Primary Sources

Memoirs, Diaries, and Letters by Judith Lee Hallock

Published Papers by Michael L. Renshawe

Unpublished Manuscript Collections by Steven Fisher

Illustrative Materials

Maps, Charts, and Atlases by David Bosse

Photographs and Drawings by Charles Edmund Vetter and Gary Dillard Joiner

Causation--Events Leading to the War

Slavery, Race, and Culture by Eric H. Walther

Constitutional and Political Factors by Frederick J. Blue

Economic Factors by James M. Russell

International Relations

Union International Relations by Daniel K. Blewett

Confederate International Relations by Warren F. Spencer

Leaders

Abraham Lincoln by Mark Neely

Jefferson Davis by Michael Ballard

Union Civilian Leaders by Alan C. Guelzo

Confederate Civilian Leaders by Robert England

Strategy and Tactics: Operations, Campaigns, and Battles

Eastern Theater by Stephen Davis

Western Theater by Mark Grimsley

Trans-Mississippi Theater by Anne J. Bailey

War On Inland Waters by B. Franklin Cooling

War at Sea by Stephen R. Wise, Robert Holcombe, Jr., and Kevin Foster

Conduct of the War

Leadership--Union Army Officers by John Marszalek

Leadership--Confederate Army Officers by Grady McWhiney

Leadership--Union Naval Officers by Thomas V. Legg

Leadership--Confederate Naval Officers by Theodore P. Savas

Modern War/Total War by Mark Grimsley

Ordnance byAlan Downs

Supplies by Edward Carr Franks

Intelligence Activities by William Feis

Medical Activities by J. Harris Riley

Enlisted Soldiers by William Garrett Piston

Prison Camps and Prisoners of War by Michael B. Chesson

The Homefront

Northern States and Local Politics by Kyle S. Sinisi

Southern States and Local Politics by Bradley Bond

Industry, Agriculture, and the Economy by Lee A. Craig

Northern Social Conditions by J. Matthew Gallman

Southern Social Conditions by Bill Cecil-Fronsman

Reconstruction and Beyond

Southern Occupation by Richard Zuczek

Economics by Howard Bodenhorn

Emancipation, Freedom, and the Freedman's Bureau by James Alex Bagget

Veterans' Organizations and Memories of the War by Gaines M. Foster

Popular Media

Novels and Other Fictional Accounts by Sharon Gravett

Films and Television by Brian Steel Wills

Narrative and Musical Recordings by Susan Hamburger

Appendix: Publishers and Dealers of Civil War Literature by T. Michael Parrish

Author Index

Title Index

Subject Index

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