Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide

Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide

by James I. Robertson Jr., Brian Steel Wills
     
 

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Since 1982, the renowned Civil War historian James I. "Bud" Robertson’s Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide has enlightened and informed Civil War enthusiasts and scholars alike. The book expertly explores the commonwealth’s Civil War sites for those hoping to gain greater insight and understanding of the conflict. But in the years

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Since 1982, the renowned Civil War historian James I. "Bud" Robertson’s Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide has enlightened and informed Civil War enthusiasts and scholars alike. The book expertly explores the commonwealth’s Civil War sites for those hoping to gain greater insight and understanding of the conflict. But in the years since the book’s original publication, accessibility to many sites and the interpretive material available have improved dramatically. In addition, new historical markers have been erected, and new historically significant sites have been developed, while other sites have been lost to modern development or other encroachments. The historian Brian Steel Wills offers here a revised and updated edition that retains the core of the original guide, with its rich and insightful prose, but that takes these major changes into account, introducing especially the benefits of expanded interpretation and of improved accessibility. The guide incorporates new information on the lives of a broad spectrum of soldiers and citizens while revisiting scenes associated with the era’s most famous personalities. New maps and a list of specialized tour suggestions assist in planning visits to sites, while three dozen illustrations, from nineteenth-century drawings to modern photographs, bring the war and its impact on the Old Dominion vividly to life. With the sesquicentennial remembrances of the American Civil War heightening interest and spurring improvements, there may be no better time to learn about and visit these important and moving sites than now.

Editorial Reviews

John Selby

This revised edition of Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide by James I. Robertson, Jr., updated with new art and a reader-friendly page design, is timed to coincide with the sesquicentennial. Sites and directions have been updated including walking tours

Civil War Times Illustrated
Anyone contemplating a tour of the many Civil War sites in the Commonwealth will find Civil War Sites in Virginia enormously helpful both as an advance planning aid and a guide during the tour. Users will find many occasions to be grateful for such an excellent work.

Richmond News Leader
Dr. Robertson has furnished many a frustrated tourist a splendid source book.

From the Publisher
"A badly needed guide to all the major Civil War sites in Virginia, compiled and written by the greatest living authority on the conflict of 1861-65. James I. Robertson Jr., has put together a handy and scholarly volume, filled with fascinating and little-known facts, that will cause all Civil War buffs to rejoice.

University of Virginia Press

Newport News Daily Press
This is the only comprehensive guide to Civil War sites in Virginia where 26 major battles and more than 400 smaller engagements took place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813931111
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
03/09/2011
Edition description:
revised edition
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
506,681
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"A badly needed guide to all the major Civil War sites in Virginia, compiled and written by the greatest living authority on the conflict of 1861-65. James I. Robertson Jr., has put together a handy and scholarly volume, filled with fascinating and little-known facts, that will cause all Civil War buffs to rejoice.

University of Virginia Press

Meet the Author

James I. Robertson Jr. is Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including such award-winning studies as Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. Brian Steel Wills is Director and Professor of History at the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema and The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia (Virginia).

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