Civil War Treasury: Being a Miscellany of Arms and Artillery, Facts and Figures, Legends and Lore, Muses and Minstrels, Personalities and People

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A Civil War Treasury does not pretend to be a sweeping historical account of the conflict. Instead, it presents anecdotes of army life and encampments, explanations of logistics and tactics, descriptions of soldiers and citizens, and deeds of honor and infamy. There are profiles of people, regiments, and ships; songs and poems; and serious treatments of particular aspects of the war such as musketry and infantry. Camp recipes are discussed, women soldiers are profiled, military medicine is assessed, and an ...

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Overview

A Civil War Treasury does not pretend to be a sweeping historical account of the conflict. Instead, it presents anecdotes of army life and encampments, explanations of logistics and tactics, descriptions of soldiers and citizens, and deeds of honor and infamy. There are profiles of people, regiments, and ships; songs and poems; and serious treatments of particular aspects of the war such as musketry and infantry. Camp recipes are discussed, women soldiers are profiled, military medicine is assessed, and an invaluable bibliography and resource guide is appended. The object of A Civil War Treasury is to provide a deeper understanding of the human side of the war as well as its more technical aspects—topics which are frequently neglected in more traditional treatments. Few other books give more fascinating insight into the many facets of the Republic's greatest crisis.The following subject headings are purposefully explored in each chapter: Incidents of War, the Men, the Women, Lincoln, the Units, War and Society, Army Life, War and the Muses.

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This is a collection of stories and miscellany from a number of sources about various aspects of the Civil War. It attempts to cover facets of the Civil War that may have eluded more popular works. The book is organized in a loosely chronological way: Similar areas at each stage of the war are grouped together, with identical subtitles for each chapter in the group. The problem with this format is that the stories really do not tie together; some are just excerpts from larger works, and there are no transitions to link themes. Often, it is hard to understand exactly how a particular incident had any effect on the war. With so much material available on the Civil War, this is not recommended.-- Barbara Zaborowski, Cambria Cty. Lib., Johnstown, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306806223
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Da Capo Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 431
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert A. Nofi has a Ph.D. in Military History from the City University of New York and was associate editor for many years of the ground-breaking military journal Strategy and Tactics. He was a founder of wargaming, the conflict simulation system used both by hobbyists and military planners. Dr. Nofi has written numerous books and articles on military history and was a news media military commentator during the Persian Gulf War. He is also the author of The Gettysburg Campaign and The Waterloo Campaign.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    Brings the people and events of the Civil war to life

    I love this book and have bought several copies as gifts. Some basic history of events, but this book shines in the dozens of short stories and anecdotes about the famous and not-so famous men and women of the war. Fear the wrath of Mother Bickerdyke when you complain to General Grant about her and he replies "My god, man, she outranks me! She outranks Lincoln!" Or John Small, a slave pressed into service aboard a Confederate ship, who gained the trust of the officers to the point they all left the ship at the same time, and he was able to commandeer the ship and sail it out of the harbor to the North and freedom.

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