Historical Dictionary of the Civil War

Historical Dictionary of the Civil War

by Terry L. Jones
     
 

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An expert in world conflicts, Jones brings the sounds and sights of battle to life, detailing each charge, the evolution of battle tactics, and the importance of diplomacy for both sides. In these two volumes Terry Jones provides impressively clear coverage of the underlying economic causes, the progressively divisive political developments, the outbreak of the war

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An expert in world conflicts, Jones brings the sounds and sights of battle to life, detailing each charge, the evolution of battle tactics, and the importance of diplomacy for both sides. In these two volumes Terry Jones provides impressively clear coverage of the underlying economic causes, the progressively divisive political developments, the outbreak of the war itself, and, finally, the military campaigns year-by-year and battle-by-battle. He clarifies complex issues as he explains the various factions, their interests, and their hidden agendas. Entries cover: o Military and political leaders o Names, places, and events o Individual battles o Diplomatic encounters o Statistics on numbers of combatants o Armaments and weaponry o Imprisonment o Casualties from both war and disease From the hopelessly impotent Congressional votes to the spilling of blood on the battlefield, Jones makes this period of American history compelling reading. Extensively cross-referenced; includes a substantial bibliography; illustrated with maps and photos.

Editorial Reviews

Civil War News
If any study can claim to be definitive, Historical Dictionary of the Civil War is worthy of that description. It is impressive in almost every aspect...a magnificent and beneficial addition to Civil War literature—everything anyone could desire from such a set...if you are serious about the Civil War, it is a set you will own a lifetime, and therefore worth the steep price.
Civil War History
Jones skillfully covers a remarkable number of persons (including civilians), battles concepts, prisons, weapons, techniques, warships, and other topics...a useful resource and a remarkable accomplishment.
CHOICE
...the best historical dictionary yet produced about the Civil War...Essential.
Choice
...the best historical dictionary yet produced about the Civil War...Essential.
11/15/2002 Booklist
Provides a thorough chronology as well as a lengthy introduction that summarizes events contributing to the conflict and the strengths and weaknesses of each side. Entries are heavily cross-referenced...will be a useful tool in larger Civil War collections.
Booknews
In this two-volume reference prepared for the wide audience of Civil War historians, buffs, and students, Jones (history, U. of Louisiana) provides a lengthy (75-page) introduction, giving a broad overview of the war and its origins and consequences. Then, alphabetically-arranged entries, ranging in length from a couple lines to a couple pages, identify and describe personnel, places, institutions, military engagements, weapons, and terminology pertaining to the conflict. A few b&w maps and a detailed chronology are included. Cross-referencing is provided by printing key words in boldface. A bibliographic essay accompanies the selective listing of Civil War books, which is arranged according to eight topical categories and occupies 58 pages; quarterly journals are also listed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This work is meant to serve as a starting point for students, researchers, and the general public who want to read about the conflict. Three opening maps depict, in black and white, the United States in 1860 and the Eastern and Western theaters of war and major railroads. An introduction provides an overview of the war and the 39-page chronology is a handy reference. The lion's share of the volumes, however, is made up of 1700 entries that include biographies of military figures, politicians, spies, and writers; and information on military organizations, campaigns and battles, foreign affairs, and civilian men and women. Entries vary in length from a few lines to several pages. For example "butternut," a nickname for Confederate soldiers, is defined in four lines, while the entry on the battle of Gettysburg is six pages. Boldface "see" entries are abundant, and some entries have "see also" references. The extensive bibliography is divided into eight topical sections and is limited, with a few exceptions, "to those books that were reviewed in the journal Civil War History through 2000."—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810841123
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest Series, #18
Pages:
1784
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Terry L. Jones is a professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has published three previous books on the American Civil War.

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