Historical Dictionary of the Civil War

Historical Dictionary of the Civil War

by Terry L. Jones
     
 

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The Civil War was the most traumatic event in American history, pitting Americans against one another, rending the national fabric, leaving death and devastation in its wake, and instilling an anger that has not entirely dissipated even to this day, 150 years later.

This updated and expanded two-volume second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Civil

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The Civil War was the most traumatic event in American history, pitting Americans against one another, rending the national fabric, leaving death and devastation in its wake, and instilling an anger that has not entirely dissipated even to this day, 150 years later.

This updated and expanded two-volume second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Civil War relates the history of this war through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on persons, places, events, institutions, battles, and campaigns. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Civil War.

Editorial Reviews

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
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)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810879539
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2011
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1816
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Terry L. Jones is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has published extensively on the American Civil War and his book Lee's Tigers was awarded the General L. Kemper Williams Prize as the year's best book on Louisiana History.

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