The Civil War Dictionaryby Mark Mayo Boatner
For almost thirty years The Civil War Dictionary has been the most complete, authoritative, and handy reference book on what has been called the Second American Revolution, 1861-1865. Periodically updated throughout sixteen printings, this invaluable volume has more than 4,000 entries, alphabetically arranged and carefully cross-referenced. Among them:
2,000 biographical sketches of Civil War leaders. both military and civilian
extensive descriptions of all 20 campaigns and entries on lesser battles, engagements and skirmishes
120 armies, departments, and districts, as well as such famous smaller units as the Iron Brigade, the 20th Maine, and the Pennsylvania Reserves
plus naval engagements, weapons, issues and incidents, military terms and definitions, politics, literature, statistics, and 86 specially prepared maps and diagrams
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It would be hard to find a more useful resource book for students of the Civil War! Anybody with plans to examine part of the vast literature about this tragic period MUST have this book!
I believe this is one book, that is a must for any person interested in learning more about the Civil War. It continues to be an excellent reference in over fourty years, and its numerous periodic updated printings. Consider purchase on your next quest to your local bookstore on the war, that has close to a hundred thousand books written.