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Coverage includes battles and campaigns, the common soldier, technology, weapons, women and minorities at war, hospitals, prisons, ...
Coverage includes battles and campaigns, the common soldier, technology, weapons, women and minorities at war, hospitals, prisons, generals, the naval war, artillery, and much more. In addition to these important areas, Hughes includes a fascinating section about the Civil War online, including popular blog sites and other Internet resources. Reference material in The New Civil War Handbook includes losses in battles, alternate names for battles, major causes of death of Union soldiers (no data exists for Confederates), deaths in POW camps, and other valuable but hard to locate information.
Civil War buffs will find The New Civil War Handbook to be an invaluable quick reference guide, and one that makes an excellent gift for both the Civil War novice and the Civil War buff.
About the Author: Mark Hughes is an electronics instructor widely recognized as the authority on Civil War cemeteries. He has written several books, including Bivouac of the Dead, The Unpublished Roll of Honor, and Confederate Cemeteries (2 vols.). An electronics instructor at Cleveland Community College, Mark, his wife Patty, and their daughter Anna Grace live on the family farm near Kings Mountain, NC.
“For generations, a thin handbook on the Civil War has served as a primer to captivate the imagination of young readers and novices of all ages, inspiring many, including myself, to become lifelong students of the conflict that engulfed our nation from 1861-1865. Updated and more comprehensive than ever, Mark Hughes’ timely release of The New Civil War Handbook will introduce yet another generation to the defining event in American history and take interest in the Civil War to a higher level as commemoration of its sesquicentennial unfolds.”
Terrence J. Winschel, Chief Historian, Vicksburg National Military Park and author of Triumph and Defeat, Vols. 1 and 2
Foreword and Acknowledgments vii
Why the Civil War, and Why Do We Study it? ix
Section I Facts
Naming the War 1
Civil War Voices 2
Did You Know? Interesting Facts about the Civil War 11
Civil War Veterans Better Known for Other Achievements 14
Organization of the Armies 17
Section II Images
Civil War Begins 19
A Soldier's Life 35
Battles and Battlefields 40
Technology and the War 49
Weapons of War 54
War on the Water 59
Caring for the Sick, Wounded, and Dead 65
Prisoners of War 68
Civilians Caught up in the War 71
Women and the War 76
African Americans and the War 81
The Civil War and Native Americans 86
The War Ends 89
Section III Figures
Numbers and Losses (Overall) 93
Strength of the Union Army 94
Losses in Major Battles 94
Number of Engagements by State 108
Alternate Names of Battles 110
Troops Furnished by the Various States 112
Causes of Battle Wounds (Union) 115
Major Causes of Death (Union) 116
Principal Union Prisons (Peak Occupancies and Deaths) 117
Principal Confederate Prisons (Deaths) 119
Section IV Miscellany
African Americans in the Civil War 121
Native Americans in the Civil War 123
Glossary of Civil War Terms 125
Civil War Points of Interest 129
Civil War Bookshelf 146
Civil War on the Web 154
Posted August 17, 2009
Authoring this type of book has to be almost impossible. Some people will be upset because you left out this person or that battle. Others will question the inclusion of this person or that battle. Civil War numbers are always questionable and your book must have them. This can become another source of questions. What level of knowledge do you aim for? Is this an easy to read, enjoyable introduction? Do we need to do an in-depth factual research book? Can we find the middle of the road and include things for the newbie and the experienced buff? Whatever you do has to fit into 150 pages and be inexpensive. Many years ago, the Author bought a small book about the Civil War that contained a variety of facts and stories. He wishes to reproduce that type of book with a current view of the war.
This small book will find a number of audiences. For the experienced buff, this will be a romp. They can read the quotes, look at the photos enjoying the visuals and jogging their memories. For people that have studied the war for a few years, this is a quick reference guide too. For someone maybe interested but not sure, this is the toe in the pool. It will let them test the water without spending a large sum of money and/or being required to read 600+ pages. They can read the quotes, look at photos and read the captions. There is enough to give a basic idea of this hobby without drowning in a sea of words. This is an excellent first book for preteens to adults that will give them an idea of the sweep of the war but not frighten them.
To give you an idea of how much work the author put into this is "Naming the War". He has listed 20 names that one group or another have used over the years. The best part is this is a list without comment. It is designed to make you look these up and find the who and why. "Civil War Voices" is an excellent and diverse set of quotes from the great, near great and unknown. Again, this is just enough to start or remind you of who said this and make you think about what is said.
"Images of the War" is excellent, over 70 pages of pictures and text showing people, places, weapons and everyday images. This is a comprehensive selection of photos covering women, Afro-Americans and Native Americans in addition to the Presidents, Generals and guns. Photos of dead soldiers might be upsetting to only very young children but this should not be a major problem. What was horrifying in 1863 is pretty tame stuff now.
A series of table present the statistical side of the hobby. These tables are logical, easy to read and provide just the right level of numbers to complement the text. "Civil War Points of Interest" provide, by state, address, phone number, internet address and a statement about the location. A bookshelf lists many excellent books by subject. The book ends with a short list of internet sites.
This book triumphs on several levels. First, it is an inexpensive easy to use handbook. Second, it is an attractive fun book to look at and read. Third, it contains a large amount of information with the suggestion for further study. This is going to be my answer to the question "Where should I start looking at the Civil War?" from now on.