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Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War

 




Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed the Course of the Civil War
By Ash, Stephen V.
2008-07 - W. W. Norton & Company
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 In March 1863, 900 black Union soldiers, led by white officers, invaded Florida and seized the town of Jacksonville. Using long-neglected primary sources, historian Ash's stirring narrative re-creates this Civil War event with insight, vivid characterizations, and a keen sense of drama. …More

They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War

 




They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War
By Blanton, DeAnne
2002-11 - Louisiana State University Press
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 An invaluable addition to both Civil War and women's history, this lively and authoritative work of scholarship tells the story of hundreds of women who donned male disguise to fight in the Union and Confederate armies. …More

The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War

 




The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War
By Eicher, David J.
2002-08 - Simon & Schuster
9780684849454 Check our catalog

 In this compelling new account of the American Civil War, noted historian David Eicher gives us an authoritative history of battle from the first shots at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. As a strictly military history, "The Longest Night" covers hundreds of engagements, both well known and obscure, including the oft-neglected Western theater and naval actions along the coasts and rivers.,,,More

Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race

 

Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race
By Fredrickson, George M.
2008-02 - Harvard University Press
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 The debate over the fourteenth president’s true attitude toward slavery and racial equality is apparently endless, but in this cogent appraisal of the subject, Stanford historian Fredrickson interestingly summarizes, in the title of his book, both the problem and the right conclusion.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

 




Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
By Goodwin, Doris Kearns
2005-10 - Simon & Schuster
9780684824901 Check our catalog

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An acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian (No Ordinary Time) illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman/prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become President. Black-and-white photos. …More

Vicksburg, 1863

Vicksburg, 1863
By Groom, Winston
2009-04 - Alfred A. Knopf
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 A riveting history of the battle that permanently turned the tide of the Civil War. …More

Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War

 

Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War
By Jones, Jacqueline
2009-11 - Vintage Books USA
9781400078165 Check our catalog

 In this masterful portrait of life in Savannah before, during, and after the Civil War, prize-winning historian Jacqueline Jones transports readers to the balmy, raucous streets of that fabled Southern port city. …More

Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg

Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg
By McPherson, James M.
2003-05 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780609610237 Check our catalog

 James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the finest Civil War historian in the world, walks us through the site of the bloodiest and perhaps most consequential battle ever fought by Americans. . …More

Touched with Fire: Five Presidents and the Civil War Battles That Made Them

 

Touched with Fire: Five Presidents and the Civil War Battles That Made Them
By Perry, James M.
2005-01 - PublicAffairs
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 Perry reintroduces readers to five men--Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, and William McKinley--who rose to the pinnacle of American life but are now largely forgotten. Photos. …More

Lincoln and His Admirals

 

Lincoln and His Admirals
By Symonds, Craig L.
2008-10 - Oxford University Press, USA
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Abraham Lincoln began his presidency admitting that he knew "but little of ships." Written by a prize-winning historian, this work reveals how Lincoln managed the men who ran the naval side of the Civil War, and how the activities of the Union Navy ultimately affected the course of history. …More

Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War

 

Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War
By Williams, David
2010-03 - New Press
9781595584755 Check our catalog

 "Bitterly Divided" lays bare the myth of a united confederacy, revealing that the South was in fact fighting two civil wars--an external one that we know so much about and an internal one about which there is scant literature and virtually no public awareness. . …More