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Civil War Firearms: Their Historical Background, Tactical Use and Modern Collecting and Shooting (Joseph G. Bilby) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Civil War Firearms: Their Historical Background, Tactical Use and Modern Collecting and Shooting, by Joseph G. Bilby, Combined Books, Inc., Conshohocken, Pa., $34.95.This artfully crafted book was honored by the 1997 Small Press Book Awards as a runner-up in …

Book Review: The Secret War for the Union ( Edwin C. Fishel) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Secret War for the Union, by Edwin C. Fishel, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, $35. This book provides the serious reader of Civil War history with another overlay through which to study the events of the war. In this …

Book Review: Wilson's Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It (By William Garret Piston and Richard W. Hatcher III): ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
A look at the Civil War's second big battle, and an Iowan of General Ulysses S. Grant's western army airs his views. By Earl J. Hess Historians are finally beginning to accept the battles west of the Mississippi River as …

Book Review: War Along the Bayous: The 1864
River Campaign in Louisiana : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
War Along the Bayous: The 1864 River Campaign in Louisiana, by William Riley Brooksher, Batsford-Brassey's, Dulles, Va., $24.96. Union Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks' Red River campaign was undertaken to cut off Texas from the rest of the Confederacy, to …

Book Review: Lincoln's Foreign Legion: The 39th New York Infantry, The Garibaldi Guard (Michael Bacarella) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Lincoln's Foreign Legion: The 39th New York Infantry, The Garibaldi Guard, by Michael Bacarella, White Mane Publishing Company, Inc., Shippensburg, Pa., $34.95.The Irish and Germans are the two nationalities that spring to mind whenever the subject of immigrants or …

Book Review: Touched By War: Battles Fought in the Lafourche District (By Christopher Peña) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Civil War in southern Louisiana involved much more than merely the capture of New Orleans. By Kevin M. Hymel The Union occupation of New Orleans in April 1862, while very damaging to the Southern cause, did not bring an …

Book Review: Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey (by Robert Sneden) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey, by Robert Sneden, The Free Press, New York, 2000, $37.50. In 1994, the Virginia Historical Society announced the purchase of four scrapbook albums of Civil War watercolors by Union soldier and cartographer …

Book Review: The Dahlgren Affair: Terror and Conspiracy in the Civil War (By Duane Schultz) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Judson Kilpatrick's failed raid on Richmond opened the way for a new and decidedly nasty kind of warfare. By Phil NoblittIn the winter of 1864, Union cavalry commander Hugh Judson Kilpatrick visited the White House to propose a daring …

Book Review: Lee the Soldier (Gary W. Gallager) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Lee the Soldier, edited by Gary W. Gallager, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1996, $45. America has produced more than her share of heroes. Some have even been called "beloved," but that title has usually beenreserved for those who also …

Book Review: Stonewall Jackson: A History of the Confederate Navy (Raimondo Luraghi) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Outgunned and outsupplied, the fledgling Confederate Navy used technological ingenuity to level the playing field. By Kenneth P. Czech When the Civil War erupted in 1861, the Confederate states were determined to protect their seacoasts and inland waterways. However, they …

Book Review: Medical Histories of Union Generals (Jack D. Welsh) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Medical Histories of Union Generals, by Jack D. Welsh, Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio, $35.Aside from the unwieldy records gathered in The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion and a handful of classics like …

Book Review: For Home and the Southland: A History of the 48th Georgia Infantry Regiment (by John Zwemer) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
For Home and the Southland: A History of the 48th Georgia Infantry Regiment, by John Zwemer, NButternut & Blue, Baltimore, Md., 1999, $24.95. th Georgia Infantry Regiment went into action during the Peninsula campaign and fought in almost every significant …

Book Review: The Dulanys of Welbourne: A Family In Mosby's Confederacy : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Dulanys of Welbourne: A Family In Mosby's Confederacy, edited by Margaret Ann Vogtsberger, Rockbridge Publishing Company, Berryville, Va., $32. Civil War enthusiasts often get so caught up in the strategy and tactics of battles that they can lose sight …

Book Review: Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln (Douglas L. Wilson) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln, by Douglas L. Wilson, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998, $30.Douglas L. Wilson's title, Honor's Voice, would seem to question the efficacy of monument-raising. The phrase "honor's voice" comes from Thomas Gray's …

Book Review: The Generals at Gettysburg: The Leaders of America's Greatest Battle (by Larry R. Tagg) : ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Generals at Gettysburg: The Leaders of America's Greatest Battle, by Larry R. Tagg, avas Publishing Co., Mason City, Iowa, 1998, $29.95. After 136 years, the gallons of ink devoted to Gettysburg probably surpass the amount of blood spilled on …

Book Review: The Union Must Stand: The Civil War Diary of John Quincy Adams Campbell, Fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry (edited by Mark Grimsley and Todd D. Miller): ACW

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Union Must Stand: The Civil War Diary of John Quincy Adams Campbell, Fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, edited by Mark Grimsley and Todd D. Miller, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 2000, $38. The outpouring of Civil War-era diaries and memoirs …
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