The Civil War Battlefield Guide
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The Civil War Battlefield Guide

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This new edition of the definitive guide to Civil War battlefields is really a completely new book. While the first edition covered 60 major battlefields, from Fort Sumter to Appomattox, the second covers all of the 384 designated as the "principal battlefields" in the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report. As in the first edition, the essays are authoritative and con...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 528 pages
Published November 2nd 1998 by Mariner Books (first published 1990)
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An excellent companion for your battlefield touring. I just used it for a trip to Shiloh, Chickamauga/Lookout Mountain, and the Petersburg siege (Eastern and Western Fronts, Five Forks Battle). The book includes short summaries of each battle, written by various Civil War historians and authors along with a map(s) overlaid with Union and Confederate force dispositions and movements. I intended to use it on the various battlefield sites but I found the Park Service has excellent markers and maps...more
William Kerrigan
If you are doing any civil war battlefield touring, and plan to visit small sites as well as major ones, this is the first book you should buy. It provides nice brief summaries of almost every civil war battle, and maps explaining the major actions, super-imposed over modern topographical maps. These are invaluable for getting your bearings at each site. If you want to set the battle in its historical context, the first book you should buy is James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, available in...more
Liz DeCoster
Excellent detailed maps, but the descriptions were often brief.
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