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War of the Rebellion Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
The republication [of the 1899 edition], in its entirety, of the War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, is a service project undertaken by the National Historical Society in the interest of libraries and scholars who have long needed a reissue of this indispensable work. Each of the 128 volumes is published in full, including the Index, ...more
Hardcover, 1164 pages
Published April 28th 1985 by Country Journal Publishing Co
(first published 1885)
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Obviously I haven't read every word of a set of books consisting of 128 volumes, some of them over 1,000 pages long. Anyone committed to going serious research on the Civil War needs access to this set of books. I have found it indispensable for my research efforts.
A great resource for after action reports, correspondence, and a day by day history of the war's progress divided into naval, land, and daily reports by theater of war. The records take some getting used to for navigation and having an electronic copy that is OCR scanned is a must. All historic research that is based on the war utilizes these records for establishing a baseline of progress and noting the communications between the Department of War and Army commanders and army, corps, and divisi ...more
Commissioned by an act of Congress, this was a herculean project to collect all official records, dispatches, reports, etc., that survived the war to piece it all together for posterity. It has been the primary contemporaneous source for Civil War historians for nearly a century and a half. It is in 128 huge volumes, so obviously I'll never read it, but reading bits of it is very interesting and kind of thrilling. I accessed it via Cornell University's link to the Babel website records:
The U.S. Department of War was the United States Cabinet department originally responsible for the operation and maintenance of the United States Army, also bearing responsibility for naval affairs until the establishment of the Navy Department in 1798, and for most land-based air forces until the creation of the Department of the Air Force on September 18, 1947.