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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Feb 14, 2010 12:17AM) (new)

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This will be a thread dedicated to selection of books that the group might want to consider reading related to the American Civil War.

This is a thread where you could list those books.




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'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) I am interested in adding a few books to this thread so I will be back with a few titles as soon as possible :)


message 3: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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That would be great; if we have folks all contribute...we can have a poll and take a vote. Let us see how it goes.




message 4: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Apr 12, 2018 06:04PM) (new)

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Here are some that might be worthwhile:

Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson James M. McPherson James M. McPherson

Fields of Honor Pivotal Battles of the Civil War by Edwin C. Bearss Edwin C. Bearss

The Civil War A Narrative Fredericksburg to Meridian, Volume 2 by Shelby Foote Shelby Foote Shelby Foote


message 5: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) All very good books, "Fields of Honor" I thought was a very good introduction to the Civil War.

Fields of Honor Pivotal Battles of the Civil War by Edwin C. Bearss by Edwin C. Bearss

Some others I'd like to suggest are:

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The Bonfire The Siege and Burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman by Marc Wortman

War Like the Thunderbolt The Battle and Burning of Atlanta by Russell S. Bonds by Russell S. Bonds

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Shenandoah 1862 Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign (Civil War America) by Peter Cozzens by Peter Cozzens


message 6: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Some great recommendations Rick. Hope others add to the list.


message 7: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) A few more to consider covering a range of topics and campaigns:


Columbus, Georgia, 1865 The Last True Battle of the Civil War by Charles A. Misulia by Charles A. Misulia

George Thomas Virginian for the Union (Campaigns and Commanders) by Christopher J. Einolf by Christopher J. Einolf

Decision in the West The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 by Albert E. Castel by Albert E. Castel

River Run Red The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War by Andrew Ward by Andrew Ward

Confederate Goliath The Battle of Fort Fisher by Rod Gragg by Rod Gragg

The Wilmington Campaign Last Rays of Departing Hope (Battles and Campaigns of the Carolinas) by Chris E., Jr. Fonvielle by Chris E., Jr. Fonvielle


message 8: by Ed (new)

Ed (ejhahn) Team of Rivals Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin by Doris Kearns Goodwin Doris Kearns Goodwin


message 9: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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All great recommendations folks.


message 10: by Judy (last edited Apr 03, 2010 03:00PM) (new)

Judy (dujyt) | 93 comments For a quick, yet powerful read, try this memoir of a Confederate private:

Company Aytch by Sam R. Watkins Company Aytchby Sam R. Watkins


message 11: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Another good recommendation.


message 12: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Here are two new releases that may interest readers of the Civil War: "Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg - The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War" by Edwin C. Bearss and "Sacred Ties: From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals: A True Story of the Civil War" by Tom Carhart.

[image error] by Edwin Cole Bearss
Publishers blurb:
It’s a poignant irony in American history that on Independence Day, 1863, not one but two pivotal battles ended in Union victory, marked the high tide of Confederate military fortune, and ultimately doomed the South’s effort at secession. But on July 4, 1863, after six months of siege, Ulysses Grant’s Union army finally took Vicksburg and the Confederate west.

On the very same day, Robert E. Lee was in Pennsylvania, parrying the threat to Vicksburg with a daring push north to Gettysburg. For two days the battle had raged; on the next, July 4, 1863, Pickett’s Charge was thrown back, a magnificently brave but fruitless assault, and the fate of the Confederacy was sealed, though nearly two more years of bitter fighting remained until the war came to an end.

In Receding Tide, Edwin Cole Bearss draws from his popular tours to chronicle these two widely separated but simultaneous clashes and their dramatic conclusion. As the recognized expert on both Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Bearss tells the fascinating story of this single momentous day in our country’s history, offering his readers narratives, maps, illustrations, characteristic wit, dramatic new insights and unerringly intimate knowledge of terrain, tactics, and the colorful personalities of America’s citizen soldiers, Northern and Southern alike.

Sacred Ties by Tom Carhart by Tom Carhart
Publishers blurb:
With Civil War storm clouds darkening the horizon, they were strangers from different states thrown together as West Point cadets: George Armstrong Custer, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Henry Algernon DuPont, John Pelham, Thomas Lafayette Rosser, and Wesley Merritt. Educated and trained there to be not only officers and gentlemen but also courageous battlefield leaders, their shared experience at West Point forged bonds between them stronger than brotherhood.

Right after their graduations, war erupted in 1861. They stayed blue or went gray, and even faced each other in battle. Acclaimed military historian Tom Carhart brings to life the human side of valiant victories and crushing defeats, and, most vividly, of these young men of individual valor and personal honor.


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David Harrell | 5 comments Here are two rather obscure Civil War books that I would highly recommend/ I foumd Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates at Chickamauga National Military Park's book store. A Scythe of Fire A Civil War Story of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment by Steven E. Woodworth I found to be a great read on one cival war unit from Georgia.


message 14: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Nov 29, 2010 08:32AM) (new)

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Thank you David for jumping in and adding the title link, bookcover, etc.

But always make sure to add the author's information.

So your additions should look like this to take care of the powerful goodreads software:

A Scythe of Fire A Civil War Story of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment by Steven E. Woodworth by Steven E. Woodworth

There was no author's photo available for the above; but the bookcover and the author's link were available.

And here is the other one:

Gettysburg Requiem The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates by Glenn W. LaFantasie by Glenn W. LaFantasie

This one was the same as above.


message 15: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Hi David, good post with some great books. Steven Woodworth is one of my favourite Civil War authors and I have both of these books still sitting in my library to be read.

A Scythe of Fire A Civil War Story of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment by Steven E. Woodworth by Steven E. Woodworth

Gettysburg Requiem The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates by Glenn W. LaFantasie by Glenn W. LaFantasie


message 16: by Veronika (new)

Veronika  Sprague (veronikasprague) I think Co. Aytch is a terrific idea, and I've also thought about reading Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly. It's not about the fighting, but about the first lady during the Civil War.

Co. Aytch A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War by Sam R. Watkins by Sam R. Watkins Sam R. Watkins
Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave by Jennifer Fleischner by Janis Cooke Newman Janis Cooke Newman


message 17: by Beth (last edited Mar 05, 2011 08:59PM) (new)

Beth (pigletpsu) i have a question to see if anyone has read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara byMichael Shaara. Is it a well written book about Gettysburg or do you recommend a different one. Was mentioned at the end of a documentary i was watching. thanks!


message 18: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Hi Beth, "The Killer Angels" is as good as a novel you will find on Gettysburg and I think you'll find most other readers enjoyed it a great deal. Good effort on posting the book and author in your post as well :)

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara by Michael Shaara

I have two favourite non-fiction books on Gettysburg, they may not be as detailed as many of the current books available but they really got me into reading more about the battle. The two books were:

High Tide at Gettysburg (The American Civil War) by Glenn Tucker by Glenn Tucker

Witness to Gettysburg (Stackpole Military History Series) by Richard Wheeler by Richard Wheeler


message 19: by Beth (new)

Beth (pigletpsu) thanks for the info and recommendations! i see how you added the info at the end which is easier to read. may try that next time. first time doing it.


message 20: by Katy (new)

Katy (kathy_h) Finished last year and recommend it as a good read for the civil war. The Gettysburg Gospel The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows by Gabor Boritt by Gabor Boritt

Also I hope to read Lincoln. by Gore Vidal by Gore Vidal this year.

Am currently reading History of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865 by James Ford Rhodes James Ford Rhodes


message 21: by Beth (new)

Beth (pigletpsu) thanks for the suggestions!!


message 22: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Mar 06, 2011 11:00AM) (new)

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Folks, please make sure to distinguish between a non fiction book and an historical fiction book when making recommendations.

The Vidal book above recommended in message 20 is an historical fiction book. Gore Vidal Gore Vidal


message 23: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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The add author link seems to be acting up. I will come back and add the author.


message 24: by Katy (new)

Katy (kathy_h) Bentley wrote: "Folks, please make sure to distinguish between a non fiction book and an historical fiction book when making recommendations.

The Vidal book above recommended in message 20 is an historical fict..."


Yes, the Vidal book is fiction. Sorry I forgot to mention that.


message 25: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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No problem we try to make that distinction to help folks


message 26: by Tom (new)

Tom When would the read be? It may affect my suggestions.

I would second these:

Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson by James M. McPherson James M. McPherson

The Bonfire The Siege and Burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman by Marc Wortman

Shenandoah 1862 Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign (Civil War America) by Peter Cozzens by Peter Cozzens

I would also recommend thsse:

Vicksburg The Campaign That Opened the Mississippi (Civil War America) by Michael B. Ballard by Michael B. Ballard
- I am planning on reading this one this spring regardless.

Landscape Turned Red The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears by Stephen W. Sears Stephen W. Sears


And this is not the civil war, but related, so I'd like to throw it out there anyways

The Training Ground Grant, Lee, Sherman and Davis in the Mexican War 1846-48 by Martin Dugard by Martin Dugard Martin Dugard


message 27: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Mar 11, 2011 04:32AM) (new)

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It depends upon what else we have slated and how many books.

Right now we have tons of reads going on at the same time which makes it tough.


message 28: by Mary Ellen (last edited Mar 14, 2011 09:03AM) (new)

Mary Ellen | 184 comments I have had McPherson sitting on my shelf for a while, hoping for a group read, so I'll "third" that nomination:
Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson
James M. McPherson James M. McPherson

I found this very interesting:
What They Fought For 1861-1865 by James M. McPherson James M. McPherson James M. McPherson
It quotes from letters written by soldiers on both sides of the War.


message 29: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Williams | 51 comments Just finished reading American Brutus John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman and found it absolutely fascinating.


message 30: by Elizabeth S (new)

Elizabeth S (esorenson) | 2011 comments Hi, Jeff. Good job on getting the book cover in your comment. Please also include the author photo (if goodreads has it) and always the author link:

American Brutus John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman by Michael W. Kauffman (goodreads doesn't have the author photo for Kauffman)


message 31: by Doug (last edited May 02, 2011 01:07PM) (new)


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Angie | 8 comments Here are a couple that I have been wanting to read for sometime now:

Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson by James M. McPherson James M. McPherson

Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin by Doris Kearns
Goodwin
Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Political Work of Northern Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850-1872 (Civil War America) by Lyde Cullen Sizer by Lyde Cullen Sizer Lyde Cullen Sizer


message 33: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Thanks Doug; I will put up the poll for this read when I get back.


message 34: by Vincent (new)

Vincent (vpbrancato) | 1245 comments Angie wrote: "Here are a couple that I have been wanting to read for sometime now:

Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson by James M. McPhersonJames M. McPhersonDoris Kearns GoodwinDoris Kearns Goodwin

Last year or so and I am sure that Bently could open up the notes/comments for you if you wanted to read by yourself and follow along unless someone else wants to read with you.



message 35: by Vincent (new)

Vincent (vpbrancato) | 1245 comments Sorry Angie

It seems I read Team of Rivals alone - I do not see it in the read books of HBC

Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin Doris Kearns Goodwin Doris Kearns Goodwin


message 36: by Angie (new)

Angie | 8 comments I planned on starting Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson James M. McPherson James M. McPherson next week so no biggie!


message 37: by Katy (last edited May 17, 2011 07:54PM) (new)

Katy (kathy_h) I am hoping to read Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin by Doris Kearns Goodwin Doris Kearns Goodwin this summer. Have a few too many started at the moment. But when June hits and school is out (high school math teacher here) I will have more time to read.


message 38: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Aug 05, 2011 04:18AM) (new)

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This looks like a great book Nick and in fact it did win the Pulitzer Prize but we have no marketing or promotion on our site.

Reveille in Washington 1860-1865 by Margaret Leech by Margaret Leech

Synopsis of Book:

1860: The American capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, colored by patriotism and treason, and deeply divided along the political lines that will soon embroil the nation in bloody conflict. Chaotic and corrupt, the young city is populated by bellicose Congressmen, Confederate conspirators, eager regiments, and enterprising prostitutes. Soldiers of a volunteer army swing from the dome of the Capitol, assassins stalk the avenues, and Abraham Lincoln struggles to justify his presidency as the Union heads to war.

Reveille in Washington: 1860-1865 focuses on the everyday politics, gossip, and preoccupations of Washington during the Civil War. Forgoing the battlefields, Leech looks at extravagant dinner parties, saloon backrooms, makeshift barracks, and White House halls to illustrate the social and political undercurrents of these pivotal years. From the stench of corpse-littered streets to the plunging lace on Mary Lincoln’s evening gowns, Washington and its familiar figures—among them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, William Seward, Rose Greenhow and Walt Whitman—are illuminated in intimate and unforgiving detail.

Leech’s book remains widely recognized as both an impressive feat of scholarship and an uncommonly engrossing work of history.

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Nick, in the future, please just leave out any marketing or publicity words or any self promotion. Thanks for your understanding of our rules and guidelines. It is however a great and solid recommendation so I deleted the offending post but did not want to lose the solid recommendation for our group members.


message 39: by Debye (new)

Debye | 36 comments Was there a final consensus on which title will be read for the group read?
Debye


message 40: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Hi Debye,

There is to be a buddy read in September for the book; "The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta" by Marc Wortman.

The Bonfire The Siege and Burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman by Marc Wortman

Here is the link:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/6...


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Debye | 36 comments Has a new book been selected for a future read? Like January or February? I wanted to suggest this recent book:
A World on Fire Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman

by Amanda Foreman Amanda Foreman

Cheers,
Debye
And this time I plan to participate fully since I've started my Civil War Studies graduate program.... :-)


message 42: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) I'm booked out (no pun intened) for January and February already but how does March sound for a buddy read?


message 43: by Debye (new)

Debye | 36 comments March is good with me. I'll be done with my first classes. I think this might be good for a 2 month read as it clocks in at 958 pages...!


message 44: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) I will check with Bentley and see if he can set it up in the Buddy read section for March 2012 then :)


message 45: by Debye (new)

Debye | 36 comments Thank you! I appreciate it!


message 46: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Debeye, we have decided to have a formal book discussion on a Civil War selection beginning in February 2012. A poll will be up and running this week. All of the nominated and group recommended books on this thread are on the poll.


message 47: by Debye (new)

Debye | 36 comments Excellent! Thank you for personally letting me know Bentley! I appreciate it.
I'm ready to read! :-D


message 48: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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The poll is up; scroll to the bottom of the main HBC page and you will see it.


message 49: by Debye (new)

Debye | 36 comments Thanks!


message 50: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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AMERICAN CIVIL WAR POLL - OPEN FOR VOTING

Please select from a wide variety of Civil War books recommended and suggested by our group members.

This will be the first military selection and will be voted for by our group membership. The group members choose the book.

This will be the initiation of the Military Series. Our discussion moderator will be Assisting Moderator - Bryan Craig. The book selected will begin in February 2012 and go for three months.

The American Civil War was the highest vote getter so that is going to be our kick-off topic.

Get out and vote.

Thank you,

Bentley

Here is a link to the poll: (on the main page of the History Book Club - just scroll down to the very bottom and you will see the featured poll_

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/59...


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