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Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory
During the Civil War
Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains

by Patricia Adkins-Rochette

From the Author
I have transcribed 225 militia listings and the militia correspondence of 34 counties of North Texas in order to interpret THE BOURLAND PAPERS -- about 200 Civil War era documents, 43 of which are not in the OFFICIAL RECORD, but should be. Topics that I have addressed extensively are: the Brush Battalion; Quantrill in North Texas; gruesome details of four Kiowa-Comanche Indian raids into North Texas including the 1864 Battle of Elm Creek; 1862 Tonkawa Massacre in Anadarko, I.T.; Camp Napoleon Compact Meeting attended by 5,000 to 7,000 Indians plus J.W. Throckmotton in now Grady County, OK; and the Confederate treaties with the tribes of Indian Territory, especially the Reserve Tribes of the Leased Lands.

Starvation in Indian Territory among all of the tribes is a central theme of my book.

About 70 % of my 998-page study is from handwritten records and about 90 % is from contemporaneous sources.   It addresses the Civil War era between Oklahoma City & Dallas and Texarkana & Childress, Texas.   My book is described on my web site, .  




More Generals in Gray
by Bruce S. Allardice.


From Booklist
It is a popular misconception that Confederate military forces were models of efficiency and dash, contrasting with Union forces hindered by bureaucratic bungling and political meddling. As Allardice illustrates, the same maladies plagued Confederate armies; the promotion procedure for generals was particularly cumbersome and subject to the whims of politicians within and without the military structure. In this series of biographical sketches, Allardice examines the careers of 137 of the more obscure Confederate generals, most of whom were appointed outside the usual process, which required approval of the Confederate Congress. While many of Allardice's subjects seem to have earned their obscurity, some are notable and rather intriguing personalities. His sketches are likely to interest both general readers and Civil War scholars.
Jay Freeman

From Book News, Inc.
Following the now classic biographies of 425 Confederate generals in Ezra J. Warner's Generals in Grey (1959), Allardice profiles another 137 who attained their rank without presidential appointment. Among them are some generals who were in service to an individual state but not to the Confederacy, some appointed by military authorities but not the president, and some who claimed to have been appointed by the president but any record of such an appointment was lost in the chaotic last days of the war.

This masterful study brings to light a class of officers never before covered in any book: the Confederacy's "other" generals. For each of the 137 generals profiled--including Raphael Semmes, Francis Bartow, Henry Kyd Douglas, and Tom Munford--Allardice presents a substantial biographical sketch and a short bibliography. 108 halftone photos.

Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables:
A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide

by Bruce Allardice, Jim Mundie, Dean Letzring and John Luckey

From Bruce Allardice
This book contains biographies of 640 men and women who, in the author's opinion, are the most noted Civil War era figures buried in the state of Texas. Included are generals, soldiers, politicians, and authors, Union and Confederate. Each person has a short biography, with a photo of the gravesite and directions on where they are buried.

The publisher is Hill College Press. The book sells for $30.00, and can be ordered from Hill College Press or Jim Mundie Books.

Hill College Press
PO Box 619
Hillsboro, TX, 76645
Tel: 254-582-2555

Jim Mundie Books
Tel: 281-531-8639

Ambush at Williamsville
by Richard L. Armstrong

During the spring of 1862, Union troops under the command of Brigadier General Robert H. Milroy occupied Monterey and McDowell in Highland County. Having a difficult time obtaining supplies (forage and rations) for the horses and men of his command, Milroy decided to live off the land. As a result, in late April 1862, a foraging party visited the village of Williamsville, in the Northern part of Bath County, to collect food for themselves and their animals. A train of 26 wagons, guarded by ten men of the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was loaded with grain and other supplies and started back to McDowell on the morning of April 26th.

The Bath Cavalry learned of the "raid" by the Yankees and set out to punish them. It is said that John T. Byrd, a local farmer, carried the news of the raid to the Bath Cavalry. A detachment of that company concealed themselves in the brush along the road and at an opportune moment, opened fire upon the guards and wagon drivers. Two men were killed (a father and his son from Pennsylvania), and several wounded. A number of other men were taken prisoner and sent to Richmond.

This book is out of print! The details of the ambush at Williamsville is included in more detail in The Battle of McDowell.

11th Virginia Cavalry
by Richard L. Armstrong
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc

The 11th Virginia Cavalry, part of the famous Laurel Brigade, was created in early 1863 from the 17th Battalion Virginia Cavalry and two companies from the 5th Virginia Cavalry. Most of these companies formerly belonged to the 7th Virginia Cavalry - Ashby's old regiment.

The book contains a textual history of the regiment from its first organization as the 17th Battalion Virginia Cavalry until the close of the war. The history of the individual companies prior to be a part of the 17th Battalion is included as well. There are a number of photographs of the veterans of the 11th Virginia Cavalry, and roster of all the known (or suspected) members of the regiment.

Battle of McDowell
by Richard L. Armstrong

The Battle of McDowell was the beginning of Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's famous Valley Campaign of 1862. In early April 1862, Union forces commanded by Brigadier General Robert H. Milroy occupied the town of Monterey, in Highland County, Virginia. Confederate forces, commanded by Brigadier General Edward "Alleghany" Johnson, fell back from their quarters at Camp Alleghany to the top of Shenandoah Mountain. On April 12, 1862, a skirmish took place at Monterey. Edward Johnson's men were forced to retire. Seven days later, the Confederates abandoned their position on Shenandoah Mountain (Fort Johnson), and fell back to Valley Mills and West View, near Staunton.

About the middle of April 1862, General Milroy advanced his forces to occupy the village of McDowell. A few days later (April 26), the Ambush at Williamsville took place. Meanwhile, General Jackson began his movement to join Edward Johnson near Staunton.

On the morning of May 7, 1862, the forces of Edward Johnson encountered the advance outposts of Milroy's Army at West Augusta and Rodger's Toll House. The Valley Army followed Johnson's command on the way to McDowell. The Confederates pushed on and crossed the Shenandoah Mountain that day, then halted for the night. Early on the morning of May 8, 1862, Johnson's command advanced to Sitlington's Hill (overlooking McDowell) and took possession of that point. As the day progressed, the Battle of McDowell took place and continued until nightfall.

25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry
by Richard L. Armstrong
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc

The 25th Virginia Infantry was formed at Huttonsville, [West] Virginia in June 1861 of companies from Virginia and present-day West Virginia. The regiment was sent to Rich Mountain. Several of the companies took part in the Battle at Rich Mountain on July 11, 1861 and others surrendered to General McClellan's forces at Beverly on July 13, 1861. A total of five companies (half the regiment) was lost at this point.

The 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry was also created in June 1861, from companies left over from the formation of the 25th and 31st Virginia Regiments. These companies were all from Northwestern Virginia and was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel George W. Hansborough.

In the spring of 1862, just prior to the Battle of McDowell, the 9th Battalion was consolidated with the 25th Virginia Infantry to bring it back to full company strength (10 companies).

The 25th Virginia Infantry served throughout the war with distinction and honor. At the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864, it again suffered a crippling blow - again loosing most of the regiment as prisoners of war.

The book contains a textual history of the regiment from the time it was organized until the close of the war. There are photographs of the veterans of the regiment. A roster of all the known (or suspected) members of the regiment is included.

7th Virginia Cavalry
by Richard L. Armstrong
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc

The 7th Virginia Cavalry was formed early in the war and placed under the command of Colonel Angus W. McDonald. One of the company commanders was Turner Ashby, who later commanded the regiment and became a Brigadier General.

This book details the history of all 26 companies of the 7th Virginia Cavalry from the time of their formation until the close of the war. In the spring of 1862, following the untimely death of Ashby, the regiment was divided into two regiments (7th and 12th Regiments) and a battalion (17th, later the 11th Virginia Cavalry).

The book contains a textual history of the regiment from its organization until the close of the war. There are photographs of the veterans of the regiment. A roster of all the known (or suspected) members of the regiment is included.

19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry
by Richard L. Armstrong
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc

The 19thth Virginia Cavalry was created in the spring of 1863 from men who had served in the 3rd Virginia State Line (disbanded in 1863). Colonel William L. Jackson was assigned to command the regiment. Colonel Jackson was a cousin of "Stonewall" Jackson, and was called "Mudwall" and "Brickwall." Most of the men in this regiment lived in Northwestern Virginia.

The 20th Virginia Cavalry was formed in the fall of 1863 and was commanded by Colonel W. W. Arnett. Both of these regiments served under Colonel Jackson as part of Jackson's Brigade, until the close of the war.

The book contains a textual history of the regiment from its organization until the close of the war. There are photographs of the veterans of the regiment. A roster of all the known (or suspected) members of the regiment is included.

26th Virginia Cavalry
by Richard L. Armstrong
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc

The 26th Virginia Cavalry was formed in February 1865, from two battalions of Colonel William L. Jackson's Cavalry Brigade. The 46th Battalion and 47th Battalion were both created in late 1863. The men attached to these commands were from a wide area, ranging from southwest Virginia to the Ohio River, in the new state of West Virginia.

The book contains a textual history of the regiment from its organization until the close of the war. There are photographs of the veterans of the regiment. A roster of all the known (or suspected) members of the regiment is included.

West Virginian vs. West Virginian: The Battle of Bulltown
by Richard L. Armstrong

West Virginian vs. West Virginian: The Battle of Bulltown tells the story of Colonel William L. "Mudwall" Jackson's attack the Union garrison at Bulltown, Braxton County, West Virginia. The fight took place on October 13, 1863.

The Civil War in Bath County, Virginia
by Richard L. Armstrong

The Civil War in Bath County, Virginia tells of the events taking place in Bath County, Virginia during the Civil War, 1861 - 1865.

Included in the book is a short biographical sketch of the tragic Terrill Family of Bath. This family provided four sons to the war effort - three fought for the South and one fought for the North. The father, Colonel William Henry Terrill, a lawyer, served the Confederate States as provost marshal of Bath County. One son, William Rufus Terrill, graduated from West Point and made a career in the United States Army. When the war began, he chose to remain "loyal" to the United States. He attained the rank of Brigadier General by the fall of 1862, and in the battle of Perryville, Ky., in October 1862, he was killed.

His brother, James Barbour Terrill, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and worked his way up to the rank of Brigadier General. He was killed in May 1864, on the same day as his appointment was approved by President Jefferson Davis. His younger brother, Philip Mallory Terrill, served in the 25th Virginia Infantry, the 62nd Virginia (Mounted) Infantry, and in the 12th Virginia Cavalry. He was killed near Winchester in November 1864.

The only one of the four to survive the war was Doctor George P. Terrill, of Salem, Virginia. He served as the colonel of the home guard.

Roll of Casualties: The McDowell Campaign, April 12 - May 9, 1862
by Richard L. Armstrong

This book is rather unique (In my opinion) in the fact that it lists all the known losses among the Union and Confederate troops engaged in the Battle of McDowell and the events occurring just before and after the battle. It covers the skirmish at Monterey, Virginia on April 12, 1862,the skirmish at Williamsville, Virginia (April 26, 1862), the fighting east of Shenandoah Mountain on the day prior to the battle of McDowell and the rear guard action near Monterey on May 9, 1862.

The book lists the soldiers alphabetically and gives their company and regiment, along with their rank at the time of the battle. Information about their being killed, wounded, died of wounds or whether they were taken prisoner appears, along with their approximate age at the time of the battle is listed.

Statistical data concerning the losses is compiled into tables following each section.

Surprise! The Confederate Raids on Randolph, W. Va. 1864-1865
by Richard L. Armstrong

During the last year of the War Between the States (August 1864 – January 1865), Confederate forces conducted three raids into Randolph County, West Virginia. Two of the raids were successful, resulting in the capture of prisoners and much needed property. Captain Hill’s raid of October 29, 1864 was a disaster for the Confederates.

The first raid occurred on August 24, 1864 against a small detachment of the 8th Ohio Cavalry at Huttonsville, West Virginia, about eleven miles south of Beverly. The raid was an unqualified success for Confederate Captain Hannibal Hill.

The second raid took place at Beverly in the early morning hours of October 29, 1864. Once again Captain Hannibal Hill led a detachment of Confederates from twenty one different units to this land of plenty. The raid, a complete surprise and unlike the August raid, this one ended in complete failure.

The third and final raid, conducted by Major General Thomas L. Rosser on January 11, 1865, was a complete surprise and a success. Attacking at an early hour on a freezing, snowy winter morning, the Confederates captured a large number of men from the 8th Ohio Cavalry and the 34th Ohio Infantry. As a result of the raid, both commanders of the Ohio regiments were dismissed from the service.

Upon learning of the disaster at Beverly, Major General Philip H. Sheridan commented: “I advised General Crook sometime ago to break up the post at Beverly; it is of no use, and is bait for the enemy, both from position and gross carelessness, and want of discipline on the part of the troops.”




Oh for Dixie!:

The Civil War Record and Diary of Capt. William V. Davis,  30th Mississippi Infantry, C.S.A.
by Joe and LaVon Ashley

From H. Grady Howell, Jr.
"The strength of this work, besides being primary source material, rests squarely in the depth and accountability of the accompanying narrative and footnotes meticulously researched by Joe and LaVon Ashley . . . . As no definitive history of the Thirtieth Mississippi currently exists, this work will serve to fill the gap. I am proud to have this work in my library and urge other Civil War buffs, Southerners, and particularly Mississippians, interested in our collective past, to add it to theirs!"

From The Author

The authors have compiled a chronological account of Davis' Confederate service from March 1862 to May 1865 and annotated the diary entries he recorded from July 1864 to May 1865. This book is a biography of Attala County, Mississippi, resident William Van Davis (1828-1884) and a brief regimental history of the 30th Mississippi Infantry. Also included in this book are maps of Davis' journey, 30 illustrations, a biographical list of 250 civilians and soldiers (100 Mississippi soldiers), a muster roll of the 30th Mississippi, and an index.  Copyright 2001; 6 x 9 paperback; 296 pages



A Thrilling Narrative: The Memoir of a Southern Unionist
edited by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

Book Description
A never-before-seen and firsthand look into the dissent of one Southern soldier.

This Civil War memoir of Capt. Dennis E. Haynes is both unique and rare. Not only did few southern unionists write of their experiences after the war, Haynes's is the only publication by a Louisiana unionist. Furthermore it is the only account by a member of the First Louisiana Battalion Cavalry Scouts, a unit that existed for less than three months and saw its only real action during the Red River Campaign of 1864.

Haynes's memoir is a historic collection of his wartime experiences as a unionist in the Confederate South. Among his writings, Haynes describes how he opposed the secession of Texas and thus became a hunted man. He also tells of his narrowing odyssey to reach Union troops in Louisiana. Every step of the way, Haynes provides details, sometimes graphic, of the harassment and cruelty he and many others like him suffered at the hands of his Confederate neighbors.

Arthur W. Bergeron Jr. is an archivist with the United States Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. and the author of a number of books, including "The Civil War in Louisiana."


The Civil War in Louisiana: Military Activity
edited by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

The Bayou State inevitably became a target for Union land and naval military operations because of its strategic position at the mouth of the Mississippi River as well as the importance of New Orleans as a manufacturing, banking, and trade center. Though not generally thought of as a major battleground during the Civil War, Louisiana was the scene of four military campaigns and 566 military actions of varying size and significance. Thus Louisiana's military role played an integral part in the outcome of the war and had repercussions that extended well beyond the state line.

This volume demonstrates the Union's focus on dividing the Confederacy and securing land access by water. Many battles discussed herein detail encounters with Confederates determined to preserve their land and livelihood. Despite the importance of the 'Mighty Mississippi' in the Union campaign to quell the rebellion. Federal troops struggled to capture territory along Louisiana's many rivers, swamps and low-lying bayous. This volume offers not only an excellent sample of the state's military experience during the Civil War, but it also highlights the participation of both black Union and Confederate troops (including neighboring Texans), analyzes the career of General Richard Taylor, explores the consolidation of Union troops and the activities of Jayhawkers, and discusses the construction and use of Confederate earthwork fortifications. Moreover, this edition provides a glimpse of both sides of the battlefield and of life on the homefront for Louisiana's inhabitants who faced both violence and economic ruin.

This copy belongs on the bookshelf of any individual interested in Louisiana's Civil War military experience. This edition takes the reader beyond the Union occupation of New Orleans and the Battle of Baton Rouge and into the trenches, small towns, and backwater areas of Louisiana's bloody skirmishes between Union and Confederate forces.

Volume V, Part A of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History


The Civil War in Louisiana: The Homefront
edited by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

The Civil War wrought extensive damage throughout Louisiana and created widespread hardship and suffering for those living in a war zone. In this volume, Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. outlines the impact of the War Between the States on Loui-siana's politics, economy, and society. While not a major battleground, the state was of critical strategic importance to both the Union and the Confederacy because of its vital waterway, the Mississippi River.

A state divided, with Union forces occupying New Orleans and Baton Rouge and a separate Confederate government administering in the state's central and northern regions, Louisiana's fragmented political apparatus worked to alleviate the stresses of war on the state's civilian population. The Pelican State's rural Union and Confederate governments also schemed to control the regional economy, most notably its human capital, slaves, and its major money-maker, cotton.

The ravages of war left many Louisianians without food, shelter, or a means of support. This volume highlights the problems created by the Union's naval block-ade in the port of New Orleans and the destruction of the state's transportation infra-structure, which created pockets of impoverished people. With the invading Union troops came waves of black refugees, newly freed from their lives of slavery and ill-equipped to support themselves. Contributing to the bleak economic situation in larger Louisiana cities, these freedmen also needed the food, shelter, and clothing provided by the wartime administrations.

The Home Front presents the reader with a broad picture of life in Louisiana from 1861 to 1865 and illustrates the state's critical importance to the formation of the Confederate States of America and the preservation of the United States of America. By moving the focus behind the battle line, this volume reveals the dispa-rate loyalties and experiences of the peoples of Louisiana during the Civil War.

Editor Arthur Bergeron has collected the best recent scholarship on Louisiana's economic, political, and social systems during the War Between the States. This landmark work is essential for every Civil War library.


Confederate Mobile
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.


This is the only complete study of the Confederate defense of Mobile, Alabama, ever written. Mobile was an important city to the Confederacy strategically because of its status as a blockade running port and railroad center. The Union high command recognized the importance of Mobile but did not organize a serious attack on it until relatively late in the war. Although blockade running was ended by the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864, Mobile remained in Confederate hands until April 12, 1865. This book traces the development of the Confederate defenses of the city and tells the stories of the Battle of Mobile Bay and the final campaign against Mobile in March and April 1865 (Spanish Fort and Blakely).
This description written by the author, Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. - December 5, 1997


Black Southerners in Gray :
Essays on Afro-Americans in Confederate Armies

edited by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.

The first serious, scholarly look at a forgotten aspect of the Civil War. Eleven essays by five authors detail the experiences of Black Southerners as servants and soldiers in the Confederate army. One reviewer has written that Black Southerners is "an important contribution to the study of a war where race is a central issue".
From the Publisher



Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units 1861-1865
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.


An indispensible source on the Civil War.
This book provides brief histories of all of the military units contributed to the regular Confederate army by the state of Louisiana. Each history consists of a list of field officers and company commanders (including company nicknames) and a bibliography of published sources on the unit. Historian Robert K. Krick, in a review, stated that the book is such an important research tool that he owns two copies, one on each floor of his home.
This description written by the author, Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.



The Civil War Reminiscences of Major Silas T. Grisamore, C.S.A.
edited by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.


From Book News, Inc.
Much of Grisamore's service during the war was as a quartermaster, first for the 18th Louisiana and later for an infantry brigade and an infantry division. Articles he wrote after the war appeared in the Weekly Thibodaux Sentinel (southern Louisiana) from December 1867 through April 1871, and are here reprinted--edited and with annotations. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.




Louisianians in the Civil War
(Shades of Blue and Gray Series)

Edited with an Introduction by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. and Lawrence Lee Hewitt

From the Univ. of Missouri Press Website

Louisianians in the Civil War brings to the forefront the suffering endured by Louisianians during and after the war-- hardships more severe than those suffered by the majority of residents in the Confederacy. The wealthiest southern state before the Civil War, Louisiana was the poorest by 1880. Such economic devastation negatively affected most segments of the state's population, and the fighting that contributed to this financial collapse further fragmented Louisiana's culturally diverse citizenry. The essays in this book deal with the differing segments of Louisiana's society and their interactions with one another. Louisiana was as much a multicultural society during the Civil War as the United States is today. One manner in which this diversity manifested itself was in the turning of neighbor against neighbor. This volume lays the groundwork for demonstrating that strongholds of Unionist sentiment existed beyond the mountainous regions of the Confederacy and, to a lesser extent, that foreigners and African Americans could surpass white, native-born Southerners in their support of the Lost Cause. Some of the essays deal with the attitudes and hardships the war inflicted on different classes of civilians (sugar planters, slaves, Union sympathizers, and urban residents, especially women), while others deal with specific minority groups or with individuals. Written by leading scholars of Civil War history, Louisianians in the Civil War provides the reader a rich understanding of the complex ordeals of Louisiana and her people. Students, scholars, and the general reader will welcome this fine addition to Civil War studies.

Boone's Louisiana Battery: A History and Roster
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. and Lawrence Lee Hewitt

Elliott's Bookshop Press, Baton Rouge, La., 1983.

Miles' Legion: A History and Roster
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. and Lawrence Lee Hewitt

Elliott's Bookshop Press, Baton Rouge, La., 1986.; 76 pages, illustrations




The 4th Michigan Volunteers Infantry
The Battle at New Bridge Virginia, May 24, 1862
by Martin Nino Bertera


“Friend Starr
May 10 1861

Come as soon as you can…Bring a blanket, a good undershirt, 2 if you wish, a good pair of drawers, leave you best clothes at home I don’t think the war will last six months.

Don H. Knipple”

Eli Starr, future recruit for the 4th Michigan Infantry fought at New Bridge as a Sergeant. Killed at Malvern Hill fourteen months after his enlistment on July 1, 1862. The 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry was one of the first Michigan regiments to answer President Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861. The regiment sent over 1000 young boys and men to serve in this elite unit. The regiment served from June 1861 through June 1864. It was subsequently reorganized around a core of 129 veterans into the 4th Michigan Veteran Volunteers and served in the Western Theater. In regards to: The 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry: The battle of New Bridge, Virginia. Martin Nino Bertera focus primarily on the 4th Michigan role during their action at New Bridge, on May 24, 1862 just five miles outside the Confederate capital in Richmond Virginia.

Under the command of Colonel Dwight A. Woodbury, the 4th Michigan would suffer casualties but not as severe as they would be in future battles such as, Gains Mill, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Wilderness. However, the battle itself would have a pronounce effect on the future history of the United States. This occurred by a chance meeting and a lasting friendship between Captain George A. Custer and a Lieutenant in company A of the 4th Michigan Infantry, George Yates. Yates would die in command of the Band Box Troops of the 7th Calvary at the Little Big Horn in 1876, not more then 40 yards from General Custer.

This is one of the few battles in the Civil War, which never has received any attention until Mr. Bertera’s study. At the time of battle The New York Herald said of the affair: “The most important skirmish that has occurred between our troops and the rebels in front of Richmond took place this morning.” The aim of this book: The 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry: The battle of New Bridge, Virginia is chronicle their service in this battle, and to ensure that history accurately records the brave and honorable service they performed for the sake of their country.

Book Description:
112 pages, Numerous photographs, some never in print before, fully footnoted, regimental roster, index, Michigan at its best.

Praise for “The 4th Michigan Infantry - At the Battle of New Bridge Virginia.”

Jeff Daniels, Actor & star of the movies “Gettysburg” & “Gods & Generals”: “Great book and a very good read.”

Robert Krick, Historian, National Park Service, Richmond, Va.: “I can say that you have done good work figuring out what happened, and where it happened. I’ve not seen this much detail on the episode anywhere else, and in that regards you have done the historical world a service.”

Brad Graham, C.E.O. “Media Magic Productions” Documentary Film maker: “one of the best single actions histories I have read. Finely crafted - illuminating in the big picture views and riveting in all its detail. Fair and balanced yet engaging as thorough as the most analytical narratives about our Civil War.”

Charles Lindquist, Curator Lenawee County Historical Museum: “It is hard to see how the story of this battle could be told better told than it is by historian Martin Bertera. Based on solid research, this history is clearly written and tells an absorbing story. With George A. Custer being involved, how could the story not be absorbing.

To order, send an email to Mr. Bertera at .



Campaigning with "Old Stonewall"
Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen's Letters to His Wife
edited by Keith S. Bohannon and Randall Allen

Confederate infantryman Ujanirtus C. Allen wrote his wife twice weekly before he was killed at Chancellorsville. Whether focused on the war or on his farm and family, Ugie Allen exhibits a talent for communicating his observations and opinions. His letters make a valuable resource for Civil War enthusiasts and social and military historians. Photos and drawings.

From LSU Press
“This Georgian’s letters offer a rich slice of Southern soldier experience expressed by an observant, smart, company-grade officer. Ugie Allen’s battle accounts of Cross Keys, Gaines’s Mill, Cedar Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg are vividly descriptive contemporary accounts of considerable value.”
—Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain

Orphaned at age three, Ujanirtus C. Allen grew up in foster homes and boarding schools. In the spring of 1861, when he turned twenty-one, “Ugie” inherited a substantial estate in Troup County, Georgia, replete with slaves, livestock, and machinery. Unfortunately for Allen, the outbreak of war made it impossible to build the stable life and permanent home he so desperately wanted for himself, his wife, Susan, and their infant son.

In April, 1861, Allen, fueled by pride and patriotism, joined the Ben Hill Infantry, which eventually became Company F, 21st Georgia Volunteer Infantry. He wrote his wife twice weekly, penning at least 138 letters before he received a mortal wound at Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863. Allen’s ability to convey his observations and feelings on a variety of topics and his vivid descriptions of his environment sets Campaigning with “Old Stonewall” apart from other collections of Civil War letters.

More than simply personal, Ugie’s missives to his beloved Susie abound with vibrant portrayals of wartime Richmond and the beautiful Virginia countryside as well as battlefields such as Cross Keys, Gaines’s Mill, Cedar Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Allen was a discerning observer of people, as evinced by his deft characterizations and gossipy accounts of regimental officers, lowly privates, and generals from Stonewall Jackson to Robert E. Lee. Allen was responsible for dozens of enlisted men, and his correspondence makes clear the myriad duties of a company-grade officer in the Confederate army.

Editors Randall Allen and Keith S. Bohannon expertly weave Allen’s letters with valuable commentary and annotations. Whether focused on the war or on his farm and family, Ugie Allen exhibits a talent for communicating his observations and opinions, making Campaigning with “Old Stonewall” a valuable resource for Civil War enthusiasts and social and military historians.


The Giles, Allegheny and Jackson Artillery
by Keith S. Bohannon
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc


   NEW BOOK!!!


Vanishing Footprints:

The Twenty-Second Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War
by Samuel D. Pryce
Edited by Jeffry C. Burden


The “official” history of the 22nd Iowa, written 100 years ago, published now for the first time. Illustrated, maps, notes, bibliography, index, paperback, 256pp.


Welcome the Hour of Conflict
William Cowan McClellan and the 9th Alabama
by William C. McClellan
Edited by John C. Carter


From the publisher:

Vivid and lively letters from a young Confederate in Lee's Army.

In the spring of 1861 a 22-year-old Alabamian did what many of his friends and colleagues were doing, he joined the Confederate Army as a volunteer. The first of his family to enlist, William Cowan McClellan, who served as a private in the 9th Alabama Infantry regiment, wrote hundreds of letters throughout the war, often penning for friends who could not write home for themselves. In the letters collected in John C. Carter's volume, this young soldier comments on his feelings toward his commanding officers, his attitude toward military discipline and camp life, his disdain for the western Confederate armies, and his hopes and fears for the future of the Confederacy.

McClellan's letters also contain vivid descriptions of camp life, battles, marches, picket duty, and sickness and disease in the army. The correspondence between McClellan and his family dealt with separation due to war as well as with other wartime difficulties such as food shortages, invasion, and occupation. The letters also show the rise and fall of morale on both the home front and on the battlefield, and how they were closely intertwined.

Remarkable for their humor, literacy, and matter-of-fact banter, the letters reveal the attitude a common soldier in the Army of Northern Virginia had toward the day-to-day activity and progression of the war. John C. Carter includes helpful appendixes that list the letters chronologically and offer the regimental roster, casualty/enlistment totals, assignments, and McClellan's personal military record.

About the Author
John C. Carter is a Civil War enthusiast and independent researcher employed by Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.


42nd Virginia Infantry
by John D. Chapla
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc

This is the story of the men of the 42nd Virginia Infantry, who entered the service in July 1861 with more than 860 men drawn from Henry, Patrick Bedford, Roanoke, Campbell, Franklin and Floyd counties.  Fighting initially under the command of Lee and Loring in the Cheat Mountain and Sewell Mountain campaigns during the summer and fall of 1861, the regiment joined Stonewall Jackson's Army of the Valley District in December 1861. Initially a reluctant, even rebellious, member of Jackson's Foot Cavalry, the 42nd endured the Romney Campaign.  At Kernstown in March 1862 it earned Jackson's praise for helping to save the army.  Thereafter it fought as a part of Jackson's division, and its successors, for the remainder of the war in the Valley Campaign, Seven Days, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Paynes Farm, and the Wilderness.  Virtually destroyed when it was overrun with Johnson's division at the Mule Shoe Salient near Spotsylvania Court House, the regiment, never again numbering more than 150, traipsed the Valley of Virginia with Jubal Early in 1864, returning to the Petersburg trenches in December.  Hatcher's Run and Fort Stedman were the last of the bloody way stations preceding the regiment's surrender at Appomattox.  There, just one officer and 12 armed men of the 42nd remained in the line of battle.  In nearly four years of bloody conflict, more than 1,460 men served in the regiment and nearly 31 per cent died as a result.


48th Virginia Infantry
by John D. Chapla
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc

In late July 1861, the 48th Virginia Infantry, "raised to strike for Old Dominion and Southern rights," departed southwest Virginia for its first campaign.  This is the story of that regiment, which was initially comprised of more than 830 men from Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth and Washington counties.  These "Mountain Boomers," as one member dubbed them, were a fine set of men, but "rough as bears."  Tough to discipline, but always tough in a fight, the regiment fought its first battles under Lee and Loring in western Virginia during the summer and fall of 1861.  Joining Stonewall Jackson's Army of the Valley District in December 1861, the 48th suffered through the Romney Campaign, but missed the Kernstown battle.  From then on to the end of the war, however, the regiment fought as part of Jackson's Foot Cavalry, later the Second Corps, at McDowell, Winchester, Cross Keys and Port Republic, Seven Days, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Paynes Farm, the Wilderness and the Mule Shoe Salient near Spotsylvania Court House.  Nearly destroyed in that latter battle when Johnson's division was overrun, the 48th was reduced to less than the size of a company.  That remnant fought with Jubal Early throughout the Valley Campaign of 1864 and returned to the Petersburg trenches in December 1864.  Hatcher's Run and Fort Stedman were its two last major battles before surrendering at Appomattox.  There, at the end, only 45 men remained out of the more than 1,300 who had served in the regiment. During nearly four years of arduous service, nearly 18 percent of the unit
died from battle, disease, or exposure as prisoners of war.

50th Virginia Infantry
by John D. Chapla
This book is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series, published by H. E. Howard, Inc

"The Bloody Half Hundred," as the men of the 50th Virginia came to call themselves, organized in July 1861 from companies recruited in Lee, Wise, Washington, Tazewell, Smyth, Grayson, Carroll, Pulaski, Patrick, Amherst and Nelson counties.  As initially organized, the regiment had 10 infantry companies, numbering about 900, and three troops of cavalry.  As part of John B. Floyd's brigade, the 50th's first battles at Cross Lanes, Carnifex Ferry and Gauley Bridge were part of Floyd's unsuccessful fall-1861 effort to control the Kanawha Valley.  In early 1862, the regiment fought bravely at Fort Donelson and in the retreat from there trekked overland more than 260 miles to Chattanooga.  Reorganized in May of 1862, the 50th fought at Princeton and Lewisburg and joined William W. Loring's fall-1862 campaign that captured Charleston, W.Va.  Shipped east to reinforce Confederate forces on the Blackwater River, the 50th fought a small bloody affair in January 1863 at Kelly's Store near Suffolk.  Returning briefly to southwestern Virginia in March 1863, the 50th was soon ordered east again to join John M. Jones' brigade in Stonewall Jackson's Second Corps. Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Payne's Farm heavily bloodied the regiment. In May 1864, the 50th, roughly handled at the Wilderness, fought well, but briefly before being overrun with Johnson's division at the Mule Shoe Salient near Spotsylvania Court House.  The remnant of the 50th fought as part of the Second Corps through Jubal Early's Valley Campaign.  Transferred to Wharton's division in October 1864, the 50th stood fast during the rout at Cedar Creek and remained in the Valley when the Second Corps returned to Petersburg in December 1864.  In March 1865, the debacle at Waynesborough ended the war for most of the 50th.  Survivors continued serving with Gen. John Echols in southwest Virginia until his army disbanded near Christiansburg in April 1865.  Of the 1,734 men who served in the regiment during the war, nearly 25 per cent died as a result of battle, disease, or exposure as prisoners of war.




All Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell
The Civil War, Race Relations, and the Battle of Poison Spring
edited by Mark Christ 


From the publisher's website:
Dogwood trees were in full bloom as Union General Frederick Steele led 8,500 soldiers out of comfortable quarters in Little Rock and into the pine and scrub woodlands of southwest Arkansas. Steele's intended target was Shreveport, Louisiana. He planned to join another Union force coming from Fort Smith, bringing his projected complement to 12,500 troops, and then link with another Federal army in Louisiana.

What Steele did not know at the outset of his ill-starred expedition was that the history about to be generated would be one of the darkest hours of American military and race-relations history. Neither Steele nor his Confederate counterparts envisioned the battle that took place near Camden, Arkansas, on April 18, 1864. Certainly neither man anticipated the slaughter of black Union soldiers that took place during a rout of Yankee forces by Confederate troops.

What actually happened during that campaign? What made Confederate soldiers react so violently to the presence of former slaves in Union uniforms? Why were usual rules of engagement ignored? What is there to yet be learned from a reconstruction of the battle and its aftermath? These central questions revolve around a letter from the battlefield, full of vivid detail and haunting candor, and dissected in this new study.

Published by August House Books

Getting Used to Being Shot At: The Spence Family Civil War Letters
edited by Mark Christ

From the book jacket:
The Spences were a wealthy family who owned land, slaves, and the main hotel in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. With their successful careers and extensive property, they were among Clark County's most prominent families when the shadow of secession fell across Arkansas. Four years later, Arkadelphia would be ravaged by war, and brothers Tom and Alex Spence would lie in soldiers, graves, far from home.

Mark Christ has assembled the Spence brothers' powerful letters from a collection in Arkansas's Old State House Museum, weaving in other letters from their extended family and friends. He provides brief but thorough introductions to each chapter as well as evocative photographs.

The Spence's letters bear witness to the Civil War of the common soldiers and junior officers of the Army of Tennessee. Alex Spence saw action at Shiloh and most of the other major engagements of that army, while his brother Tom fought in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. They also marched literally thousands of miles, spent weeks in camp, and relied on infrequent travelers to carry precious letters to and from home. They detailed to the family not only the many battles in which they served, but also the hardship of campaigning, the pride of serving in battle-proven units, and the pain of losing comrades to bullets and disease. The story moves chronologically from the outset of war to the final letter from Alex's grieving fiancée.

Published by the University of Arkansas Press

Rugged and Sublime; The Civil War in Arkansas
edited by Mark Christ

From the University of Arkansas Press website:
Rugged and Sublime
explores Arkansas's major clashes and locales of the Civil War. Richly illustrated with maps and photographs and containing an appendix of Civil War properties in Arkansas, it is especially useful as a guidebook to the Civil War battlefields of Arkansas. 1994, 192 pages

Published by the University of Arkansas Press

Sentinels of History
Reflections on Arkansas Properties on the National Register of Historic Places
Edited by Mark K. Christ and Cathryn H. Slater

From the University of Arkansas Press website:
A collection of essays and photographs, historic and modern, that sketches Arkansas history through its preserved buildings and areas.

Sentinels of History was conceived of as a way to mark the turn of the millennium by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. This generously illustrated book contains thirty-nine essays, each of which showcases an important Arkansas site and is written by a noted authority. Also included is a location map for these sites and a full appendix providing location information, county by county, for the more than two thousand surviving properties in Arkansas (as of June 1999) that appear on the National Register. The essays are as wide-ranging as Roger Kennedy's placement of the Toltec Mounds at the time of Charlemagne, Donald Harington's sensitive look at the "bigeminal" architecture of the Wolf dogtrot cabin, and Neil Compton's egalitarian tribute to the Boxley Valley Historic District on the Buffalo National River.

At least one current color photo of the site and one historic image are included with each essay. In addition, illustrations of the locations or structures listed in the appendix are scattered throughout sections. In all, Sentinels of History serves as a lavish inventory of historic properties in Arkansas at the end of the twentieth century. 360 pages, 190 illustrations

Published by the University of Arkansas Press


Description: A History of the 15th South Carolina Infantry 1861-1865 - Dustjacket

A History of the 15th South Carolina Infantry 1861-1865
by James B. Clary


From the author:
This military history uses primary sources to document the events of the 15th South Carolina Infantry from the beginning to the end of the American Civil War. In addition, the 586 page book includes personal biographies of the 1,442 men who served in the Regiment during the War. The 15th South Carolina’s initial trial-by-fire occurred on Hilton Head Island during the Battle of Port Royal Sound on November 7, 1861. As part of Lee’s Army beginning in July 1862, they served in Longstreet’s corps in all of the battles from 2nd Manassas onward. In November 1862, the 15th South Carolina wa assigned by General Lee to Brigadier General Joseph Kershaw’s famous South Carolina brigade. Following the battle of Gettysburg, the 15th South Carolina and Kershaw’s brigade as part of Longstreet’s corps were sent to the Western Army. In April 1864, they returned to Lee’s army where they fought in the Overland Campaign. In August of 1864, the 15th South was ordered to the Shenandoah Valley. In January of 1865, General Lee returned Kershaw’s brigade to South Carolina to oppose Major General Sherman’s army during his march through the Carolinas. The 15th South Carolina was surrendered, along with the remaining men of Kershaw’s brigade to General Sherman at Greensboro, NC on April 26, 1865.


Faces of the Civil War
An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories
by Ronald S. Coddington


From the authors website:
The Johns Hopkins University Press is pleased to announce the publication of Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories by Ron Coddington. The book is a collection of more than seventy profiles and original images of Civil War Union Volunteers who enlisted, served, and fought, who were wounded, captured, and died of their wounds or disease, an those who survived. It is scheduled for release in September 2004. Michael Fellman, author of The Making of Robert E. Lee and editor of Around the World with General Grant, will write the foreword.

Ron Coddington, 40, is an author and visual journalist. He has a fifteen year newspaper career, and has worked for USA Today, the San Jose Mercury News, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services. He writes Faces of War, a regular column appearing in the monthly newspaper the Civil War News. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Anne.

From Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service
Ron Coddington has authored a tour-de-force comparable to that scored by William A. Frassanito with Gettysburg: A Journey in Time some three decades ago. Instead of contemporary photographs, coupled with current photos, underscoring the horrific impact on the landscape, Coddington employs cartes de visite of the participants proudly posed in their uniforms to introduce each. A brief narrative, much of it drawn from the veteran's service and pension records, follow each photo. The photos and the narrative are complimentary and enable the reader to better understand the grim realities that confronted Civil War soldiers and sailors and their loved ones on the battlefield, in the camp, on the march, in the hospital, and also on the home front. Sad to say, a number of the veterans haunted by wartime injuries and experiences will have difficulties adjusting to life as a civilian. This is an aspect of the veteran's life that is frequently ignored, but thanks to Coddington is not ignored.




Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston
by Edward T. Cotham, Jr. 

Book Description
"Devotees of American Civil War literature should find their horizons broadened and their understanding of the war enhanced by this book."

-Donald S. Frazier, author of Cottonclads! The Battle of Galveston and the Defense of the Texas Coast

The Civil War history of Galveston is one of the last untold stories from America's bloodiest war, despite the fact that Galveston was a focal point of hostilities throughout the conflict. As other Southern ports fell to the Union, Galveston emerged as one of the Confederacy's only lifelines to the outside world. When the war ended in 1865, Galveston was the only major port still in Confederate hands.

In this beautifully written narrative history, Ed Cotham draws upon years of archival and on-site research, as well as rare historical photographs, drawings, and maps, to chronicle the Civil War years in Galveston. His story encompasses all the military engagements that took place in the city and on Galveston Bay, including the dramatic Battle of Galveston, in which Confederate forces retook the city on New Year's Day, 1863.

Cotham sets the events in Galveston within the overall conduct of the war, revealing how the city's loss was a great strategic impediment to the North. Through his pages pass major figures of the era, as well as ordinary soldiers, sailors, and citizens of Galveston, whose courage in the face of privation and danger adds an inspiring dimension to the story.

An independent scholar of Civil War history and former president of the Houston Civil War Roundtable, Ed Cotham is also active in the movement to preserve Civil War sites. He lives in Houston.

Published by the University of Texas Press


Sabine Pass; The Confederacy's Thermopylae
by Edward T. Cotham, Jr. 


From the Publisher

In an 1882 speech, former Confederate president Jefferson Davis made an exuberant claim: "That battle at Sabine Pass was more remarkable than the battle at Thermopylae." Indeed, Sabine Pass was the site of one of the most decisive Civil War battles fought in Texas. But unlike the Spartans, who succumbed to overwhelming Persian forces at Thermopylae more than two thousand years before, the Confederate underdogs triumphed in a battle that over time has become steeped in hyperbole. Providing a meticulously researched, scholarly account of this remarkable victory, Sabine Pass at last separates the legends from the evidence. In arresting prose, Edward T. Cotham, Jr., recounts the momentous hours of September 8, 1863, during which a hanful of Texans -- almost all of Irish descent -- under the leadership of Houston saloonkeeper Richard W. Dowling, prevented a Union military force of more than 5,000 men, 22 transport vessels, and 4 gunboats from occupying Sabine Pass, the starting place for a large invasion that would soon have given the Union control of Texas. Sabine Pass sheds new light on previously overlooked details, such as the design and construction of the fort (Fort Griffin) that Dowling and his men defended, and includes the battle report prepared by Dowling himself. The result is a portrait of a mythic event that is even more provocative when stripped of embellishment.

Published by the University of Texas Press



The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine:
The Illustrated Note-Book of Henry O. Gusley
(Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series)

by Edward T. Cotham, Jr. 

Book Description
 "Journals of nineteenth-century U.S. Marines are rare, and Henry Gusley's is a truly outstanding account of the shipboard experiences and observations of an enlisted marine.... Edward Cotham's scholarship in the introduction and in annotating the journal is outstanding, and he has drawn on the appropriate sources. This is one of the best jobs of editing in the field." —Joseph G. Dawson III, Professor of History, Texas A&M University

"I found Gusley's 'notebook' fascinating, informative, and ultimately moving.... Civil War historians will find the information about the inner workings and day-to-day life aboard U.S. naval vessels patrolling the Gulf of Mexico and the major river systems of the Trans-Mississippi interior highly informative.... This book should also find a popular audience. Bright, literate, constantly upbeat, and good-humored despite the many difficult circumstances he found himself in, Gusley is good company for his readers." —Patrick Kelly, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at San Antonio

On September 28, 1863, the Galveston Tri-Weekly News caught its readers' attention with an item headlined "A Yankee Note-Book." It was the first installment of a diary confiscated from U.S. Marine Henry O. Gusley, who had been captured at the Battle of Sabine Pass. Gusley's diary proved so popular with readers that they clamored for more, causing the newspaper to run each excerpt twice until the whole diary was published. For many in Gusley's Confederate readership, his diary provided a rare glimpse into the opinions and feelings of an ordinary Yankee—an enemy whom, they quickly discovered, it would be easy to regard as a friend. This book contains the complete text of Henry Gusley's Civil War diary, expertly annotated and introduced by Edward Cotham. One of the few journals that have survived from U.S. Marines who served along the Gulf Coast, it records some of the most important naval campaigns of the Civil War, including the spectacular Union success at New Orleans and the embarrassing defeats at Galveston and Sabine Pass. It also offers an unmatched portrait of daily life aboard ship. Accompanying the diary entries are previously unpublished drawings by Daniel Nestell, a doctor who served in the same flotilla and eventually on the same ship as Gusley, which depict many of the locales and events that Gusley describes. Together, Gusley's diary and Nestell's drawings are like picture postcards from the Civil War—vivid, literary, often moving dispatches from one of "Uncle Sam's nephews in the Gulf."

Published by the University of Texas Press



Duty and Honor: A Novel of the Civil War
by Michael J. Deeb 


In the summer of 1862, the United States is torn by Civil War, and what was supposed to be a short conflict has turned into a bloody campaign on both sides. Teenage farm boy Michael Drieborg lives with his family in Michigan and longs to join the cause, but he can’t justify abandoning his parents or the farm.

But fate intercedes one Saturday morning on the family’s weekly visit to town. Michael saves a young boy from being bullied. Unfortunately, he strikes the bully – the son of the town’s banker – and is arrested and charged with assault. He was given two choices: go to jail or join a Union cavalry unit being formed in Grand Rapids. Against the wishes of his parents, Michael leaves home and marches off to war.

Thus begins the story a naïve farm boy’s journey to becoming a seasoned Union cavalryman. From the harshness of training camp and the intrigues of Washington DC to falling in love with a congressman’s daughter and the horrific reality of leading troops into battle, Duty and Honor reveals one man’s dignity and sacrifice in the midst of tragic upheaval.


A Grand Rapids, MI native, Dr. Deeb was educated in the area’s parochial schools earning his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College. He earned a Masters Degree from Michigan State University and a Doctorate from Wayne State University. For the majority of his teaching career, he taught American history.




Flags of Civil War Alabama
by Glenn Dedmondt

From the Pelican Publishing Website
Flying high above us and waving in the wind, flags are reminders of what we stand for. They stir the most patriotic emotions within the human heart, and the battle flag often evokes those as strong today as during the War for Southern Independence.

Every flag has a unique story. Those that survived the war are featured in this book with color illustrations and a brief history of their units. They are presented chronologically, and each flag is shown in its original design. Cavalry, infantry, artillery and naval flags are included, along with those that did not belong to any particular unit. There are photographs showing patterns of wear, damage, or artwork associated with each. Those that did not survive are illustrated--recreated from the thorough description that is left of them.

Glenn Dedmondt, a lifelong resident of the Carolinas and member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, shares his passion for the past as a teacher of South Carolina history. He holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, is published in Confederate Veteran magazine, and is the author of The Flags of Civil War South Carolina, also published by Pelican.




Flags of Civil War South Carolina
by Glenn Dedmondt

From the Pelican Publishing Website
Over South Carolina's capitol dome fly three flags: the United States flag, the flag of South Carolina, and the Confederate battle flag. This unique distinction among American capitols has led to its fair share of controversy. The battle flag often evokes as strong emotions today as during the War for Southern Independence.

Many other flags have represented the state and its citizens, however. After five years of locating, measuring, and determining the historical significance of more than one hundred flags displayed during the War Between the States, the author presents-for the first time anywhere-every known South Carolina Civil War flag in existence today. These include: the Lone Star and Palmetto Flag, the first Southern flag hoisted over Fort Sumter; the Charleston Depot battle flag, carried by the French-speaking Lafayette Artillery; and the naval Jack, flown only on a ship of war when in port.

Much more than a historical examination, The Flags of Civil War South Carolina stands as a tribute to the men who bore these colors . . . men who were the heart of the regiment, the soul of the battle line, and the focus of the enemy's fire.

Glenn Dedmondt, a lifelong resident of the Carolinas and member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans since 1986, shares his passion for the past as a teacher of South Carolina history. Dedmondt, who has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, has been published in Confederate Veteran magazine. He also is the author of Southern Bronze, the history of South Carolina's Garden Battery.

Southern Bronze
by Glenn Dedmondt

From the Palmetto Bookworks Website
In the spring of 1862, Hugh Garden returned home to Sumter, South Carolina from service with the 2nd South Carolina Regiment in Virginia. His mission was to recruit a company of artillery. After a summer of recruiting and procurement of equipment, he and the newly commissioned Garden's (S.C.) Artillery Company returned to Virginia in time to participate in the 2nd Battle of Manassas.

Their subsequent service took them through all the major campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia. They were last off the field at Sharpsburg, farthest to advance at Gettysburg, first to retaliate at the Crater, fought one of the last artillery engagements of the war on April 8, 1865, and was one of the largest artillery companies to lay down their arms at Appomattox.

Southern Bronze is the story of these citizen-soldiers and the remarkable officers who molded them through example and deed into a fighting force worthy of honor and remembrance.

The Author
Glenn Dedmondt attributes the beginning of his fascination with history to his fourth grade teacher, Catherine Feagan, "from whom I first heard of Robert E. Lee and Pickett's charge."

Glenn received his B.S. in Education from Southern College in Tennessee and is a history teacher. He has written articles for Confederate Veteran and Civil War Times Illustrated and is a member of the Living History Association, the South Carolina Federation of Museums, and the M.W. Gary Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. His avocations are historical research and, as a living historian, is Commander of the Palmetto Battalion Light Artillery and Ferguson's Artillery Company.

Glenn is married with two sons and lives in Johnston, South Carolina.



The Flags of Civil War North Carolina
by Glenn Dedmondt



From the Pelican Publishing Website
Flags stir powerful emotions, and few objects evoke such a sense of duty and love of one’s homeland. In April 1861, the first flag of a new republic flew over North Carolina. The state had just seceded from the union, and its citizens would soon have to fight for their homes, their families, and their way of life.

The Flags of Civil War North Carolina is the history of this short-lived republic (which later joined the Confederacy), told through the banners that flew over its government, cavalry, and navy. From the hand-painted flag of the Guilford Greys to the flag of the Buncombe Riflemen--made from the dresses of the ladies of Asheville--this collection is an exceptional tribute to the valiant men who bore these banners and to their ill-fated crusade for independence.




The Fighting 10th
The History of the 10th Missouri Cavalry US
by Len Eagleburger



From the publisher's website
During or after the Civil War, no official history was ever written on this Missouri Union Cavalry Regiment.  This book  hopefully will accomplish this.  While the Regimental records now lay at the bottom of the Mississippi River near Greenville , Mississippi when the Steamer B.M. Runyan hit a snag in the river and sank in the summer of 1864, the records have now been reconstructed for the first time along with Rosters.  This book is based upon three separate partial histories which were incomplete individually, but have been conveniently consolidated into a consistent timeline, for the benefit of the men who served in the Regiment as well as future researchers. From early events through the end of the war, the book also gives a brief history of the Civil War in Missouri .




Yankee Autumn in Acadiana
A Narrative of the Great Texas Overland Expedition Through Southwestern Louisiana, October-December 1863
by David C. Edmonds







The Guns of Port Hudson
The River Campaign; Vol 1
by David C. Edmonds







The Guns of Port Hudson
The Investment, Siege and Reduction; Vol 2
by David C. Edmonds





Description: Soldier of Tennessee


Soldier of Tennessee: General Alexander P. Stewart
and the Civil War in the West
by Sam Davis Elliott

From the publisher
As one of the few higher-ranking officers in the Army of Tennessee to avoid controversy, General Alexander P. Stewart (1821-1908) was an outstanding but not outrageous leader. In this masterly biography, Sam Davis Elliott traces the life of this undeservedly obscure general from his early years at West Point through his involvement in nearly all of the battles fought by the Army of Tennessee to his postwar career as an educator and Civil War park commissioner. More than the story of one man, Soldier of Tennessee poignantly conveys the triumphs and failures of the Confederate effort in the West and a divided nation's efforts at reconciliation.

From Booklist
Elliott chronicles a distinguished yet unsung military career, adding usefully to knowledge of the Civil War in the West. A graduate of West Point, Alexander P. Stewart (1821-1908) spent most of his civilian career as a professional educator. In the war, he went with his native Tennessee and became one of the Confederacy's highest ranking officers, rising from major of artillery to lieutenant general as the last field commander of the Army of Tennessee. His career is scantily documented (e.g., no physical description of him survives), yet he appears to have been a sound tactician, taken good care of his men, and avoided the political backbiting that disfigured the careers of so many other western Confederates. After the war, he returned to teaching as a professor at Ole Miss. Resigning in 1886, he later completed his public career by establishing the Chickamauga Battlefield Park for the National Park Service. A straightforward and useful biography of a straightforward and useful man. Roland Green

Sam Davis Elliott is an attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the editor of Dr. Quintard, Chaplain C.S.A. and Second Bishop of Tennessee: The Memoir and Civil War Diary of Charles Todd Quintard



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Doctor Quintard, Chaplain C.S.A and
Second Bishop of Tennessee

The Memoir and Civil War Diary of Charles Todd Quintard
by Sam Davis Elliott

From the publisher
Trained as a physician and ordained an Episcopal priest, Charles Todd Quintard (1824–1898) was a remarkable man by the standard of any generation. Born, raised, and educated in the North, he migrated to the South to pursue a medical career but was inspired by the bishop of Tennessee to serve the church. When Tennessee seceded from the Union in May 1861, Quintard joined the Confederate 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment as its chaplain and during the maelstrom of the Civil War kept a diary of his experiences. He later penned a memoir, which was published posthumously in 1905.

Sam Davis Elliott combines a previously unpublished portion of the diary with Quintard’s memoir in Doctor Quintard, Chaplain C.S.A. and Second Bishop of Tennessee. Quintard offers an unusual perspective and insightful observations gained from ministering to soldiers and civilians as both a priest and a physician. With thoughtful editing and annotating, Quintard’s writings provide a valuable window into the high command of the Army of Tennessee at some of its more critical junctures and substantial detail of the last eight months of the war in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.

Quintard was present during the early fighting in Virginia, marched into Kentucky with Braxton Bragg, attended to the wounded at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, witnessed two Confederate retreats from Middle Tennessee, and watched the Federal armies overrun the Deep South in the spring of 1865. He met such diverse personages as Robert E. Lee and Federal Major General James H. Wilson; prayed with Bragg, Leonidas Polk, and John Bell Hood; shared a bed once with Nathan Bedford Forrest; and performed the sad duty of conducting the funerals of Patrick Cleburne and others killed at Franklin, Tennessee. Throughout his military service, he organized hospitals and relief efforts, filled in as a parish priest, and served as chaplain at large of the Army of Tennessee.

After the war, Quintard became the prime mover in the revival of Leonidas Polk’s dream of an Episcopal Church–sponsored University of the South, and in 1865 he was consecrated bishop of Tennessee, a position he held until his death. These interesting and lively war-year remembrances of one of the Confederacy’s most exceptional characters shed new light on the little-known western theater’s military, civilian, and religious fronts.


“Elliott has reproduced and annotated Charles Todd Quintard’s memoir of the Civil War, originally published posthumously in 1905, adding excerpts from Quintard’s previously unpublished diary covering the fall of 1864 and spring of 1865. . . . His work represents the discipline of historical editing at its finest.”—Journal of Church and State

“One of the most remarkable figures in the Episcopal Church in the nineteenth-century South, Charles Todd Quintard enjoyed a varied career as a physician, priest, military chaplain, bishop, and educator. . . . Military historian Sam Davis Elliott has performed an important service to scholars by bringing Quintard’s writings back into print. . . . Doctor Quintard is a significant and useful source that helps expand historians’ understanding of the Confederate ‘Lost Cause’ and its defenders.”—Anglican and Episcopal History

“Here is an insider’s perspective, both diary and memoir, on crucial events and personalities, amplified by the insightful annotations of editor Sam Elliott. This is a valuable tool for viewing the politics and atmosphere at the Army of Tennessee’s headquarters in 1864.” —Wiley Sword, author of The Confederacy’s Last Hurrah

“Dr. Charles T. Quintard, surgeon and chaplain, served in the larger capacity of spiritual leader and confidant to the generals of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. The strength of his narrative is in his remarkable candor and rich anecdotal stories. Sam Elliott’s edited and expanded edition is must reading for any serious student of the Army of Tennessee, from its glory days in Kentucky in 1862 to the bitter end in 1865. ” —Larry J. Daniel, author of Shiloh

“Sam Davis Elliott has done a tremendous service to students of the Civil War by editing the memoirs of Episcopal priest Charles Todd Quintard. Anyone interested in religion in the Confederacy, the Army of Tennessee, and the western theater of the Civil War should own this book.” —Keith Bohannon, coeditor of A Georgian with “Old Stonewall” in Virginia

Sam Davis Elliott is the author of Soldier of Tennessee: General Alexander P. Stewart and the Civil War in the West and a practicing attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Hollywood Cemetery Her Forgotten Soldiers: Confederate Field Officers at Rest
by Chris Ferguson


An in-depth study of the field grade officers of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia who are buried in Richmond, VA's famous Hollywood Cemetery. This book is acknowledged by Civil War experts as the definitive work on these forgotten heroes of the Confederacy.


Published in the fall of 2001 as a private printing, "Hollywood Cemetery: Her Forgotten Soldiers, Confederate Field Officers' at Rest," chronicles the lives of 106 field grade officers (Colonel, Lt. Colonel & Major) in  the form of detailed biographical sketch work. 


This wonderful book affords a valuable look at that great bivouac of the Confederate dead, Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery.  With tenacious research in a vast array of unpublished sources, and employing numerous unpublished photographs, Chris Ferguson has brought alive the memories of dozens of officers buried at this Southern reliquary.
Bob Krick - Noted Author and Chief historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park




Southerners at Rest:
The Confederate Dead at Hollywood Cemetery

by Chris L. Ferguson


From the publisher
During the Civil War, thousands of Southerners never learned the fate of family members who served in the Confederate army. As the war dragged on, wagonloads of corpses continued to arrive at the gates of Richmond, Virginia’s Hollywood Cemetery. Unfortunately, well-intentioned individuals carved wrong or misspelled names into the soldiers’ wooden headboards. This mistake caused the bodies of numerous fathers, sons and brothers to be lost to the ages. Now, thanks to the detective work of Hollywood Cemetery expert Chris Ferguson, many modern-day families have an opportunity to discover the location of their missing Confederate ancestors.

Ferguson’s new hardback book, Southerners at Rest: Confederate Dead at Hollywood Cemetery, updates the inaccurate 1869 list of Hollywood’s war dead. Ferguson’s massive research compiled a roster of almost 14,000 Confederate soldiers and officials who are buried there. Over 100 soldiers’ photos, many never before published, also add a face to the war’s many sad stories.

Richmond National Park Service historian Robert E.L. Krick penned the foreword for the book. He considers this work to be “the first comprehensive and accurate roster of Confederate soldiers buried in the South’s greatest cemetery.”

The easy-to-use roster is alphabetized by each soldier’s last name. Additional information includes the veteran’s unit, birth date, death date and most importantly – his burial location. A sidebar also adds nuggets of information for these men who came from every southern state. Numbered notes point the reader toward the source of Ferguson’s discoveries. This one-of-a kind resource includes a map of the soldiers’ section to send family members in the right direction as they walk the beautiful grounds of Hollywood in search of their Confederate veterans.

Southerners at Rest is Chris Ferguson’s third book. He is a Confederate records expert, Hollywood Cemetery authority, and tour guide. His first book covered the Confederate field officers buried at Hollywood Cemetery. Ferguson then teamed up with Robert K. Krick for another book which listed the Confederate dead from the Battle of Gettysburg. Ferguson is an Atlanta native, and he now lives in Winchester, Virginia.

Southerners at Rest is available for $34.95 in fine bookstores or by visiting Angle Valley Press at  or calling 1+800-247-6553.

Southerners at Rest: Confederate Dead at Hollywood Cemetery by Chris L. Ferguson. First Edition. 8.5 x 11 hardback, 336 pages, 103 photos, 1 map, bibliography.



Red Clay To Richmond
by John J. Fox, III
Description: Winner of the James I Robertson, Jr.  Literary Prize for Confederate History

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Forgotten Georgia Confederates Remembered
A large void exists in Georgia Civil War history. Even though Georgia supplied the third highest number of soldiers for the Confederate Cause, only a handful of Georgia unit histories have ever been recorded. Thousands of twenty-first century Georgians desire to know more about their soldier ancestors but cannot find information. They yearn to know where and why their great-great grandfathers fought; were they wounded or killed; where was their final resting place? Others wonder what Civil War Georgia home-life was like for the wives and children left behind. John Fox provides answers to these questions and more in Red Clay to Richmond: Trail of the 35th Georgia Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.

In 1861, thousands of Georgians left their homes and plunged themselves into a fight with an unknown future. Unfortunately, many of their stories of valor and even dishonor are still hidden in attics and dusty archives and are waiting to be found and told. Fox’s discovery of many unpublished letters and diaries written by 35th Georgia veterans ensures that their never-before-told-story will finally have an audience. This unit numbered 1,330 soldiers during the four long years of war, and almost half of these men failed to return home.

They fought at many bloody places under the command of famous men like Stonewall Jackson, A.P. Hill and Robert E. Lee. When the handful of 35th Georgia survivors surrendered in 1865, they could proudly say that no enemy hand ever touched their banner during combat. This comprehensive 496-page hardback brings their voices to life and follows them from their 1861 enlistment through four long years of illness, exhaustion, starvation and death. Now, present day Georgians will be able to use this book as a resource for years to come thanks to the 22 maps, 74 photos and soldiers’ roster.

John J. Fox, a Richmond, Virginia native, has been a lifelong student of the Civil War. He lived in the Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia areas for thirteen years and is a former member of the Atlanta Civil War Roundtable. After graduation from Washington & Lee University, he served in the U.S. Army for seven years as an armor officer and aviator. Fox now lives with his family in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

"John J. Fox has taken the sublime and the mundane, and woven them together masterfully to capture the true essence of one of the great stalwart regiments of Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia. The 35th Georgia fought and endured with the very best of Lee’s legions, and yet they went largely unheralded until John J. Fox rescued them from obscurity, to give them their just due. His research is impressive, his style graceful, and his story compelling. This saga of a fighting regiment will be an ideal addition to any library of the heart-rending conflict of 1861-1865."

Frank A. O’Reilly - Historian and Author of The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock

"The veteran soldiers of the 35th Georgia furled their torn but stainless banner at Appomattox Court House in 1865. Thanks to John Fox, it is proudly flying again in the pages of Red Clay to Richmond. After discovering a forgotten trove of soldiers’ letters and diaries, Fox has unfurled their banner in a skillfully edited and narrated account that gives these Georgians full voice in describing their war. They fought at places with famous bloody names: Seven Pines, Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Shenandoah Valley, the Wilderness and Petersburg. This is a book for the Army of Northern Virginia and for the state of Georgia."

Brandon H. Beck - Author of Third Alabama: The Civil War Memoir of Brigadier General Cullen Andrews Battle, CSA.


Description: The 148th Pennsylvania Volunteers: The Story of Company I


The 148th PA Volunteers: The Story of Company I
by Alice Jane Gayley 


THE 148th PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS: THE STORY OF COMPANY I. 1998 by Alice Jane Gayley. This company was recruited in Brookville, Jefferson County, PA, on July 7, 1862, under the command of Captain Silas Marlin. After many years of research, Ms. Gayley has compiled the complete story of this company's engagements from Chancellorsville and Gettysburg to Appomattox where the soldiers witnessed the surrender of the Confederate Army. She has also updated the company roster with additional details on each soldier. Includes photos, charts and references. 125 pages, 8½ x 11 softbound


Vicksburg And The War
by Gordon A. Cotton and Jeff T. Giambrone

The people of Vicksburg voted against secession, but they became enthusiastic Confederates once Union forces arrived. Even months of intense battle, a forty-seven-day siege, and numerous casualties did not dampen their spirits. Vicksburg surrendered on July 4, 1863, and then endured years of Federal occupation. This collection of stories, photographs, and illustrations chronicles the unfailing Confederate spirit of the city, despite its defeat on the battlefield.

Beneath Torn And Tattered Flags
A History of the 38th Mississippi Infantry C.S.A.

by Jeff T. Giambrone

This authoritative work is a must read for the descendants of these gallant men or for the Civil War enthusiast.




The 55th North Carolina in the Civil War
A History and Roster
by Jeffrey M. Girvan 


With the advent of the Civil War in 1861, young men from both Confederate and Union states rushed to volunteer for military duty in a war that many believed would be quickly resolved. The spring of 1862, however, brought the realization that not only was the conflict going to last longer than expected, but additional troops would be needed on both sides. It was at this time that the 55th Regiment North Carolina Troops entered the war. Composed primarily of farmers and tradesmen, the regiment also presented a microcosm of the Tar Heel State with a regionally diverse membership from more than 20 counties. Along with these members came an equal variety of political ideologies, social institutions and range of economic stability—all differences that faded in the face of a common enemy. Finding motivation for their fight in a simple defense of their homes and families, the men of the 55th North Carolina made significant contributions to the Confederate cause, fighting—and often dying—in some of the war’s bloodiest conflicts.

From its formation in 1862 through its dissolution in 1865, this comprehensive history tells the story of the men who served in the 55th North Carolina. Drawing on letters, memoirs, diaries and recollections, it depicts the Civil War through the eyes of the soldiers, enhancing modern-day understanding of what it was like to fight for the Confederate States of America. While providing information on the battles in which the 55th North Carolina took part (including the little known Suffolk campaign), the main focus of the work is the everyday life of the men—the ever-present influence of politics and religion as well as the effects of disease and combat. Appendices provide a breakdown of the companies in the regiment; the regimental roster; a list of men who died of disease; and a record of the men from the 55th who were killed in battle. Contemporary photographs are also included.

About the Author
Jeffrey M. Girvan is an Adjunct instructor at George Mason University and teaches history in Prince William County, Virginia. He lives in Manassas, Virginia.


Too Little Too Late: Compiled Military Service Records of the
63rd Alabama Infantry CSA with Rosters of Some Companies
of the 89th, 94th and 95th Alabama Militia CSA

by Arthur E. Green

An interesting and useful genealogical research aide, this unit history contains the records of 1,133 young Alabama men who joined the war late, fought in battle and were captured at Blakeley, Alabama. Upon capture, they were sent as prisoners to Ship Island near Biloxi, Mississippi. Of these young men, many being 17 or younger, almost all survived the war, which makes their records interesting and important to researchers. This work contains muster rolls and rosters, and service records for the 2nd Alabama Regiment Reserves, which was organized in August 1864. Its designation changed between March and May 1865 to the 63rd Alabama Infantry Volunteers. Many of the service record entries include the soldier’s name, company, rank, date mustered, a physical description, where he was stationed, when and why he was released from the service, and place of residence. Also included are some records for the 89th, 94th and 95th Alabama Militias. This book contains illustrations of the U.S. Hospital Steamer, D.A. January and the flag of the 2nd Alabama Reserves/63rd Infantry CSA. 2001, 234 pp., 8.5x11, illus., paper
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Southerners at War: The 38th Alabama Infantry Volunteers
by Arthur E. Green

This is a short history, followed by an extensive unit roster and military service records for one of the 63 Alabama Infantry regiments to fight for the Confederacy. The 38th guarded Mobile, and later fought at Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, the battles from Dalton to Atlanta, followed by a return to Tennessee where it saw combat at Columbia, Franklin, and Nashville. It returned to Mobile and fought at Spanish Fort at the end of the war. Various appendices round out the book.

Gracie's Pride: The 43rd Alabama Infantry Volunteers
by Arthur E. Green

"Gracie's Pride: The 43rd Alabama Infantry Volunteers" published by White Mane Publishing Co. of Shippensburg, PA. It is similar to my book "Southerners at War - the 38th Alabama Infantry Volunteers". It has a short history and thorough roster with transcribed service records of 1260 men who served in the regiment. For the most part the men were from Mobile, Marengo, Greene, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson and Fayette Counties in Alabama. The 43rd Ala. Regiment was organized in 1862 by Colonel Archibald Gracie. Gracie was a Mobile merchant who was a native of New York and was later promoted to Brigade Commander. The 43rd joined the Kentucky Campaign then fought with honor at Chickamauga. They were transferred to Virginia and spent eight months in the trenches of Petersburg where General Archibald Gracie was killed by enemy shell. Col. Y. M. Moody of Marengo Co. was promoted to Brigadier General to lead Gracie's {Moody's) Brigade until they surrendered with Lee at Appomattox C. H. The 43rd only surrendered 70 men and 16 officers when they stacked their arms on April 9, 1865.


Description: Southern Boots and Saddles

Southern Boots and Saddles:
The Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry, C.S.A.,
First Regiment Alabama and Florida Cavalry, 1863-1865
by Arthur E. Green


Book Description:
This book contains transcribed military service records of 1,611 dedicated, brave Southern men who served with the Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry. These men, for the most part, came from the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida, South Alabama and Southeast Mississippi. Alphabetically arranged entries identify the men associated with the regiment and contain varying amounts of military and personal data. A short history of the regiment and its movements precede the service records. The story of the regiment and men of the Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry-First Regiment Alabama and Florida Cavalry-is preserved on these pages. The Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry was organized and formed in 1863 from existing smaller, but experienced, Alabama and Florida Cavalry units. The first muster roll was on September 12, 1863, at Camp Halls Mill, Alabama, west of Mobile. This Southern cavalry regiment rode with and under the command of Colonel Henry "Harry" Maury. They served and fought along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Pensacola, Florida, and were engaged at the Battles of Spanish Fort and Blakeley, Alabama, in April 1865. They were surrendered in May of 1865 as part of Lieutenant General Richard Taylor's Confederate Army of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. This is the author's fourth book on Confederate regiments with Alabama ties. ----, 8½x11, paper, 230 pp.



Description: Clarksons Battalion CSA

Clarkson's Battalion C.S.A.
A Brief History and Roster
by David L. Haimerl


From the introduction:

“Colonel James J. Clarkson was authorized to raise a cavalry battalion of six companies in the dark days following the Confederate defeat at the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, March 7 & 8, 1862. As the research progressed, I realized too many factors influenced the battalion’s history to merely drop the reader into Act III of a six act Shakespearean tragedy. Too many questions would arise in the reader’s consciousness without pertinent answers: what factors inspired the Federals to invade the Indian Territory; why were there conflicts between Colonels Drew’s and Watie’s regiments; what led to the shortage of Confederate formations in northwest Arkansas and the adjacent areas; and what were the underpinnings of the chaotic Confederate command structure? Of necessity, a lengthy ‘setting the stage’ is required to provide a firm foundation for understanding the circumstances and situations in which the battalion operated.

"Thus, the primary audience for this work is the typical family historian whose ancestor served in Clarkson’s Battalion, yet has limited knowledge of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi theater. A secondary audience is the military scholar and, with luck, I’ve inserted enough rough diamonds to quench their thirst for new knowledge and further avenues of investigation.

“This work could vaguely be termed a primer for the Civil War in the Indian Territory in 1862. It is my deep hope, through this work, to not only increase the knowledge of this little-known unit and its service to the Confederacy, but to bring the fascinating Civil War fought west of the Mississippi River to light. Admittedly, it lacks the ‘grandeur’ of the larger battles and campaigns fought in the primary Eastern theater and secondary Western theater. The Trans-Mississippi theater was an ugly war more reminiscent of the anti-partisan campaign fought throughout the Balkans from 1941 through 1945 in World War Two. It was truly brother against brother in many instances, with suppressed, seething animosities stretching back to the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes from their eastern homelands, and the ‘Bleeding Kansas’ period awaking with the advent of open hostilities after Fort Sumter. Add to this volatile mix individuals and small groups whose sole motive was personal profit at the expense of the unfortunate.” 

Clarkson’s Battalion (225 pages) is the first work to examine the history of this obscure unit in detail and provide a comprehensive roster. Furthermore it offers:




The Battle of Hanover Court House
Turning Point of the Peninsula Campaign, May 27, 1862
by Michael C. Hardy


From the Publisher
After a year of fighting, armies on both sides of the American Civil War had abandoned their early optimism regarding a swift conclusion. Beset by military and political pressures, General George B. McClellan committed his Army of the Potomac to the Peninsula Campaign, with the ultimate goal of capturing Richmond and destroying the surrounding Confederates. Hampered by Lincoln's demand for troops to protect Washington, a limited Union Army engaged Confederate forces in a series of engagements in and around the community of Hanover Court House, Virginia, eventually forcing a Confederate retreat but missing the critical opportunity to press on and capture Richmond. It was an opportunity that would never come again, leading to three more years of protracted conflict, the rise of Robert E. Lee as Confederate commander, and a missed chance that haunted McClellan for the rest of his life.

Researched from official reports as well as contemporary accounts, this is the first detailed look at the battle most widely known as Hanover Court House and Slash Church. The opening chapters set the stage for this crucial battle and outline the events that led up to May 27, 1862, and the high tide of the Peninsula Campaign. The book's main focus is the series of battles that took place between the forces of Union V Corps commander Fitz John Porter and Confederate general Lawrence O'Bryan Branch. Photographs of the battle's central participants are included, along with appendices featuring the official reports of commanders and lists of casualties from both sides.

Civil War historian Michael C. Hardy is the author of The Thirty-seventh North Carolina Troops (2003). His articles have appeared in nationally syndicated magazines, and he frequently presents lectures and interpretive programs on Appalachia's role in the Civil War. He lives in western North Carolina.



Remembering North Carolina's Conferates
(Images of America)
by Michael C. Hardy


From the Publisher
The American Civil War was scarcely over when a group of ladies met in Raleigh and began to plan commemoration for the honored Confederate dead of North Carolina. In 1867, they held their first memorial service. Two years later in Fayetteville, the first monument to the state’s fallen Confederate soldiers was erected. Over the next 14 decades, countless monuments were commissioned in cemeteries and courthouse squares across the state. Following Reconstruction, the veterans themselves began to gather in their local communities, and state and national reunions were held. For many of the Confederate veterans, honor for their previous service continued long after their deaths: accounts of their sacrifice were often chiseled on their grave markers. The images within this book - photographs of veterans and reunions, monuments, and tombstones - are but a sampling of the many ways that the old Confederate soldiers are commemorated across the Old North State.



 The Thirty-seventh North Carolina Troops
Tarheels in the Army of Northern Virginia
by Michael C. Hardy


From the McFarland Publishers Website:
North Carolina contributed more of her sons to the Confederate cause than any other state. The 37th North Carolina, made up of men from the western part of the state, served in famous battles like Chancellorsville and Gettysburg as well as in lesser known engagements like Hanover Courthouse and New Bern.

This is the account of the unit’s four years’ service, told largely in the soldiers’ own words. Drawn from letters, diaries, and postwar articles and interviews, this history of the 37th North Carolina follows the unit from its organization in November 1861 until its surrender at Appomattox. The book includes photographs of the key players in the 37th’s story as well as maps illustrating the unit’s position at several engagements. Appendices include a complete roster of the unit and a listing of individuals buried in large sites such as prison cemeteries. A bibliography and index are also included.

Civil War historian Michael C. Hardy has written for such publications as North & South and America’s Civil War. He frequently presents lectures and interpretive programs on Appalachia’s role in the Civil War. He lives in western North Carolina.



Of Savage Fury
The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky
by Anthony Hawkins


From the author:
OF SAVAGE FURY THE BATTLE OF RICHMOND, KENTUCKY has 408 pages, events leading up to the battle, lots of pictures of the soldiers, maps and original artwork, the story of the battle taken from the words of the soldiers themselves, color pictures of the original battleflags and a killed and wounded list for both sides.Available in softback for $30 postpaid or hardback for $40 postpaid.

Order from:

Hawkins Historical Publications
P.O.Box 63
Ashcamp, KY 41512


"I Have Seen The Monkey Show",
The Civil War Letters of Thomas Warrick
of the 34th Alabama Volunteer Infantry
by Elaine Hendricks


From the author:
Over 100 letters written by Thomas Warrick of Company C, including a few written to Thomas Warrick by relatives back home. Time period covered from March 1862 through March 1865, a few weeks before the surrender. The call went out in March of 1862 for volunteers for the war. The men of Coosa, Tallapoosa, Russell, and Montgomery counties answered the call and the 34th Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment was formed in April of 1862. Thomas’ letters, written faithfully about once a week, detail the movement and daily life of the members of the 34th. Thomas Warrick wrote of his Coosa County relatives in the war: Wes Brown, Henry Warrick, Ab Wideman, Horatio Thornton, James Wideman, Major M. (Dick) Thornton, James Thornton, Green Hines, Lewis Warrick, and a few others.

153 pages, 8 ½ x 11, plastic comb binding. Cost $20 each book plus $4 for mailing.

To order send $24 in check or money order (preferred payment) to:

Elaine Hendricks
205 North Holiday Drive
Dadeville, AL 36853
Tel. 256-825-0870


Voices from Company D
Diaries by the Greensboro Guards, Fifth Alabama Infantry
Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia

by G. Ward Hubbs


Book Description
An unprecedented contribution to the field of Civil War history, Voices from Company D collects writings from the diaries of eight members of the Greensboro Guards, Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment. Woven into a single chronological narrative, these writings provide a unique perspective not only on many of the war's battles and campaigns but also on aspects of life and culture in the nineteenth-century South, including friendship and kinship, duty and honor, and commitment and sacrifice.

As part of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Guards marched under Stonewall Jackson and Jubal Early and fought throughout the war in such battles as Seven Pines, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, and finally Petersburg, where all but one of the Guards were captured. While their diaries impart a wealth of information about these and other critical military engagements, they also convey the full range of the wartime experience: from terror to boredom, pride to regret, victory to defeat. About the execution of a deserter, one Greensboro Guard writes, "Sad & heart-sickening scene! I felt the moment after the volley was fired, an indescribable & mixed sensation of sickness & horror at the sight."

Readers will find singular descriptions of the towns and countryside the men saw, of battlefields and camps, of civilians caught in the path of the war. The diarists also commented on such topics as politics, religion, the home front, the presence of slaves alongside the troops, prices and inflation, troop morale, and leisure activities from reading to gambling. Voices from Company D is a companion volume to Guarding Greensboro, also by G. Ward Hubbs. Together the books tell a fascinating story of the Guards and their hometown, from the unit's first muster in the early 1820s through the postwar era.

About the Author
G. Ward Hubbs
is an assistant professor and archivist at Birmingham-Southern College.



Guarding Greensboro:
A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community

by G. Ward Hubbs

Description: Winner of the Jefferson Davis Award
      from the Museum of the Confederacy


Book Description
Historian G. Ward Hubbs first encountered the Confederate soldiers known as the Greensboro Guards through their Civil War diaries and letters. Only later did he discover that the Guards had formed some forty years before the war, soon after the founding of the Alabama town that was their namesake. Consequently, Hubbs's work on the Guards' wartime service grew into something immensely richer. Guarding Greensboro examines how the yearning for community played itself out across decades of peace and war, prosperity and want.

Greensboro sprang up as a wide-open frontier town in Alabama's Black Belt, an exceptionally fertile part of the Deep South where people who dreamed of making it rich as cotton planters flocked. Although prewar Greensboro had its share of overlapping communities--ranging from Masons to school-improvement societies--it was the Guards who brought together the town's highly individualistic citizenry.

A typical prewar militia unit, the Guards mustered irregularly and marched in their finest regalia on patriotic holidays. Most significantly, they patrolled for hostile Indians and rebellious slaves. In protecting the entire white population against common foes, Hubbs argues, the Guards did what Greensboro's other voluntary associations could not: move citizens beyond self-interest.

As Hubbs follows the Guards through their Civil War campaigns, he keeps an eye on the home front: on how Greensborians shared a sense of purpose and sacrifice while they dealt with fears of a restive slave populace. Finally, Hubbs discusses the postwar readjustments of Greensboro's veterans as he examines the political and social upheaval in their town and throughout the South. Ultimately, Hubbs argues, the Civil War created the South of legend and its distinctive communities.

About the Author
G. Ward Hubbs
is an assistant professor and archivist at Birmingham-Southern College



Tears on the Bluestone
A Civil War Portrait of Mercer County, Virginia,
Now West Virginia

by Arnold H. Hurd III


Book Description
Tears on the Bluestone tells the overlooked, little-known story of the militia, guerrillas, and veterans of Mercer County, West Virginia. More importantly, it is the tragic account of the individual men and families whose lives were altered forever by the American Civil War and its aftermath. A glorious, short-lived war was a hopeful, naive fantasy. Lives were lost; property and homes were ruined; friendships and families were shattered. This book provides a comprehensive look at the Flat Top Copperheads, a guerrilla unit frequently mentioned in the diary of future President Rutherford B. Hayes of the 23rd Ohio Infantry. Includes over 100 archival photographs, maps, and illustrations;  440 pages, 6" x 9", jacket-hardcover binding.


Description: For Cause and For Country

For Cause & For Country
A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin
by Eric A. Jacobson

You may also purchase this book through the
Carter House Museum Shop at 615-791-1861.

From the publisher:

The battles at Spring Hill and Franklin, Tennessee were watershed moments in American Civil War history. Thousands of veterans and recruits, as well as former West Point classmates, found themselves moving through Middle Tennessee in the last great campaign of a long and bitter war. Replete with bloodshed and controversy, the battles led directly to the conclusion of action in the Western Theater. Long ignored and seldom understood, Spring Hill and Franklin stand as one of the most compelling episodes of the Civil War.

Through exhaustive research and the use of sources never before published, the story of both battles comes vividly to life in this remarkable book. The lost opportunity at Spring Hill is evaluated in detail and the truth of what happened there may at last be discovered. The horrific battle at Franklin is told like never before. From what motivated John Bell Hood to make the attack, to the vital role of Union regiments either forgotten or ignored, the reader will see the confrontation in an entirely new light. Events such as the assault on the Union left flank, the attack made by the Confederate Missouri Brigade, General John Adams’ death, and General William Bate’s assault are given the thorough examination they have so long been denied.

The book numbers 519 pages, contains over 325 material sources, and is illustrated with black and white, as well as color, photographs. Released by O’More Publishing the book could well become the definitive work on the subject.

For Cause and For Country offers a balanced and richly detailed study of these crucial battles. Students of Spring Hill and Franklin will appreciate the dearth of new information and may conclude that these battles had a greater scope than even they realized. Those not familiar with the story will find themselves drawn to the amazing events of late 1864, when Middle Tennessee stood center stage as the country defined itself through blood and fire.


Description: McGavock Confederate Cemetery

McGavock Confederate Cemetery
A Revised and Updated Compilation
by Eric A. Jacobson

From the publisher:
For sale is a new, hardcover, author signed copy of The McGavock Confederate Cemetery: A Revised and Updated Compilation. This book details how the largest private, military cemetery in the United States was organized and established, and how it was cared for in the decades following the Civil War. Included is a full and accurate list of the Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. A must have for historians and descendants. Includes an introduction by Robert Hicks, author the best selling historical novel The Widow of the South. The book's length is 168 pages and includes several black and white photos and eight pages of vivid color photos.



The Battle Rages Higher:
The Union's Fifteenth Kentucky Infantry
by Kirk C. Jenkins


Book Description
The Battle Rages Higher tells, for the first time, the story of the Fifteenth Kentucky Infantry, a hard-fighting Union regiment raised largely from Louisville and the Knob Creek valley where Abraham Lincoln lived as a child. Although recruited in a slave state where Lincoln received only 0.9 percent of the 1860 presidential vote, the men of the Fifteenth Kentucky fought and died for the Union for over three years, participating in all the battles of the Atlanta campaign, as well as the battles of Perryville, Stones River and Chickamauga.

Using primary research, including soldiers’ letters and diaries, hundreds of contemporary newspaper reports, official army records, and postwar memoirs, Kirk C. Jenkins vividly brings the Fifteenth Kentucky Infantry to life. The book also includes an extensive biographical roster summarizing the service record of each soldier in the thousand-member unit.

About the Author
Kirk C. Jenkins, a descendant of the Fifteenth Kentucky's Captain Smith Bayne, is a partner in a San Francisco law firm.


Peculiar Honor: A History of the 28th Texas Cavalry
by M. Jane Johansson


The 28th Texas Cavalry (dismounted), a unit of Walker's Texas Division, campaigned in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas in some of the fiercest yet least-studied battles of the Civil War. Part of the division known as "Walker's Greyhounds" because of their amazing mobility and marching stamina, the men of the 28th helped preserve Texas from Federal invasion. By blending traditional narrative history with a quantitative approach, this book examines common soldiers in terms of their social, mental, and political worlds, creating an invaluable portrait of the men fighting in the Trans-Mississippi theater.

Description: Winner of the Ottis Lock Award for the Best Book on East Texas History



Widows by the Thousand:
The Civil War Letters of Theophilus and Harriet Perry, 1862-1864
(The Civil War in the West)

Edited by M. Jane Johansson


This collection of letters written between Theophilus and Harriet Perry during the Civil War provides an intimate, firsthand account of the effect of the war on one young couple. Theophilus Perry was an officer with the 28th Texas Cavalry, a unit that campaigned in Arkansas and Louisiana as part of the division known as "Walker's Greyhounds." Letters from Theophilus Perry describe his service in a highly literate style that is unusual for Confederate accounts. He documents a number of important events, including his experiences as a detached officer in Arkansas in the winter of 1862–1863, the attempt to relieve the siege of Vicksburg in the summer of 1863, mutiny in his regiment, and the Red River campaign up to early April 1864, just before he was killed in the battle of Pleasant Hill. Conversely, Harriet Perry's writings allow the reader to witness the everday life of an upper-class woman enduring home front deprivations, facing the hardships and fears of childbearing and childrearing alone, and coping with other challenges resulting from her husband's absence.

The fourth volume in the Civil War in the West Series, Widows by the Thousand elucidates aspects of the war in western states and territories. By using U.S. census records, service records, and other sources to identify the people mentioned in the letters, Johansson makes a significant contribution to the literature. And by placing the letters in the context of the Civil War, she has revealed a fascinating portrait of the impact of the conflict on one family that suffered tragedy and loss.




That Body of Brave Men:
The U.S. Regular Infantry and the Civil War in the West
by Mark W. Johnson
Description: Nominated as a Finalist for the
     Army  Historical Foundation's
     2003 Distinguished Writing Award


"This is a unique book, one that combines an account of the only brigade of Union regular troops to serve in what first was the Army of the Ohio and then the Army of the Cumberland with a history of the major military operations conducted by those armies in the West from 1861 to 1864.  Awesomely researched, splendidly written, and filled with perceptive interpretations by its author, a West Point-trained officer in today's army, this is a volume that all serious students of the Civil War should read and retain."

Albert Castel
Author of the Lincoln Prize-winning
Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864

"Far too long has the contribution of the U.S. Regulars in the Civil War's Western Theater been overlooked.  Now, thanks to the brilliant research and graphic writing of Mark Johnson, we can better understand this long neglected and important subject.  Reflecting its fascinating detail and insightful analysis, this book deserves a place on every history buff 's bookshelf."
Author of the award-winning book,
Embrace an Angry Wind
"Thoroughly researched and powerfully annotated, Johnson's deft writing style takes us painlessly through the politics, training and combat actions of these long-forgotten brave men and their often controversial officers."
Author of six books on the Civil War, including Abraham Lincoln and Military Justice.

Book Review
While the Regulars made up approximately 3% of the total forces in the Civil War they are rarely mentioned in Civil War literature and when they are the information is usually sketchy or erroneous. This book not only brings light to a story that has remained hidden for 138 years, but it also explains why the fascinating story of the Western Regulars was never been told before. This book will appeal to any Civil War reader interested in the Western Theater, the Regular Army, or the cultural conflicts between the Regulars and Volunteers and how they continued to cast shadows over the truth for over a century. Mark Johnson brings new perspectives to major western campaigns/battles such as Shiloh, Perryville, Stones River, Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Atlanta. While these battles have all received at least one book length study the significant contributions of the Regulars was rarely acknowledged. Scorned by the volunteer units for their high standards and uncompromising values, the Regulars were ignored or maligned in post war literature that predominately focused on trumpeting the stories of volunteer units to local/state audiences. The Regular's professionalism made those who survived reluctant to tell their own stories. The author's extensive use of primary source material from the National Archives and many obscure collections brings life to this important story through the voices of men never heard from before. The nicely annotated maps are not only original, but a cut above what is being published by even the most notable contemporary Civil War authors. These maps along with extensive notes and appendices allow the reader to drill down into the details and further contribute to the insightful nature of this remarkable book. One of the sub-themes of this book is the results of changing standards in recruitment and training. As the Regular Brigade went through rebuilding cycles to replace its loses it was gradually degraded by Federal regulations that made it more difficult to recruit quality men. It is a lesson that is still applicable today for those who need to be reminded that diminished training, pay and enlistment enticements will eventually impact the quality of the military. I look for this book to promote the image of the Regular Brigade into the ranks of other notable units such as the Iron Brigade and Irish Brigade. It is the complete historical package. A story never told before using original material and told comprehensively through the voices of the men who have until now been lost to history.

Mark Johnson, Major, US Army has created a masterfully written, well researched study of an all but overlooked force of men, the Regulars who served in the United States Army, and fought in what was considered the "western" theater of operations of the Civil War - Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, etc. This book is a rarity in the field of Civil War literature, unlike the plethora of books that continue to plow the same ground with some variations on a theme, "That Body of Brave Men" details the history of a unit that is effectively unknown to all but the most serious students of the conflict - the Regular Brigade of the Army of the Cumberland, the 15th 16th, 18th and 19th United States Infantry Regiments. Not only does this work detail the units, officers and men in a candid and forthright manner, it provides the reader with an excellent understanding of the battles and campaigns that made up the war for Kentucky, Tennessee and the march on Atlanta. I would be remiss if I did not note that the Major Johnson provides a reader, through his writing style, and his maps which I consider to be some of the best ever presented in a Civil War unit or battle history, with an excellent view of the war in the West from a strategic, operational and most especially unit level. But most of all he tells the story of the men who served in these units through their own words, he shows you the life of a Regular through their eyes, whether it be in bivouac, on the drill field or in combat, and he does so in a masterful style.  As someone who had the honor and privilege to assist Major Johnson with this project, and has spent a lifetime studying the Civil War, I have found that on rare occasion, every now and again an exceptional work of Civil War history comes along, this is one of those books.

Hardcover: 784 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.22 x 9.32 x 6.42; Publisher: DaCapo Press; (September 2, 2003)




No Pardons to Ask, nor Apologies to Make
The Journal of William Henry King,
Gray's 28th Louisiana Infantry Regiment

Edited by Gary D. Joiner, Marilyn S. Joiner and Clifton D. Cardin



From the University of Tennessee Press website:
William Henry King began war service in 1862 in Louisiana and ended it in 1865 in Camden, Arkansas. During this period he chronicled action in the Trans-Mississippi theater, producing a diary that yields one of the most important accounts from a Confederate enlisted man.

No Pardons to Ask, Nor Apologies to Make is a gritty look into the life of a soldier, with no romantic gloss. While most journals record the mundane day-to-day routine, King's consistently detailed entries-notable for their literary style, King's venomous wit, and his colorful descriptions-cover a wide array of matters pertaining to the Confederate experience in the West.

King's observations about his superiors, the Confederacy, contraband, and the underreported Trans-Mississippi campaign are especially striking. Though his long service demonstrates a certain loyalty to the Confederate cause, he writes sharp criticisms of his superiors, of military discipline, and of contemporaneous social and class conditions. His discontent is rooted within a fiery sense of independence that conflicts with centralized authority, whether it takes the form of military, government, or class control.

Few published diaries capture the tension and turmoil that existed in the Southern ranks or the class resentment that festered in some quarters of the Confederacy. No Pardons to Ask, Nor Apologies to Make makes an important contribution to understanding how class functioned in the Confederate command and also provides a much-needed account of action in the Trans-Mississippi theater, where the primary sources are extremely slim.

Gary D. Joiner is chief operating officer of Precision Cartographics in Shreveport, Louisiana, and assistant professor of history at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He is the author of One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864, winner of the 2004 Albert Castel Award and the 2005 A. M. Pate, Jr., Award.
A former journalist, Marilyn S. Joiner transcribed the bulk of the King diary. She is a native of Mansfield, Louisiana, the site of the last decisive Confederate victory of the Civil War.

Clifton D. Cardin is the official Bossier Parish historian and the production coordinator in the Telecommunications Department of Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, Louisiana. He is the author of numerous books, including Bossier Parish, Proud to Be in Bossier, and Bossier Parish History: 1843-1993, The First 150 Years.



One Damn Blunder From Beginning To End
The Red River Campaign of 1864
by Gary Dillard Joiner

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and the A.M. Pate, Jr. Award 2005


Edwin Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service
"A masterful narrative history of the 1864 Red River Campaign."

Stacy D. Allen, Historian, Shiloh National Military Park
"Provides a detailed and long-needed modern analysis of this controversial and sadly neglected campaign.
Military history at its best."

Book Description
In the spring of 1864, as the armies of Grant and Lee waged a highly scrutinized and celebrated battle for the state of Virginia, a no- less important, but historically obscured engagement was being conducted in the pine barrens of northern Louisiana. In a year of stellar triumphs by Union armies across the South, the Red River Campaign stands out as a colossal failure. General William Tecumseh Sherman’s scathing summation describes it best, "One damn blunder from beginning to end."

Taking its title from Sherman’s blunt description, One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864 is a fresh inspection of what was the Civil War’s largest operation between the Union Army and Navy west of the Mississippi River. In a bold, but poorly managed effort to wrest Louisiana and Texas from Confederate control, a combined force of 40,000 Union troops and 60 naval vessels traveled up the twisting Red River in an attempt to capture the capital city of Shreveport.

Gary D. Joiner provides not a recycled telling of the campaign, but a strategic and tactical overview based on a stunning new array of facts gleaned from recently discovered documents. This never-before-published information reveals that the Confederate army had laid a clever trap by engineering a drop in the water level of the Red River to try to maroon the Union naval flotilla. Only the equally amazing ingenuity of the Union troops saved the fleet from certain destruction, despite a humiliating defeat at the Battle of Mansfield.

The Red River campaign had lasting implications. One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End magnifies just how devastating the diversion of so many men and so much material to this failed campaign was to the Union effort in the pivotal year of 1864. Because of the Union Army’s failures, Northern plans to capture Mobile were scrapped. Military careers were made and lost. And at time when the Confederacy was teetering on the brink of oblivion, Southern morale was bolstered.

Joiner puts together a compelling description of what was one of the most important military operations conducted west of the Mississippi. The fierce military action, the squabbling of the leaders on both sides, and most importantly, essential new knowledge of the Confederate defensive preparations are all contained in the pages of this new book.

Civil War buffs and military enthusiasts will revel in this in-depth look at this critical, but previously overlooked campaign.

About the Author
A professional cartographer, Gary D. Joiner is the geographic information systems coordinator at Louisiana State University in Shreveport where he also teaches Civil War and Louisiana history. He has served as a consultant to the Louisiana Department of Recreation and Tourism in identifying Red River Civil War sites

Re -Re leased and Updated!!!


The Red River Campaign:
Union and Confederate Leadership and the War in Louisiana
Edited by Gary D. Joiner, Theodore P. Savas and David A. Woodbury

“Readers will delight in this collection of essays written by prominent scholars of the Red River Campaign. Their pens reflect the intimacy with which they know their subject, and each entry provides unique perspectives and insights available in no other publication. This revised edition of The Red River Campaign: Union and Confederate Leadership and the War in Louisiana unravels the complexities of this highly controversial, politically motivated, and always fascinating operation.”

Terrence Winschel
Author of Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksbury Campaign
and chief historian at Vicksburg National Military Park

The Red River Campaign was originally published as an edition of a journal, Civil War Regiments. Due to demand for the journal, it has been republished with additions by Parabellum Press, a publishing company organized by Joiner to publish work of  historical significance. The original journal has been updated to include a foreword by preeminent civil war historian Ed Bearss, historian emeritus of the National Park Service, and a driving tour essay penned by Joiner.

Essays include On to the Red River (foreword) by Edwin C. Bearss; A Colonel Gains His Wreath: Henry Gray and his Louisiana Brigade at the Battle of Mansfield, April 8, 1864 by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.; The Union Naval Expedition on the Red River by Gary D. Joiner & Charles E. Vetter; A Death at Mansfield : Colonel James H. Beard and the Consolidated Crescent Regiment by Theodore P. Savas; Occupation: Lt. Charles W. Kennedy and 156th New York Infantry in Alexandria edited by Edward Steers; Touring the Red River Campaign by Gary Joiner; Over 25 pages of maps and photos

Red River Steamboats; Images of America
By Gary D. Joiner and Eric Brock

from Civil War Book Review
Shreveport, the Confederate capital of Louisiana, is situated along the Red River, which invited a string of Civil War naval battles. This generously illustrated book collects photos of participating transport vessels, hospital ships, ironclads, and gunboats

Historic Shreveport-Bossier City (non Civil War)
By Gary D. Joiner and Marguerite R. Plummer

Excellent illustrated history of Shreveport & Bossier City and local business profiles



Campbell Brown's Civil War:
With Ewell and the Army of Northern Virginia
Edited, with and introduction by Terry L. Jones


From the Louisiana State University Press website:
The Civil War writings of G. Campbell Brown—cousin, stepson, and staff officer of famed Confederate General Richard S. Ewell—provide a comprehensive account of the major campaigns in the north Virginia theater. Terry L. Jones has performed an invaluable service by gathering these widely scattered but oft-cited primary sources into a deftly edited volume.

Brown’s memoir details his service under Ewell during the campaigns of First Manassas, the Shenandoah Valley, the Seven Days, Second Manassas, and Gettysburg, and under Joseph E. Johnston at Vicksburg. His correspondence and memoranda form a suspenseful recounting of the Overland Campaign, the siege of Richmond, and a harrowing retreat that ended with the capture of Brown and Ewell at Sayler’s Creek just three days before Robert E. Lee’s surrender. Their subsequent three-month captivity in Fort Warren, Massachusetts, is documented in Brown’s letters.

Leaders such as Ewell, Johnston, Lee (whose daughter Brown tried to marry), “Stonewall” Jackson, and Jubal A. Early come to life in rich anecdotes and occasional critiques of their wartime actions. A southern aristocrat from Tennessee, Brown exhibits a grasp of the nuances of military protocol that is as compelling as his descriptions of battlefield horrors.

Brown’s eagerness to report all he sees—from the quotidian to the bloodcurdling—makes his writings among the finest to come out of the Civil War. Scholars will want copies of this volume at close hand for ready reference, and buffs will treasure the play of a nimble mind over a dire and fascinating time.

Praise for the Book

“Serious students of the [Civil War] have long known that Campbell Brown’s manuscript memoir belongs in the top tier of such accounts. . . . From the moment it was published Campbell Brown’s Civil War assumed a place of honor on the short shelf of the very best Army of Norther Virginia books. There it is destined to remain.” —Civil War History

“Campbell Brown witnessed much of the Civil War in Virginia at close range and from an ideal vantage point. . . . The young officer’s relentless intellectual curiosity and dazzling knack for caricature resulted in an absolutely splendid memoir, written soon enough after the war to be fresh and immediate. Brown’s manuscript had been one of the half-dozen best unpublished Confederate sources in existence; now it is one of the very best published Confederate sources available.”—Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain

“Occasionally poignant, often humorous, and always entertaining, Campbell Brown’s Civil War will immediately assume a place among the Civil War’s premier firsthand accounts.”—Donald C. Pfanz, author of Richard S. Ewell: A Soldier's Life

“Civil War historians have valued the collected papers of Campbell Brown—his memoirs, correspondence, diary, and memoranda—for many years. Being at once instructive and entertaining, these writings by an observant, articulate, and insightful young staff officer provide a frank and fresh assessment of Confederate strategy and many Confederate leaders. Supplemented in this published form by the illuminating commentary and comprehensive notations of Terry Jones, Brown’s papers are now more valuable than ever for researchers, and they provide a rare treat for anyone interested in the military conduct of the war.”—Daniel E. Sutherland, author of Seasons of War: The Ordeal of a Confederate Community, 1861–1865




Lee's Tigers:
The Louisiana Infantry
in the Army of Northern Virginia

by Terry L. Jones


From the Louisiana State University Press website:
“In an effort to glorify the exploits of the Louisiana troops, some historians have glossed over their criminal behavior, treating very lightly the negative aspects of the Tigers. According to the author such apologies are unnecessary because ‘. . . Confederate commanders time and again called on them in the most desperate situations.’ It was the Tigers who blunted the initial Federal assault at First Manassas, played an important role in Jackson’s Valley campaign, held fast at Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle, fought hand to hand at Fort Stedman, and led Lee’s last offensive at Appomattox. This is an excellent work, thoroughly researched, and well written. Lee’s Tigers is the first comprehensive study of all the Louisiana units operating under General Lee.”—Civil War History

“Jones’s resourceful work in manuscript collections has turned up enough letters, diaries, muster rolls and other primary source material to present a coherent record of these ten regiments and five battalions that served under Lee. Lee’s Tigers gives them their due.”—Washington Post Book World

Terry L. Jones , professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is the editor of The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour: Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger and Campbell Brown’s Civil War: With Ewell and the Army of Northern Virginia.



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The A to Z of the Civil War: Volume 1 (A-L) and Volume2 (M-Z)
by Terry L. Jones

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"...a primary reference work previously only affordable by institutions and collectors.  Now in an economical new format for the amateur Civil War historian." - Jim Martin

From the publisher
The Civil War was the most traumatic event in American history, pitting Americans against one another, rending the national fabric, leaving death and devastation in its wake, and instilling an anger that has not entirely dissipated even to this day. Thus, it is essential to have a resource that can inform about this terrible war clearly and objectively, providing the indispensable details while also offering an overall view. This nearly impossible task has been attempted frequently but rarely accomplished as well as by the Historical Dictionary of the Civil War, which now appears as a somewhat abbreviated A to Z of the Civil War.

An overview of the war is provided in the fairly extensive introduction, covering the causes, the course of the war, and the conclusion. It is then followed—sometimes almost day-by-day-in the chronology. Hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries, taking up over 1,500 pages, fill in the basic details on persons, places, events, institutions, battles, and campaigns. The bibliography directs readers to other sources of information.

About The Author
Terry L. Jones is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has published three previous books on the American Civil War.






The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour:
Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger
edited by Terry L. Jones


From the Louisiana State University Press website:
Seymour's are the only memoirs by any field or staff officer of the first Louisiana Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, and his reports of battle and activity in Virginia are a wellspring of information on the war in the East and on the role played by Louisiana enlisted men and officers in these military actions.

From the Critics

Library Journal
Seymour, a New Orleans newspaper editor, served as an aide to Brigadier General Harry T. Hays, commander of the 1st Louisiana Brigade of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, from early 1863 to late 1864. Seymour's staff officer perspective provides glimpses of the Con federate command system, scenes of camp life, and key battles in the East. He writes with the journalist's eye for detail albeit also with a matter-of-fact tone. His account of the battle at Fort Jackson below New Orleans is the only known Confederate first-person account of this bat tle. Astutely edited and copiously explicated, Seymour's memoirs, based on his private contemporary journal, are a key primary source for scholars and buffs alike. For research and specialized libraries.-- Thomas E. Schott, Office of History, 17th Air Force, Sembach, Germany

The memoirs--based on a diary--of a newspaper editor who served as a Confederate officer. Among other distinctions, his is the only known narrative of length by a Confederate at Fort Jackson (aside from official reports) or by any field or staff officer in the famed 1st Louisiana Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (




Cemetery Hill:
The Struggle for the High Ground
July 1-3, 1863
(Battleground America Guides)
by Terry L. Jones


From the publisher
The fight for Cemetery Hill was long and bloody—whoever controlled the hill would win the battle of Gettysburg.

The battle of Gettysburg included many dramatic and controversial moments, several of which involved Cemetery Hill. This book covers in detail the three-day struggle for that crucial high ground from the soldiers' point of view. Using official reports, letters, diaries, and memoirs, it tells how and why the generals made crucial decisions and what it was like to be a soldier involved in the bloody hand-to-hand fighting.

The Affair At Madison Station, Alabama - Before And After
from the Madison Station Historical Preservation Society

The May 17th, 1864 raid at Madison Station by the 5th Alabama Cavalry., using compiled Official Records, relates the attack on the 13th Illinois Infantry guarding the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.

There are brief histories of the 5th Alabama Cavalry and the 13th Illinois along with BIOS of the commanders. Short histories of the Union units stationed in and around Madison Station during the Civil War are included. There are other stories of individuals relating to "The Affair".

A roster of the 5th Alabama Cavalry is included along with a roster of Stuarts Battalion of the 5th Alabama. The 5th Alabama Cavalry Regiment was composed of men from the north and north west counties of Alabama.

The cost is $12.50 per copy. Please include $3.50 for shipping and handling. Send check or money order payable to the Madison Station Historical Preservation Society to:

L. C. Lanphere
120 Bellingham Dr.
Madison, AL 35758

The Encyclopedia of Quantrill's Guerillas
by Rose Mary Lankford

From Roy Bird of the Kansas State Library
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF QUANTRILL'S GUERRILLAS is a rare effort spurred by and influenced by geneology. Researcher Rose Mary Lankford states in her forward "it was because of researching my husband's family tree that I became involved with this work." She has compiled one of the most thorough examinations of the Missouri Civil War guerrillas ever. Not only does it list most of William Clarke Quantrill's associates than any other work, it also includes places, events, battles, and other men and women whose lives were touched by the guerrillas. "Although, I personally lean toward the guerrillas," she writes, "I tried to tell it like it was, whether it was good or bad." She accomplished her goal with a remarkably balanced, unbiased portrait of the lives of hundreds of those young men and the horrific period in which they lived and died.

"It is alphabetical in dictionary format and is relatively well indexed by Lankford herself. Privately published and photocopied with a comb will be an outstanding addition to these collections in public or academic libraries and is highly recommended for its content. It's also great reading for Civil War buffs...

This book sells for $37.00 (USA only) which includes postage. Order direct from the author:
Rose Mary Lankford
1180 Fanny Lankford Ln.
Evening Shade, AR 72532


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Disunion, War, Defeat, and Recovery in Alabama:
The Journal of August Benners, 1850-1885

Edited by Glenn Linden & Virginia Linden

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Disunion, War, Defeat, and Recovery in Alabama offers a rare look into the life of a Civil War character many would say they love to hate: the plantation owner. A slave-owning, cotton grower, Augustus Benners recorded decades of his mostly gritty and unglamorous plantation life. Simultaneously, his entries unveil the self-portrait of a complex and troubled man. Struggling to meet the demands of family, farm, and community, Benners remained haunted by fear and self-doubt in his quest for peace and stability.

A devoted husband and father, Benners’s tragedy of loss is almost Shakespearean in scope. He touchingly recounts the deaths of dear ones: five children in the space of eleven years; his wife returning from Texas; and a long-time favorite hand (“he never referred to them as slaves”), Kit Jones, whose passing moved Benners to write “his place cannot be filled.”

How poignant we find Benners’s comment on slave-owning: “I could wish I had never seen a Negro and don’t in the least doubt I would have been more of a man if not a better one if I had never owned one.”

Deft editing, annotation, and explanatory notes by Glenn and Virginia Linden complement and elucidate Benners’s historical accounts. Just when you think you have this nineteenth-century Southern icon neatly stereotyped, the editors let Benners surprise you with revelations as to his spiritual side...his fascination with astronomy and roller skating...or one more rendition of his unflagging resentment toward Ulysses S. Grant.

GLENN M. LINDEN is associate professor of History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he has taught since 1968. He has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books including three in the Civil War period—Voices from the Gathering Storm, the Coming of the Civil War; Voices from the House Divided, the United States Civil War as Personal Experience; and Voices from the Reconstruction Years, 1865–1877.

VIRGINIA LINDEN has a BA from the University of Washington and an MA in sculpture from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has worked on eight books with Glenn editing and researching.



Organizational Summary Of Military Organizations From Georgia
In The Confederate States Of America
by Thomas E. Lyle, Larry O. Blair and Debra Lyle

From the author

"Organizational Summary Of Military Organizations From Georgia In The Confederate States Of America" is a new 340 page,  softback, Georgia Civil War reference book. Using the Index you can look up Regiments, Battalions, Militia, company names and go to page showing a brief explanation of the organization of that unit.

For ordering information, price quote and current shipping costs. Send a self addressed stamped envelope to:
192 Sequoia Dr., N. E.
Marietta, Georgia 30060-7214





The Uncivil War:
Irregular Warfare in the Upper South, 1861-1865
(Campaigns and Commanders, 5)
by Robert R. Mackey


From the publisher
The Upper South--Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia--was the scene of the most destructive war ever fought on American soil. Contending armies swept across the region from the outset of the Civil War until its end, marking their passage at Pea Ridge, Shiloh, Perryville, and Manassas. Alongside this much-studied conflict, the Confederacy also waged an irregular war, based on nineteenth-century principles of unconventional warfare. In The Uncivil War, Robert R. Mackey outlines the Southern strategy of waging war across an entire region, measures the Northern response, and explains the outcome.

“Some historians have speculated about why the Confederacy did not make greater use of guerrilla warfare. Robert Mackey demonstrates that Southern partisans and raiders did practice irregular war on a larger scale. . . . This book offers a fresh perspective on the Civil War.”
James M. McPherson, author of The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

“A much-needed and important addition to the literature on a very misunderstood—yet significant—facet of the Civil War.”
William B. Feis, author of Grant’s Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox

“The first scholarly attempt to grapple with the complexities of the guerrilla war across the Upper South. His conclusions will serve as a touchstone for future research.”
Daniel Sutherland, editor of Guerrillas, Unionists, and Violence on the Confederate Home Front

Robert R. Mackey, a Major in the U.S. Army, has been an army officer since 1988 and serves as a strategic plans and policy specialist at the Pentagon. The Uncivil War is based on his dissertation and is required reading at the Army’s Command and General Staff College and the Advanced Military Studies programs.


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Earthen Walls, Iron Men;
Fort DeRussy, Louisiana and the Defense of the Red River

by Steven M. Mayeux

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“This book will be of great use to historians of the western theatre of the Civil War, to the reader of nineteenth-century history, and to students of the undergraduate and graduate levels."
Gary D. Joiner, author of Through the Howling Wilderness: The 1864 Red River Campaign and Union Failure in the West

Earthen Walls, Iron Men tells the story of Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, a major Confederate fortification that defended the lower Red River in 1863-64 during the last stages of the Civil War. Long regarded as little more than a footnote by historians, the fort in fact played a critical role in the defense of the Red River region. The Red River Campaign was one of the Confederacy's last great triumphs of the war, and only the end of the conflict saved the reputations of Union leaders who had recently been so successful at Vicksburg. Fort DeRussy was the linchpin of the Confederates' tactical and strategic victory.

Steven M. Mayeux does more than just tell the story of the fort from the military perspective; it goes deeper to closely examine the lives of the people that served in-and lived around-Fort DeRussy. Through a thorough examination of local documents, Mayeux has uncovered the fascinating stories that reveal for the first time what wartime life was like for those living in central Louisiana.

In this book, the reader will meet soldiers and slaves, plantation owners and Jayhawkers, elderly women and newborn babies, all of whom played important roles in making the history of Fort DeRussy. Mayeux presents an unvarnished portrait of the life at the fort, devoid of any romanticized notions, but more accurately capturing the utter humanity of those who built it, defended it, attacked it, and lived around it.

Earthen Walls, Iron Men intertwines the stories of naval battles and military actions with those human elements such as greed, theft, murder, and courage to create a vibrant, relevant history that will appeal to all who seek to know what real life was like during the Civil War.

Steve Mayeux is a graduate of LSU and a former Marine officer. His work as an agricultural consultant in the central Louisiana area for the past thirty years has given him a great appreciation for the history and geography of the lower Red River.


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Elkhorn Tavern, 1860; The Pea Ridge Community
By Patrick L. & Sharolyn S. McCoy

About Elkhorn Tavern
This publication is a must for any Arkansas family history researcher or history buff! Over three years and 1,000's of hours of research have gone into this book. It contains a complete transcription of the 1860 census of Mount Vernon & Sugar Creek townships near the battlefield at Elkhorn Tavern, a significant conflict and early turning point in the Civil War west of the Mississippi River. Each of the 172 households has been carefully researched with name transcriptions including accepted surname spellings. Also included, when known, are the maiden names of wives, former wives, former married names of spouses for widowed or remarried women, explanation of relationships in single & multiple family households and family locations in the 1850 census. This work, however, is more than a census transcription. Elkhorn Tavern, 1860 is also a storybook of the families who lived and received their mail at Pea Ridge, Arkansas that summer before the Civil War began. Families hailed from the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Mississippi to name a few.

The Civil War
This uniquely difficult aspect of Civil War research provides a story in itself for each household. When the Civil War came to this obscure Arkansas stage stop in March of 1862, many of the men had already enlisted in some branch of military service. To that end, Elkhorn Tavern, 1860 also includes the service records of eligible age males who served in the Civil War with additional information and notes from family histories, pension applications and other recollections of period participants.



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53rd Regiment Alabama Volunteer Cavalry
and M. W. Hannons Cavalry Brigade, Army of Tennessee, C.S.A.
by Robert G. McLendon, Jr.

From the Author/Publisher:
The 53rd Alabama was a mounted unit from its origin. Although it was originally recruited under the Partisan Ranger Act, it was placed in regular cavalry service after it’s official designation as a regiment. Serving under such legendary cavalry leaders as Frank Armstrong, Phillip Roddey, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Joseph Wheeler, John Herbert Kelly, Alfred Iverson, P. M. B. Young, and Wade Hampton, it saw action in the hardest fighting from north Alabama, through the Atlanta Campaign, and into the Carolinas. Hannon’s brigade, consisting of the 53rd Alabama, 24th Batt’n Alabama Cavalry, 11th Georgia Cavalry, and Roswell (Georgia) Batt’n, faced the enemy for the last time in South Carolina, ten days after the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Not only is this book the story of specific cavalry units that served under M. W. Hannon, it is also a study of Western Theater cavalry in general, as well as a general overview of activities in and out of the army.  ( 577 pages)

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Campaigning With General Marmaduke:
Narratives and Roster of the 8th Missouri Cavalry, CSA
by James E. McGhee

 Jim again does an excellent job on this primary source material. Included is everything that appeared on the data cards within the roster. The text is derived from two diaries, which tell of day to day activities of Jeffer's 8th Cavalry. Fully foot-noted and indexed. Soft-cover. $14.95.

Service With The Missouri State Guard
by James E. McGhee

The memoirs of Brigadier General James Harding, the latest offering from Oak Hills Publishing, is the fascinating memoir of a Missouri officer who participated in many tumultuous events in Missouri and Arkansas in 1861-1862. In his detailed account, Harding recalled his service as quartermaster general of the Missouri State Guard, certainly one of the Civil War's most unique organizations. The men of the pro-Southern State Guard fought bravely at Carthage, Wilson's Creek, Lexington and Pea Ridge, demonstrating admirable tenacity while enduring great hardships.

Missouri Confederates:
A Guide To Sources For Confederate Soldiers and Units 1861-1865

by James E. McGhee

Jim has gathered references to the elusive Confederate records for years and has finally put them in manuscript form for all! The units are broken down by artillery, cavalry, infantry, etc. Then into individual numbered or named forces. Descriptive table of contents and full index has been added for easy searches. Full size format, 8 1/2 x 11 inches. 126 pages of text.

Stoddard Grays
by James E. McGhee

This is a listing of the men of Stoddard County, Missouri who served in various regiments of the Confederate Army. SC 8_ X 11 inches.

Sterling Price's Lieutenants; A Guide to the Officers and Organization
of the Missouri State Guard, 1861-1865

by Richard C. Peterson, James E. McGhee, Kip A. Lindberg, and Keith I. Daleen. Two Trails Publishing, Shawnee Mission, KS.

Voices of the Swamp Fox Brigade: Supplemental Letters, Orders and Documents
of General M. Jeff Thompson's Command 1861-1862

compiled by James E. McGhee

Published by Blue and Grey Bookshop, Independence, MO, 1999. Map, notes, paperback, 57pp.

If I Should Live: A History of the Sixteenth Arkansas Infantry Regiment
by Mark Miller

From The Book Jacket
"In the fall of 1861. . . over a thousand men gathered to form the ten companies of the Sixteenth Arkansas Infantry. They were from Carroll, Johnson, Madison, Pike, Searcy, Van Buren, Washington, and what later became Logan and Stone Counties. The soldiers fought at Sugar Creek, Pea Ridge, Corinth, Farmington, Iuka, and Port Hudson. This book tells their story in a moving narrative interwoven with excerpts from diaries and letters and notations from original records. . . the author also supplies an extensive bibliography and an extremely detailed roster of these brave soldiers. This book is an important addition to the military history of Arkansas and the Confederacy."

Published by Arkansas Research, P. O. Box 303, Conway, Arkansas 72032 Cost is $ 24.50.


Johnson County, Missouri During the Civil War
by Bruce E. Nichols

Fine history of a war ravaged county in Missouri.  Extensive research, maps, notes and bibliography, primarily focusing on the guerrilla actions in Johnson County, Mo.  



Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Missouri, 1862
by Bruce Nichols

Book Description
This book is a thorough study of all known guerrilla operations in Civil War Missouri in 1862, the year such warfare became the primary type of military action there and the year that the state saw almost constant fighting.

The author utilizes both well-known and obscure sources (including military and government records, private accounts, county and other local histories, period and later newspapers, and secondary sources published after the war), to identify which Southern partisan leaders and groups operated in which areas of Missouri, and describe how they operated and how their kinds of warfare evolved. The actions of Southern guerrilla forces and Confederate behind-enemy-lines recruiters are presented chronologically by region so that readers may see the relationship of seemingly isolated events to other events over a period of time in a given area. The counteractions of an array of different types of Union troops fighting guerrillas in Missouri are also covered to show how differences in training, leadership, and experiences affected behaviors and actions in the field.

Bruce Nichols is a cartographer for the United States Government in the Department of Defense. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.



Southwest Virginia's Railroad:
Modernization and the Sectional Crisis
in the Civil War Era
by Kenneth W. Noe

Book Description
This book examines the construction of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad through southwest Virginia in the 1850s, before the Civil War began. The building and operation of the railroad reoriented the economy of the region toward staple crops and slave labor. Thus, during the secession crisis, southwest Virginia broke with northwestern Virginia and embraced the Confederacy. Ironically, however, it was the railroad that brought waves of Union raiders to the area during the war

"By concentrating on a small region, a short chronological scope, and a certain form of industrialization, namely the earliest railroads of southwest Virginia, [Noe] is able to illusttrate the slice such an innovation makes in the total cross-section of a society: its politics and culture as well as its economic outlook and achievement." —American Historical Review

"[Noe argues] that both slavery and secession sentiment were far more prevalent in the mountains of southwestern Virginia than usually thought. He contends that the railroad...tied the region to the state of Virginia and was a big factor in dertermining that the region would not become part of the new state of West Virginia." —CHOICE

"The importance of this book lies in both the breadth and the narrowness of its scope. It addresses an array of issues about economics, politics, and social structure that most other scholars have approached separately, and it focuses upon a section of Appalachia that is well-defined both by contemporary and current usage and which...has not previously received much attention from revisionists." —Appalachian Journal

Kenneth W. Noe is Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University and author of The Civil War in Appalachia.



The Civil War in Appalachia: Collected Essays
by Kenneth W. Noe

Book Description
Recent historiography has begun to present a fuller view of the war as it unfolded in the mountain counties of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The goals of this volume, the editors state, are "to provide a useful introduction to the social history of Appalachia’s Civil War, illustrating both the strengths and weaknesses of current historiography; to sum up where we have been and suggest where we need to go; and to point out the need to integrate Appalachian scholarship with studies of the Civil War and vice versa." Among the topics covered are the experiences of blacks in Appalachia, the war as it affected women, the breakdown of community, changing gender roles, disaffection and desertion, guerrilla warfare, perceptions of mountain life, and the early stirrings of industrialization. These essays demonstrate the rich variety of Appalachian sentiments and attitudes toward the war, dismantling familiar myths such as the view of Appalachia as a "unionist monolith."

Following the conflict from the secession crisis to the postwar period, these essays, taken together, provide what the editors call "the closest thing historians have to a comprehensive history of the Southern Mountains at war."

The Editors: Kenneth W. Noe is Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. The author of Southwest Virginia's Railroad: Modernization and the Secession Crisis, he also edited A Southern Boy in Blue: The Memoir of Marcus Woodcock in the University of Tennessee Press's Voices of the Civil War series. Shannon H. Wilson is an assistant professor of library science and the archivist at Berea College in Kentucky. He is the author of numerous book reviews and articles on turn-of-the-century Appalachia and the South.

The Contributors: Martin Crawford, Jan Furman, W. Todd Groce, John C. Inscoe, Ralph Mann, Gordon B. McKinney, Robert Tracy McKenzie, Kenneth W. Noe, Jonathan D. Sarris, Peter Wallenstein, Shannon H. Wilson



A Southern Boy in Blue:
The Memoir of Marcus Woodcock,
9th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.A.)
by Kenneth W. Noe

Book Description
Of the one hundred thousand Southerners who donned Federal uniforms during the Civil War, more than forty thousand were Tennesseeans. Not surprisingly, most came from the Appalachian counties of East Tennessee—but not all. A Middle Tennessean named Marcus Woodcock, not yet nineteen when the war began, was among the exceptions.

A Southern Boy in Blue is Woodcock's own account of his experiences during the war. After joining the 9th Kentucky Infantry, Woodcock barely missed the battle of Shiloh—a bout of measles kept him from the front lines—but he went on to see action at Stones River, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. He also participated in the Atlanta campaign and the siege of Corinth and was among the reserves at the battle of Perryville. In three years he rose from the rank of private to that of first lieutenant. Since Woodcock wrote his memoir in 1865 (instead of much later as many veterans did), his descriptions of battles, camp life, and period politics have a special vividness. Woodcock's account is also significant in showing how his views and opinions of the war changed over time. Initially opposed to the use of black troops and to Lincoln's re-election, he eventually converted to both positions and describes the process by which he transformed his thinking.

Woodcock's memoir has been meticulously annotated by Kenneth Noe, who also provides an introduction that places Woodcock's experiences in historical context and describes his postwar career as a prominent Tennessee legislator, attorney, business administrator, and Baptist layman. The book is not only a compelling personal account but an important addition to the literature on Southern Unionism.

The Editor: Kenneth W. Noe is Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University.  He is the author of Southwest Virginia's Railroad: Modernization and the Sectional Crisis.



Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle
by Kenneth W. Noe

Book Description
On October 8, 1862, Union and Confederate forces clashed near Perryville, Kentucky, in what would be the largest battle ever fought on Kentucky soil. The climax of a campaign that began two months before in northern Mississippi, Perryville came to be recognized as the high water mark of the western Confederacy. Some said the hard-fought battle, forever remembered by participants for its sheer savagery and for their commanders’ confusion, was the worst battle of the war, losing the last chance to bring the Commonwealth into the Confederacy and leaving Kentucky firmly under Federal control. Although Gen. Braxton Bragg’s Confederates won the day, Bragg soon retreated in the face of Gen. Don Carlos Buell’s overwhelming numbers.

Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle is the definitive account of this important conflict. While providing all the parry and thrust one might expect from an excellent battle narrative, the book also reflects the new trends in Civil War history in its concern for ordinary soldiers and civilians caught in the slaughterhouse. The last chapter, unique among Civil War battle narratives, even discusses the battle’s veterans, their families, efforts to preserve the battlefield, and the many ways Americans have remembered and commemorated Perryville.

Kenneth W. Noe holds the Draughon Chair in Southern History at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He is the author of several books and articles.



Politics And Culture of the Civil War Era:
Essays in Honor of Robert W. Johannsen
by Kenneth W. Noe

Book Description

Johannsen (history, U. of Illinois) is regarded as one of the best Jacksonian and Civil War historians of his generation, and here 11 of his former students honor his contributions with commentary of their own. Beginning with the first serious biography of Johannsen (Oregon can proudly claim him as a native son), essays continue with topics such as radical Jacksonian thought and the work of editor John L. O'Sullivan, the empire of American science from 1848 to 1856, African Americans and the strange fate of popular sovereignty, the demise of Democratic Party unity under Cass and Douglas, Lincoln and Douglas on the debate over the model republic and the right to revolution, Jacksonians in the Lincoln milieu, Lincoln's religious critics, the Christian Commission and its benevolence, the roles of Confederate ministers, a re-evaluation of Burnside, and Zachariah Chandler in the election of Lincoln. The collection closes with a bibliography of Johannsen's writings.

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Forest Haven Soldiers:
The Civil War Veterans of Sleeping Bear
and Surround Leelanau

by Leonard G. Overmyer III

An amazing history of the first pioneer veterans of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County , Michigan .  This book tells the story of their experiences in the most deadly and challenging conflict in our Nation's history.  Live through the pre-Civil War years of the first settlements in Leelanau and how this tranquil beauty shaped the men who served their country.  Experience life in the 10th Michigan Cavalry through diary and rare photographs of the men who made its' history.  Follow the Gallant 15th Michigan Infantry into battle and pay respect to the Lakeshore Tigers of the 26th Michigan Admire the bravery of the Peshawbestown Indians of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters and other soldiers from the Grand Traverse Region who served in other Civil War units.  The history of all known veterans who later settled around the Leelanau Peninsula after the Civil War, unfold in a rare virtue that includes activities in the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and a genealogical listing of the final resting-place of these brave souls.


"Forest Haven Soldiers provides stories, period photographs, newspaper clippings and data about these men that would interest anyone researching their family roots."  - The Bay Area Times.  

"Overmyer's keen interest in those soldiers' lives has taken him across the country researching archives, diaries, and rare photographs."  - Traverse City Record Eagle  

"Leelanau's pipeline to the Civil War" - The Leelanau Enterprise  

"Local writer Leonard G. Overmyer III has written an interesting and meticulously researched collection of historical vignettes and photos..."  - Glen Arbor Sun  

"Overmyer has created a vivid and compelling glimpse into our history.  Crammed with rare photographs and never-before-told stories of local Civil War heroes and pioneers of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the book chronicles participation of area soldiers in the most impassioned, devastating war in American history."  - WHATSUP North Magazine  

"Besides being good reading, the wealth of painstakingly researched and compiled data is a gold mine for genealogists tracing their ancestral history."  - LeeMuse Newsletter  

SHORT AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY :  Author Leonard G. Overmyer III grew up in the Grand Traverse Region of NW lower Michigan.  Having grown up hearing the genealogical histories of his own family, as well as other pioneers of his home community, eventually led him to gather information for "Forest Haven Soldiers" while researching for a Masters Degree.  He continues to live in Michigan with his wife and son.

Hier Snackt Wi Plattdeutsch (Here we Speak Low German)
by Robert L. Owens

A history of the German settlement and community around Cole Camp, Missouri, 1830-1950. Contains two chapters on the Civil War in the area; The Battle of Cole Camp and the Guerrilla war in the area. It also includes a large Annex on the Battle of Cole Camp describing research and references; an expansion of the chapter on the battle for more serious students of the Civil War in Missouri. Published by the City of Cole Camp, MO. 1989, 366 pages,hard cover.

Price: $38.00, includes S&H.

The Cole Camp Low German Club
c/o Mildred Heimsoth
P.O. Box 65
Cole Camp, MO 65325

Description: Quantrill of Missouri

The Man, the Myth, the Soldier
by Paul R. Petersen

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One will not find the name of William Clarke Quantrill in the pantheon of noble Civil War personalities but instead near the top of the list of its notorious scoundrels. For nearly 150 years he has been scorned as the devil incarnate, loving -- and loved by -- no one. Most historical accounts portray him as a sadistic, pitiless, bloodthirsty killer. That image, however, does not ring true when weighed against the man's wartime accomplishments, contends author Paul R. Petersen. As Petersen studied the man who affected the conduct of the war in Missouri more than anyone else, he asked, "How could this so-called fiend have been a respected schoolteacher? How could he have organized and led up to four hundred men in the most noted band of guerrilla fighters known to history? How could he be so hated by his own men and still lead them in the van of the most renowned battles through Missouri, winning victories over superior Union forces? Mothers entrusted their sons to him. Others served him as spies. Women willingly tended his wounded, and his followers even guarded him in battle. Most of his people were God-fearing farmers... God-fearing, righteous people who would not have followed a depraved, degenerate, psychotic killer."

Much of the lore about Quantrill that has been accepted as fact was recorded by those who fought against him during the war. In short, the victors wrote the history. Although most historians have generally described a benign spirit that prevailed after the war, this view ignores the long-seated rivalries and personal feuds that characterized the Kansas-Missouri frontier before the conflict and fueled the fighting there. In this region of the country, it can be said that the war began in the mid-1850s, not 1861. The Civil War in Missouri was vastly different from the set-piece encounters in Virginia and Tennessee. Here the conflict was personal, and no injury was ever forgotten or forgiven. In that environment, Quantrill's accomplishments rivaled those of John S. Mosby's partisan rangers and Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry, but Quantrill's victories are labeled as massacres, and his men are judged to be murderers. In the end, after perusing numerous archives and weighing the memoirs of several of Quantrill's guerrillas, Petersen discovers a vastly different Quantrill than the man generally described in Civil War scholarship. Instead of a cutthroat, he finds a leader who assessed the border situation and devised an effective military solution. The result was what we know now as modern guerrilla warfare.

About the Author
PAUL R. PETERSEN is a lifelong resident of Jackson County, Missouri, near where William Quantrill lived and his band of guerrillas operated. A highly decorated officer of the U.S. Marine Corps, Peterson is well equipped to understand the nature of the warfare that took place in Missouri during and after the Civil War. He lives in Raytown, Missouri.


Description: Quantrill in Texas

by Paul R. Petersen

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The second of a three-volume work that examines the life of one of the most controversial figures of the Civil War, Quantrill in Texas: The Forgotten Campaign documents a part of William C. Quantrill's life and career that has largely been ignored by historians. Indeed, Quantrill's most unrecognized accomplishments outside his adopted state of Missouri occurred in Texas, not in Kansas or Kentucky.

Quantrill in Texas corrects that oversight, carefully exploring for the first time the places and people associated with the guerrilla leader as he moved south during the winter to a safer environment in Texas. The result is a surprising addition to the Quantrill legacy.

His first experience in Texas and his subsequent trips to and from the state reveal that he became acquainted with the noted personalities who lived there. His battles and skirmishes along the way increased his reputation among the citizenry as word spread of his victories throughout the South.

The arrival of Quantrill and his men was welcomed by those who lived in north Texas. While most historians depict him as resting in exile, he occupied himself with battling cattle thieves, warding off Indian attacks, hunting down deserters and draft dodgers, and even quelling riots on behalf of the Confederate cause. Careful research in the official records, local historical records, and archaeological excavations reveals that Quantrill and his men thwarted two known Federal invasions of Texas.

About the Author
Paul R. Petersen is a highly decorated retired officer of the U.S. Marine Corps and a lifelong resident of Jackson County, Missouri, near where William Quantrill lived. The author of Quantrill of Missouri: The Making of a Guerrilla Warrior, he lives in Raytown, Missouri.


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Description: The Women Will Howl

The Union Capture of Roswell and New Manchester, Georgia, and the Forced Relocation of Mill Workers
by Mary Deborah Petite

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In July 1864, General William T. Sherman ordered the arrest and deportation of hundreds of women from the villages of Roswell and New Manchester, Georgia. Branded traitors for their work in the cotton mills which supplied much needed material to the Confederacy, these innocent civililians were torn from their homes and shipped to cities in the North. Drawing on new material not yet published and an exhaustive search of primary sources, this new book by Mary Deborah Petite focuses on the tragic events at Roswell and New Manchester, but encompasses much more. The dramatic story begins with the founding of the Roswell "colony" in the 1830s and continues through the dark days of July 1864 to the war's end and the rebuilding of the Roswell mills. The book includes information on many of the mill workers and explains why the names and experiences of so many others have been lost to history.

Dispelling myth and mystery, The Women Will Howl presents a true and accurate history of this unforgettable story.

I Acted from Principle - The Civil War Diary of Dr. William M. McPheeters,
Confederate Surgeon in the Trans Mississippi

edited by Cynthia DeHaven Pitcock and Bill J. Gurley
Description: Winner of the Basil W. Duke Award from the Military Order of the Stars and Bars

From the University of Arkansas Press website:
The first known daily account of the western Civil War by a Confederate doctor

At the start of the Civil War, Dr. William McPheeters was a distinguished physician in St. Louis, conducting unprecedented public-health research, forging new medical standards, and organizing the state's first professional associations. But Missouri was a volatile border state. Under martial law, Union authorities kept close watch on known Confederate sympathizers. McPheeters was followed, arrested, threatened, and finally, in 1862, given an ultimatum: sign an oath of allegiance to the Union or go to federal prison. McPheeters "acted from principle" instead, fleeing by night to Confederate territory. He served as a surgeon under Gen. Sterling Price and his Missouri forces west of the Mississippi River, treating soldiers' diseases, malnutrition, and terrible battle wounds.

From almost the moment of his departure, the doctor kept a diary. It was a pocket-size notebook which he made by folding sheets of pale blue writing paper in half and in which he wrote in miniature with his steel pen. It is the first known daily account by a Confederate medical officer in the Trans-Mississippi Department. It also tells his wife's story, which included harassment by Federal military officials, imprisonment in St. Louis, and banishment from Missouri with the couple's two small children. The journal appears here in its complete and original form, exactly as the doctor first wrote it, with the addition of the editors' full annotation and vivid introductions to each section.

Cynthia DeHaven Pitcock is a historian of medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Bill J. Gurley is a Civil War enthusiast and a professor of pharmacology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Description: The Burning of Dayton, Missouri

The Burning of Dayton, Missouri - Jan. 1, 1862
by Jackie Polsgrove-Roberts

From the author
Volumes have been written about the Civil War but little had been written about the important little town of Dayton Missouri, located in extreme Southern Cass County. Dayton sits on the Cass/ Bates County line, bordered by the Grand River. During the Civil War, the Dayton Crossing was one of the few places to cross the Grand River, and was the scene of many skirmishes.

The town of Dayton began in 1857 and by 1860 there were 47 businesses, homes and buildings in the thriving little town. It was a major North/South route for Confederates and Confederate recruiters as well as a major route for Jayhawkers & Union troops into Missouri. The people of the Dayton area saw more than their share of indignities during this period of history, although until recently their story went untold.

The worst of these atrocities happened on January 1, 1862 while the Missouri State Guards were recruiting at the mercantile store in Dayton. When word of the recruiting reached the Kansas leader Jennison, he immediately sent his Jayhawkers to check on the matter. With Daniel Anthony in charge, they were to make an expedition from Morristown, Missouri (near present day Freeman, MO in Cass County) to Rose Hill in Johnson County, Missouri, by way of Dayton Crossing. The Jayhawkers burned the town of Dayton and Columbus on their way to Rose Hill and then returned by way of Harrisonville. Anthony, his two hundred men and a twelve-pound howitzer came into the town of Dayton and burned forty-six houses and buildings. There was only one home left standing in the town, that home belonged to a Union man by the name of William Byler. The home is still there!

In December 2006, Cass County resident, Jackie Polsgrove-Roberts, published a book on the Burning of Dayton, Missouri. This book includes the history leading up to the Civil War, skirmishes during the war in the area and many first hand accounts of the outrages on the people there. For the first time in nearly 150 years, the reader becomes aware of the suffering of the people here, even before General Order Number 11 was issued !

About the author
Jackie Polsgrove-Roberts was born and raised in Buchanan County, Missouri. She and her husband Jay Roberts are a husband and wife research team.  They are experienced genealogical researchers with a combined total of over fifty years in the field. 


Cush: A Civil War Memoir
by Samuel H. Sprott, edited by Andrew Quist and Louis Smith


Cush was a mixture of corn meal, water, and bacon grease cooked over an open fire by confederate soldiers. That the editors have taken this title for the book indicates the emotional impact of Sprott's Civil War Memoirs. Not only do we march and eat this mixture with Sprott, but we witness with him the first execution of confederate deserters, the bewilderment and frustration of battling infantrymen with what they considered the inane orders from above, the bravery-and the foolhardiness-that war inevitably brings. This memoir follows the Sumter regiment from its first training sessions to its duty in Mobile near the war's end.

Samuel H. Sprott was born on June 24, 1840, in Sumter County Alabama. Sprott attended local schools and compleated his education at Barton Academy in Mobile. In the Spring of 1862 Samuel Sprott joined the South Sumter Guards. Sprott enlisted as a private but was quickly elevated to rank of 3rd sergeant by his fellow soldiers. The following year Sprott was promoted to Lieutenant. When he surrenered in Salisbury, North Carolina in May 1865, Sprott had attained the rank of Captain of Company A 40th Alabama Regiment.

After the war, Sprott taught school and studied law. In 1867 he was admitted to the bar and began a practice in Livingston, Alabama. In 1968 Sprott married Leonora Brockway of Gaston, Alabama. They had six children, two sons and four daughters. On April 12, 1916, Samuel Sprott died in Jasper, Alabama, at the home of his eldeset daughter, Mrs. Augusta Belle Long.

This is a war memoir that moves humans to the front lines, rather than battles and strategies. It is a memoir written thirty years after the fact with all the humor, irony, and pathos that one would expect sush a removal to bring. Being aware that three decades would also bring lapses of memory, Sprott enlisted the aid of fellow veterns, who regularly sent emendations to his weekly writings in the local newspaper. The collation and publication of this journal one hundred years later is not only a boon to American Civil War buffs, it is a boon to all Americans as an aid to understanding our own past



Shock Troops of the Confederacy:
The Sharpshooter Battalions of the Army
of Northern Virginia

by Fred L. Ray


Book Description

In "Shock Troops of the Confederacy" author Fred Ray narrates the development of the Army of Northern Virginia's sharpshooter battalions and their tactical use on the battlefield. The book also tells the human story of the sharpshooters themselves, who describe in their own words what it was like to be in the thick of battle, on the skirmish line, and at their lonely picket posts.

The book breaks new ground in military history, and in the Civil War, while reinterpreting many of its major battles. Characterized by one reviewer as "the most significant small unit tactical analysis of the Army of Northern Virginia ever written," the book tells the story of the elite group of men who, whether screening Stonewall Jackson's flank march at Chancellorsville or leading the last desperate assault at Fort Stedman, led the Army of Northern Virginia in the advance, protected it at rest, and covered its retreat.

While researching a family history project, author Fred Ray found that one of his ancestors, Lieutenant Jason O. Patton, had commanded a Confederate sharpshooter company. He soon found that although little had been written about them (the last book, written by a former sharpshooter, appeared in 1899), they played an important and sometimes pivotal role in many of the battles and campaigns of 1864 and 1865. By the end of the war the sharpshooters were experimenting with tactics that would become standard practice fifty years later, making them the predecessors of the special operations soldiers of today. Drawn from across the brigade, only the best men were accepted, and any who failed to meet the high standards were sent back to their regiments. All sharpshooters underwent rigorous training in marksmanship and skirmish drill.

The sharpshooters found ready employment in the Overland campaign, in the trenches of Petersburg, and in the fast-moving Shenandoah campaign of 1864. Commanders at Petersburg used them to scout and capture prisoners, and the sharpshooters did much of the fighting in the endless skirmishes of Jubal Early's Valley campaign. As the numbers and quality of the Confederate infantry continued to decline late in the war, the burden of combat fell more and more on the elite sharpshooter battalions.

Making extensive use of unpublished source material, "Shock Troops of the Confederacy" covers the development of the Army of Northern Virginia's sharpshooter battalions, the weapons they used, how they trained with them, and their tactical use on the battlefield. It also tells the human story of the sharpshooters themselves, who describe in their own words what it was like to be in the thick of battle, on the skirmish line, and at their lonely picket posts.

A comprehensive history of the elite troops of the Confederacy, as well as an essential reference for historians, enthusiasts, and reenactors.

"A most welcome and long overdue study of a neglected subject." - Jeffry Wert, author, The Sword Of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac.

"Tells the story of the Army of Northern Virginia's sharpshooter battalions for the first time." - Robert K. Krick, author, The Smoothbore Volley that Doomed the Confederacy.

"Provides our first and most detailed to date look at the development of the concept and practice of Civil War sharpshooting." - William C. Davis, author, Look Away! A History of the Confederate States of America.

"Without doubt the most significant small unit tactical analysis of the Army of Northern Virginia ever written." - Joseph G. Bilby, author, Civil War Firearms.


Spartan Band:
Burnett's 13th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War
by Thomas Reid


From the publisher's website
In Spartan Band (coined from a chaplain's eulogistic poem) author Thomas Reid traces the Civil War history of the 13th Texas Cavalry, a unit drawn from eleven counties in East Texas. The cavalry regiment organized in the spring of 1862 but was ordered to dismount once in Arkansas. The regiment gradually evolved into a tough, well-trained unit during action at Lake Providence, Fort De Russy, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins' Ferry, as part of Maj. Gen. John G. Walker's Texas division in the Trans-Mississippi Department.

Reid researched letters, documents, and diaries gleaned from more than one hundred descendants of the soldiers, answering many questions relating to their experiences and final resting places. He also includes detailed information on battle casualty figures, equipment issued to each company, slave ownership, wealth of officers, deaths due to disease, and the effects of conscription on the regiment's composition.

THOMAS REID teaches history at Lamar University, where he received his Master of Arts degree. Formerly an employee of the Department of the Army, he served six years on active duty and sixteen in the Army Reserve. He lives in Woodville, Texas.



August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen:
Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry
(Civil War in the North)

by Joseph R. Reinhart

From the publisher's website

Civil War letters from soldiers serving in a German regiment

Organized by Colonel August Willich, a former Prussian army officer who led troops during the German Revolution of 1848, Indiana’s German 32nd Indiana regiment fought in the Western Theater of the Civil War. The 32nd Indiana forged an enviable combat record on the battlefields at Rowlett’s Station in Kentucky; at Shiloh, Stones River, and Missionary Ridge in Tennessee; and at Chickamauga and Pickett’s Mill in Georgia.

The letters collected here originally appeared in German in wartime issues of German American newspapers. These rare documents connect the contemporary reader to the world of the patriotic immigrant soldier and his hard-fighting regiment, revealing personal motivations, wartime experiences, opinions, ethnic pride, and bravery, as this regiment engaged in some of the most bitter fighting in the West. These gripping letters also provide insight into the social, political, and cultural dimensions of the war and reveal the competing ethnic identities, nativism, and immigrant acculturation of late-nineteenth-century America. The Germans of the 32nd Indiana proved themselves to be “Gallant Dutchmen” in the fight to save the Union.

Gallant Dutchmen is a valuable addition to Civil War studies and will also be welcomed by those interested in ethnic and immigration studies.

Joseph R. Reinhart is an independent scholar who has specialized in Civil War research.



The Boys Who Feared No Noise
A History of the 6th Kentucky Infantry U.S.
by Joseph R. Reinhart

Published by Beargrass Press on December 21, 2000 in a hardcover book containing 489 pages, 17 territorial maps, 11 battle maps, 41 photos and engravings, endnotes, full roster, and index. Based on more than 90 primary sources and containing a host of quotations and detailed information gleaned from diaries, letters and other documents penned by men who fought in the regiment, this comprehensive history of one of the finest fighting regiments in the Union's main Western army is a must for persons interested in the 6th Kentucky and others interested in Kentucky's Civil War history.

The price is $34.95 plus $3.00 S&H.

To order send check or money order to:

Beargrass Press
8420 Oxford Woods Court
Louisville, KY  40222


Two Germans in the Civil War
The Diary of John Daeuble and the Letters of Gottfried
Rentschler, 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry
(Voices of the Civil War Series)

by Joseph R. Reinhart

John Daeuble’s richly detailed diary entries and Gottfried Rentschler’s lengthy letters, written for a German-language newspaper, are important additions to the still-incomplete mosaic of the Civil War, not only because of their engaging content but also because they help fill significant voids created by an almost complete lack of published sources from Kentucky’s Union soldiers and by the shortage of primary source materials about, the diary and letters cover the participation of the two immigrants in the historic battles around Chattanooga, the pursuit of Longstreet’s corps in East Tennessee, and Sherman’s grueling Atlanta campaign.

Praise for this Book

"Joseph Reinhart has provided us with an invaluable collection of Civil War soldiers' firsthand accounts. The words of Daeuble and Rentschler not only offer valuable glimpses into the life of the average soldier in the Western Theatre, but even more significantly illuminate some of the differences between German-American and Anglo-American troops. Expertly translated from the original German, Reinhart's edited compilation of these important letters and diary entries eloquently reminds us that the Civil War was not simply a struggle between North and South, but also a period of competing ethnic identities, nativism, and immigrant acculturation."—Christian B. Keller, Co-author of Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg


New Release!!!


The Defense of Vicksburg: A Louisiana Chronicle
by Allan C. Richard, Jr., and Mary Margaret Richard
Foreword by Terrence J. Winschel

From the Texas A&M University Press Consortium Website:

The Defense of Vicksburg is the story of the Louisiana soldiers who fought at Vicksburg, as told through their letters, diaries, and remembrances. Most histories of this famous Civil War siege have been written by the victors; this one presents a day-by-day account from the Confederate vantage point. Indeed, these long-dead men come to life as we read their experiences and perceptions told in their own voices, which ring clear and true.

In 1862 the Dixie Rebels of DeSoto Parish left for New Orleans. They and other Louisianians were formed into regiments and dispatched to Vickbsurg. In the year that followed, the troops witnessed the shelling of Vicksburg by Union gunboats, the outbreak of disease, the lonely heroics of the Confederate ironclad Arkansas, the daily drudgery of camp life, and Jeff Davis’s visit to the beleaguered city.

With immediacy and in riveting detail, several correspondents describe daily life in the trenches from their individual perspectives during each of the forty-seven days of the siege. And their stories do not end with the capitulation of the city. An epilogue follows the troops as they return home and then continue their service for the balance of the war. Their experiences transcended their own worlds, and these young men of Louisiana still have something important to tell us.

ALLAN C. RICHARD, JR., and MARY MARGARET RICHARD are graduates of Louisiana Tech and live in Shreveport, Louisiana. Active in several historic organizations and societies, they share a mutual love of history and the Civil War.

New Release!!!



Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand:
The Renowned Missouri Bushwhacker
Edited by Kirby Ross


From the publisher's website
Most Civil War historians now agree that the guerrilla conflict shaped the entire war in significant ways. Some of these "bushwhackers"--Forrest, Quantrill, Mosby--have become quite famous. Illiterate Sam Hildebrand, one of Missouri's most notorious guerrillas--often compared to "Rob Roy" and the subject of dime novels--was one of the few to survive the war and have his story taken down and published. Shortly after this he was killed in a barroom brawl.

Hildebrand's reign of terror gave the Union army fits and kept much of Trans-Mississippi, especially Missouri, roiling in the 1860s. Over seven years of fighting he and his men killed dozens of soldiers and civilians, whites and blacks; he claimed to have killed nearly one hundred himself. He was accused of many heinous acts.

The historical significance of Hildebrand's story is substantial, but his bloody tale is eminently readable and stands quite well on its own as a cold-blooded portrait of a violent time in American history. Hildebrand's world is truly ruthless and his story brutally descriptive in its cooly detached rendering of one man's personal war.

Published in 1870, Hildebrand's autobiography has long been out of print and has been a rare and highly prized acquisition among Civil War historians and enthusiasts.

“A superb modern edition of a rare 1870 imprint . . . a vivid impression of a boastfully murderous mentality unique in Civil War historiography.”

Michael Fellman, author of The Making of Robert E. Lee and Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War

“This is a must book for all interested in separating the fact from fiction regarding Civil War guerrilla warfare and those who waged it.”

Albert Castel, author of William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times

“An exciting ‘read’ combined with the truth behind Hildebrand’s story.”

—Robert R. Mackey, author of
The Uncivil War: Irregular Warfare in the Upper South, 1861–1865

Author/historian Kirby Ross is the recipient of a Kansas Governor’s Proclamation for his first book, The True Life Wild West Memoir of a Bush-popping Cow Waddy. He is a feature writer for the online magazine and lives in Kirwin, Kansas.




Missouri Civil War Reader, Volume 1
edited and compiled by D. H. and G. E. Rule

From the Civil War St. Louis Website:

Volume I includes:
The Fight for Missouri by Thomas L. Snead, 1886
The Struggle for Missouri
by John McElroy, 1909
The Story of a Border City During the Civil War by Galusha Anderson, 1908
The Crisis by Winston Churchill, 1901
Basil Duke in Missouri by Gen. Basil Wilson Duke, 1911
and, as a bonus selection, the extremely rare
The Brown-Reynolds Duel: A Complete Documentary Chronicle of the Last Bloodshed Under the Code Between St. Louisans,
by the Franklin Club of St. Louis, edited with an explanatory narrative by Walter B. Stevens, 1911



Noted Guerillas and a Terrible Quintette
edited and compiled by D. H. and G. E. Rule

From the Civil War St. Louis Website:

"Noted Guerrillas, or the Warfare of the Border", John N. Edwards, 1877, 488 Pages, 26 illustrations.

Quantrill (“Quantrell”), Bloody Bill Anderson, George Todd, Arch Clements, Fletch Taylor, Jesse James, Frank James, Cole Younger, John Jarrette, Arthur C. McCoy, John Thrailkill  —they’re all here, described by a man who knew them. Hundreds of desperate battles, big and small, are described, including the sack of Lawrence, Kansas, the Centralia massacre, and the deaths of Quantrill, Bloody Bill Anderson, and George Todd.

Noted Guerrillas is a genealogist’s dream, with names of lesser-known individual Civil War participants flying thick and fast all over the place.

Unlike some reprints that have been offered of Noted Guerrillas, our edition contains all of the original illustrations, scanned at high quality.


Confederate Women of Missouri
edited and compiled by D. H. and G. E. Rule


From the Civil War St. Louis Website:

“Reminiscences of the Women of Missouri During the Sixties”,
Various authors, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Missouri Division, 1913. Two Photos (Mary J. Louden & Margaret McLure) not in original publication that are new for this edition.
"Order No. 11",
Caroline Abbot Stanley, 1904, fictional novel, 420 Original Pages, 4 illustrations by Harry C. Edwards.


Along the Road to Glory
by Anthony Rushing

1,000 Saline County Confederate Soldiers and histories of their regiments and companies. 103 pages, maps

Ranks of Honor
by Anthony Rushing

A Regimental History of the Eleventh Arkansas Infantry Regiment and Poe's Cavalry Battalion, C.S.A., 1861-1865 (Out of Print);Little Rock: Eagle Press, 1990, maps, illustrations, index. Primarily made up of companies from Saline, Ouachita, Hot Spring, Columbus & Hempstead Counties, AR.



Rain, Mud and Swamps:
The Story of the 31st Missouri
Volunteer Infantry Regiment
by Gary L. Scheel

Book Description
My book is about the 31st Missouri Infantry Regiment during America's Civil War. They were part of the 1st and at times the 3rd Brigades, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps. They were a Federal unit that fought at Vicksburg Mississippi, Atlanta Campaign in Georgia, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge Tennessee, March to the Sea, March through South Carolina and North Carolina and were in the Grand Review in Washington D.C. There are quotes in it from the diaries, letters, unpublished manuscripts, period newspaper articles and Official Records. Major General Peter J. Osterhaus' 1864 diary is quoted. The diary of Colonel A. J. Seay 32nd Missouri Infantry Regiment is quoted. Colonel Seay became the Colonel of the 31st Missouri Infantry Regiment when the 31st Missouri and the 32nd Missouri Infantry Regiment were consolidated into a six company Battalion in November 11, 1864. Also quoted is the following. January-March 1865 diary of my great-great Grandfather Private Fielding Jenkins Smith of Company F. Letters of Private Henry Kuck Company G, German immigrant to his wife in Carondelet, Missouri. Diary of Lieutenant William H. Lynch Company I 32nd Missouri Infantry and some more references of men in the regiment or in one way or another affiliated with the regiments. There are 20 photos, 20 maps and a complete roster of men in the regiment. There are nineteen chapters and each chapter is titled after the battles they were in except Chapter 1 and Chapter 19.

About the Author
I am the great-great Grandson of Fielding Jenkins Smith who was a Private in Company F, 31st Missouri Infantry Regiment. As my great-great Grandfather, I grew up near what is now called Bland, Missouri and now live within forty-five miles of Bland. I graduated Bland High School in 1970 and attended Southwest Missouri State University for one year. I have been married to my wife, Mary, for 29 years. We have three children and three grandsons. I have been employed at Daimler-Chrysler in Fenton, Missouri for 28 years. I have always been interested in the Civil War and love to read or watch almost anything that has to do with any part of American Military History.



Sixty-Six Miles In Thirty-Nine Hours
The Retreat From Fort Davidson, Pilot Knob
To The Battle of Leasburg
by Gary L. Scheel

Book Description
History of the retreat from Fort Davidson to Leasburg Missouri.
  General Thomas Ewing and the Union force surrounded at Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob, Missouri escaped the Confederate forces of General Sterling Price on September 28, 1864.  They made their escape being closely followed by the cavalry divisions of Major General John S. Marmaduke and Brigadier General Jo Shelby.



Description: Twenty-Seventh Louisiana Volunteer Infantry

Twenty-Seventh Louisiana Volunteer Infantry
by Terry G. Scriber

From the publisher
The Twenty-seventh Louisiana Volunteer Infantry was the first infantry division assigned to the defense of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Inspired by his great-grandfather, Burlin Moore Scriber, who served as a corporal in the Louisiana Infantry’s Company B, the author documents the undaunting courage of this regiment during the forty-seven-day siege by Union soldiers before the surrender of Vicksburg.

Mr. Scriber, graduating at the top of the 1992 class of the Louisiana Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy, is a former deputy sheriff of Orleans Parish, Louisiana. His career as a security, safety, and loss-prevention manager includes serving as the security manager for the Queen of New Orleans/Hilton Flamingo Casino and the security and loss-prevention manager for Jazzland Theme Park/Six Flags New Orleans. He is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security and the National Association of Chiefs of Police. A native of Louisiana, he and his wife currently reside in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Description: The Fourth Louisiana Battalion in the Civil War




The Fourth Louisiana Battalion in the Civil War:
A History and Roster
by Terry G. Scriber and Theresa Arnold-Scriber

The first section of this book follows the Fourth Louisiana Battalion from Louisiana’s secession through Richmond, South Carolina’s coastal defense, Vicksburg, the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee, and the final surrender at Gainesville, Alabama. The second section is a detailed biographical register covering commanding officers, staff, color bearers and soldiers who served the battalion. Information for each man includes military record, civilian history, pension information and burial location.

About the Author
Freelance security consultant Terry G. Scriber and his wife Theresa Arnold-Scriber both reside in Knoxville, Tennessee. They are the authors of Ship Island, Mississippi (2008).


Description: Ship Island, Mississippi: Rosters and History of the Civil War Prison


Ship Island, Mississippi:
Rosters and History of the Civil War Prison
by Theresa Arnold-Scriber and Terry G. Scriber

From the Publisher
Ship Island was used as a French base of operations for Gulf Coast maneuvers and later, during the War of 1812, by the British as a launching point for the disastrous Battle of New Orleans. But most memorably, Ship Island served as a Federal prison under the command of Union Major-General Benjamin F. Butler during the Civil War. This volume traces this fascinating and somewhat sinister history of Ship Island, which lies about 12 miles off the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After discussing the impact that early Southern abandonment of the island ultimately had on the course of the war, it describes the unhealthy atmosphere and inhumane treatment of prisoners, which earned Butler the nickname of 'The Beast." The main focus of the book, however, is a series of rosters of the men imprisoned. Organized first by the state in which the soldier enlisted and then by the company in which he served, entries are listed alphabetically by last name and include information such as beginning rank; date and place of enlistment; date and place of capture; physical characteristics; and, where possible, the fate and postwar occupation of the prisoner. A list of Union soldiers who died while serving on garrison duty is also provided.



Pea Ridge : Civil War Campaign in the West
by William L. Shea and Earl J. Hess

From the University of North Carolina Press
The 1862 battle of Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas was one of the largest Civil War engagements fought on the western frontier, and it dramatically altered the balance of power in the Trans-Mississippi. This study of the battle is based on research in archives from Connecticut to California and includes a pioneering study of the terrain of the sprawling battlefield, as well as an examination of soldiers' personal experiences, the use of Native American troops, and the role of Pea Ridge in regional folklore.

"A model campaign history that merits recognition as a major contribution to the literature on Civil War military operations."--Journal of Military History

"Shines welcome light on the war's largest battle west of the Mississippi."--USA Today

"With its exhaustive research and lively prose style, this military study is virtually a model work of its kind."--Publishers Weekly

"A thoroughly researched and well-told account of an important but often neglected Civil War encounter."--Kirkus Reviews

"Offers the rich tactical detail, maps, and order of battle that military scholars love but retains a very readable style combined with liberal use of recollections of the troops and leaders involved."--Library Journal

"This book is assured of a place among the best of all studies that have been published on Civil War campaigns."--American Historical Review

"Destined to become a Civil War classic and a model for writing military history."--Civil War History

"A campaign study of a caliber that all should strive for and few will equal."--Journal of American History

"An excellent and detailed book in all accounts, scholarly and readable, with both clear writing and excellent analysis. . . . Utterly essential . . . for any serious student of the Civil War."--Civil War News


War in the West : Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove
(Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series)

by William L. Shea

In early 1862 Union forces under Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis drove Confederate forces out of Missouri and into Arkansas. This history details the Confederates' two failed attempts to recover the border state that year, at two rocky battlefields atop the Ozark plateau in northwestern Arkansas: Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove.
From McWhiney Foundation Press




Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River
(Great Campaigns of the Civil War Series)

by William L. Shea and Terrence J. Winschel


The struggle for control of the Mississippi River was the longest and most complex campaign of the Civil War. It was marked by an extraordinary diversity of military and naval operations, including fleet engagements, cavalry raids, amphibious landings, pitched battles, and the two longest sieges in American history. Every existing type of naval vessel, from sailing ship to armored ram, played a role, and military engineers practiced their art on a scale never before witnessed in modern warfare. Union commanders such as Grant, Sherman, Farragut, and Porter demonstrated the skills that would take them to the highest levels of command. When the immense contest finally reached its climax at Vicksburg and Port Hudson in the summer of 1863, the Confederacy suffered a blow from which it never recovered. Here was the true turning point of the Civil War.

This fast-paced, gripping narrative of the Civil War struggle for the Mississippi River is the first comprehensive single-volume account to appear in over a century. Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River tells the story of the series of campaigns the Union conducted on land and water to conquer Vicksburg and of the many efforts by the Confederates to break the siege of the fortress. William L. Shea and Terrence J. Winschel present the unfolding drama of the campaign in a clear and readable style, correct historic myths along the way, and examine the profound strategic effects of the eventual Union victory.

William L. Shea is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He is the coauthor of Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West. Terrence J. Winschel is a historian at Vicksburg National Military Park. His books include Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign.

From University of Nebraska Press


Blessed Are The Peacemakers
by Joe W. Smith

From the McCleery & Sons Publishing website:

Blessed Are The Peacemakers is a rousing tale of adventure that exceeds even the scope of "The Outlaw Josey Wales," one of the classic books about guerrilla warfare in the Trans-Mississippi. The book traces the heroic and tragic tale of Rit Gatlin from his enlistment in the Confederate Army in Little Rock, to his tragic loss of a leg in a Kentucky battle, and his subsequent return to the Ozarks. This could have been an entire book by itself, but it is merely the beginning as Rit becomes engaged in guerrilla warfare against ruthless raiders who follow no flag but their own. Rit becomes involved with a Cherokee warrior who left the Trail of Tears to find a home in the Ozarks, an escaped slave of Zulu heritage and another runaway slave who joins the Union army and confronts his former master.

The narrative also features authentic historical personages, including Wild Bill Hickok, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Major Jacob Wolf, a Prewar Indian agent (who built the oldest house still standing in Arkansas.)

  New Release !!!

Description: The Stone's River Campaign

The Stone's River Campaign
26 December 1862 - 5 January 1863

by Lanny Kelton Smith


From the Author
Limited to 330 copies, this 732 page volume is a detailed study of the Union forces in the Stone’s River Campaign. It is the culmination of almost six years of exhaustive and meticulous research, rich in primary source material, and extensively footnoted. The book is so structured that it can be read as a narrative or used as a quick reference. The movements and actions of units down to and including the regimental level are covered in detail. The topographical sketch of the battlefield by Captain Nathaniel Milcher, Chief of Topographical Engineers, Fourteenth Army Corps, was used for a general map of the battlefield as well as for forty-five other maps that accompany the text.

This work covers and includes several important actions in the battle that heretofore have been glossed over or completely ignored. It also does away with long established myths and inaccuracies that have come to be accepted as fact. No effort was spared to provide an unbiased account and to avoid "ifs." Whenever uncertainty regarding an event or situation was encountered, the author followed the direction that available evidence pointed, with the reader recognizing such by the frequent use of "evidently" or "apparently."

The appendices includes the organization of the Fourteenth Army Corps and its losses, along with information on treatment of the wounded and burial of the dead.. In the index, with personal names are included their rank and the unit to which they belonged.

A second volume covering the Army of Tennessee in the Stone’s River campaign will follow, and at this time is well along.

Note: Hardcover - 723 Pages (Blue Cloth - Gold Lettering) Self-Published ISBN: 978-1-56837-407-9 Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.75 x 1.75 inches Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds

Ordering Information: The book is $60.00 plus $4.00 S & H. Please make check or money order payable to Lanny K. Smith and mail to:

Lanny K. Smith
697 Redbud Lane
Jasper, TX 75951

For additional information, please feel free to contact the author at:

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Description: No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar

No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar:
Sherman's Carolinas Campaign from
Fayetteville to Averasboro
(Discovering Civil War America)

by Mark A. Smith and Wade Sokolosky

Book Description
General William T. Sherman's 1865 Carolinas Campaign receives scant attention from most Civil War historians, largely because it was overshadowed by the Army of Northern Virginia's final campaign against the Army of the Potomac. However, a careful examination of this campaign indicates that few armies in all of military history accomplished more under more adverse conditions than did Sherman's.

Mark A. Smith and Wade Sokolosky, both career military officers, lend their professional eye to the critical but often overlooked run-up to the seminal Battle of Bentonville, covering March 11-16, 1865. Beginning with the capture of Fayetteville and the demolition of the Arsenal there, Smith and Sokolosky chronicle the Battle of Averasboro in greater detail than ever tackled before in this, the third volume of Ironclad's "The Discovering Civil War America Series."

In the two-day fight at Averasboro, Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee's Corps conducted a brilliantly planned and well-executed defense in depth that held Sherman's juggernaut in check for two full days. Having accomplished his objective, Hardee then broke off and disengaged. This delay permitted General Joseph E. Johnston to concentrate his forces in preparation for what became the Battle of Bentonville. The book includes new maps, abundant illustrations, and a detailed driving and walking tour for dedicated battlefield stompers.


Southerners in Blue: They Defied the Confederacy
by Don Umphrey

Cracks in the Confederacy usually don’t show up in American History 101 or even 102. But they are what the author discovered when doing research on his great-grandfather in the Civil War. Though this ancestor lived in Alabama, he and many of his neighbors were called Tories because of their allegiance to a strong Union. Hostilities grew as these Union-minded southerners balked at serving in the Confederate army. Some donned Union uniforms and subsequently paid the ultimate price for their convictions. When these men went off to the Union army, their families suffered as Confederates confiscated their belongings. As the war heated up, individuals committed atrocities against people they’d known for years. The conflict was truly neighbor-to-neighbor. Lawlessness finally reigned as the families of both Confederate and Union soldiers were terrorized. Animosities were so great when the war was over, most survivors wouldn’t talk about what had happened. The silence continued for generations. The author spent some eight years piecing together this true story. He used his great-grandfather’s written memories and many, often obscure documents

The Meanest Man in Texas (non Civil War)
by Don Umphrey

A true story...

The amazing and miraculous true story of Clyde Thompson. He killed two men when he was 17 years old. The year was 1928 and the place was rural west Texas. He was nearly lynched while awaiting trial and then was sent to death row.

Thompson’s killing streak didn’t stop there. Nor did his desire to escape from prison. Prison officials finally gave him The Meanest Man in Texas moniker, and the prison chaplain said he was a man without a soul. Without hope, Thompson reached out for help. Then his life started to change.

New Release!!!


Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia:
Survival in a Civil War Regiment
by Scott Walker


From the University of Georgia Press website:

A new kind of regimental history that reveals soldiers’ inner struggles and longings

"Darling, I never wanted to gow home as bad in my life as I doo now and if they don’t give mee a furlow I am going any how." Written in December 1862 by Private Wright Vinson in Tennessee to his wife, Christiana, in Georgia, these lines go to the heart of why Scott Walker wrote this history of the Fifty-seventh Georgia Infantry, a unit of the famed Mercer’s Brigade.

All but a few members of the Fifty-seventh lived within a close radius of eighty miles from each other. More than just an account of their military engagements, this is a collective biography of a close-knit group. Relatives and neighbors served and died side by side in the Fifty-seventh, and Walker excels at showing how family ties, friendships, and other intimate dynamics played out in wartime settings. Humane but not sentimental, the history abounds in episodes of real feeling: a starving soldier’s theft of a pie; another’s open confession, in a letter to his wife, that he may desert; a slave’s travails as a camp orderly.

Drawing on memoirs and a trove of unpublished letters and diaries, Walker follows the soldiers of the Fifty-seventh as they push far into Unionist Kentucky, starve at the siege of Vicksburg, guard Union prisoners at the Andersonville stockade, defend Atlanta from Sherman, and more. Hardened fighters who would wish hell on an incompetent superior but break down at the sight of a dying Yankee, these are real people, as rarely seen in other Civil War histories.

Scott Walker is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Waco, Texas. His great-great-grandfather was a member of the Fifty-seventh Georgia Infantry.


Brilliant Victory:
The Second Civil War Battle of Cabin Creek, Indian Territory

by Steve Warren

The book chronicles the successful raid led by Confederate brigadier generals Richard M. Gano and Stand Watie. On September 19, 1864, their rag tag force consisting of 2,000 Texas and Indian troops, surprised and captured a Union supply train of 300 wagons, including 1,800 mules and horses at the Cabin Creek station, Cherokee Nation. Watie and Gano’s men made it safely back to the Confederate lines with 130 wagons filled with much need supplies and 740 mules. The captured supplies were later estimated to have been worth more than $1.5 million in 1864 dollars. In a congratulatory order published in October of 1864, Lieutenant General Edmund Kirby-Smith, the commander of all Confederate forces west of the Mississippi River, noted the success of "one of the most brilliant raids of the entire war." Watie, Gano and their respective commands received a special commendation from the Confederate Congress in January of 1865 for the capture of the wagon train.

Warren documents the events leading up to the capture of the wagon train at Cabin Creek, including the battle at Flat Rock, which occurred north of present-day Wagoner, Oklahoma. At Flat Rock, black soldiers of Company K, First Kansas Colored Infantry were massacred by the bloodthirsty Confederate troops.

The author also writes about the Union forces attempt to recapture the wagon train at Pryor Creek. "It’s a great story," Warren said. "It’s amazing what Watie and Gano’s men accomplished. The Texans and Indians didn’t really trust one another, and yet they worked together to go far behind enemy lines and capture a very valuable wagon train."

An authority on the Civil War battles at Cabin Creek, Warren has made presentations to historical and genealogical groups throughout Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Currently, Warren is writing a screenplay about the Cabin Creek battle. This is his first book, but it’s not his first project on the Civil War in Indian Territory. In 1992, Warren and Rick Harding of Bartlesville, Oklahoma released the 90-minute television documentary "Last Raid at Cabin Creek," which Warren wrote and co-produced. Videotapes of the program have been sold to libraries across the country. The videotape has also been successful in the home video market. The documentary has won numerous awards, including recognition from the state of Oklahoma. The program was added to the collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in 1998.

The book is hardback, 8½" by 11", 230 pages with photographs, maps, appendices and index, ISBN 0-944619-665. The book also features the partial war diary of Richard M. Gano, highlighting his early service in the early Indian Wars on the Texas plains and as the Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Kentucky Cavalry, which was attached under General John Hunt Morgan’s command.


A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas:  
Being an Account of the Early Settlements,
the Civil War, the Ku-Klux, and Times of Peace
(The Civil War in the West)
By William Monks
Edited by Lou Wehmer & John F. Bradbury

From the publisher
Originally published in 1907 and now reprinted for the first time, this is the only account published by a Union guerrilla in the border region of the central Ozarks, where political and civil violence lasted from the Civil War well into the 1880s.

There were probably many people who wanted to shoot Billy Monks. He was a Union patriot and skilled guerrilla fighter to some, but others called him a bushwhacker, a murderer, and a thief. His was a very personal combat: he commanded, rallied, arrested, killed, quarreled with, and sued people he knew. His life provides a striking example of the cliché that the war did not end in 1865, but continued fiercely on several fronts for another decade as partisan factions settled old scores and battled for local political control.

This memoir was Monks’s last salvo at his old foes, by turns self-defense and an uncompromising affirmation of the Radical Union cause in the Ozarks. The editors include a new biographical sketch of the author, fill in gaps in his narrative, identify all the people and places to which he refers, and offer a detailed index. Monks himself illustrated the volume with staged photographs of key events re-created by aged comrades who appear to have been just barely able to hoist the muskets they hold as props.

“A riveting story and a valuable research tool.”
—Daniel Sutherland, Civil War in the West series editor

“William Monks’s compelling memoir of the Civil War and its aftermath in Missouri and Arkansas contains little about marching armies and set-piece battles, but it presents a fascinating account of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times. Here is a glimpse of the real war in the Trans-Mississippi where arson and ambuscades were commonplace events and everyone had a score to settle.”
—William Shea,
co-author of Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West (North Carolina, 1992).


  A History of the 31st Georgia Volunteer Infantry:  
This Most Bloody and Cruel Drama
Lawton-Gordon-Evans Brigade.

by Gregory C. White

This new regimental history of an outstanding combat unit is based on a wide array of primary source material. Mr. White's meticulous research has uncovered soldiers' letters, newspaper accounts, diaries, pension records, magazine articles and other obscure material. From this tapestry of rich resources, Mr. White has detailed the history of the gallant 31st Georgia Infantry. An extensive roster follows the text. Initially organized in November 1861 to defend Georgia's threatened coast, the 31st Georgia Volunteer Infantry would see its active service with the Lawton-Gordon-Evans brigade, probably the largest such command in the entire Confederate army. As part of Stonewall Jackson's Foot Cavalry, the regiment distinguished itself the first year at Cold Harbor, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. Led by Clement A. Evans, it received formal commendations for spearheading the dramatic recapture of Marye's Heights during the Chancellorsville Campaign. Colonel Evans lowered the Stars and Stripes flying over York, Pennsylvania, just prior to his command's actions the first day at Gettysburg, where Jubal Early reportedly called it the bravest regiment he had ever seen. The 31st Georgia in 1864 was heavily engaged in the series of battles at Wilderness and Spotsylvania; it also participated in Early's Valley Campaign with action at Monocacy, Kernstown, Third Winchester and Cedar Creek. It was part of the vanguard in the daring assault on Fort Stedman, the last major offensive by the Army of Northern Virginia. Only 66 from the regiment were armed and in the line of battle at Appomattox Court House, where some of the members are believed to have fired the last rounds of the war; they were in combat, even as Lee was surrendering to Grant. Of the 1,179 men and boys known to have belonged to the Columbus, Georgia, based organization, 365 died in the service, a 31% mortality rate.


Remembering Georgia's Confederates
Images of America
by David N. Wiggins

Found on monuments throughout the South, the sentiment "Lest we forget!" represents the theme of Remembering Georgia's Confederates. Dedicated to the men and women who served Georgia when her heart belonged to the Confederate States of America, this volume remembers the state's Confederate past-a time of passion, devotion, honor, courage, faith, perseverance, sacrifice, and loss. Georgia, rich in its heritage, boasts numerous locales to visit, learn about, and remember its role in the Confederacy: the battlefields and their interpretive centers, the coastal forts, the prison camp, the world's largest painting, the world's largest Confederate memorial, a pair of locomotive engines, a number of Confederate cemeteries, and various homes, museums, and history centers.

Dr. David N. Wiggins, author of the celebrated Carroll and Haralson Counties in Vintage Postcards, has compiled this pictorial tribute to his home state’s Confederate legacy. The volume features vintage images of many of Georgia’s soldiers—famous and lesser-known, young and old, survivors and those who never returned. Other views depict survivors in their later years, at postwar gatherings, memorial services, parades, and dedications that reunited them.



Georgia's Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries
Images of America
by David N. Wiggins

Book Description
Confederate monuments and markers in cemeteries across Georgia are inscribed with a variety of dedications. Many offer a simple sentiment, such as “Our Confederate Dead, 1861–1865” or “Lest We Forget”; some present a more political statement—“They Fought Not For Conquest, But For Liberty And Their Own Homes”; some have long soliloquies of prose or poetry; and others feature lists of names of individuals or units that served. Georgia’s Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries features vintage images of soldiers, sailors, and the many different types of monuments erected throughout the state to honor them. These monuments of stone, marble, granite, and bronze recognize the sacrifice of those who served Georgia in the War Between the States. Various memorial associations and organizations, survivors, and descendants of these men and women built lasting tributes to them, and each has a story to tell.

About the Author
Dr. David N. Wiggins, the author of Carroll and Haralson Counties in Vintage Postcards and Remembering Georgia’s Confederates, has compiled this pictorial tribute to the memory of Georgians who represented his beloved home state while in the service of the Confederate States of America. The author presents what he believes to be the most complete listing of Georgia Confederate monuments and cemeteries published to date and shares many images previously unpublished.




Soldiers of the Southern Cross:
The Confederate Soldiers of Tallapoosa County, Alabama

by William Gregory Wilson

A 334 page indexed military history with rosters and information on over 3,000 Confederate soldiers from Tallapoosa County, Alabama and the organizations with which they were associated. Includes previously unpublished wartime letters and 14 wartime photographs. Documents the killed, wounded, and captured, as well as those who died from sickness - at least 828 Tallapoosa County soldiers died during the war from various causes. The product of over ten years exhaustive research using mostly primary source material, it is an excellent resource for genealogists, Civil War historians and anyone interested in the history of east central Alabama. Provides background information on the social and political culture of the county in 1860, and chronicles the military events which effected the people of the county both at home and at the front. Documents Lt-Colonel Michael J. Bulger’s role with the 47th Alabama at Little Round Top, and describes the skirmish at Stowe’s Ferry during Rousseau’s Raid in 1864 - among other events. Soft cover, 11 x 14.5 inches, perfect bound 60lb acid free stock. Copyrighted and privately published by the author. Not available in bookstores, limited quantity available.

Books can be purchased directly from the author for $35.00 each, plus $4.00 for shipping. Personal checks or money orders accepted.

Mail to:
William Gregory Wilson
PO Box 1420
Alexander City, Alabama 35011



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Virginia Regimental History Series Index A-D
by Jeffrey C. Weaver


Index to the Virginia Regimental History Series, with introduction and key to units and geography. 1st of 4 volumes.


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Virginia Regimental History Series Index,
Volume II E-L
by Jeffrey C. Weaver


Continuation of the index to the Virginia Regimental History Series, Volume II, surnames E to L.


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Virginia Regimental History Series Index,
Volume III M-Q
by Jeffrey C. Weaver


Continuation of the index for the Virginia Civil War Regimental History Series


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Virginia Regimental History Series Index,
Volume IV R-Z
by Jeffrey C. Weaver


Final volume of the index to the Virginia Regimental History Series, covering surnames R to Z. Total size of this index is 2789 pages.


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6th Battalion Confederate Cavalry
by Jeffrey C. Weaver


This is a history of the 6th Battalion Confederate Cavalry, a unit composed of men from Virginia and Kentucky. This unit operated in Southwest Virginia; participated in Wheeler's Raid in October 1863; accompanied John Hunt Morgan on his last Kentucky raid, and remained behind the lines to disrupt Federal Army operation in Kentucky during the last nine months of the American Civil War. This book is referenced, and includes a detailed roster of the men who served in it.


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McRae's Battalion North Carolina Cavalry
by Jeffrey C. Weaver


McRae's Battalion North Carolina Cavalry operated in western North Carolina during the Civil War, primarily as the Confederate government's agent in suppressing dissent, and enforcing the Conscript Act. Troops were recruited from Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, and other western North Carolina Counties.


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French's Battalion Virginia Infantry
by Jeffrey C. Weaver


A brief, but comprehensive history of this short-lived Confederate unit is presented for your consideration. Led by Wise County, Virginia lawyer, James Milton French, and recruited from the remnants of the Virginia State Line, French's Battalion survived about two months. Captured almost en masse in their first engagement at Pikeville, Kentucky in April 1863, these men were sent to Camp Chase, Ohio. After being exchanged later in the year, most joined Clarence Prentice's 7th Battalion Confederate Cavalry.





Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions:
by Eric J. Wittenburg

Description: the 1998 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award
      as the best new work on the Battle of Gettysburg.

Addresses Farnsworth's Charge, Merritt's fight on South Cavalry Field, and the Battle of Fairfield.






"We Have It Damn Hard Out Here":
The Civil War Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith,
6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

by Eric J. Wittenburg

67 insightful letters by a sergeant of one of the finest volunteer cavalry regiments of the Civil War





One of Custer's Wolverines:
The Civil War Letters of Brigadier General
James H. Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry

by Eric J. Wittenburg

Known primarily for his 1876 defeat at Little Big Horn, George Armstrong Custer is receiving renewed interest for his successful Civil War generalship. He led the Michigan Cavalry Brigade in more than sixty battles and skirmishes. Forming perhaps the finest single cavalry brigade in the war, these soldiers proved themselves and earned the nickname of “Custer’s Wolverines.” Among the Wolverines was James Harvey Kidd. A newspaperman by training, Kidd wrote long, eloquent letters to his friends and family in which he detailed the conditions and experiences of life in the field.





Under Custer's Command:
The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery
by Eric J. Wittenburg

George Armstrong Custer's fabled Fifth Regiment fought with great distinction throughout the war and suffered the third highest total of men killed in the entire Union cavalry. A twenty-four year old farmer from Hopkins, Michigan, named James Henry Avery was one of Custer's feared "wolverines." Besides eloquently describing his personal experiences, Sergeant Avery's wartime journals and postwar reminiscences provide uniquely detailed descriptions of Civil War cavalry movements and the only known account that addresses the escape elements of the Fifth Michigan Cavalry on the first day of the Battle of Trevilian Station.





At Custer's Side:
The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd
by Eric J. Wittenburg

A companion volume to One of Custer's Wolverines.  Includes Kidd's post-war writings.





Glory Enough for All:
Sheridan's Second Raid and the
Battle ofTrevilian Station

by Eric J. Wittenburg

After the ferocious fighting at Cold Harbor, Virginia, in June, 1864, Union Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered his cavalry, commanded by Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, to distract the Confederate forces opposing the Army of the Potomac. GLORY ENOUGH FOR ALL chronicles the battle that resulted when Confederate cavalry pursued and caught their Federal foes at Trevilian Station, Virginia--perhaps, the only truly decisive cavalry battle of the American Civil War. Eric J. Wittenberg tells the stories of the men who fought there, including eight Medal of Honor winners and Confederate who death at Trevilian Station made him the third of three brothers to die in the service of Company A of the 4th Virginia Cavalry. It also addresses the little-known but critical cavalry battle at Simaria (St. Mary's) Church on June 24, 1864, where Union Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg's division was nearly destroyed. The only modern strategic analysis of the battle, GLORY ENOUGH FOR ALL challenges prevailing interpretations of General Sheridan and of the Union cavalry. Eric J. Wittneberg shows that the outcome of Trevilian Station ultimately prolonged Grant's efforts to end the Civil War.




  With Sheridan in the Final Campaign Against Lee
by Frederic C. Newhall; Edited by Eric J. Wittenburg

After enlisting in the elite Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment of the Army of the Potomac, Frederick Newhall (1840-1898) quickly rose to company commander and eventually to provost marshal and assistant adjutant general at Cavalry Corps headquarters. There, riding alongside Major General Philip H. Sheridan- the dynamic, inspirational bantam who led the Union cavalry to glory in 1864 and 1865-Newhall witnessed the inner workings of Union cavalry operations and many of the important events that spurred the end of the Civil War. A highly intelligent observer, he published the details of his experiences in 1866, before time could dull his memory. This new edition of Newhall's memoir, carefully edited by Eric J. Wittenberg, makes his revealing eyewitness account widely available once again.

Newhall had both Sheridan's ear and confidence during the campaign from Petersburg to Appomattox in April 1865. He was sent by the general to convey information directly to Ulysses S. Grant and George Meade, and he was present with Sheridan during Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House. Loyal to the last, Newhall vigorously defended Sheridan's controversial relief of Major General G.K. Warren from command of the Fifth Corps after the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865.

Wittenberg has carefully transcribed and annotated Newhall's original text, adding maps, photographs, a preface, a biographical sketch of Newhall, an order of battle, and a selected bibliography. He also includes the text of a pamphlet that Warren printed defending himself and criticizing Sheridan, and Newhall's response to it.

An enlightening insider's view of Union leadership during the Civil War's denouement, Wittenberg's excellent edition of Newhall's lively and descriptive commentary rescues an important and informative perspective from the vault of history.





Protecting the Flanks:
Then Battles for Brinkerhoff's Ridge and
East Cavalry Field,  Battle of Gettysburg,
July 2-3, 1863

by Eric J. Wittenburg

The role played by the Federal cavalry at the Battle of Gettysburg has been long overlooked. This insightful new study pays tribute to the role played by the men of Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg’s Second Cavalry Division for the magnificent job that they did protecting the Union flank on the second and third days at the Battle of Gettysburg. Had they failed, the outcome of the battle might have been quite different. This book evaluates those actions and places them in their proper historical context.





Little Phil:
A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership
of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan

by Eric J. Wittenburg

Unlike generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman, whose controversial Civil War-era reputations persist today, Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan has been largely untouched by controversy. In LITTLE PHIL, historian Eric J. Wittenberg reassesses the war record of a man long considered one of the Union Army’s greatest generals.

From his earliest days at West Point, Phil Sheridan refused to play by the rules. He was fortunate to receive merely a suspension, rather than expulsion, when as a cadet he charged a superior officer with a bayonet. Although he achieved fame as a cavalryman late in the Civil War, Sheridan actually began the conflict as an infantry commander and initially knew little of the mounted service. In his first effort as a cavalry commander with the Army of the Potomac in the spring of 1864, he gave a performance that Wittenberg argues has long been overrated. Later that year in the Shenandoah Valley, where Sheridan secured his legendary reputation, he benefited greatly from the tactical ability of his subordinates and from his huge manpower advantage against the beleaguered Confederate troops of Lt. Gen. Jubal Early.

Sheridan was ultimately rewarded for numerous acts of insubordination against his superiors throughout the war, while he punished similar traits in his own officers. Further, in his combat reports and postwar writings, he often manipulated facts to show himself in the best possible light, ensuring an exalted place in history. Thus, Sheridan successfully foisted his own version of history on the American public. This controversial new study challenges the existing literature on Phil Sheridan and adds valuable insight to our understanding of this famous, but altogether fallible, warrior.





The Union Cavalry Comes of Age:
Hartwood Church to Brandy Station, 1863
by Eric J. Wittenburg

In The Union Cavalry Comes of Age, award-winning cavalry historian Eric J. Wittenberg provides a long-overdue challenge to the persistent myths that have unfairly elevated the reputations of the Confederate cavalry’s "cavaliers" and sets the record straight regarding the evolution of the Union cavalry corps. He highlights the careers of renowned Federal officers, including George Stoneman, William W. Averell, Alfred Pleasonton, John Buford, and Wesley Merritt, as well as lesser-known characters such as Col. Alfred Duffie, a French expatriate who hid an ugly secret. Wittenberg writes a lively, detailed account of a saber-slashing era in which men fought for duty, honor, and bragging rights. Indeed, a taunting note left behind by Confederate brigadier general Fitzhugh Lee on a raid at Hartwood Church, Virginia, in 1863 sparked Northern retaliation at the Battle of Kelly’s Ford. The Federal cavalry then evolved during the trials of Stoneman’s Raid, with their hard work culminating in the Battle of Brandy Station, where they nearly broke the unsuspecting Confederates in a fourteen-hour maelstrom that is considered the greatest cavalry battle ever fought in North America.

A skillfully woven overview, this unforgettable story also depicts the strategic and administrative tasks that occupied officers and politicians as well as the day-to-day existence of the typical trooper in the field. The Union Cavalry Comes of Age shows that Northern troopers began turning the tide of war much earlier than is generally acknowledged and became the largest, best-mounted, and best-equipped force of horse soldiers the world had ever seen.


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African Creeks: Estelvste and the Creek Nation
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Among the Creeks, they were known as Estelvste--black people--and they had lived among them since the days of the first Spanish entradas. They spoke the same language as the Creeks, ate the same foods, and shared kinship ties. Their only difference was the color of their skin. This book tells how people of African heritage came to blend their lives with those of their Indian neighbors and essentially became Creek themselves. Taking in the full historical sweep of African Americans among the Creeks, from the sixteenth century through Oklahoma statehood, Gary Zellar unfolds a narrative history of the many contributions these people made to Creek history.

About the Author
Gary Zellar holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The author of several articles and numerous presentations on the African Creeks.



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