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The Civil War

 “War means fighting, and fighting means killing.” —Nathan Bedford Forrest
 

The Civil War


Think you know all you need to know about the Civil War?  It remains our most defining national drama, and yet 150 years after its conclusion we continue to debate the truth about its conduct, its legacy, and its leading players—with Abraham Lincoln at the center of it all. Somehow, we keep finding fascinating new perspectives that challenge our previous assumptions. 
 
History has always been one of our favorite subjects here at Daedalus, and we couldn't resist assembling noteworthy and even controversial Civil War–related items here to celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary. 
 
 
 
       
        

"It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it." Robert E Lee

 
"War means fighting, and fighting means killing." - Nathan Bedford Forrest Click Here
 Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War
 

Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War

Joseph E. Johnston.
 
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Respected by his Union opponents but at odds with Jefferson Davis and other Confederate leaders, ...(Read More)

 
 A Strange Engine of War: The
 

A Strange Engine of War: The "Winans" Steam Gun and the Civil War in Maryland

John W. Lamb.
 
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In the spring of 1861, with Southern states seceding and Baltimore occupied by nervous Union ...(Read More)

 
 A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War
 

A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War

Thomas Fleming.
 
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In his character-driven history, Thomas Fleming takes readers back to the mid-19th century to trace ...(Read More)

 
 This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
 

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

Drew Gilpin Faust.
 
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(Winner of the Bancroft Prize and the American History Book Prize; finalist for the National ...(Read More)

 
 The Civil War: The Definitive Reference: a Chronology of Events, an Encyclopedia, and the Memoirs of Grant and Lee
 

The Civil War: The Definitive Reference: a Chronology of Events, an Encyclopedia, and the Memoirs of Grant and Lee

Phillip Shaw Paludan, intro. John S. Bowman, ed.
 
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With more than 2500 color and black and white illustrations and maps throughout, this oversized, ...(Read More)

 
 
 Insider's Guide to Civil War Sites in the Eastern Theater
 

Insider's Guide to Civil War Sites in the Eastern Theater

Eric Ethier & Rebecca Aloisi.
 
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This historical travel guide presents more than 20 tours of Civil War sites in Pennsylvania, ...(Read More)

 
 The Gettysburg Campaign in Numbers and Losses: Synopses, Orders of Battle, Strengths, Casualties, and Maps, June 9–July 14, 1863
 

The Gettysburg Campaign in Numbers and Losses: Synopses, Orders of Battle, Strengths, Casualties, and Maps, June 9–July 14, 1863

J. David Petruzzi & Steven A. Stanley.
 
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Presenting comprehensive orders of battle for more than three dozen engagements, this remarkable, ...(Read More)

 
 Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee—The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged
 

Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee—The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

William C. Davis.
 
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(Winner of the American Civil War Museum's Jefferson Davis Prize and a Main Selection of the ...(Read More)

 
 The American Civil War
 

The American Civil War

 
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From the first antislavery protests to Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, this ten-part ...(Read More)

 
 The American Civil War: Beyond the Battlefields
 

The American Civil War: Beyond the Battlefields

 
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Discussions of the American Civil War often revolve around the decisions that determined the ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Battle of the Little Bighorn: The History of Warfare
 

The Battle of the Little Bighorn: The History of Warfare

Michael Leighton, narrator.
 
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Dashing yet arrogant, Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer launched a surprise 1876 attack ...(Read More)

 
 American Civil War 1861–1865: A Nation Divided; From Gettysburg to Reconstruction
 

American Civil War 1861–1865: A Nation Divided; From Gettysburg to Reconstruction

 
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Using archival photography and realistic battle re-creations, this two-disc set explores the social ...(Read More)

 
 <I>Time</I>: Gettysburg: Turning Point of the Civil War: 150th-Anniversary Tribute
 

Time: Gettysburg: Turning Point of the Civil War: 150th-Anniversary Tribute

Jeff Shaara, prologue. Richard Stengal & Kelly Knauer, eds.
 
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The turning point of the Civil War and arguably the most momentous struggle fought on American ...(Read More)

 
 Smithsonian Civil War in 3D: The Life and Death of the Soldier
 

Smithsonian Civil War in 3D: The Life and Death of the Soldier

Michael Stephenson.
 
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Due largely to the evolution of photography into a practical, portable medium (including the ...(Read More)

 
 Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year
 

Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year

Charles Bracelen Flood.
 
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Shortly after losing all of his wealth in an 1884 swindle, Ulysses S. Grant learned that he had ...(Read More)

 
 

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"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass

 
Faces of the Civil War Click Here
 A Time of War: A Northern Chronicle of the Civil War
 

A Time of War: A Northern Chronicle of the Civil War

Stuart Murray.
 
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Also the author of Rudyard Kipling in Vermont, Washington's Farewell, and ...(Read More)

 
 State of the Union: New York & the Civil War
 

State of the Union: New York & the Civil War

Harold Holzer, ed. Jeff Shaara, foreword.
 
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Originating in a 1999 symposium focusing on New York State during the Civil War, this anthology ...(Read More)

 
 Civil War Sketch Book: Drawings from the Battlefront
 

Civil War Sketch Book: Drawings from the Battlefront

Harry L. Katz & Vincent Virga. Alan Brinkley, preface.
 
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Though battlefield photography came of age during the Civil War, much of the fighting and fallout ...(Read More)

 
 A Philadelphia Perspective: The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher
 

A Philadelphia Perspective: The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher

Sidney George Fisher. Jonathan W. White, ed.
 
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A member of a prominent Philadelphia family and a prolific man of letters, Sidney George Fisher ...(Read More)

 
 The Civil War in 50 Objects
 

The Civil War in 50 Objects

Harold Holzer. Eric Foner, intro.
 
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From a soldier's diary (with the pencil still attached) to John Brown's pike, from the ...(Read More)

 
 
 Hard Tack and Coffee: A Classic Civil War Memoir
 

Hard Tack and Coffee: A Classic Civil War Memoir

John D. Billings.
 
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Originally published in 1888, John Billings's memoir of serving in the Army of the Potomac is ...(Read More)

 
 From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature
 

From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature

Randall Fuller.
 
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In the first half of the 19th century, America's leading writers had been integral to helping ...(Read More)

 
 War Years with Jeb Stuart
 

War Years with Jeb Stuart

W.W. Blackford.
 
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Although opposed to secession, William Willis Blackford (1831–1905) nonetheless remained ...(Read More)

 
 Military Memoirs of a Confederate: A Critical Narrative
 

Military Memoirs of a Confederate: A Critical Narrative

E.P. Alexander.
 
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First published in 1907, Edward Porter Alexander's memoir is an unvarnished account of a ...(Read More)

 
 Rebel Private: Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier
 

Rebel Private: Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier

William Andrew Fletcher.
 
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Hailed by Civil War historians as an indispensable key to understanding the Southern perspective, ...(Read More)

 
 

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"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

 
The Assassination and the Aftermath Click Here
 The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War
 

The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War

Paul A. Cimbala & Randall M. Miller, eds.
 
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The American Civil War did not necessarily end with Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, ...(Read More)

 
 Gettysburg Religion: Refinement, Diversity, and Race in the Antebellum and Civil War Border North
 

Gettysburg Religion: Refinement, Diversity, and Race in the Antebellum and Civil War Border North

Steven Longenecker.
 
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A century and a half after the Battle of Gettysburg, Cemetery Hill, the Seminary and its ridge, and ...(Read More)

 
 Vicksburg's Long Shadow: The Civil War Legacy of Race and Remembrance
 

Vicksburg's Long Shadow: The Civil War Legacy of Race and Remembrance

Christopher Waldrep.
 
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During the summer of 1863, while the nation's attention was focused on the battle in ...(Read More)

 
 Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America's Greatest President
 

Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America's Greatest President

Chris DeRose.
 
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Despite serving just one term in the House of Representatives, Abraham Lincoln's character and ...(Read More)

 
 366 Days in Abraham Lincoln's Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America’s Greatest President
 

366 Days in Abraham Lincoln's Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America’s Greatest President

Stephen A. Wynalda. Harry Turtledove, intro.
 
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In an innovative format similar to a daily journal, journalist Stephen Wynalda presents this ...(Read More)

 
 
 <I>LIFE</I> Lincoln: An Intimate Portrait
 

LIFE Lincoln: An Intimate Portrait

Henry Louis Gates Jr., foreword. Allen C. Guelzo, narrative.
 
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A vivid and multifaceted portrait in words and images, this oversized volume commemorates the 150th ...(Read More)

 
 American Civil War 1861–1865: A Nation Divided; From Gettysburg to Reconstruction
 

American Civil War 1861–1865: A Nation Divided; From Gettysburg to Reconstruction

 
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Using archival photography and realistic battle re-creations, this two-disc set explores the social ...(Read More)

 
 President Lincoln Assassinated!: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning
 

President Lincoln Assassinated!: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning

Harold Holzer.
 
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A recipient of the Lincoln Prize and the National Humanities Medal, Harold Holzer is one of the ...(Read More)

 
 Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion
 

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

Harold Holzer.
 
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(Winner of the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize) Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer offers us ...(Read More)

 
 Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848–1877
 

Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848–1877

Brenda Wineapple.
 
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Broadly surveying the most tumultuous decades in America's history, the author of the National ...(Read More)

 
 

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"A house divided against itself cannot stand." - Abraham Lincoln

 
Cracks in the Foundation Click Here
 Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America's Greatest President
 

Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America's Greatest President

Chris DeRose.
 
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Despite serving just one term in the House of Representatives, Abraham Lincoln's character and ...(Read More)

 
 Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848–1877
 

Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848–1877

Brenda Wineapple.
 
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Broadly surveying the most tumultuous decades in America's history, the author of the National ...(Read More)

 
 We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860–April 1861
 

We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860–April 1861

William J. Cooper.
 
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Examining the most perilous political crisis our country has ever faced, southern political ...(Read More)

 
 Freedom Struggle: The Anti-Slavery Movement in America 1830–1865
 

Freedom Struggle: The Anti-Slavery Movement in America 1830–1865

Ann Rossi.
 
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Chronicling the abolition movement in Civil War–era America, this illustrated history for ...(Read More)

 
 American Civil War 1861–1865: A Nation Divided; From Gettysburg to Reconstruction
 

American Civil War 1861–1865: A Nation Divided; From Gettysburg to Reconstruction

 
Sale Price: $5.98
Using archival photography and realistic battle re-creations, this two-disc set explores the social ...(Read More)

 
 

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