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Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
May 31 - June 12, 1864: The Battle of Cold Harbor was one of the Civil War's most dramatic and decisive engagements.

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  150th Anniversary of the Civil War   Courage Under Fire: Profiles in Bravery from the Battlefields of the Civil War  

Courage Under Fire: Profiles in Bravery from the Battlefields of the Civil War

Through diaries and letters written on Civil War battlefields, in camps, and on the deathbeds of fighters from the North and South, Pulitzer Prize nominee Wiley Sword writes of the complex working of a soldier's mind coming to grips with life and death, particularly in a country at war with itself.

"Sword writes in clean and straight to the point prose. A worthy read for anyone in a position of leadership, for it lays out the rigors of sending others into harm's way, which is a brand of ...... read more

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1864 was a long hard year in the American Civil War—though decisive victories had been won, it remained for Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army of the Potomac to pursue Robert E. Lee deep into Virginia, while Union general William T. Sherman marched deep into the South and captured Atlanta. The Civil War and its aftermath redefined our national self-image and continued to inspire social unrest for over a century—even 150 years later, its legacy continues to be revised and debated.

Daedalus regularly offers an extensive range of outstanding and prize-winning political, military, social, and personal histories examining the Civil War and its meaning, from soldiers' memoirs and vivid illustrated accounts to documentaries and dramas on DVD.

 

  Gods and Generals  

Gods and Generals

Fans of Michael Shaara's 1974 Pulitzer Prize–winning Civil War novel The Killer Angels will enjoy this dramatic precursor to that story, presented with majestic sweep by Shaara's son. This is primarily the story of four men: Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, Winfield Scott Hancock, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, along with their wives, families, and the men who served with them on the field. As The Killer Angels gave readers a connection to the characters at ...... read more

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Under Custer's Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery  

Under Custer's Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery

Compiled by Karla Jean Husby. Eric J. Wittenberg, ed.

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(Selected by Military Heritage magazine as 2000's Best Book on Custer) George Armstrong Custer's Michigan Brigade fought with great distinction throughout the Civil War; Sergeant James ... ... read more

 
A Counterfeiter's Paradise: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Early American Moneymakers  

A Counterfeiter's Paradise: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Early American Moneymakers

Ben Tarnoff.

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Few nations have as rich a counterfeiting history as the United States, and get-rich-quick schemes are as old as America itself. In this history, Ben Tarnoff chronicles the lives of three ... ... read more

 
Uncommon Valor: A Story of Race, Patriotism, and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War  

Uncommon Valor: A Story of Race, Patriotism, and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War

Melvin Claxton & Mark Puls.

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Of the nearly 200,000 African Americans who served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, 16 received the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous bravery, and 14 of these were earned in a single ... ... read more

 
Insider's Guide to Gettysburg: 2nd Edition  

Insider's Guide to Gettysburg: 2nd Edition

Kate Hertzog.

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Remembered as the site of the defining July 1863 Civil War battle that occurred around and in the town, Gettysburg today is a charming town and a premier destination for history buffs. The ... ... read more

 
Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War  

Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War

Holzer Harold, ed. Joseph M. McPherson, James I. Robertson Jr., Stephen W. Sears, Craig L. Symonds & Joan Waugh, contributors.

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Twenty years after the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at The Century Magazine argued over which Civil War battles had been the bloodiest. They decided to put the debate before their ... ... read more

 
 
Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War  

Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

James R. Gilmore.

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Long out of print—and for years found only in rare bookshops—James Gilmore's 1898 portrait of Abraham Lincoln is available again with this reprint edition. Gilmore (1822–1903), who wrote for the ... ... read more

 
Santa Fe  

Santa Fe

Randolph Scott, Janis Carter, Jerome Courtland, Peter Thompson & others. Irving Pichel, director.

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In this action-packed Civil War adventure from 1951, Randolph Scott stars as Britt Canfield, the eldest of four brothers who have seen their family's Virginia plantation stolen by carpetbaggers. ... ... read more

 
The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln's Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America  

The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln's Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America

Roy Morris Jr.

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For the better part of two decades, Stephen Douglas was the most famous and controversial politician in the United States, a veritable "steam engine in britches," as he was popularly known. Abraham ... ... read more

 
The Abolitionists  

The Abolitionists

Richard Brooks, Neal Huff, Jeanine Serralles, Kate Lyn Sheil & others. Rob Rapley, director. Oliver Platt, narrator.

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Both scorned as troublemakers and praised as liberators, abolitionists tore the nation apart to create a more perfect union, as what began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer ... ... read more

 
Lincoln's Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President's Mission to Destroy the Press  

Lincoln's Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President's Mission to Destroy the Press

Jeffrey Manber & Neil Dahlstrom.

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In the sweltering summer of 1861, President Lincoln began ordering the shutdown of any Northern newspaper that voiced opposition to the war, note Neil Dahlstrom and Jeffrey Manber. Whether carried ... ... read more

 
 
Little Women  

Little Women

Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas, Edna May Oliver & others. George Cukor, director.

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In this classic 1933 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical novel, the four March sisters fight to survive financially and to find love while their father is off fighting the Civil War. ... ... read more

 
Haunted U.S. Battlefields: Ghosts, Hauntings, and Eerie Events from America's Fields of Honor  

Haunted U.S. Battlefields: Ghosts, Hauntings, and Eerie Events from America's Fields of Honor

Mary Beth Crain.

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The places of wartime horror often conjure up images that haunt the living for generations to come, but is there more to the story? Journalist Mary Beth Crain—also the author of A Widow, A ... ... read more

 
Song Yet Sung  

Song Yet Sung

James McBride.


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The winner of the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his widely read memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White ... ... read more

 
The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia  

The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia

Edward Steers Jr. James L. Swanson, foreword.

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One of those remarkable books that you didn't know you needed until it appeared, this A-to-Z reference compiles the many figures, places, events, and peripheral facts associated with the ... ... read more

 
Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought On the Civil War  

Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought On the Civil War

Douglas R. Egerton.

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In early 1860, pundits across America confidently predicted the election of Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas in the coming presidential race. But the Democrats would split over the issue of ... ... read more

 
 
The <I>Alabama</I>, British Neutrality, and the American Civil War  

The Alabama, British Neutrality, and the American Civil War

Frank J. Merli. David M. Fahey, ed.

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History professor Frank Merli died in 2000 while working on a sequel to his popular 1970 book Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861–1865, leaving many manuscripts related to Great ... ... read more

 
In the Shadow of the Civil War: Passmore Williamson and the Rescue of Jane Johnson  

In the Shadow of the Civil War: Passmore Williamson and the Rescue of Jane Johnson

Nat Brandt with Yanna Kroyt Brandt.

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Six years before the onset of the Civil War, two courageous figures—one a free white man and one an enslaved black woman—risked personal liberty to ensure each other's freedom in an explosive episode ... ... read more

 
Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania: Second Edition  

Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania: Second Edition

William J. Switala.

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Organized in antebellum America to help slaves escape to freedom, the Underground Railroad was cloaked in secrecy and operated at great peril to everyone involved. The system was extremely active in ... ... read more

 
The First Assassin  

The First Assassin

John J. Miller.

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In 1861, as the United States teeters on the brink of civil war, Colonel Charles P. Rook organizes security in the nation's capital, surrounding Abraham Lincoln with bodyguards, placing sharpshooters ... ... read more

 
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