1. A Society of Gentlemen: Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, 1845-1861 by Mark C. Hunter (Naval Institute Press, 2010).
A social history and statistical analysis of Naval Academy cadets and their education, leading up to the Civil War.
2. Twilight on the South Carolina Rice Fields: Letters of the Heyward Family, 1862-1871 edited by Margaret Belser Hollis and Allen H. Stokes (U. of S. Carolina Press, 2010).
A hefty volume of Heyward family letters spanning the Civil War and Reconstruction, Twilight provides insight into the rice economy of the Beaufort area. With one family member (Barney Heyward) serving as an engineer officer on the coast during the Civil War, there is some military context as well. Considering how quickly and easily the Union navy subjugated the region, it makes one wonder how the pro-secession coastal and sea island planters originally envisioned their war going.