Wednesday, June 15, 2011

NPS bibliography - "The Civil War in the American West"

Gordon Chappell of the National Park Service has compiled a good, up-to-date for the Sesquicentennial bibliography of the Civil War in the regions comprised of the "Far West, the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountain territories, and the Great Plains from Minnesota and North Dakota to Texas". It is definitely worth a look, both for the list and the brief commentary. I've read most of the books on it (which means I'm crazy or the available literature is limited or both) but learned of many more that are now on my to-do list. Many thanks to Mr. Chappell.


  1. Outstanding. Thanks!

  2. I was unaware of this bibliography--thanks for pointing it out. I believe that I'll mention it on my blog also--giving credit to you of course for first mentioning it.

    You are not crazy!

  3. Given my interest in the West as the crucial third side of the Civil War conflict, and my ongoing work on conferences and exhibits to highlight the history of slavery and freedom in the Civil War Era in the American West, I would love to see updates to the bibliography to reflect the cultural and political history of the Civil War Era in the American West as well.

    It looks like Mr. Chappell has retired ( ) and it is unclear who would be updating the list. Any thoughts who to contact?

    Adam Arenson
    The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War (Harvard, 2011)

  4. AnonymousJune 17, 2011

    It would be nice to see similar updated bibliographies for the Eastern and Wester Theaters.

  5. No, I don't. I came upon the page at random myself.

  6. "It would be nice to see similar updated bibliographies for the Eastern and Wester Theaters."

    I wouldn't envy the person or persons tasked with those jobs.


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