Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 - The "Civil War Books and Authors" Year in Review


The Old North State at War: The North Carolina Civil War Atlas by Mark Anderson Moore, with Jessica A. Bandel and Michael Hill (Office of Archives and History - NC Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources).


Battle/Campaign Histories:
Trans-Mississippi Theater: The Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana, March - May 1864 by Henry O. Robertson (McFarland).
Western Theater: Tie - Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson by Timothy B. Smith (Univ Press of Kansas) & Slaughter at the Chapel: The Battle of Ezra Church, 1864 by Gary Ecelbarger (Univ of Oklahoma Press).
Eastern Theater: Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 by Bruce M. Venter (Univ of Oklahoma Press).

Naval History:
The Civil War on the Mississippi: Union Sailors, Gunboat Captains, and the Campaign to Control the River by Barbara Brooks Tomblin (Univ Press of Kentucky).

War and Society:
The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border by Christopher Phillips (Oxford Univ Press).

Society and Culture:
Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri by Joseph M. Beilein Jr. (Kent St Univ Press).

Politics and Society:
Abolitionizing Missouri: German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in Nineteenth-Century America by Kristen Layne Anderson (LSU Press).

Industry and Technology:
Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War by Thomas F. Army, Jr. (Johns Hopkins Univ Press).

Unit History:
"Forward My Brave Boys!": A History of the 11th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry CSA, 1861-1865 by M. Todd Cathey and Gary W. Waddey (Mercer Univ Press).

Essay Collection:
Border Wars: The Civil War in Tennessee and Kentucky edited by Kent T. Dollar, Larry H. Whiteaker and W. Calvin Dickinson (Kent St Univ Press).

Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War by Paul Kahan (Potomac Books).

Edited Letters/Memoir/Diary:
Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier edited by M. Jane Johansson (LSU Press).

Guide Book:
A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People by Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler (UNC Press).

Regional History:
Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier by Matthew M. Stith (LSU Press).

City/County/Local History:
Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County by William A. Penn (Univ Press of Kentucky).

Reference Book or Series:
The Army of Northern Virginia: Organization, Strength, Casualties 1861-1865 by Darrell L. Collins (McFarland).

Hoffman's Army: The 31st Virginia Infantry, CSA 1861-1865 by David Wooddell.

Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac's "Valley Forge" and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union by Albert Z. Conner, Jr. with Chris Mackowski (Savas Beatie).


  1. Hi Drew

    Thanks for the nod for "Seizing Destiny." Sadly it has been mostly overlooked, but hopefully enough folks will eventually read and appreciate it. Happy New Year.

  2. I also liked Abolitionizing Missouri. Good choice!


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