Friday, September 20, 2019

Guidebooks to Civil War Richmond?

In response to my 9/17 Booknotes entry for Stephen Ash's new urban study Rebel Richmond: Life and Death in the Confederate Capital, a reader asked me if I could recommend any book-length walking and/or driving tour guides to Civil War Richmond. You'd think there would have been several produced over the decades, but I couldn't come up with a single example offhand and my admittedly cursory online search came up empty. My correspondent dug deeper and discovered the out-of-print but still easily obtainable title General Lee's City: An Illustrated Guide to the Historical Sites of Confederate Richmond (1987) by Richard M. Lee.

So this leads to my question for the rest of you out there. Does anyone know of any other candidates? If so, please leave your response in the comments section. Thank you in advance.


  1. David J. Eicher's book "Civil War Battlefields: A Touring Guide," despite the title, has a non-battlefield tour/itinierary of downtown Richmond monuments and places of interest. The text is pretty brief but he has numerous locations listed; around 40-50 if I remember correctly (I do not have my copy at hand).

  2. I believe we have one in the works with our Emerging Civil War series.


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