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Smithsonian at Chautauqua: The Civil War Tour

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Fields of Honor, Pivotal Battles of the Civil War

Fields of Honor, Pivotal Battles of the Civil War

by Edwin C. Bearss | James McPherson

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 488 PAGES

A former chief historian of the National Parks Service and a renowned Civil War historian, Bearss details 14 of the war's major battles, including Gettysburg and Vicksburg. (WAR124, $15.95)

The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

by Michael Shaara

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

It's the summer of 1863. Fresh from a victory at Chancellorsville, General Robert E. Lee heads north in a daring attempt to draw Union forces away from the Potomac. He is met by Union regiments at Gettysburg for the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. (USS36, $16.00)

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts. (USS27, $29.95)

 
Fields of Glory, A History and Tour Guide of the War in the West, the Atlanta Campaign, 1864

Fields of Glory, A History and Tour Guide of the War in the West, the Atlanta Campaign, 1864


by Jim Miles

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

A comprehensive guide with maps and key to the battlefields of the Atlanta Campaign. (USS288, $16.95)

The Civil War Battlefield Guide

The Civil War Battlefield Guide


by Frances H. Kennedy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

This definitive guide to 384 battles includes color photographs, maps and contributions by leading historians including James McPherson, Stephen Sears and Edwin Bearss. (USA410, $29.95)

Battle Cry of Freedom, The Civil War Era

Battle Cry of Freedom, The Civil War Era


by James McPherson

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 904 PAGES

A comprehensive, vivid history of the Civil War, its genesis, battles, politics and personalities from the war with Mexico to Appomattox. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the book may be 900 pages long but it reads like a good novel. (USS37, $19.95)

Confederates in the Attic

Confederates in the Attic


by Tony Horwitz

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 406 PAGES

Subtitled "Dispatched from the Unfinished Civil War," this book reveals the strange world of the re-enactors, unreconstructed confederates and others whose ongoing interest and involvement in the War Between the States provide an intriguing cultural portrait of the southern and mid-Atlantic states. (USS35, $16.95)

Great Maps of the Civil War, Pivotal Battles and Campaigns

Great Maps of the Civil War, Pivotal Battles and Campaigns


by William J. Miller

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 48 PAGES

This ingenious book features 32 removable full-color, annotated archival maps from the civil war period. (USA411, $39.99)

The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg


by Louis Phillipe D'Orleans

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

An eyewitness report and history of the Gettysburg Campaign, first published in 1886, by the Count of Paris (son of King Louis Phillippe and aide to General McClellan). (WAR91, $18.95)

Why the Confederacy Lost

Why the Confederacy Lost


by Gabor S. Boritt

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A collection of essays analyzing the various factors contributing to the Confederate defeat, written by a series of experts. (WAR89, $19.99)

Cloudsplitter

Cloudsplitter


by Russell Banks

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 758 PAGES

The incomparable Russell Banks tries his hand at historical fiction. Owen Brown, son of John Brown, is the narrator, telling the story of his father and how the events of the great abolitionist's life have ultimately shaped his own. Epic, well researched and powerful. (USS196, $16.99)

The March

The March


by E. L. Doctorow

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 363 PAGES

In this powerful historical novel, Doctorow captures the drama and import of General William Tecumseh Sherman's devastating march through Georgia and the Carolinas during the final years of the Civil War. (USS373, $16.00)

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