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The Civil War: Most Hallowed Ground

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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)

Lincoln on War

Lincoln on War

by Harold Holzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Holzer turns to Lincoln's own writings and speeches for this illuminating collection of the great president' thoughts on war. (WAR153, $24.95)

Moon Handbook Virginia, Including Washington D.C.

Moon Handbook Virginia, Including Washington D.C.

by Katie Githens

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

This compact guidebook covers Virginia and the Capital region. It combines text on history, culture and nature with practical information for travelers, and it features plenty of photographs, maps and illustrations. (USE321, $17.99)

Mid-Atlantic States Map

Mid-Atlantic States Map

by Mad Maps

  • MAP

A regional map of the Mid-Atlantic states and the Chesapeake Bay (USS08, $10.95)

 

Antietam National Battlefield Map


by Trailhead Graphics

  • MAP

Part of a series of Civil War battlefield maps, this is a map of the park and battlefield in Antietam. (USS199, $11.95)

Gettysburg National Military Park Map

Gettysburg National Military Park Map


by Trailhead Graphics

  • MAP

A map of the park and battlefield in Gettysburg. (USE193, $9.95)

Washington, DC Map

Washington, DC Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of the capital at a scale of 1:15,000. (WDC06, $8.95)

Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.

Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

An on-the-ground guide to Washington D.C., featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, comprehensive and superb. (WDC07, $23.00)

Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War

Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War


by Ernest B. Ferguson

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

The story has been told many times before: Jefferson Davis versus Robert E. Lee. However, this detailed account of the Confederacy Capital provides details portray the little pictures within the big picture. (USS102, $16.00)

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)

Civil War, Fort Sumter to Appomattox

Civil War, Fort Sumter to Appomattox


by Gary Gallagher

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Gallagher's treatment of the Civil War focuses on its cultural and historical significance. Using his expertise as a historian, he goes through more than 10,000 battles and skirmishes for a complete overview of the entire "War Between the States." (USA546, $30.00)

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)

Crossroads of Freedom, Antietam

Crossroads of Freedom, Antietam


by James McPherson

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A vivid history of the Battle of Antietam from the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. (WAR109, $15.95)

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)

Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals


by Jeff Shaara

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

In this epic novel, Shaara traces the lives, passions, and careers of the great military leaders from the first gathering clouds of the Civil War. (USS524, $16.00)

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)

Richmond Burning, The Last Days of the Confederate Capital

Richmond Burning, The Last Days of the Confederate Capital


by Nelson D. Lankford

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A narrative account of the fall of Richmond, which signaled the end of the Confederacy. Citing a variety of primary documents, Lankford creates a vivid portrait of events and personalities at the dusk of the Civil War. (WAR66, $18.00)

Richmond During the War: Four Years of Personal Observation

Richmond During the War: Four Years of Personal Observation


by Virginia Scharff | Sallie Brock Putnam

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 389 PAGES

Having lived in the Confederate Capital of Richmond during the Civil War, Sallie Brock Putnam gives a personal account of the Antebellum South. Originally published in 1867, this is a rare perspective of a Southern woman in a crucial period in the history of the South. (USS103, $19.95)

Stars in Their Courses, The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863

Stars in Their Courses, The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863


by Shelby Foote

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 290 PAGES

Shelby Foote's gift for prose makes this military history a page-turning narrative, deftly capturing the monumental battle in a concise, informative text. (USE191, $23.00)

Team of Rivals

Team of Rivals


by Doris Kearns Goodwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 916 PAGES

Goodwin explores how Lincoln transformed three former political opponents into essential members of his cabinet. (USA128, $21.00)

The Civil War in 50 Objects

The Civil War in 50 Objects


by Harold Holzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 380 PAGES

Lincoln scholar Holzer uses 50 pieces of important Civil War memorabilia, including Grant's handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox, a Confederate Palmetto flag and a daguerreotype of an elderly ex-slave, as a point of departure for this history of the Civil War. (WAR183, $36.00)

The Civil War, A Concise History

The Civil War, A Concise History


by Louis Masur

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 118 PAGES

Masur brings remarkable clarity to the origins of the terrible war, battles and outcome in this incisive pocket history. (WAR173, $18.95)

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln


by Thomas Keneally

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

An elegant, brief biography of the Kentucky-born political hero. (USA147, $14.00)

Jefferson and Monticello, The Biography of a Builder

Jefferson and Monticello, The Biography of a Builder


by John McLaughlin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 481 PAGES

A detailed account of the painstaking design and construction of Monticello, the slaves and artisans who labored on its behalf, and a portrait of daily colonial life in Virginia. (USE106, $23.00)

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)

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain


by Charles Frazier

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 449 PAGES

Set in North Carolina, this is the best-selling novel of a wounded Confederate soldier who abandons the front line and journeys home to his prewar sweetheart. In spare, eloquent prose, Frazier describes the strong bond between a man and the land. (USS74, $16.00)

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 Lincoln Anthology

The Lincoln Anthology


by Harold Holzer

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 964 PAGES

Walt Whitman, W.B Dubois, Carl Sandburg, Winston Churchill, Marianne Moore and Garry Wills are all included in this diverse collection. (GEN489, $40.00)

The Smoke at Dawn, A Novel of the Civil War

The Smoke at Dawn, A Novel of the Civil War


by Jeff Shaara

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

The third title in Jeff Shaara's acclaimed Civil War series. In the summer of 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland already has great momentum from their victory at Vicksburg. They set the stage for a decisive confrontation at Chattanooga that could determine the outcome of the war. (USM254, $28.00)

A Rich Spot of Earth, Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello

A Rich Spot of Earth, Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello


by Peter J. Hatch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello since 1977, Peter Hatch showcases Jefferson's magnificently restored vegetable garden in this richly detailed, beautifully illustrated guide and history. Hatch covers not just garden design and restoration but also discusses Jefferson's favorite vegetables and the Virginian, French-inflected cuisine he developed, and gardening traditions he adapted from other lands. Alice Waters provides the foreword. (USE549, $27.50)

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