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Echoes of the Past: Remembering the Civil War

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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)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States

by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 446 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast states from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area. (USS31, $22.00)

The Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book, A Complete Guide

The Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book, A Complete Guide

by Cecily McMillan | Wade Spees

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. It does justice to this area's rich traditions and food. (USS13, $19.95)

 
Charleston Map

Charleston Map


by Navigator Maps

  • MAP

A clear, easy-to-use souvenir map of Charleston, featuring the city center and well-marked places of interest. (USS312, $5.95)

Savannah Map

Savannah Map


by Navigator Maps

  • MAP

A neat, colorful map of Savannah's city center, featuring well-marked places of interest. (USS340, $7.95)

United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map

United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map


by Hallwag

  • MAP

A map of the eastern United States from the northern half of Georgia to the southern part of New York, at a scale of 1,200,000. (USS57, $14.95)

Guide to the Battles of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg

Guide to the Battles of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg


by Jay Luvaas | Harold W. Nelson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

Designed for the traveler, this is a history and guide to the battlefields at Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg. Each "stop" along the guided tours present an important phase of each battle, and many are accompanied by an excerpt of an officer's first-hand account from the battlefield. (USS234, $14.95)

1858, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See

1858, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See


by Bruce Chadwick

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 355 PAGES

Chadwick brings to the fore the larger-than-life personalities and momentous events of a single year leading up to the Civil War. (WAR159, $20.99)

A Short History of Charleston

A Short History of Charleston


by Robert Rosen

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A third-generation Charlestonian, Rosen traces the history of Good King Charles's City from its founding to the present with flair. (USS12, $16.95)

American City, Southern Place: A Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond


by Gregg D. Kimball

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A history of Richmond before the Civil War, highlighting the social structure and cultural divisions between the city's various residents. (USS330, $25.95)

Apostles of Disunion, Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War

Apostles of Disunion, Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War


by Charles B. Dew

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

An examination of the causes of Confederate secession, arguing that (contrary to some revisionist beliefs) slavery was the overriding issue. (WAR13, $13.50)

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 Petersburg, Confederate City in the Crucible of War

Civil War Petersburg, Confederate City in the Crucible of War


by A. Wilson Greene

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 363 PAGES

The noted Civil War historian Wil Greene's expertly researched, eloquently written history of the Virginia city that was second only to Richmond in size and strategic significance during the Civil War. (USS526, $34.95)

Confederate Charleston, An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War

Confederate Charleston, An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War


by Robert Rosen

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 181 PAGES

A lavishly illustrated history of Charleston during the Civil War, this is an illuminating portrait of the times, the war and, of course, the great city. (USS11, $39.95)

Emancipating Lincoln, The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory

Emancipating Lincoln, The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory


by Harold Holzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 213 PAGES

Holzer deftly traces the significance of this foundational speech -- and racial politics in America -- in this illuminating study, originally delivered as a series of lectures at Harvard. (WAR160, $24.95)

Eyewitness to the Civil War, The Complete History from Secession to Reconstruction

Eyewitness to the Civil War, The Complete History from Secession to Reconstruction


by Steph Hyslop

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER

This overview by National Geographic includes eyewitness accounts and hundreds of rare photographs, artifacts, and period illustrations. (USA413, $40.00)

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)

Founding Gardeners

Founding Gardeners


by Andrea Wulf

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Andrea Wulf artfully examines the interplay of plants and politics in this earthy account, looking both at the roles of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Quincy Adam as noble farmers and at the American relationship with nature during the 18th century. (USE535, $18.95)

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)

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)

North Carolina Civil War Documentary

North Carolina Civil War Documentary


by W. Buck Yearns

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 365 PAGES

A collection of primary source material describing North Carolina from the secession movement through the Civil War (USS114, $27.95)

Race and Reunion, The Civil War in American Memory

Race and Reunion, The Civil War in American Memory


by David W. Blight

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

A study of the Civil War's legacy, including reconstruction, the shifting meanings of death and sarifice and the idea of the Lost Cause. (WAR12, $28.50)

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)

Shiloh, The Battle that Changed the Civil War

Shiloh, The Battle that Changed the Civil War


by Larry J. Daniel

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 430 PAGES

The first scholarly study of the battle of Shiloh in more than twenty years, this well researched historical account juxtaposes scenes from the battlefield with glimpses into the driving politics behind the respective capitals of Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia. (USS72, $16.00)

Slave Counterpoint, Black Culture in the Eighteenth Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

Slave Counterpoint, Black Culture in the Eighteenth Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry


by David Morgan

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 736 PAGES

A scholarly, readable comparison of the slave cultures of Virginia and South Carolina. Intended for a general audience, Morgan covers the lives of the slaves in rich detail, and paints a compelling portrait of African Americans in the South on the eve of the American Revolution. (USS10, $41.95)

Starving the South, How the North Won the Civil War

Starving the South, How the North Won the Civil War


by Andrew F. Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Smith chronicles the role food -- and the relative lack thereof by the confederates -- in determining the outcome of the Civil War. (WAR158, $27.99)

The Civil War in North Carolina

The Civil War in North Carolina


by John Gilchrist Barrett

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 495 PAGES

The complete story of Civil War military engagements across North Carolina. Mr. Barrett, professor emeritus at the Virginia military institute, brings a lively writing style to his scholarly, comprehensive text. (USS112, $27.95)

The Civil War, A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian, Red River to Appomattox

The Civil War, A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian, Red River to Appomattox


by Shelby Foote

  • HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER

This classic, three-volume collection documents the military and political battles of the Civil War. (USS116, $78.00)

The Civil War, A Visual History

The Civil War, A Visual History


by Jemi Dunne

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER

Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this enticing illustrated survey draws on the unparalleled collections of the Smithsonian Institution, giving insight into 1860s America, battles and troops on both side of the divide. With excellent maps, battles scenes and photographs of hundreds of artifacts from the war, camp life, weapons and military paraphernalia, it brings the conflict to life. (WAR154, $40.00)

The Civil War/ American Homer, A Narrative

The Civil War/ American Homer, A Narrative


by Shelby Foote

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER

This exquisite-looking box set, published to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War contains Foote's definitive three-volume history of the conflict, as well as a companion book evaluating Foote and his masterwork, edited and with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham. (USA481, $115.00)

The Confederate War

The Confederate War


by Gary W. Gallagher

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

A revisionist history of the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Contrary to popular belief, Gallagher contends that the Confederacy lost simply because they were beaten by the Union on the battlefield, rather than an inherent weakness on the homefront. (USS118, $21.00)

The Novel of Purpose, Literature And Social Reform in the Anglo-American World


by Amanda Claybaugh

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 246 PAGES

Claybaugh, an English professor at Harvard, considers how 19th-century writers, including Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry James and Mark Twain, drew inspiration from the writings of reformers in the antislavery, temperance and suffrage movements. James Adams at Cornell called the book, "a wonderfully incisive and provocative account of the links between social reform and novelistic realism in nineteenth-century Britain and America. " (USA494, $58.95)

The Untold Civil War, Exploring the Human Side of War

The Untold Civil War, Exploring the Human Side of War


by James Robertson

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Dramatically illustrated with archival images and objects and compelling contemporary photograph this National Geographic history is divided into six thematic chapters each with a short introductory essay, followed by 30 illusrtated, self-contained stories. (USS538, $40.00)

This Republic of Suffering, Death and the American Civil War

This Republic of Suffering, Death and the American Civil War


by Drew Gilpin Faust

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Dr. Faust, President of Harvard University, explores in fascinating detail how the Civil War's unprecedented bloodshed changed America's cultural, political and spiritual attitudes towards death. (USA179, $16.95)

White Over Black, American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812


by Winthrop D. Jordan

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 671 PAGES

A classic work of scholarship, this extensively researched book surveys race relations and perceptions of difference in America prior to the Civil War. (USA19, $32.50)

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)

John Adams

John Adams


by David McCullough

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 751 PAGES

A Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling biography of the second president. McCullough reveals him as a magnificent figure who helped shaped the nation. (USE201, $20.00)

Major Butler's Legacy, Five Generations of a Slaveholding Family

Major Butler's Legacy, Five Generations of a Slaveholding Family


by Malcolm Bell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 702 PAGES

The history of a slave owning family from the Revolutionary War to the 20th century, rich in details of daily life on the plantation. (USS87, $35.00)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


by John Berendt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 386 PAGES

Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt's classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the Southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story. (USS09, $16.00)

Personal Memoirs, Ulysses S. Grant

Personal Memoirs, Ulysses S. Grant


by Ulysses S. Grant

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 674 PAGES

A remarkable (and big) account of a rich life, from a poor boy on the frontier to a great general and president, written by Grant on his deathbed -- and originally edited by none other than Mark Twain. (USS33, $18.00)

The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide


by Pat Conroy

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

One of his first books, this is an engrossing tale of Conroy's two-year stint as a Vista volunteer at a rural school on Yamacraw Island near Hilton Head. Conroy is a native of Beaufort, and South Carolina's low country features prominently in his many entertaining novels. (USS354, $16.00)

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)

Nowhere Else on Earth


by Josephine Humphreys

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This spellbinding novel follows the struggles of a misfit, half-forgotten Indian society in Scuffletown, North Carolina, caught in the crossfire of the Civil War. A rebel outlaw becomes a symbol of hope to the people of Scuffle, especially the teenage girl who loves him and who narrates the story as a remembrance from her middle age. (USS423, $16.00)

Property

Property


by Valerie Martin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Set in the antebellum South during a slave rebellion in the 1830s, Martin's devastating novel is told through the voice of Manon Gaudet, a young woman trapped in marriage to an unrepentant plantation-owning husband. Winner of the Orange Prize. (USS540, $15.00)

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)

The Marrow of Tradition

The Marrow of Tradition


by Charles Waddell Chesnutt | Eric J. Sundquist

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

Based on the violence that erupted in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898, this novel dramatizes the politically charged race riots that engulfed the city. (USS127, $16.00)

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