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Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry… no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Thomas Hobbes

Inside war : the guerrilla conflict in Missouri during the American Civil War    New York : Oxford University Press, 1989    Michael Fellman Missouri History Civil War, 1861-1865 Underground movements. Hardcover. xx, 331 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Bibliography: p. 267-313. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, […]

I knew a very wise man that believed that if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation… Andrew Fletcher

In the shadow of the Civil War : Passmore Williamson and the rescue of Jane Johnson Nat Brandt ; with Yanna Kroyt Brandt United States. Fugitive slave law (1850), Williamson, Passmore, Johnson, Jane, b. 1820 Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c 2007 Hardcover. xiv, 216 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. […]

An acre in Prince Edward County is better than a principality in Utopia.

Israel on the Appomattox : a southern experiment in Black freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War    New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004 Melvin Patrick Ely Prince Edward County (Va.) History 19th century Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. x, 640 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references […]

There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy, But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.

Ironclad : the epic battle, calamitous loss, and historic recovery of the USS Monitor Camden, Me. : International Marine/McGraw-Hill, c 2006  Paul Clancy United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Naval operations Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. viii, 266 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 248-257) and index. Clean, […]

‘First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen’

The title of this post is a quote by Light Horse Harry Lee [father of Robert E. Lee] and a Revolutionary War hero that was offered in Resolutions presented to the United States’ House of Representatives, on the Death of Washington, December, 1799. Of course he was also the man who called Washington, “that dark, […]

Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigourously, more vigourously, and more severely, than by one. Andrew Johnson

It is plain that an indefinite or permanent exclusion of any part of the country from representation must be attended by a spirit of disquiet and complaint. It is unwise and dangerous to pursue a course of measures which will unite a very large section of the country against another section of the country, however […]

To walk through the ruined cities of the South is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.

Headquarters in the brush : Blazer’s Independent Union Scouts    Athens : Ohio University Press, c 2001 Darl L. Stephenson ; foreward by Brian C. Pohanka United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Scouts and scouting, United States. Army. Blazer’s Independent Union Scouts (1863-1865) Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xxi, 355 p. : ill., maps ; 24 […]