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Any victory would be dear at such a price… Robert E. Lee


I had a professor that when we lowly undergraduates asked, how long should our paper be?, used to tell us that when we bathed the duration of the bath was based on the time needed to come clean and that our papers should be of  similar length – but that anything less than 10 pages exclusive of notes and bibliography would be considered to have left a ring around the tub and would be graded accordingly!

Each of these books was, figuratively, about eleven pages long to start out with. In aggregate they are not terribly improved but they are a sort of survey of prominent features of the war without going into adequate detail about any of them. Davis has written at length and in detail about many of these same topics and while this book might be a good introduction to his work on the Civil War we would direct you to his more comprehensive books many of which are discussed at this blog.


The Civil War : A Historical Account of America’s War of Secession  William C. Davis  Smithmark, 1996  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 512 p., 25 cm. Contains references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

An omnibus volume that contains the text of The fighting men of the Civil War, Originally published: London : Salamander Books, c 1989; The commanders of the Civil War : an account of the lives of the commissioned officers during America’s war of secession, Originally published: London : Salamander Books, c 1989; The battlefields of the Civil War : the bloody conflict of North against South told through the stories of its great battles, Originally published: London : Salamander Books, 1991;


The stories of thirteen of the most important battles, including First Manassas, Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and the Wilderness. William C. Davis not only describes the events and outcomes of those great engagements, but also delves into the characters of the army commanders, revealing in many cases just how much their personalities influenced the actions of their subordinates – and ultimately the outcome of the battles themselves. Not only the officers but the experience of America’s epic conflict through the lives of the men who fought it are included here.


Where the original works included in this volume featured a unique photographic record of personal memorabilia and weaponry with full-page color photograph spreads of Civil War artifacts (including flags, uniforms, artillery projectiles, and arms), color paintings of soldiers in various regiment uniforms, and historical photographs this volume contains only the text of these works and so is far more useful for research than as a mere pictorial work.


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