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I would rather take the place twenty times than undertake to hold it once… General A.P. Hill, September 15, 1862

Six years of hell : Harpers Ferry during the Civil War  Chester G. Hearn  Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c 1996  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xii, 319 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-307) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, […]

Too much vigor in the beginning of an undertaking often intercepts and prevents the steadiness and perseverance always necessary in the conduct of a complicated scheme… Samuel Johnson

The fabulous history of the Dismal Swamp Company : a story of George Washington’s times  Charles Royster  New York : Alfred A, Knopf, 1999  Hardcover. 1st ed. xi, 622 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [435]-607) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining […]

I pray that, on this day when only peace and good-will are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace… Robert E. Lee letter to his wife on Christmas Day, two weeks after the Battle of Fredericksburg (25 December 1862)

The Rev. Abram Joseph Ryan (February 5, 1838 – April 22, 1886) was an American poet, a Catholic priest and a chaplain for the Confederate States of America. THE PILGRIM. A CHRISTMAS LEGEND FOR CHILDREN. THE shades of night were brooding O’er the sea, the earth, the sky; The passing winds were wailing In a […]

It is a story of what happens when a military foe collapses, of great sums of money and temptation, of high risks routinely taken in times of war, and of tragic destinies for hundreds of soldiers whose hopes for a bright future ended in the brutally cold waters of a flood-swollen Mississippi.

Disaster on the Mississippi : the Sultana Explosion, April 27, 1865  Gene Eric Salecker  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c 1996  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xii, 346 p., [10] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-335) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust […]

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out…

Turtle : David Bushnell’s revolutionary vessel  Roy R. Manstan and Frederic J. Frese  Yardley, Penn. : Westholme Pub., c 2010  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xx, 372 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [347]-356) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in […]

Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm… Federalist No. 10

Although this is a very interesting book its title can be misconstrued and help perpetuate a fundamental understanding of the War for Southern Independence that is wholly incorrect. While we have illustrated it faithfully with prints from the Library of Congress we were unable to locate any depictions of the 20,000 strong Confederate army ready […]

…as ruthless as a board meeting smelling out embezzlement, as suspicious as a secret agent riding the Orient Express, as cold-eyed as a pawnbroker viewing a leaky concertina… Paul Murray Kendall

In hock : pawning in America from independence through the Great Depression  Wendy A. Woloson  Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2009  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xiii, 233 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-222) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining […]