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I would rather be a private in Virginia’s army than a general in any army that was going to coerce her… J. E. B. Stuart

From Cedar Mountain to Antietam  Edward J. Stackpole ; commentary by D. Scott Hartwig ; foreword by William C. Davis  Harrisburg, PA : Stackpole Books, c 1993  Softcover. 2nd ed. xiv, 481 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 474) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with. No highlighting, underlining […]

dignified without hateur, grand without pride…he evinced an imperturbable self-possession, and a complete control of his passions…possessing the capacity to accomplish great ends and the gift of controlling and leading men… John Salmon Ford

Men of substance lead lives of substance. Robert E. Lee did not spring fully grown and armed, Athena like, from the head of the Confederacy. From the time he graduated – second in his class – from the military academy at West Point in 1829 until the time of his resignation from the United States […]

Everyone should do all in his power to collect and disseminate the truth, in the hope that it may find a place in history and descend to posterity. History is not the relation of campaigns and battles and generals or other individuals, but that which shows the principles for which the South contended and which justified her struggle for those principles… Robert E. Lee

The illustrated encyclopedia of the Civil War : the soldiers, generals, weapons and battles  William C. Davis  London : Salamander, 2001  Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. 300 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 28 x 29 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in […]

In July 1862 this Texas indian fighter captured the town of Newburgh, Indiana, despite a sizable Union militia presence, with only twelve men and two joints of stovepipe mounted on the running gear of an abandoned wagon to simulate a cannon… how Colonel Adam Rankin Johnson came to be known as STOVEPIPE

Even though there were several armies raised by the Confederacy the huge disadvantages that it faced in seeking independence from an industrialized north with a seemingly endless supply of immigrant soldiers could only be offset by the deployment of irregulars and of specialized raiding units from the larger armies. Stovepipe Johnson was one of these […]

What do I care for the colored pins on a General’s map? It’s not a fair bargain – this exchange of my life for a small part of a colored pin…

Historical maps of Civil War battlefields  Michael Sharpe  San Diego, CA : Thunder Bay Press, c 2000  Hardcover. 1 atlas (144 p.) : col. ill., col. maps ; 25 x 29 cm. Includes index of maps. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG      […]

If we remain one people, under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel… George Washington

The last Virginian to occupy the White House was true to the principles of the first as the following excerpts from President James Monroe’s seventh annual message to Congress of December 2, 1823 show and indeed the desire to be let alone is a theme throughout the founders and their successors all the way through […]

It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty… James Monroe

The last founding father : James Monroe and a nation’s call to greatness  Harlow Giles Unger  Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2009  Hardcover. 1st Da Capo Press ed. and printing. xii, 388 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-376) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. […]

The complete lack of evidence is the surest sign that the conspiracy is working…

The last Lincoln conspirator : John Surratt’s flight from the gallows  Andrew C.A. Jampoler  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c 2008  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xii, 312 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-301) and index. Map on endpaper. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. […]

The distribution of the forces under my command, incident to an unexpected change of commanders, and the overwhelming force under your command, compel me, notwithstanding the brilliant success of the Confederate arms yesterday, to accept the ungenerous and unchivalrous terms which you propose… Buckner’s response to Grant

Civil War literature is littered with accounts of battles from Sumter to Appomattox that were all somehow the crucial and deciding battle of the armed portion of that long and bloody conflict. Gott’s case is as well made as any but finally, like all such studies, it describes a single symptom better than the disease. […]