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In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, a bill opening one half million square miles of territory in the western United States for settlement. THIS – far more than slavery – is what the war was about.

Fields of Battle : The Wars for North America Keegan, John New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996 Hardcover. Originally published: Warpaths. London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1995. 1st American ed. and printing. xiii, 348 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Dust Jacket. Includes Index. Clean, […]

…the use of fiat money is more justifiable in financing a depression than in financing a war…

Ersatz in the Confederacy : shortages and substitutes on the southern homefront Mary Elizabeth Massey ; with a new introduction by Barbara L. Bellows Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c 1993 Softcover. Originally published: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, 1952. xxv, 233 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references […]

Ducit Amor Patriae

From Yorktown to Santiago with the Sixth U.S. Cavalry  W.H. Carter ; introduction by John M. Carroll  Austin, Tex. : State House Press, 1989  Hardcover. Reprint. Originally published: Baltimore : Lord Baltimore Press, 1900. 6, vi, 329 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust […]

I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made… At Cold Harbor no advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained. Indeed, the advantages other than those of relative losses, were on the Confederate side… Ulysses S. Grant

Not war but murder : Cold Harbor, 1864  Ernest B. Furgurson  New York : Knopf, 2000  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xiii, 328 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-311) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG On […]

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN ARMED FORCE WHICH IN PURITY OF MOTIVES, INTENSITY OF COURAGE AND HEROISM HAS EQUALED THE ARMY AND NAVY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, 1861-65.

Civil War weapons  Graham Smith Hardcover. 256 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG  War is a driver for technological change, and the evolution of weapons can be seen by studying the design of the Civil War […]

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks… Samuel Adams

While most of the illustrations for this post support the Bicentennial outpouring of pride in the history of the founding of the Republic the last one gives an inkling that all was not flag waving and the triumph of unadulterated freedom. The American War for Independence combined the fervor of American patriots who wanted very […]

Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl… Frederick The Great

From Selma to Appomattox : the history of the Jeff Davis Artillery  Lawrence R. Laboda  Shippensburg, PA, USA : White Mane Pub., c 1994  Hardcover. xiv, 385 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-370) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia […]