Tag Archive | Civil War

No one who is not a seaman can realize the blow which falls upon the human heart of a commander, upon the sinking of his ship. It is not merely the loss of a battle – it is the overwhelming of his household… The ALABAMA had not only been my battle-field, but my home, in which I had lived two long years, and in which I had experienced many vicissitudes… My officers and crew formed a great military family, every face of which was familiar to me; and when I looked upon my gory deck… and saw so many manly forms stretched upon it… I felt as a father feels who has lost his children – his children who had followed him to the utmost ends of the earth… Rear Adm. Raphael Semmes

The Alabama & the Kearsarge : the sailor’s Civil War William Marvel Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 1996 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. x, 337 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-323) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining […]

It affords me the highest satisfaction to bear testimony to the good conduct of all the officers and men of the brigade… Lysander Cutler

On many a bloody field : four years in the Iron Brigade  Alan D. Gaff  Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c 1996  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xviii, 499 p. : map, ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [472]-484) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining […]

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, […]

I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers… William Tecumseh Sherman

The War Between the States was the first war that was contested ever bit as much in the press as on the battlefield and the newspapers that heaped vitriol on their opposition gave no more quarter than the battlefield commanders who poured hot lead on the battalions advancing against them. While Coopersmith’s book is more […]

I want you to make me a map of the Valley, from Harpers Ferry to Lexington showing all the points of offence and defence in those places… Stonewall Jackson

The atlas of the Civil War  edited by James M. McPherson  [New York] : Macmillan, c 1994  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 1 atlas (223 p.) : col. ill., col. maps, ports. ; 31 cm. Scales differ. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or […]

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

Images of the Civil War  the paintings of Mort Kunstler ; the text of James M. McPherson  New York : Gramercy Books 1992  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 192 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG […]

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living… Marcus Tullius Cicero

This is not the best single volume history of the Civil War. It lacks objectivity and depth in its original form and its revision was singularly uninspired. All of those complaints having been noted it is not a bad introduction to the uninitiated and may be sufficient for the casual student allowing them the sight […]