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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:45 pm 
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Been on a Civil War kick lately. This year I've read Stephen Sears' Gettysburg, Antietam, and Chancellorsville (all excellent and highly recommended, though I suggest reading Chancellorsville before Gettysburg, as the first chapter of the later deals with the political fall out on the Army of the Potomac from the defeat at the former) and about halfway through Volume 3 of Shelby Foote's series.

Any ideas on what to read next?

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S. Murray wrote:
Been on a Civil War kick lately. This year I've read Stephen Sears' Gettysburg, Antietam, and Chancellorsville (all excellent and highly recommended, though I suggest reading Chancellorsville before Gettysburg, as the first chapter of the later deals with the political fall out on the Army of the Potomac from the defeat at the former) and about halfway through Volume 3 of Shelby Foote's series.

Any ideas on what to read next?

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  • Anything and everything by Earl J. Hess.
  • Stephen Sears' To the Gates of Richmond, on the Peninsular Campaign.
  • Not War but Murder, on Cold Harbor.
  • Custer's Wolverines, by Edward Longacre, on the Michigan Brigade.
  • Lee's Last Retreat and The Cavalry at Appomattox, for the Appomattox Campaign

All good, and eminently readable.

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On the fiction side, you want Michael and Jeff Shaara's trilogy (Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, The Last Full Measure) and Ralph Peters five volumes (Cain at Gettysburg, Hell or Richmond, The Damned of Petersburg, The Shadow in the Valley, Judgement at Appomattox).

Both highlight some oft overlooked figures (Buford, Chamberlain) and rehabilitate some oft-maligned ones like Longstreet, Meade or Lew Wallace.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ADQM5B8/re ... TF8&btkr=1

Picked this book up at the library. It is a comprehensive view of the campaign. Didn't have time to finish it, but wanted to--then found out the Kindle version is on two bucks! (SCORE!)

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Ivan Musicant, Divided Waters: the Naval History of the Civil War

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ADQM5B8/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Picked this book up at the library. It is a comprehensive view of the campaign. Didn't have time to finish it, but wanted to--then found out the Kindle version is on two bucks! (SCORE!)

I have Noah Andre Trudeau's books on Petersburg, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the USCT. All useful, though can be hard to get into.

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Theodore wrote:
Ivan Musicant, Divided Waters: the Naval History of the Civil War

For the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, especially 1861-1863, I recommend Success Is All That Was Expected: The South Atlantic Blockading Squadron During the Civil War. Eminently readable, and a good work on the very important early campaigns in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Robert Browning also has a companion work on the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, that I have not read.

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Thanks guys! Added to my Christmas wish list. :)


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Have you had a look at this?

http://vc.airvectors.net/idx_hst.html

Not a book, but a worthy browse.

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Andy L wrote:
Have you had a look at this?

http://vc.airvectors.net/idx_hst.html

Not a book, but a worthy browse.


No I haven't. Looks pretty interesting. Thanks!


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Greg Goebel's stuff is all pretty good, and all looks to be as neutral as can be for a "lay writing" on various topics. His Air Vectors archives has a lot of good aircraft articles in it.

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Greg Goebel's stuff is all pretty good, and all looks to be as neutral as can be for a "lay writing" on various topics. His Air Vectors archives has a lot of good aircraft articles in it.

Him and Joe Baugher, although his website seems to be down at the moment.

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Goebel, Baugher, and Parsch are my holy trinity of aviation-layman-historians.

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Theodore wrote:
Ivan Musicant, Divided Waters: the Naval History of the Civil War


What Theodore said.

On the naval side as well, I thoroughly enjoyed Robert's USS New Ironsides in the Civil War

https://www.amazon.com/USS-New-Ironside ... bc?ie=UTF8

Power's and Baldwin's Last Flag Down focuses on the CSS Shenandoah

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Flag-Down-J ... 621&sr=1-1

which I found interesting.

I also liked Robert Alun Jones' Confederate Corsair

https://www.amazon.com/Confederate-Cors ... 371&sr=1-3

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