The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference

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Margaret E. Wagner, Gary W. Gallagher, Paul Finkelman
Simon and Schuster, Nov 24, 2009 - History - 976 pages
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"The Civil War was the most dramatic, violent, and fateful experience in American history. . . . Little wonder that the Civil War had a profound impact that has echoed down the generations and remains undiminished today. That impact helps explain why at least 50,000 books and pamphlets . . . on the Civil War have been published since the 1860s. Most of these are in the Library of Congress, along with thousands of unpublished letters, diaries, and other documents that make this depository an unparalleled resource for studying the war. From these sources, the editors of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference have compiled a volume that every library, every student of the Civil War—indeed everyone with an interest in the American past—will find indispensable." —From the Foreword by James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
  

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Contents

ANTEBELLUM AMERICA
53
The Rift Widens
90
Compromise and Crisis
106
WARTIME POLITICS
139
BATTLES AND THE BATTLEFIELD
233
The Importance of Maps
345
THE ARMIES
367
Confederate States of America
387
Artillery Projectiles
508
THE WAR ON THE WATER
521
Navy Yards and Stations
543
PRISONS AND PRISONERS OF WAR
583
MEDICAL CARE AND MEDICINE
623
THE HOME FRONT
665
The Bulwark of Religion
685
RECONSTRUCTION AND THE AFTERMATH OF THE WAR
731

Civil War GeneralsConfederacy
398
Black Soldiers in the Civil War
427
Notable Special Units and Services
438
Partisan Rangers Guerrillas and Spies
447
WEAPONRY
485
THE CIVIL WAR IN LITERATURE AND THE ARTS
805
RESEARCH AND PRESERVATION
859
INFORMATION ABOUT IMAGES
909
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Magaret E. Wagner is a writer and editor at the Library of Congress who has contributed essays on military history to many Library publications. She was coeditor of Mapping the Civil War, America's Treasures in the Library of Congress, and The Nation's Library.

Gary W Gallagher is a civil war historian with a special interest in the military aspects of the war. He is the author or co-author of several books including Lee and His Generals in War and Memory and The Confederate War. He has also served as President of the Association of Preservation of Civil War sites. He is a professor of history at the University of Virginia.

James M. McPherson, PhD, an American history expert and one of the most distinguished historians of our time, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. His other bestselling books include For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War, What They Fought For, 1861-1865; Gettysburg: The Paintings of Mort Kunstler, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution; and Fields of Fury. An active preservationist, he has served on the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission since 1991. Dr. McPherson was named the Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities for 2000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A professor at Princeton University, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

PAUL FINKELMAN is President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. He is the author of many books, including Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson, Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents, and A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States (with Mel Urofsky).

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