The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - History - 754 pages
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The single most important volume for anyone interested in the Civil War to own and consult. (From the foreword by James M. McPherson) The first guide to Civil War literature to appear in nearly 30 years, this book provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and informative survey and analysis of the vast body of Civil War literature. More than 40 essays, each by a specialist in a particular subfield of Civil War history, offer unmatched thoroughness and discerning assessments of each work's value. The essays cover every aspect of the war from strategy, tactics, and battles to logistics, intelligence, supply, and prisoner-of-war camps, from generals and admirals to the men in the ranks, from the Atlantic to the Far West, from fighting fronts to the home front. Some sections cover civilian leaders, the economy, and foreign policy, while others deal with the causes of war and aspects of Reconstruction, including the African-American experience during and after the war.

Breadth of topics is matched by breadth of genres covered. Essays discuss surveys of the war, general reference works, published and unpublished papers, diaries and letters, as well as the vast body of monographic literature, including books, dissertations, and articles. Genealogical sources, historical fiction, and video and audio recordings also receive attention. Students of the American Civil War will find this work an indispensable gateway and guide to the enormous body of information on America's pivotal experience.

 

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Contents

Surveys and Textbooks
3
General Reference Works
11
Bibliographies
23
Periodical Indexes
39
Genealogical Sources
46
Memoirs Diaries and Letters
59
Published Papers
75
Unpublished Manuscript Collections
85
LeadershipUnion Naval Officers
357
LeadershipConfederate Naval Officers
368
Modern WarTotal War
379
Ordnance
390
Supplies
405
Intelligence Activities
419
Medical Activities
433
Enlisted Soldiers
454

Maps Charts and Atlases
99
Photographs and Drawings
111
Slavery Race and Culture
121
Constitutional and Political Factors
131
Economic Factors
144
Union International Relations
157
Confederate International Relations
177
Abraham Lincoln
189
Jefferson Davis
203
Union Civilian Leaders
216
Confederate Civilian Leaders
234
Eastern Theater
247
Western Theater
270
TransMississippi Theater
287
War on Inland Waters
298
War at Sea
313
LeadershipUnion Army Officers
335
LeadershipConfederate Army Officers
346
Prison Camps and Prisoners of War
466
Northern State and Local Politics
481
Southern State and Local Politics
494
Industry Agriculture and the Economy
505
Northern Social Conditions
515
Southern Social Conditions
530
Southern Occupation
547
Economics
561
Emancipation Freedmen and the Freedmens Bureau
576
Veterans Organizations and Memories of the War
586
Novels and Other Fictional Accounts
603
Films and Television
613
Musical and Narrative Recordings
620
Publishers and Dealers of Civil War Literature
659
Index
679
About the Editor and Contributors
753
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About the author (1996)

STEVEN E. WOODWORTH is Associate Professor of History at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. He is the author of Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West (1990), Davis and Lee at War (1995), and Leadership and Command in the American Civil War (1995).

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