Civil War Trivia and Fact Book

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Rutledge Hill Press, 1992 - History - 287 pages
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In Civil War Trivia and Fact Book more than 2,000 unusual, interesting, and little-known facts are assembled in a volume that will tantalize the mind at every page.

What Confederate general could be identified at a distance by the ostrich plume in his hat? How many Southerners migrated to the North during the war? How many Northerners moved to the South? These and hundreds of other questions are answered.

Included are 33 fascinating sidebar articles, lists of little-known facts, and 48 unusual photographs and stories. A thorough index makes the Civil War Trivia and Fact Book a valuable resource for students and researchers.

As a member of the elite Mitchell Thunderbolts, Pvt. John Gilleland had an idea he was sure would bring a quick end to the war?a double-barreled cannon. Fired simultaneously, its barrels would eject a pair of balls connected with a chain in order to "mow down Yankees as a scythe cuts wheat." Legend has it that in its sole test firing, balls whizzed around in erratic fashion and killed three Thunderbolts.

Transportation magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt prized each of his ships. But as a patriotic gesture, he agreed to sell a 1,700-ton vessel that bore his name to the Federal government?at his own price. He asked for, and received, exactly one dollar.

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Review: Civil War Trivia and Fact Book: Unusual and Often Overlooked Facts about America's Civil War

User Review  - Roxanne - Goodreads

This book is about 2,0000 unusual, interesting and little known facts about the Civil War. The book talks about the generals that fought the war, the civilians that were in it, the journalists that ... Read full review

Review: Civil War Trivia and Fact Book: Unusual and Often Overlooked Facts about America's Civil War

User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

Actually got this book from Grandpa Howard (Pap-Pap). Read it when I was a young boy. Very cool book. Read full review

About the author (1992)

Webb Garrison is a former university dean & college president who has spent a lifetime collecting & chronicling Civil War imagery & documentation. He has written more than 1,000 articles for magazines, & over 65 books - of which the most popular are on the Civil War; their cumulative sales are approaching one million copies. He is a frequent speaker on this subject for radio talk shows & national TV programs. Webb Garrison lives in North Carolina.

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