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Azazello
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I want to learn about the Civil War
As a southern man, it is criminal how little I know about the Civil War. I watched the Ken Burns documentary years ago and have visited Shiloh, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Fredricksburg (used to live there). So I probably know way more than the average American, but 2018 is the year I fix that. Here are some recent purchases:

Shelby Foote 3 Vol series
Battle Cry of Freedom
Rebel Yell
Lee (abridged by D. Freeman)

Where do I begin? Any recommendations?

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Rockbrc
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
The Shelby Foote series is definitely a good choice to start with


OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
Ken Burns documentary has a heavily slanted view towards the North. Hopefully some of the books you have picked out can rid your mind of the filth that documentary has put into you.

Read all of Clifford Dowdey’s books and Peter Cozzens


tigger1
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
Lee's Lieutenants

Lee's Tigers

Port Hudson: Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi
The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign

Yes the Louisiana Brigades in the Civil War are well worth 3 reads.

Co. Aytch: A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War



The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers

Pickett's Charge by: Stewart best book on the charge

The Iron Brigade: A Military History

The Iron Brigade by Shelby Iron Brigade is good enough to read 2 books about it.

Those Damned Black Hats! The Iron Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign Ok make it 3 books.



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Ace Midnight
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
Sherman's Memoirs - hell, it's free on google books.

ETA: Link to Project Gutenburg page
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Azazello
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
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OleWarSkuleAlum


I imagine Shelby Foote will be able to unwind that bias.

However - just looking at those 3 books on my shelf intimidates the hell out of me. It would take me a year to read them.


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just looking at those 3 books on my shelf intimidates the hell out of me. It would take me a year to read them
so git a goin


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Kafka
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Battle Cry of Freedom
Be aware that MacPherson is a hack for the Clintons -- basically for them what Schlesinger and Doris Goodwin were/are for the Kennedys


Azazello
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
Yea I know he is a Clinton stooge - however, does his bias have a big effect on the book?

I feel like it's almost impossible to write a book on the Civil War without having a little bias.



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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
Rebel Private: Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier


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tigers32
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
I recommend Rebel Yell, esp if you don’t know much about Jackson.


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Ace Midnight
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
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I imagine Shelby Foote will be able to unwind that bias.


Meh. Foote's work was about 40% of the content of Ken Burns' Civil War. Heck, Shelby was still alive and featured prominently throughout.


thatguy1892
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
Start with Battle Cry of Freedom. Dean of undergrad of history at UA told me to always go with the historian. There is no bias in it. It’s just facts, figures and anecdotes. Won a Pulitzer so there’s that.


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10 Blade
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
Sounds like you already know most of what's in here, but the historical fiction trilogy by Michael and Jeff Shaara I found very entertaining


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The Spleen
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
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Meh. Foote's work was about 40% of the content of Ken Burns' Civil War. Heck, Shelby was still alive and featured prominently throughou



Foote's books and Burns's documentary are a pretty good yin and yang. Foote is pretty biased towards the South, and Burns is pretty biased towards the North. Both are good to digest though.


Lacour
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
What does being a southern man have to do with it?


Azazello
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
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What does being a southern man have to do with it?


I have ancestors who fought in Forrest's cavalry and there was a battle 5 miles from where I grew up.

Like I said, I probably know significantly more than your average American (which isn't saying much), but I want to take that knowledge to the next level.



geauxpurple
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re: I want to learn about the Civil War
Put the rest of them up until you finish the three Shelby Foote books then move on from there.


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OleWarSkuleAlum
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Nathan Bedford Forrest is a national treasure. I love driving past his monument on I-65 going to Nashville.


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