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tigerman03
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
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Rebel Yell


Working on this now. I don't read much at all, but am enjoying this one.


bigdawg62
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
Confederates in the Attic is an unconventional book on the topic that Is very interesting.


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Porter Osborne Jr
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
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Working on this now. I don't read much at all, but am enjoying this one.


It's a pretty awesome read. It frames Jackson pretty well and helps you understand his actions.


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nuwaydawg
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Member since Nov 2007
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
A reference book, as I have visited many Civil war sites. Petersburg, Antitum, Fredricksburg, Gettysburg, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga/Chickamaugua, Franklin...

Image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wMunu5fDI2s/VDuVTzQCDjI/AAAAAAAABdc/2bKOVfnDoYQ/s1600/AH_CivilWar_Catton_Cover.jpg


This tome has a lot of maps and when you stand in the actual areas, you realize the reasons, you can comprehend the decisions that were made from a tactical standpoint.


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iAmBatman
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
Well look where this tread ended up


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Azazello
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
Currently half way through Shelby Foote vol. 1

Great book


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midnight1961
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Member since Jan 2007
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
I would highly recommend this book...

Pat Cleburne: Confederate General, by Howell Purdue.

Great book about one of the greatest generals.


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prplhze2000
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
Lost Cause


Sus-Scrofa
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
I know most of us were raised to spit at the mention of Sherman, but the recent bio of him by McDonough is great.

He lived a crazy interesting life. He didn’t want the war, warned against it, and wanted it over as soon as possible for the good of everyone.

I can’t believe there hasn’t been a movie about his life.


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LSUbase13
South Carolina Fan
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara


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scrooster
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
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I'm not sure what Shelby Foote's is called but its pretty much the basis for the Ken Burns doc. God Dammit I wish Shelby Foote could read me a bedtime story before I go to sleep and I'm 24 years old . That is the voice of an angel right there.

I met him back in '87 in Memphis. He lived on 2nd Street downtown and knew my Uncle very well.

His book "From Fort Sumter to Perryville" is the standard. He autographed my copy for me ... that was right about the time the Ken Burns series came out on PBS but just before he became famous for that series.

He was exactly the same in person as he appeared on the series. Drove a copper colored Buick, humble guy. Knew everything there was to know about the Civil War. Put a buddy of mine and I on one of Nathan Bedford Forest's camps just off of a Mississippi River finger where we spent three days metal detecting ... found a crap ton of mini balls, one CSA plate and a sword hilt.

I was big into detecting and privvy digging back in the day and that was a major find for us thanks to Mr. Foote. We gave him some of the mini balls.


We were hoping to find NBF's 4" brass cannons - never did. To the best of my knowledge they have still never been found.
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RollTide1987
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
Single Volume History - Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson
Multi-Volume History - The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote
Campaign History - Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears



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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
Member since Nov 2015
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
Shelby Foote




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Mr. Misanthrope
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
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I'm not sure what Shelby Foote's is called but its pretty much the basis for the Ken Burns doc. God Dammit I wish Shelby Foote could read me a bedtime story before I go to sleep and I'm 24 years old . That is the voice of an angel right there.

Agree wholeheartedly. The OP couldn't go wrong there.

Foote's trilogy The Civil War-A Narrative is balanced, comprehensive, and elegantly written.

If its three volumes are a little overwhelming to the OP's budget or time constraints two campaigns in the larger work, Vicksburg and Gettysburg, have been excerpted and published by Modern Library as shorter stand alone volumes.

Respectively, The Beleaguered City and Stars in Their Courses .
The Beleaguered City
Stars in Their Courses

Recommended without reservation or hesitation.
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udtiger
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
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Guns of the South


Nice

For a little more grounded alternative history of the Civil War, I recommend Dixie Victorious by Peter Tsouras
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reggierayreb
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Memphis
Member since Nov 2012
14473 posts

re: What is the best Civil War book.
Shiloh: A Novel


I’m a big short story reader. First person fictional accounts by multiple protagonists on both sides. The author ? You guessed it. Shelby Foote.



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windshieldman
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re: What is the best Civil War book.
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Respectively, The Beleaguered City and Stars in Their Courses .
The Beleaguered City
Stars in Their Courses


I know this is an old thread but reading Beleaguered City now. I’ve had the book since 97, note written from my uncle in it to me and never read it. I was a young HS kid then and loved history but didn’t get involved in 350 page books with no pictures back then geez this is a great book. Mr Foote’s words are much better than any picture you can see, amazingly written, I’m a little over halfway through.


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El Mattadorr
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Member since Mar 2019
227 posts

re: What is the best Civil War book.
Sounds like OP is more into nonfiction, but if you'd like a novel for diversion, check out

Rifles for Watie

I haven't read it since I was a kid, but growing up it was probably my favorite book outside of 20,000 Leagues.


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biglego
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thatguy
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Aug 2006
6531 posts

re: What is the best Civil War book.
Not the best per se, but I really enjoyed Company Aytch, which was written based off the diary of a confederate soldier. Lots of intense parts, but also some really funny parts about everyday soldier life

I also love just about anything by the Shaaras (dad and son)


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