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  • - The Campaign to Seize Norfolk and the Destruction of the CSS Virginia
    by Steve Norder

    A detailed history of one week during the Civil War in which the American president assumed control of the nation's military. One rainy evening in May, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln boarded the revenue cutter Miami and sailed to Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads, Virginia. There, for the first and only time in our country's history, a sitting president assumed direct control of armed forces to launch a military campaign. In Lincoln Takes Command, author Steve Norderdetails this exciting, little-known week in Civil War history. Lincoln recognized the strategic possibilities offered by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's ongoing Peninsula Campaign and the importance of seizing Norfolk, Portsmouth, and the Gosport Navy Yard. For five days, the president spent time on sea and land, studied maps, spoke with military leaders, suggested actions, and issued direct orders to subordinate commanders. He helped set in motion many events, including the naval bombardment of a Confederate fort, the sailing of Union ships up the James River toward the enemy capital, an amphibious landing of Union soldiers followed by an overland march that expedited the capture of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and the navy yard, and the destruction of the Rebel ironclad CSS Virginia. The president returned to Washington in triumph, with some urging him to assume direct command of the nation's field armies. The week discussed inLincoln Takes Command has never been as heavily researched or told in such fine detail. The successes that crowned Lincoln's short time in Hampton Roads offered him a better understanding of, and more confidence in, his ability to see what needed to be accomplished. This insight helped sustain him through the rest of the war.

  • - Landmines in the Civil War
    by Kenneth R. Rutherford

    ';Masterfully researched ... destined to become a classic study of one of the most horrific weapons ever utilized during the Civil Warlandmines.' Jonathan A. Noyalas, director, Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute Despite all that has been published on the American Civil War, one aspect that has never received the in-depth attention it deserves is the widespread use of landmines across the Confederacy. These ';infernal devices' dealt death and injury in nearly every Confederate state and influenced the course of the war. Kenneth R. Rutherford rectifies this oversight withAmerica's Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War, the first book devoted to a comprehensive analysis and history of the fascinating and important topic. Modern landmines were used for the first time in history on a widespread basis during the Civil War when the Confederacy, in desperate need of an innovative technology to overcome significant deficits in material and manpower, employed them. The first American to die from a victim-activated landmine was on the Virginia Peninsula in early 1862 during the siege of Yorktown. Their use set off explosive debates inside the Confederate government and within the ranks of the army over the ethics of using ';weapons that wait.' As Confederate fortunes dimmed, leveraging low-cost weapons like landmines became acceptable and even desirable. Dr. Rutherford, who is known worldwide for his work in the landmine discipline, and who himself lost his legs to a mine in Africa, has written an important contribution to the literature on one of the most fundamental, contentious, and significant modern conventional weapons.';A MUST for military history buffs! A thrilling and chilling read.' His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Al-Hussein, UN Special Envoy for Landmine Prohibition Treaty

  • by Jeffrey Wm Hunt

    The third installment of this award-winning Civil War series offers a vivid and authoritative chronicle of Meade and Lee's conflict after Gettysburg.The Eastern Theater of the Civil War during the late summer and fall of 1863 was anything but inconsequential. Generals George Meade and Robert E. Lee clashed in cavalry actions and pitched battles that proved that the war in Virginia was far decided at Gettysburg. Drawing on official reports, regimental histories, letters, newspapers, and other archival sources, Jeffrey Wm Hunt sheds much-needed light on this significant period in Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station.After Gettysburg, the Richmond War Department sent James Longstreet and two divisions from Lee's army to reinforce Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee. Washington followed suit by sending two of Meade's corps to reinforce William Rosecrans' Army of the Cumberland. Despite his weakened state, Lee launched a daring offensive that drove Meade back but ended in a bloody defeat at Bristoe Station on October 14th.What happened next is the subject of Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station, a fast-paced and dynamic account of Lee's bold strategy to hold the Rappahannock River line. Hunt provides a day-by-day, and sometimes minute-by-minute, account of the Union army's first post-Gettysburg offensive action and Lee's efforts to repel it. In addition to politics, strategy, and tactics, Hunt examines the intricate command relationships, Lee's questionable decision-making, and the courageous spirit of the fighting men.

  • by Eric J. Wittenberg

    A "e;thoroughly researched [and] historically enlightening"e; account of how the Commonwealth of Virginia split in two in the midst of war (Civil War News)."e;West Virginia was the child of the storm."e; -Mountaineer historian and Civil War veteran Maj. Theodore F. Lang As the Civil War raged, the northwestern third of the Commonwealth of Virginia finally broke away in 1863 to form the Union's 35th state. Seceding from Secession chronicles those events in an unprecedented study of the social, legal, military, and political factors that converged to bring about the birth of West Virginia. President Abraham Lincoln, an astute lawyer in his own right, played a critical role in birthing the new state. The constitutionality of the mechanism by which the new state would be created concerned the president, and he polled every member of his cabinet before signing the bill. Seceding from Secession includes a detailed discussion of the 1871 U.S. Supreme Court decision Virginia v. West Virginia, in which former Lincoln cabinet member Salmon Chase presided as chief justice over the court that decided the constitutionality of the momentous event. Grounded in a wide variety of sources and including a foreword by Frank J. Williams, former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and Chairman Emeritus of the Lincoln Forum, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in American history.

  • - The Forgotten Campaign that changed the Civil War, June 23 - July 4, 1863
    by David A. Powell

    "e;The definitive account of Union Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans' operational masterpiece-the almost bloodless conquest . . . of Middle Tennessee."e; -Sam Davis Elliott, author of Soldier of TennesseeJuly 1863 was a momentous month in the Civil War. News of Gettysburg and Vicksburg electrified the North and devastated the South. Sandwiched geographically between those victories and lost in the heady tumult of events was news that William S. Rosecrans's Army of the Cumberland had driven Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee entirely out of Middle Tennessee. The brilliant campaign nearly cleared the state of Rebels and changed the calculus of the Civil War in the Western Theater. Despite its decisive significance, few readers even today know of these events. The publication of Tullahoma by award-winning authors David A. Powell and Eric J. Wittenberg, forever rectifies that oversight.Powell and Wittenberg mined hundreds of archival and firsthand accounts to craft a splendid study of this overlooked campaign that set the stage for the Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, the removal of Rosecrans and Bragg from the chessboard of war, the elevation of U.S. Grant to command all Union armies, and the early stages of William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. Tullahoma-one of the most brilliantly executed major campaigns of the war-was pivotal to Union success in 1863 and beyond. And now readers everywhere will know precisely why."e;An outstanding study of the decidedly under-appreciated 1863 Tullahoma Campaign in Middle Tennessee."e; -Carol Reardon, George Winfree Professor Emerita of American History, Penn State University"e;Tullahoma ranks among the best of modern Civil War campaign histories."e; -Civil War Books and Authors

  • by Stephen Davis

    The Civil War's Atlanta campaign rages on following A Long and Bloody Task: ';More than informative... challenges simplistic caricatures of Hood and Sherman' (The Civil War Monitor). John Bell Hood brought a hang-dog look and a hard-fighting spirit to the Army of Tennessee. Once one of the ablest division commanders in the Army of Northern Virginia, he found himself, by the spring of 1864, in the war's Western Theater. Recently recovered from grievous wounds sustained at Chickamauga, he suddenly found himself thrust into command of the Confederacy's ill-starred army even as Federals pounded on the door of the Deep South's greatest untouched city, Atlanta. His predecessor, Gen. Joseph E.Johnston, had failed to stop the advance of armies under Federal commander William T.Sherman, who had pushed and maneuvered his way from Chattanooga, Tennessee, right to Atlanta's very doorstep. Johnston had been able to do little to stop him. The crisis could not have been more acute. Hood, an aggressive risk-taker, threw his men into the fray with unprecedented vigor. Sherman welcomed it. ';We'll give them all the fighting they want,' Sherman said. He proved a man of his word. In All the Fighting They Want, Georgia native Steve Davis, the world's foremost authority on the Atlanta campaign, tells the tale of the last great struggle for the city. His Southern sensibility and his knowledge of the battle, accumulated over a lifetime of living on the ground, make this an indispensable addition to the acclaimed Emerging Civil War Series. ';Military historian Steve Davis vividly presents the last great struggle for the city.' Midwest Book Review

  • - Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War

    This book recounts some of the most famous episodes and most compelling human dramas from the marquee match-up of the Civil War - not just the two most successful commanders produced by either side but the two largest and most fabled armies of the war.

  • - Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War

    When read with its companion volume, it contextualises the major 1863 campaigns in what arguably was the American Civil War's turning-point summer.

  • - The Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864
    by Sarah Kay Bierle

    When the opposing divisions clashed near the small crossroads town of New Market on May 15, 1864, new legends of courage were born. Local civilians witnessed the combat unfold in their streets, churchyards, and fields and aided the fallen.

  • - The Cumberland Valley Railroad in the Civil War, 1861-1865
    by Cooper H. Wingert & Sr. Mingus

    The Civil War was the first conflict in which railroads played a major role. The Cumberland Valley Railroad's location enhanced its importance during some of the Civil War's most critical campaigns. The primary sources, combined with the expertise of the authors, bring this largely untold story to life.

  • - A History of the 12th Virginia Infantry from John Brown's Hanging to Appomattox, 1859-1865
    by John Horn

    With thirty-two original maps, numerous photos, diagrams, tables, and appendices, a glossary, and many explanatory footnotes, this book will long be hailed as one of the finest regimental histories ever penned.

  • - Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864
    by Jerry T. Wooten

    Johnsonville unearths a wealth of new material that sheds light on the creation and strategic role of the Union supply depot, the use of railroads and logistics, and its defense by U.S. Colored Troops.

  • - The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865
    by Michael Hardy

    The first comprehensive history of the Branch-Lane Brigade, based on many years of study and grounded on a vast foundation of sources that relate every aspect of the career of this remarkable fighting command.

  • - Reconsidering George B. Mcclellan's Generalship in the Maryland Campaign from South Mountain to Antietam
    by Steven R. Stotelmyer

    Too Useful to Sacrifice shows that General McClellan deserves significant credit for defeating and turning back the South's most able general through five comprehensive chapters, each dedicated to a specific major issue of the campaign.

  • - The Cheyenne Massacre in Blood, in Court, and as the End of History
    by Gregory Michno

    With extensive research in primary and select secondary studies, The Three Battles of Sand Creek will take its place as the definitive account of this previously misunderstood, and tragic, event.

  • - A True Story of Love, Courtship, and Combat
    by Gene Barr

    ';Barr's engaging and revealing collection of letters from Lincoln country directly links the battlefield with the home front' (Randall M. Miller, editor of Lincoln &Leadership). More than 150 years ago, twenty-seven-year-old Irish immigrant Josiah Moore met nineteen-year-old Jennie Lindsay, a member of one of Peoria, Illinois's most prominent families. The Civil War had just begun, Josiah was the captain of the 17th Illinois Infantry, and his war would be a long and bloody one. Their courtship and romance, which came to light in a rare and unpublished series of letters, form the basis of Gene Barr's memorable book. Josiah and Jennie's letters shed significant light on the important role played by a soldier's sweetheart on the home front, and a warrior's observations from the war front. In addition to this deeply moving and often riveting correspondence, Barr includes previously unpublished material on the 17th Illinois and the war's Western Theater, including Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and the lesser known Meridian Campaignactions that have historically received much less attention than similar battles in the Eastern Theater. The result is a rich, complete, and satisfying story of love, danger, politics, and warfareone you won't soon forget. ';A delightful read on many levels: the stilted Victorian language in the letters quickly becomes easy to understand as the reader watches the relationship between Joshua and Jennie evolve into a full-fledged love affairone that lasted a lifetime.' Emerging Civil War ';In this rare and remarkable collection of letters readers come to know two young lovers brought together and then separated by the exigencies of war.' TerrenceJ. Winschel, author of Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign

  • by Chris Mackowski, Daniel T Davis & Kristopher D White

    Do not bring on a general engagement, Confederate General Robert E. Lee warned his commanders. The Army of Northern Virginia, slicing its way through south-central Pennsylvania, was too spread out, too vulnerable, for a full-scale engagement with its old nemesis, the Army of the Potomac. Too much was riding on this latest Confederate invasion of the North. Too much was at stake.As Confederate forces groped their way through the mountain passes, a chance encounter with Federal cavalry on the outskirts of a small Pennsylvania crossroads town triggered a series of events that quickly escalated beyond Lee's-or anyone's-control. Waves of soldiers materialized on both sides in a constantly shifting jigsaw of combat. "e;You will have to fight like the devil . . ."e; one Union cavalryman predicted.The costliest battle in the history of the North American continent had begun.July 1, 1863 remains the most overlooked phase of the battle of Gettysburg, yet it set the stage for all the fateful events that followed.Bringing decades of familiarity to the discussion, historians Chris Mackowski and Daniel T. Davis, in their always-engaging style, recount the action of that first day of battle and explore the profound implications in Fight Like the Devil.

  • - Debunking the Myth of the Napoleonic Wars
    by General Michel Franceschi & Ben Weider

    Popular and scholarly history presents a one-dimensional image of Napoleon as an inveterate instigator of war who repeatedly sought large-scale military conquests. General Franceschi and Ben Weider dismantle this false conclusion in The Wars Against Napoleon, a brilliantly written and researched study that turns our understanding of the French emperor on its head.Avoiding the simplistic clichés and rudimentary caricatures many historians use when discussing Napoleon, Franceschi and Weider argue persuasively that the caricature of the megalomaniac conqueror who bled Europe white to satisfy his delirious ambitions and insatiable love for war is groundless. By carefully scrutinizing the facts of the period and scrupulously avoiding the sometimes confusing cause and effect of major historical events, they paint a compelling portrait of a fundamentally pacifist Napoleon, one completely at odds with modern scholarly thought. This rigorous intellectual presentation is based upon three principal themes. The first explains how an unavoidable belligerent situation existed after the French Revolution of 1789. The new France inherited by Napoleon was faced with the implacable hatred of reactionary European monarchies determined to restore the ancient regime. All-out war was therefore inevitable unless France renounced the modern world to which it had just painfully given birth. The second theme emphasizes Napoleon’s determined efforts (“bordering on an obsession,” argue the authors) to avoid this inevitable conflict. The political strategy of the Consulate and the Empire was based on the intangible principle of preventing or avoiding these wars, not on conquering territory. Finally, the authors examine, conflict by conflict, the evidence that Napoleon never declared war. As he later explained at Saint Helena, it was he who was always attacked—not the other way around. His adversaries pressured and even forced the Emperor to employ his unequalled military genius. After each of his memorable victories Napoleon offered concessions, often extravagant ones, to the defeated enemy for the sole purpose of avoiding another war. Lavishly illustrated, persuasively argued, and carefully illustrated with original maps and battle diagrams, The Wars Against Napoleon presents a courageous and uniquely accurate historical idea that will surely arouse vigorous debate within the international historical community.

  • by J. David Dameron & Theodore P. Savas

    ';A well-organized and concise introduction to the war's major battles' (The Journal of America's Military Past). Winner of the Gold Star Book Award for History from the Military Writers Society of America This is the first comprehensive account of every engagement of the Revolution, a war that began with a brief skirmish at Lexington Green on April 19, 1775, and concluded on the battlefield at the Siege of Yorktown in October 1781. In between were six long years of bitter fighting on land and at sea. The wide variety of combats blanketed the North American continent from Canada to the Southern colonies, from the winding coastal lowlands to the Appalachian Mountains, and from the North Atlantic to the Caribbean. Every entry begins with introductory details including the date of the battle, its location, commanders, opposing forces, terrain, weather, and time of day. The detailed body of each entry offers both a Colonial and a British perspective of the unfolding military situation, a detailed and unbiased account of what actually transpired, a discussion of numbers and losses, an assessment of the consequences of the battle, and suggestions for further reading. Many of the entries are supported and enriched by original maps and photos.

  • - The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North's First Civil War Hero
    by Meg Groeling

    This examines every facet of Ellsworth's complex, fascinating life and is the story of many young men who fought and died for the Union.

  • - Robert E. Lee's Civil War, Day by Day, 1861-1865
    by Charles R. Knight

    Lost in all of the military histories of the war, and even in most of the Lee biographies, is what the general was doing when he was out of the history's "public" eye.

  • - A Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4, 1777
    by Michael C. Harris

    Harris's Germantown is the first complete study to merge the strategic, political, and tactical history of this complex operation and important set-piece battle into a single compelling account.

  • - The World War I History, Memories, and Photographs of Leonhard Rempe, 19141921

  • - The Army of the Potomac's "Valley Forge" and the Civil War Winter That Saved the Union
    by Chris Mackowski & Albert Z. Conner Jr.

    Depression. Desertion. Disease. The Army of the Potomac faced a trio of unrelenting enemies during the winter of 1863. Following the catastrophic defeat at the battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862, the army settled into winter quarters-and despair settled into the army.

  • - The 2D Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Korean War, 1950-1951
    by Master Sergeant Edward L. Posey (Ret.)

    The 2d Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) was the first and only all-black Ranger unit in the history of the United States Army. Its ten-month lifespan included selection, training, and seven months of combat deployment in Korea, after which the unit was deactivated.

  • - Seven Generations of the Presidential Branch
    by Justin Glenn

    This ground-breaking series is a comprehensive history that traces the "Presidential line" of the Washingtons. Volume one begins with the immigrant John Washington who settled in Westmoreland Co., Va., in 1657, married Anne Pope, and was the great-grandfather of President George Washington.

  • - Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Surviving Boot Camp
    by Michael Volkin

    The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook is a comprehensive, practical, and easy-to-follow survival guide, written specifically for new or prospective recruits. The author offers step-by-step instructions and solutions, including helpful charts and graphics, showing the recruit how to prepare both physically and mentally for boot camp.

  • - Royal Descents of the Presidential Branch
    by Justin Glenn

  • by Alexander Rossino
    £15.99 - 16.49

    A gripping, fast-paced novel of Robert E. Lee's 1862 campaign to win Southern independence by carrying the war north into Maryland.

  • - The Remarkable Story of the Irish During the Texas Revolution
    by Philip Thomas Tucker
    £12.99 - 17.99

    Within the annals of Alamo and Texas Revolutionary historiography, the important contributions of the Irish in winning the struggle against Mexico and establishing a new republic are noticeably absent.

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